I am always doing something. I never sit still for long and have to be doing something even when I am watching TV. TV is so boring anyway!!
Why do I share this with my readers? Because, I don’t want to sound like I am not doing anything. My WIP is still a work-in-progress and may well be for a little while yet. I can’t stand not to have completed at least three books by this time! Sigh! I am my toughest critic about what I do and how much I complete each year. This is the first year since 2013 that I have not completed at least three books by now! I’ve got to calm down and let it go. (deep sigh) I’m working on it by doing other stuff to fill in the blank time. Of course there has been a lot going on right now outside of my work that I am dealing with on a regular basis. But I’m getting there and will get back to full speed ahead soon. Ahhh!
Here are a few more projects I completed recently in between my WIP. I’ll do another post just about my WIP.
Two Red Sox Wine Cozies
I plan on making a couple more of these little bears. They were not too much fun to put together because I got confused by the directions and did it wrong. Oh well! Story of my life! Sewing is not my specialty like crocheting. I am not as good at it but I will not give up! Sigh! I used to do a lot more sewing when I was in the 20’s and 30’s, etc. I have a beautiful sewing machine now so I have to make use of it. It sews like a dream!
What are you doing for projects this spring?
I also have a needlepoint that has been sitting dormant untouched for years. I need to get to that too but it is an enormous task which I don’t know if I can tackle. Yikes! I did one many years ago and it came out pretty good for the first attempt. It was screen printed on the canvas which made it easier to do. This new one is not and has to be transferred by my eyes.
My cousin who lives in Portugal is an expert at this craft. Her family had a business for years in Portugal and in Madeira creating and selling these needlepoint. We have several in our home from the family over the years each time my parents, grandparents and aunt went to visit them in Europe. They would come home with a new one each time. They are just gorgeous!
I will ask my cousin if she is still selling her creations even though the business is now closed. Maybe she will share some of her creations here in the future if anyone is interested in seeing them or purchasing some.
Here is the one I did that she had given me on a trip to Portugal. I loved doing it so much that I bought another one when I got home. Like I said, this new one was not screen printed but I did not know that. It is much more difficult to transfer the pattern from the paper to the canvas with your eyes.
Here are a couple we obtained from Portugal many years ago. They are all so gorgeous. Of course I didn’t do these!
I am honored to have such a talented family in my family tree. Sorry it didn’t rub off on me to do needlepoint like these. Sigh! I was happy I could do it at all!
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Creativity is a wonderful thing and you embody such wonder!
Aww thank you, kind friend. It’s mostly to keep idle hands busy. 🤣🥰
Wow! You have been busy!
I’ve been working on book 2 of the fantasy series more lately. Hope to have it completed soon then into editing phase. I did the other projects to keep my mind busy with everything going on lately. 💕
You’ve been very productive. Sometimes other creative hobbies need to take center stage. It’s OK if you don’t get as many books out this year as originally planned. What matters is that you’re being creative and enjoying it. Regardless of the form your creativity takes.
I like to have things to do with my hands while watching a movie, listening to an audiobook, etc, too. And I’ve been making loads of fun craft projects. Actually put some on my blog just the other day. I’m bouncing between several different crafts, including knitting (loom and needle) and crochet. At this moment in time I have four projects on the go: a mosaic pattern I’m working on for needle knitting (going to make up some different squares – some patterned, and some not – and make them in to a blanket eventually) as well as a blanket I’m working on with crochet, and a pair of gloves and an Easter basket for loom knitting. But I have loads more projects planned, both of my own and ones I plan to work on with the ACB Crafters group I’m now very involved with.
That’s wonderful, Tori! Love to see your blankets completed! Keep going, girl! Thanks for the kind words of encouragement! 💕
Will make sure you know to check when they’re done. In the meantime, feel free to pop over to my blog, or take a look in my Facebook “Craft Creations” album to see things I’ve completed (I warn you though, the album literally has projects going back several years, so there are a lot of them).