… right now. Today. The next thing. The next step.
It is waking and choosing to serve your husband today without keeping a record of the wrongs committed yesterday.
It is a meal, a load of laundry, a diaper change, a correction, a hug, a story right now only to turn and find another empty plate, another dirty sock, a new disobedience, another tear-smudged face, another book in sticky hand with “read?” on pink lips.
It is uncertainly stepping forward once more. It is wild faith. It is tempered fear. It is crazy trust.
It is “what am I doing?” followed by “Your will be done, Lord.”
Make my way straight upon the narrow path. Make each step fruitful to Your glory. Make my meager offerings of service a rich blessing to others. Make my eyes look to You as I step again into the darkness.
While making my Year of Crafting post, I discovered several projects I made and never shared here! I did share progress pictures of some of these over on Instagram (at belovedbrowneyesblog).
Memory Quilt, Pillows, & Bear
Progression: March 3 – April 27
This was a very special gift I made this year. A friend’s father passed away some years ago. I made the memory quilt from the father’s clothing, for his widow. The pillows were made from shirts of his relating to each of his kids (their school or profession, etc.). And the little bear was for his grandson.
The most interesting item was the Santa Claus jacket I pulled out from the bin. This was maybe the most important clothing piece for his family because he dressed as Santa every Christmas. I used a big patch of the red corduroy and white faux fur on the quilt. I added a red corduroy appliquè heart to each pillow. And I made the bear from the corduroy with white fluffy ears.
I was able to finish these to mail in time for Mother’s Day.
Sprout’s Peasant Skirt
Progression: May 26
Just one day for a quick sew. Sprout loves this skirt. I just copied a skirt she already had, but later, I found a child’s peasant skirt pattern packet at the thrift store. I want to make more of these in the next size for her!
Mason Jar Cross-Stitch
Progression: July 3-26
I still haven’t decided where to hang this one, but I love it a lot. It goes so well with my turquoise kitchen. And it was fun to stitch!
Sprout’s Pink Socks
These were highly requested.
These are not my finest work. The fit is wonky. She still likes them, though.
Another interesting year. Many highs, many lows. Remembering the good, thanking God for the bad. Through the valleys, I have opportunity for growth.
I’ll be doing another lost projects round-up post because I realized how many I forgot to share here. I even forgot to share a few on Instagram! I do usually post finished projects over there, and sometimes progress pictures, too. Follow me there at belovedbrowneyesblog
Total – 21
crochet – 4 (19%)
knit – 11 (52%)
sewing – 4 (19%)
stitching – 2 (10%)
quilting – 1 (5%)
gifted – 6
I made more projects than last year in a wider variety of crafts, and I gave more away. The only craft muscle I didn’t flex this year was embroidery. I’m very pleased with the amount of sewing I did and aim to increase that in 2021.
Total – 3,009.1 yards
acrylic – 1,215.7 yds (40%)
cotton – 68.2 yds (2%)
rayon – 142.8 yds (5%)
wool – 1,582.4 yds (53%)
These totals do not reflect the cotton thread for the doilies I crocheted or the acrylic stash yarn for the melon slings. Even so, my consumption was lower this year by about 2,000 yards. I used fewer types of fibers, but oddly, a similar percentage of wool.
My only crafty goal for 2021 is to complete at least one project in every craft I know (knit, crochet, embroidery, cross-stitch, sewing, quilting). I have socks on the needles now going into the new year, so I’ll certainly achieve a knitting project! I want the sewing to be more cloth napkins for the family — I already have clearance bin fabric for them.