It is well known that we feel the months of May and December with the full force of a freight train in this house... but the last couple of years I keep getting surprised by February, too. I might set an alarm for January 21, 2016 to remind me what's coming. And yet! I still managed to move two unfinished projects to the finished column! Here's what I learned this month:
1. If I set the bar low enough, I can still surpass it even if it's a crazy month. I kicked this project off with the intent of finishing one thing a month. Totally possible. However....
2. Even though I finished two things, I was not satisfied—all the way up until the last minute I was kicking myself for not getting to this, that, the other thing. I need to figure out a way to be OK with meeting a manageable goal and letting the overachieving part go. Good luck with that, I know.
Here's what I finished:
2012 CHRISTMAS BANNER | I made a whole bunch of these banners as gifts for Christmas in 2012. I like banner making; I have done it enough now that I have a system, I enjoy picking out the fabrics, and I know how the finished product will turn out each time. I cut the triangles for the one I was going to make for us to keep (in the cute little matching tin from Jo-Ann Fabric) and then time warped somehow and it was February 2015 and the triangles were still stuffed in a drawer (but oh, not even all the triangles! I had to cut five more, because apparently December 2012 me either couldn't count or was super distracted). However, December 2015 me will still be pleasantly surprised and appreciative of February 2015 me for finally getting this fun project finished.
Also, yesterday afternoon I finally put the cute tin + all the Christmas stuff I missed when I put Christmas stuff away ON JANUARY 4 up in the attic. It's been sitting on the counter in the back room for almost two months. Ahem. I am so careful not to miss Christmas stuff when I'm putting it all away and every year I am foiled by something.
AUSTIN PHOTO BOOKS FOR ANITA & KRIS | If all goes according to plan, my friends Anita and Kris should open up their mailboxes today and find perfectly timed finished projects inside! And if not today, then Monday, and they can just pretend to be impressed with my masterful use of the last minute.
We went to Austin last February and had a grand time. And while I have many, many older events with photos that need to be documented, I decided to tackle this one first. I started planning out my own version (more scrapbook-y, with all the ephemera included) but didn't finish it... maybe next month.
Ellie is a happy dog 99.9% of the time, but I think I caught her in a moment of thinking "I AM A SHEEP DOG, put on earth to assist with sheep, not to supervise EPHEMERA."
Artifact Uprising photo books are nothing short of amazing. The paper is smooth and fancy, the binding is terrific, and the process of building the book itself is a snap. Plus, they're based in the Mountain West so I feel like I'm supporting a local business (even though we don't currently live in the Mountain West)(I am mixed up enough to think of many places as local even though I don't live there).
I love to collect things when I travel; because I only had one of many of the cards/items I picked up, I decided to include them in the photo books by simply photographing them and uploading the image as a regular page.
I really like how it turned out to do it that way, and Anita and Kris can have the ephemera along with the photos all in one place. I added a little handwritten message to the last page; I played around with using the text feature in the book editor pane, but I decided I liked the idea of writing directly in the book instead.
That's it! Two things complete on a list of a thousand, but that's two more things than I would have finished up otherwise, no doubt! Your turn—if you finished something and want to share, just add the link below. It can be a blog post, a photo on Flickr, even from Instagram (just get the link by using a web browser). And don't forget to come back on Monday for an interview with my March guest, who also happens to be celebrating a birthday that day! : )