January is almost over.
It has been a very long month: starting school, then stopping, starting, stopping. Finally I feel like I am back in a groove, although this spring semester is going to be a long one.
I had some goals at the beginning of the month: work on art for an hour a day and read for 30 minutes. Overall, I have met those goals every single day, although last week was not as successful as others.
I started out with lofty objectives: finish a painting and a quilt and 2 garments by the end of the month. About half way through I realized that was too much for one month with only working an hour a day. So I had to stretch them to two month goals.
The painting ("Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide") is about half way done, which I feel is good. There were some issues, mostly me being indecisive and afraid to commit to it, that held me back but I was still able to get to a reasonable point of completion. I'm going to hit it hard this coming weekend and attempt to get the painting portion done.
The quilt top is just shy of half way done. All the squares are sewed and pressed and just need to be assembled into blocks. I wanted to have the whole top done in January, which didn't happen and I am disappointed in that. For February, I have to finish the top and piece the back so I can hopefully have it quilted by the end of the month to finish it in March.
And the garments...yeah, that didn't happen. At all. I am incredibly disappointed, but I am indecisive as to where to start and I keep second guessing my sewing skills. I know how to construct garments, but the stuff that I have made has all been very simple. I'm scared that I'll invest so much money in it just to screw it up. There are quite a few patterns that I like and in my head I know what I want to make, but I don't know. Excuses, excuses I know. I just need to suck it up and get to it.
I think the thing that has helped me the most this month is writing everything down and staying organized. I write what I need to do in my planner every day, and I love the feeling of satisfaction that I get when I get to cross it off. I have a to-do list for each project I have in a notebook, as well as a general schedule, and I follow it step by step to help me make the progress I need.
I think the one thing that has hindered me the most (besides my indecisiveness) is not dedicating an equal amount of time to all my projects. I've tended to work on one thing for days, or even weeks at a time, and then switch. Next month, I am going to try and alternate days.
Tuesday, January 16
Read 30 minutes in "Green" and finished the book. On the the next. "Blue" is being re-released next mont. Can't wait! I've been wanting to read that for years. Cut out remaining navy squares. Did not work a full hour. I will make up the time tomorrow since I have off due to the threat of snow.
Wednesday, January 17
Worked on the final sketch for "LYCBYG". The stripes on my shirt are going to be a beast. Made a to-do list for "LYCBYG". Read 30 minutes in "Blind Spot" by B.A. Shapiro. So far, it's really good. Painted my background for "LYCBYG". Right now, I am not sure how I feel about it. Started cutting out feather pieces. The more I look at this background, the more I think I need to re-do it. It's just too...happy? I don't know. I can't do anything about it until I can make more copies, which won't be until I go back to work. I'm going to try not to think about it until then.
Thursday, January 18
Read 30 minutes in "Blind Spot". Worked for an hour cutting out feathers. I might have to do a sample of my planned texture because I am not 100% sure that it is going to work like I have it planned in my head. I have also decided to redo the background for "LYCBYG". Looks like I am going back to work tomorrow, so I can make copies and stuff then. Read more in "Blind Spot". It's really good and I will be done with it relatively quickly.
Friday, January 19
Read 30 minutes in "Blind Spot". Took apart my canvas and laminated more paper for the background. Laminated paper for the portrait as well. Dyed organza for feathers.
Saturday, January 20
Rinsed organza for feathers. Read 30 minutes in "Blind Spot". Peeled laminated paper. Going to try and get caught up to where I was a couple of days ago. Then I want to work on stuff around the house. I've been putting off all my home projects. Finished "Blind Spot". Re-stretched my canvas and painted it again. I'm much happier with it now although it kind of looks like a dirty washcloth Worked on preparing my final sketch to transfer. Ironed some quilt squares sitting around and trimmed the corners. I've really put the quilt aside this week. I need to hit it hard next week.
Sunday, January 21
Read 30 minutes in "Saving Italy" by Robert Edsel. Transferred sketch to laminated paper. Cut out feathers. I'm feeling kind of down today, so an hour's worth of work is all I could muster.
Monday, January 22
Read 30 minutes in Hyperallergic's "Required Reading". I have to work late tonight and I have no idea what time I'll be leaving, which means I will have less time to work at home. I need to make sure I stay on task and get work done at home because I'll be away this weekend and won't be able to make up time. Worked for as long as I could cutting feathers and pinning quilt squares. I don't think I quite managed to work a full hour, but I know that I was very close.
Tuesday, January 23
Read 30 minutes in "Saving Italy". Did not get any work done. I have to work late again tonight, so I will owe myself an hour.
Wednesday, January 24
Did nothing today. I'm not having a very productive week.
Thursday, January 25
Caught up on reading today. Read at least an hour in "Saving Italy". Did not work. I have a ton of time to make up next week.
Friday, January 26
Read for at least an hour in "Saving Italy". This takes care of my time on Saturday since I'll be at my boyfriend's. Did not do a full hour of work, but I did finish marking all my sewing lines on my white quilt squares.
Saturday, January 27
At the boyfriend's for the weekend. Did not read read, but I made up that time yesterday. Did not work. I did really well all month until this week. Haven't owed myself this much time all month. If I skip going to my parents' tomorrow, I may make up most, if not all, of my time.
Sunday, January 28
Skipped going to my parents' after I left my boyfriend's. Hoping to make up time. I have until Wednesday to meet my January goals. Don't know if I can do it. Pinned quilt squares until I ran out of pins. Sewed squares until I felt I had enough pins to pin the rest. Pinned the remaining squares. Going to try and sew the rest tonight. Sewed all my remaining squares. Read 30 minutes in "Saving Italy". Cut all my squares apart and ironed them open. Going to take them with me to work tomorrow and cut off the corners. I'm done for tonight though. Still owe myself 3 hours.
Monday, January 29
Worked an hour clipping corners off my quilt squares. That is all done. Read 30 minutes in "Saving Italy".