Monthly Challenges: UFO Progress and May

So…. Yeah.  It’s not pretty.  I think we all knew I wouldn’t advance very far on my list.  But in case you were super curious, here’s the final result of two months:
  • Partlet  To my horror (delight), I discovered that this wasn’t actually cut out, and therefore not a UFO.  So it’s automagically off my list.
  • Big totes
  • Felt bags
  • Messenger bag
  • Floral skirt
  • Bird skirt
  • Teal place mats
  • Frog tote
  • Bird tote
  • Panda tote
  • Floral cozy
  • Repair cozies
  • Pads
  • Autumn place mats
  • Boxers
  • Coffee tote
  • Skull tote
  • Yellow bag
  • Pot holders
  • Nelephants
  • Fix peace necklace
  • Corduroy skirt
  • Fix wrap skirt
  • Sushi cozies
  • Black floral cozies
  • Iron out cat and black floral wallets
  • Green wrap pants
  • Fix brown tote
  • Republican cozy
  • Six onesies
  • Sundress muslin
  • Animal tote
  • Patriotic place mats
  • Strawberry tote
  • Green peace tote
  • Blue flowers tote
  • Clocks tote
  • Turquoise stripes tote
  • Red peace tote
  • Blue paisley tote
  • Pink flowers tote
  • Brown flowers tote
  • Pink stripes tote
  • Vinyl bag
  • Finish brown pants
  • Coasters
  • Lemon bag
  • Blue bag

May’s challenge had better be successful, or I may give up on challenges all together so I stop feeling like a damn failure.  And May’s challenge is….

Making that not that.  (That is the sexiest grammar you will ever gaze upon, so soak it in while you can)

It is time once an for all to tackle the mess (understatement) that is my sewing area.  I really think my lack of progress was in very large part to the state of the dungeon.  I literally have room to turn my chair from side to side, and that’s it.  It’s got to end.  In the process I’ll pitch whatever UFOs I deem don’t make the cut.  I will also be gathering up any costumes or costume supplies I no longer care to own so that I might sell them in a MNSoC garage sale toward the end of the month.

If for some reason I succeed with time to spare, I have a couple extra things that need cleaning, but I refuse to mention them out loud. If I get to them, awesome, but if I don’t, and you know what they are, I’ll feel like I’ve failed.  Even though I said they were extra credit.  Yes, I was one of those kids that felt extra credit was mandatory.  What of it?

March Challenge Recap mit Tutorial

I know it isn’t quite the end of March yet, but it’s fast approaching, and I already know how I feel about it.  

I didn’t come even remotely close to finishing my list.  Not even a little.  I got a lot done, but no where near enough to be proud of.  Toward the second half of the month, I just couldn’t get the motivation to sew.  Working overnight and sleeping until 3 or 4 in the afternoon made me want to just chill on the couch until it was time for work.  I felt like I shouldn’t tax myself because I didn’t feel confident in my ability to stay up until 6am without crashing and burning (this is also why I’ve WAY overdosed on caffeine lately).

So I’m going to do something rather unprecedented.  I’m going to extend March’s challenge into April.  I’m going to give myself one more month to finish those UFOs.  After that, anything that isn’t finished will very likely go into the trash.  If they weren’t important enough to work on at all over the last three years, I won’t miss them.  

Since the occasion has passed, though, I would like to share something I did finish in March:

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Steampunk onesies!  Some friends were having a steampunk baby shower, and though I couldn’t attend, I knew I wanted to send along some awesomeness.  The designs are all from Urban Threads.  I added a circle around each, stitched them onto some (I think) organic cotton, cut around the circle, and fringed the edges.  The cotton wrinkled when I washed it, giving it an aged look to add to the steampunkiness.

I laid each circle on Heavy Duty WunderUnder (so I wouldn’t need to sew them to the onesies) and poked holes along the stitched circle like so:

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Then I cut the WunderUnder along the dots to make a perfect fit inside the fringe.  This way the fringe isn’t stuck to the onesie and can get down with its fringie self.

Iron the WunderUnder to the back of the applique:

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Peel off the paper back when the applique has cooled and iron applique onto onesie (or whatever):

 

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Ta da! It’s just like magic! Fun, cute magic.

March Challenge: Week One

The first week of March has flown by, and it’s time to check on my progress.

  • Partlet
  • Big totes
  • Felt bags
  • Messenger bag
  • Floral skirt
  • Bird skirt
  • Teal place mats
  • Frog tote
  • Bird tote
  • Panda tote
  • Floral cozy
  • Repair cozies
  • Pads
  • Autumn place mats
  • Boxers
  • Coffee tote
  • Skull tote
  • Yellow bag
  • Pot holders
  • Nelephants
  • Fix peace necklace
  • Corduroy skirt
  • Fix wrap skirt
  • Sushi cozies
  • Black floral cozies
  • Iron out cat and black floral wallets
  • Green wrap pants
  • Fix brown tote
  • Republican cozy
  • Six onesies
  • Sundress muslin
  • Animal tote
  • Patriotic place mats
  • Strawberry tote
  • Green peace tote
  • Blue flowers tote
  • Clocks tote
  • Turquoise stripes tote
  • Red peace tote
  • Blue paisley tote
  • Pink flowers tote
  • Brown flowers tote
  • Pink stripes tote
  • Vinyl bag
  • Finish brown pants
  • Coasters
  • Lemon bag
  • Blue bag

I still have a lot of work to do, so it’s time to buckle down and really crank some stuff out.

March Challenge

February’s challenge is just about at its close, so it’s time to reflect on it a little bit.  And a very little bit, indeed.  It’s a little hard to wax poetic about drinking a crap load of water/tea.  It wasn’t bad, though.  I spent the month mostly hydrated.  I still do not understand the days that I probably had at least 10 cups of water, and still was thirsty.  It was as if I’d just eaten a salt lick (I had not).

But mostly I just spent the month going to the bathroom.  A lot.  Which is fine for me–it’s like a little break from my day–but I always worry that my coworkers are going to think I’m pregnant or something (I’m not).

In the end, it came down to listening more to what my body and mouth said than the exact number of cups.  And that’s what this is all about, really.  Because some days if I had to drink one more cup, I was probably going to hurl.  That didn’t happen often.  Usually my body was very happy to get more hydration.

So now that February is behind us, I’d like to remind you of the fact that I said March would be far more creative.  This is entirely unintentional, but it seems fitting that this coincides with National Craft Month.  March’s challenge is to finish every… since… UFO I can find.  I’ve made a list.  It’s terrifying.  But I’m going to do it.  As [your] god as my witness.  And I will try to report once a week on my progress.

  • Partlet
  • Big totes
  • Felt bags
  • Messenger bag
  • Floral skirt
  • Bird skirt
  • Teal place mats
  • Frog tote
  • Bird tote
  • Panda tote
  • Floral cozy
  • Repair cozies
  • Pads
  • Autumn place mats
  • Boxers
  • Coffee tote
  • Skull tote
  • Yellow bag
  • Pot holders
  • Nelephants
  • Fix peace necklace
  • Corduroy skirt
  • Fix wrap skirt
  • Sushi cozies
  • Black floral cozies
  • Iron out cat and black floral wallets
  • Green wrap pants
  • Fix brown tote
  • Republican cozy
  • Six onesies
  • Sundress muslin
  • Animal tote
  • Patriotic place mats
  • Strawberry tote
  • Green peace tote
  • Blue flowers tote
  • Clocks tote
  • Turquoise stripes tote
  • Red peace tote
  • Blue paisley tote
  • Pink flowers tote
  • Brown flowers tote
  • Pink stripes tote
  • Vinyl bag
  • Finish brown pants
  • Coasters
  • Lemon bag
  • Blue bag

That’s it.  For now.  Actually, I know that’s not it, that’s just all I could find so far.  If I don’t find the rest before the end of the month, no biggie.  There will be other months and other challenges.