Thursday, June 30, 2016

June Review and a Seashell Basket

This is the seashell basket that sits on my screen porch. It has been known to contain 'treasures' left by a mermaid. Just ask my grandkids. 

So how did June turn out for me?

My intention was to finish more than I started. I was actually thinking more along the lines of finishing projects without starting ANYTHING new. Can you imagine a month of not starting anything new? 

First portion of additional project:
I took on the project of sorting thru over 30 boxes of books and stuff. I was determined to find good homes for as much as I possibly could. I am very happy with my results. A few items went to a charity's resale shop, some old paper handouts found their way to my recycling bin, and very little had to be completely discarded. Many people have been blessed with the outcome of this project. So even though this was a new start, it was a finish as well. 
And just before the last couple of boxes were sent on their way, my garage started looking better. 

I declined adding a couple of projects, for others. That's a hard one for me. I like being involved in community projects. I needed to pull back and take a more realistic look at my time and how I wanted to utilize it. So, even though this isn't a finish, it's a positive step for me. 

I finished the binding on my Batik Star quilt in time to take to the guild meeting for show and tell. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I finished sewing the binding on the back by hand. 

I also ice dyed 36 fatquarters. Each was done in a different color, none were pure colors. These were done to test the splitting effects of mixed dye colors. I loved how some of them came out, but not all. The only image I have is when I was waiting for the ice to melt. 

I really need to do a post of each fabric and the color used. I took an online class with Lynda Heines over at Bloom, Bake, & Create. Serendipity with a bit of planning! I enjoyed the class, and she is very easy to understand and follow her methods. You might want to check it out. A real bargain, under $40. 

So, here I am at the end of the month of June, halfway thru 2016. Often I have looked at July as a time for a new beginning. This year is no different. In looking over the past 6 months, I realize that the ebb and flow of life often dictates just how much I progress with the creative portion of my life. I will continue to be mindful of how my time is used, and who is making the decision. I have lots of projects started, and a gazillion more on the way. 

May God bless the work of your hands. 


Terry said...

Luann, the sea shell basket and story is absolutely precious! I am impressed with how quickly you moved through the sorting project and how you were able to share it with lots of people who will use the materials. I too have at least a gazillion projects on the way and I feel blessed to be able to work on the projects I've already started! Your ice dying photo is great. I like how the ice took on the colors. What a fun process that must be.--Terry

Lynda said...

Luann, Love your monthly review. You seem to get so much accomplished every month. I'm so jealous! And your Batik Star quilt is stunning. I really need to focus on making something out of all of my dyed fabric. Thank you so much for your kind words about my class. I love the Facebook group - seeing all of the beautiful fabric and clothing. Thanks again for the recommendation.

Monica said...

Your clamshell basket is beautiful and echoes my current sewing projects, although I imagine that your weather is a bit better suited for sea themes than our chilly winter days.

Luann Fischer said...

Thanks for your kind words, Terry, Lynda, and Monica. You have all been very kind. I have been busy trying to get more finishes to post about. Lately my time is just slipping thru my fingers, but I figure if I post a bit less often, I might get back in the groove of properly thanking folks like you that take the time to let me know real people do read my posts. So, please know that I appreciate your comments. May God bless your activities. Luann