At the end of every month I like to look back on all of the projects I completed, recipes I’ve made and any other tidbits that caught my interest. I also like to set goals for myself for the new month that is starting. Usually after I make this monthly post, I like to sit back and say “Good job Tami you really got a lot done!”. Well for June I’m changing my self congratulatory cheer to “Good job Tami you really learned a lot!”
The most important thing I learned is that sometimes I just need to take a break.
Since I started Tanglewood Knots at the very end of January, I have not gone a day without doing something blog related. I was either writing something to post, reading posts from blogs I follow, or searching for new blogs to follow. What I learned in June is that even though I absolutely LOVE all of these things –
IT IS A LOT OF WORK!!!
If you are a blogger I hope that you are nodding your head right now in agreement. If you are a blogger that is thinking “No way, blogging is easy peasy. I post every day and it only takes me 5 minutes!!” If that is you – please make your very next post about how you do it!!! 😀
I ended up taking 10 days off from all blogging activities. It wasn’t planned. I just sat down one day trying to decide what to post and came up completely empty brained. I got a little stressed out about that. I thought, hmmmm maybe I need to spend some time with my Mindful Mandala. But then thought, no. My Mandala is for when I’m stressed about crocheting or need to recharge my Crojo. Crochet actually wasn’t the cause for my stress. I’ve been crocheting like a maniac every day. So what I learned in June is even if you are doing something that you really love to do – it’s okay to take a break. I’m still in the process of catching up on all of the blogs I follow. I had almost 500 posts waiting for me in my inbox.
Now let’s take a look at what I else I learned in June!
Learning to make Kumihimo braids was one of my goals for June and I did it! This was my most popular post for the month. I am so happy that I added this skill to my crafting repertoire! It’s fun and fairly easy to learn. I’m already finding ways to use braids in other projects and I have a lot of plans for making some jewelry. Plus now I have a good reason to take a stroll down the bead and cord aisle in the craft store!!
It was a very cloudy and rainy June in the Northeastern United States. After what seemed like endless drizzly days there was one day that the sun finally came out and inspired me to make this little bit of sunshine. I was going for a little sun motif but it looks like a flower. Either way it made me happy!
I am determined to learn how to tat lace. I decided that I would dedicate one day a week to chart my progress on this adventure. I have made some great progress. The most important thing I learned about Tatting in June is – I can learn this!! I turned the corner from being only frustrated and disappointed to now being encouraged and optimistic. I still have a lot of practicing to do, but I have defeated that fiendish imp named impatience that always seems to spoil my plans. At least as far as learning to tat lace is concerned. 😀
Fantastic Bake Along and Wednesday Dinner with Bill
There was a lot of yummies in June. We had an awesome Pizza Party for our Fantastic Bake Along. There was also some scrumptious desserts that I made for Wednesday night dinner with my son Bill.
Like I said earlier, I did not take a break from crocheting during June. I started a few projects and continued on others. I started another summer tank top and incorporated some Hairpin Lace into the design. I started working on a crochet Picnic Basket – crocheting with 2 strands of yarn over some rope. And I started making a beach cover up for my daughter Madeline.
I also worked on my maxi skirt – which is 99% done!!! I am making a Kumihimo braid for a drawstring to finish it off. I will be posting about this skirt in greater detail tomorrow or Tuesday. I am insanely proud of how this came out!!
And finally I started working on the Dancing Butterflies Wrap. I should be finished with this within a few days and will do a full post then. I went digging through my stash and found some yarn that I had completely forgotten about!! Ironically it is Red Heart Unforgettable yarn!!! So the good new is I didn’t have to wait until I went to the store to buy more yarn. The BAD news is, I didn’t have to go to the store to buy more yarn. 😀 😦
I won’t be setting any new project goals for July. I have plenty of projects left over to finish up. Will I start anything new in July? Of course I will! I just haven’t decided what yet. 😀
Thanks for reading!!