Sunday Musings.... Memories and Accomplishments

My photo - January 2017, White Tank Mountains, Buckeye AZ

“December, being the last month of the year, cannot help but make us think of what is to come.”  ― Fennel Hudson, A Meaningful Life - Fennel's Journal - No. 1

My Mom - 2009
December has always been a month of contemplation for me, a time to think of what I accomplished throughout the year and what still remains to be done.  I am always in awe of how quickly this month arrives and ponder where the time has gone.  It is also a month of sadness as my Mom passed away in December, three days before her birthday (December 25th).  

I know that my Mom would not want me to be sad, but I really miss her and miss sharing all my crafting endeavors with her.  My Mom gave me her creative nature, the desire to explore and try new things.  I can’t think of a time when my Mom wasn’t painting, sewing, crocheting or trying something new. She was curious and always wanted to learn new things, which meant she went full steam ahead and purchased everything she needed for what she was trying...yes, I am so much like her in so many ways. I have so  many happy memories of time spent together learning new things. I wonder what she would think about all the things I’ve been learning and doing since she’s been gone.  It would be nice to share this with her today but I know she would be happy that I am able to share with all of you instead.

As I look back over the last eleven months I begin to realize I really did quite a lot in the way of creative endeavors and that makes me truly happy!

So what did I accomplish....

  • In the knitting and crochet realm,  I made seven pairs of socks, four sweaters, four shawls and two hats.  
  • In the spinning realm, I finished up 14 handspun skeins of yarn ... yep, I was on a spinning kick due to the motivation of Sherrill of the 1764 Shepherdess and her #spin15aday campaign.
  • In the sewing realm, I learned to make my own tops this year and made a total of 11 Shirt No. 1’s.  I also made a dress, a table runner, a small quilt top, a small winter quilt, and two project bags.
  • In the needlework realm, I finished one embroidery project, my fall leaf.
  • In the art realm, I finished several pieces that I absolutely love and that I had framed.  I also made a bag for a very dear friend.
Just a snippet of finished projects from this year!

A few finished art pieces!

I am truly proud of the many things I have accomplished this year and I am starting to plan what I want to do in the new year. One goal that will definitely on my list is to learn to sew on a few of my vintage machines.

Until next time , be creative!



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