Category Archives: Updates on Old Projects
I have this bad habit of taking on lots of creative projects and then having no interest/motivation/desire to start them. It’s pretty bad. However, I am now trying with renewed effort (and some meds because apparently I’m sick and that’s why I’ve been sleeping so much). It began with rampant cleaning and organizing. The bed is made, the desk is nearly free of clutter, you can see the pictures on top of the dresser again and the easel is no longer a clothing rack. After all this cleaning I was left to stare at this:
Two lovely stretchers and my favorite shoes. Favorites for many reasons, but mostly because they remind me of these: Read the rest of this entry
Way back in early 2008 I was student teaching and I was required to make a professional portfolio. I made a book with lots of colorful paper and used it as a student teaching scrapbook. My professor said it was great, but not as a professional portfolio. Later that year I brought it to my only job interview for a teaching position – and I got the job! I think my amazingly creative and handmade book helped. Anyways, after my two months as a leave replacement teacher I decided I never want to teach again and I should avoid it at all costs. Because of this I am currently quite poor and not too long ago I carefully removed all the pages I had used in this handmade book. There were still many more unused pages and I wanted to re-use the book. Today’s project was to add new pages.
Way back in the fall of 2010 I started crocheting a blanket for Ryan. His mom had started a blanket that would match the new couch and, after watching her crochet, I asked her to teach me. It was pretty easy considering I had previously had almost no experience crocheting. She taught me the/an afghan stitch (I’m not sure if there’s more that one kind of afghan stitch). Ryan picked out the colors to match his room; black, white, gray, and red. I made many squares with a yarn that changed colors between black, white and gray. We decided each square would get a border of red before all the squares were attached. To learn to make the border I asked Ryan’s mom and she taught me because she’s awesome like that! After making 49 bordered squares I attached them all in a large 7 x7 square blanket. It was lovely, but it was not as large as we had hoped it would be.
And that is why I have gone back to making and bordering squares in my spare time. In the past couple weeks I’ve completed 9 squares and I only need 6 more.
Here’s what it looks like: