Since my last update I've spent my crafting time quilting. And I've been very productive! Below are three little paper pieced pictures that I've completed. It's a series of six but so far I've only acquired three. Now I want to buy the other three. I pick these up at quilt shows so I might resort to an online order if I can't wait that long.
Lastly I finished piecing another smallish quilt 36 x 36. Love this one - its from the book, Civil War Legacies - Quilt Patterns for Reproduction Fabrics. It's still missing the last 3" border though, I bought a kit from my favorite quilt store way over a year ago and it was missing from the package. Bummer but a good excuse for a trip to the store today.
What are my craft plans for the year? I want to finish things. I've got a ton of stitching WIPs plus even more quilting WIPs. I want to complete a ton before I invest more $$ on new stuff. There a are several wool rugs (all pillow size still at this point) I want to finish - love rug working but I never purchased a frame I really like yet and it's still hard to settle in. I also need to get going on my Cabinet - the second online class starts in March and I'm in this so deep in regards to money at this point I need to keep going - way over $2,000 I estimate at this point with at least $3,000 to go.
Also have a ton of travel planned for this year. A short cruise in Caribbean, a longer Disney cruise in April to Mexico with my sister and her kids and grand kids but the big trip of 2014 is a cruise and some land travel in May to Asia with my sister! I'll start planning that soon so stay tuned for that. We thinking adding on a three day Beijing land tour to the cruise. And of course maybe Africa again in early winter - just a mission trip this year. My nephew Larry and I plan on taking more climbers to Kili in 2015. My attendance on that depends all on if I can raise the funds again. I won't need as much as my trip in 2013 but I don't want to ask too much from friends and family if I want to try again in 2015.
No major home improvement plans on tap this year - my travel plans this year will take all my extra funds so no big money available for that and I need to pay down my debt to get ready for a home equity loan I want to take out for the roof and siding I need. I'm putting in a new hot water heater for sure and I'm hoping to purchase more hardwood for my floors (just to have on hand, no money for installing it this year) and changing out windows starting with my bedroom. It's still cold in there despite my gutting the room and putting in insulation in the walls, getting insulation in the attic and putting in an all new heater and ducts! Like five degrees colder than the rest of the house so at this point it can only be the bad windows. I'm also (even though I swore I wouldn't do this) planning on cosmetic work on my kitchen. I didn't want to spend money twice but I just can't stand it anymore and it's going to be at least a decade I'm thinking before I can do what I want to do with the kitchen. I purchased an island several months ago and I love it. I've already purchased a kit to paint the cabinets a cream color and plan on antiquing them darker. I'll put in new counter tops and a back splash in slate tile. If I can find the cash, I'll put in a new sink (I really want a hammered copper farmhouse sink and can use in the new kitchen someday so I really won't be wasting the $$) and a new oil rubbed bronze faucet as it's the only piece of metal left in the house that doesn't match.
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