Fair warning - this post has a LOT of pictures! Sorry, I didn't realize it until I'd finish writing. Well, read on below, you can scroll right down if you'd rather not be overloaded with jpg-blast!
First, a lovely view of Boston from recent days (from CNN iReport):
As much as I love snow and even enjoy shoveling to a certain degree (haha, degree, get it), I concur with the many around me who cry, we've had enough! Very thankfully though, we've only had a few casualties in mostly broken shovels and frozen toes, and my neighborhood still has wonderful heat, plumbing, and electricity.
With all the being-stuck-inside days recently, I have surprisingly not developed any sort of cabin fever! That's mostly because I've been finally getting a move on the many projects on my list. I'm planning quite a few big projects in the next few months, but here are a couple of smaller ones that I've finished in the first weeks of 2015 so far!
|A scarf, aptly titled "Procragratification scarf", which I made while procrastinating on all the other projects I was supposed to finish up|
Sidenote - I have a bunch more Ravelry projects! Come and connect with me if you're also on it! :) http://www.ravelry.com/people/luluhu
|A penguin I made for David this Valentine's|
|With interchangeable accessories! I started off with one set only but then I got really into it|
|A little note to go with the penguin|
|Inside: Reuse-reduce-recycle the cut out heart|
|Chinese New Year cards for Year of the Sheep|
|Wedding card for the new Mr. and Mrs. Chin - Congrats!!|
|Some "gratitude journals" for my Sunday School class! I kept one for myself too :)|
|Learned to patch some holes in my nice wool sweaters (handed down from mom!)|
|It's not QUITE there yet, but this was the closest one|
|Through inspiration from Tiffany, I impoved this old knitting needles holder that I made a while back...|
|... and finally stitched the top flap into place so that the needles and crochet hooks don't run away so easily!|
|All rolled up|
|I finally got around to making a mason jar pin cushion (the jar is from Andy and Jenny's wedding last September!)|
|I got into sketching on my iPad, so I tried my hand at making a fine-point stylus using King Lau's tutorial: http://tumblr.kinglau.co/post/6442455519/ipadstylusdiy|
|Here it is in action! The photo is a bit blurry but the lines are pretty accurate! Now to find the perfect drawing/painting app...|
Whew, that was actually a lot more than I had realized! There are even more that I didn't get to take good shots of, and still even more cooking adventures that I had the joy of going on with friends. I've learned so much about Chinese cooking, I tell you!
I'm glad to see that I've been pretty productive in the crafty realm these days. With the encouragement of Steph and Dominique, I recently started keeping a "projects journal" (as well as a normal journal, a prayer journal, and a sketchbook). In it, I wrote down all the things that I want to do within the next year, and it's helped me with my focus a lot!
I've always been a pretty idealistic person and haven't been the best at setting concrete goals or executing action plans. Truth be told, I am usually a "fly really fast by the seat of my pants because I sure have a lot of undirected energy!!!!!!!!!" sort of person or an "I'm totally going to fail at this if I try so I can't be bothered to get up" sort of person. Conversely, I also love planning things and putting lists together and being organized, so it's no surprise that for YEARS, many people have thought that I'm a super-organized and put-together, motivated, and reflective individual. Actually quite the opposite of me, since it's typically very difficult for me to carry things through, and I find it very difficult to sit down and just reflect! Even my past blog posts about self-reflection and discovery Just these few weeks in 2015 of putting a list together and setting in some times to do them has been so eye-opening: You can really do stuff if you put a plan to it! Hah! Who woulda thunk!
There are a lot more things in my journals that I am actively praying for, hoping for, and hopefully, planning and preparing for. May He lead me to not only grow in personal diligence, but also active trust and obedience through these!