Off to a Good Start!

In just the first week of the year I have gotten some projects finished!!  One of my UFO’s is finished, one is on its way but may take a while, and I wouldnt be a creative soul if I didnt start two new ones……which I have finished!!
This is a place mat I made out of one of those house blocks.
I am calling this one “bird and bug house”.  I love the scarppy-ness of this!
I am acquiring quite a collection of place mats which go along with my mismatched collection of plates.  For those of you that do not know, I collect odd dinner plates.  It looks so cool when we have a big dinner party and everyone has a different plate.  I’ll start working on some pictures of my plate collection and blog about that one day soon.
One of the new projects I started last Monday is a crocheted tissue box cover.  I have had this pattern saved in my favorites forever and finally got to it.
You can find the pattern for this here on the Royal Sisters blog.  Scroll down and you will find the button for the tutorial on the right side.
Everyone needs a pretty cover for those hideous tissue boxes!
I just adore crocheted flowers and found this pattern the other day and, of course, just had to try it out especially since I have a few unfinished scarfs that will need some type of embellishment.
I wish I could provide the link to this pattern, but I saved the PDF pattern to my hard drive and did not save the website to my favorites. 
Remember that blue and green granny square that I was crocheting into a pillow cover?  I got the granny square done for the front and started doing a panel for the back.  I decided to do a single crochet panel with stripes for the back and it is taking F.O.R.E.V.E.R.!!!
I will be pleased with it when it is finished, but it may have been quicker to make another granny square for the back.

So there is my update on my resolution to get some projects FINISHED!
Have a great weekend!!

a peek into 2011

I think most people feel like I do….*where did 2010 go?*
I have spent the last 3 days cleaning and straightening my studio.  Did I ever make a mess in 2010!!! WOW!!!  I am still not finished and want to get to my sewing machine but can’t see it right now.  Plus, I don’t dare start working while there still a mess in that room or I will become too comfortable with that and the cleaning process will never be completed.
I found quite a few (okay far too many to admit to) UFO’s while rearranging and sorting, and decided this is my main goal for 2011……to finish, finish, finish!!!
Thought you would be interested to see a few…..and throughout the year you can *encourage* me to post pictures of finished pieces!!
Well first there was the huge rubbermaid container of quilt tops (made by me) that need to be quilted.  Below are just 6 that I spread out on top of the quilting machine.
A few of my favorites were hanging up.  I must have thought I was going to get to them soon!! HAHA!!
I am so in love with this red pineapple one…..I MUST MUST finish that one first!
There is this one that I started right after I got married……over a decade ago!!! EEEKKK!
It is a king size so that took some time……like a decade!!  I have another one, that will be a king size one day also,  that I started around the same time and the blocks still need to be sewn together.
And I also found tons of little projects that need to be *finished*.
These house blocks were meant for a give away quilt but I couldn’t get the finished size right, so I think I will make them into placemats.
This is another unfinished placemat, just needs quilting, that I made up with a variety of sampler blocks.
Oh and let’s not forget the crochet!!!  Two years ago I FINALLY figured out how to crochet and do not have one finished project that I own to show for it!  I have given away lots of things!
The granny square below will be a pillow.  I am working on it right now, so perhaps this will be the first UFO that is completed.
Then there are a few crocheted scarves that are so close to being finished.  It has been REALLY cold here also….so I could really get some use out of these!
This was my first big crochet project….and it only needs like two more rows of hexes to be a throw.
Here is a scarf I finished for a swap:
Speaking of swaps…..I have blocks from a Bee Liberated Group I am in on Flickr, that need to be sewn together and added to that pile to be quilted.
I have been fortunate enough to have some great swap partners this year and below is just a sample of some of the pieces I have received. 
I almost forgot about my Baker’s Dozen Group on Raverly.  I have received all my blocks and now need to stitch them all together.
One more item that is long over due is my bathroom vanity counter.  I have been in my house for 8 years this February and I have painted this poor cabinet three different colors, at three different times.  Then I had it ready to do an aged technique on it…….since then I re-primed it and have mermaids drawn on it, but they are too light to see in this picture…..I would really like to finish this project!
So this list of things should keep me busy until about July 2011!!!
And I didn’t mention art shows I am signed up for in January and February, orders I need to fill, dogs to train for agility, that knitting hobby I need to conquer, and new jewelry ideas in my head that need to come out!
Please keep me accountable on these projects 🙂  I am grateful for all of you that miss my long, crazy posts when I disappear from the world of blogging!  Thanks for asking where I am!
Incase you don’t hear from me before….have the best 2011 ever!!!