WAITING FOR 2017

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I’m not going to lie. I’m nowhere close to completing my stupid, stupid New Year’s resolution for 2016. Why in the world do I keep making resolutions and completely abandoning them like millions of other people looking to better themselves or start over? So, I officially quit my 2016 New Year’s resolution and plan to stick to a more simple resolution for 2017.

Looking back at my past promises, the only resolution I successfully completed was my very first posted resolution: crochet 25 scarves and then donate them. I was pretty close to completing the Read 50 Books resolution but needed a few more days — or weeks — to read a few more books. What should I do for 2017? Try to read 50 books? Or crochet and donate 25 scarves? Create and donate 25 quillows? Take one picture a day? On the bright side, I have a few more months to decide.

CHALLENGE 7: ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE

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CHALLENGE 7: Teach myself to paint three “complicated” 16×20 canvases.

I’m pretty proud of myself for figuring out how to paint 8×10 canvases, and I feel ready to try more “complicated” paintings on 16×20 canvases. One down two to go! Woot!

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I have been painting up a storm during July, and I am so so so so so happy with the way my Up theme painting. I did a test run on an 8×10 canvas and loved the painting even with minor errors here and there. After touching up the 8×10 canvas one too many times, I just decided to paint a 16×20 canvas. For the background, I took the canvas outside, sat on the front lawn, brushed blue and white paint all over, and left the canvas outside to dry.

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The white bank of clouds was the first thing to paint, and I went over the bottom area just once. Mistakes were bound to happen with the quote “ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE,” and more white paint would be needed to cover the errors. I chose to paint a yellow house because I didn’t want the house to blend in the blue sky. With the flat end of a big carpenter pencil and three days, I used many different colors and shades to complete the balloons.

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“ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE” was probably the hardest part of the painting for me. At first, I tried to freehand the quote, but I really didn’t like the look. Second layer of white paint for the clouds. Next, I tried a wooden scrapbook embellishment quote “ENJOY THE VIEW” and that worked OK with some touch ups here and there. But after a day of glancing at it whenever I added more balloons to the bunch, I was not happy with the result. Hello, third layer of whit paint.

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And finally I returned to freehand and used the “dot” method. “IS OUT THERE” were the words I painted in simple capital letters and dotted the letter tips for a playful, fun look. Personally, I think dots make everything look better. I was working on a completely different project when I found some old thin cardboard letter stencils! Hmmmmmm. The stencils kind of worked — the stencils gave me a really good outline of the letter and I needed to paint in the letters and touch up some rough up edges.

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In the end, I really love my new painting and I can’t wait to hang it up on my wall of art! Plus, I really love the last two paintings before I boxed up my paint supplies and dragged out my sewing machine (I’m so overdue to mend and refashion some clothes now). I had fun painting cute little fish and impressed myself with painting “JUST KEEP SWIMMING.” And I love my first ever hedgehog holding a bunch of red heart balloons, and I free painted “LOVE” on the canvas.

2016 RESOLUTION: UPDATED CHALLENGES

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So, my 2016 resolution is to complete 12 challenges during the year. I am still struggling to complete Challenge 2, but I added two more good challenges to my list. Wish me luck!

CHALLENGE 1: 7 refashions 7 days.

CHALLENGE 2: Achieve 15,000 steps per day in one week.

*sigh* Challenge not yet achieved. However, Charlie agreed if I can run five miles he will attend a painting class with me. Yay!

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CHALLENGE 3: Read 50 books between now and the end of the year.

I was on a huge reading kick in May but sort of stopped reading in June. If I want to complete this goal before the end of the year I need start reading again. I have a few books lying around the house — just need to crack them open.

CHALLENGE 4: Participate and challenge myself in Me Made May 2016.

Complete! Technically, I finished four refashions involving a sewing machine, but a busy schedule at the end of the month and my amazing ability to procrastinate sort of forced me to include my T-shirt screening projects.

CHALLENGE 5: Complete three long unfinished quillow projects before the end of the year .

I want to complete my T-shirt quillow; Charlie’s T-shirt quillow; and my first patchwork quilt (fix and turn into a quillow) before the year ends.

CHALLENGE 6: Become a Current Executive Contributor at Refashion Co-op by the end of the year.

To be a Current Executive Contributor, I just need to post 100 refashions and my current total number is 80-something. Contributors are required to post one refashion per month, but many contributors are overachievers and post two to three or more refashions in a month. I’m confident I could post 20 more refashions by the end of the year.

CHALLENGE 7: Teach myself to paint three “complicated” 16×20 canvases.

I’m pretty proud of myself for figuring out how to paint 8×10 canvases, and I feel ready to try more “complicated” paintings on 16×20 canvases.

2016 RESOLUTION: UPDATED CHALLENGES

EDITOR’S NOTE: I receive compensation through clicks and purchases from affiliate links on my blog and in various posts. For more information, please click the ABOUT ME page.

So, my 2016 resolution is to complete 12 challenges during the year. I am still struggling to complete Challenge 2, but I added two more good challenges to my list. Wish me luck!

CHALLENGE 1: 7 refashions 7 days.

CHALLENGE 2: Achieve 15,000 steps per day in one week.

When I set this challenge for myself, I don’t think I realized how hard it would be to achieve! 15,000 steps per day is A LOT of walking. My sisters and I walked EVERYWHERE during our Minnesota trip last month, and not once did I hit the 15,000 steps in one day. I was close — 13, 125 steps — one day and a little over 10,000 steps two other days. Ugh, I honestly didn’t realize this challenge would be so hard. On the bright side, I achieved my daily step goal that week.

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CHALLENGE 3: Read 50 books between now and the end of the year.

So far, “The Queen’s Rival” by Diane Haeger. For some reason, I’m drawn to the English monarch right now, especially the Tudor era. I don’t know if I should proud of myself for naming the six wives of Henry VIII (Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Catherine Parr). One minor complaint, couldn’t people think of other names besides Elizabeth, Mary, Anne, and Catherine?

CHALLENGE 4: Participate and challenge myself in Me Made May 2016.

“I, Jennifer Elliott at jenniferelliott14.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’16. I endeavour to wear at least three refashioned items per week and refashion five new garments in May 2016.”

7-DAY CHALLENGE: BY THE NUMBERS

I won’t lie — I absolutely failed this challenge. For the first three days, my numbers weren’t even close to the 15,000 step goal. By Wednesday, I became more aware of the goal and honestly tried to reach the daily goal. On the bright side, I hit my normal goal without too many issues. Until I hit 15,000 steps a day for seven consecutive days, this will be an ongoing challenge for me and I hope I can achieve it before the month ends. Wish me luck!

7-DAY CHALLENGE: 15,000 STEPS PER DAY

March’s Challenge: 15,000 steps per day this week. At the end of the week, I’ll post pictures of my daily stats from my Fitbit account (I now need to figure out how to save a screen grab from my phone … hmmmmmm).

I’ve been wearing my Fitbit for a few months now and haven’t really been taking advantage of it. I love my Fitbit, especially the digital clock display and the sleep tracker (which is oddly accurate), but I haven’t used it to challenge myself physically. That changes today — this week. Hopefully.

Per the American Heart Association, the daily recommended steps is 10,000. Admittedly, I am nowhere close to that number some days as I spend most my time in front of a computer screen or my sewing machine. A downside of being a blogger and sewist (sewer? seamstress?), I suppose. To challenge myself and my legs, I set 15,000 steps a day as my goal. I can do this! I think …

REFASHION 7: MY FIRST CIRCLE SKIRT

With a ton of shirts in my refashion bin, I need to really work on whittling down that number. So, I pulled four different blue shirts and cut them into pieces to form a circle. Once the pieces were cut, I simply sewed them together, creating a beautiful circle, and added 2-inch black elastic to the waistband. Easy peasy.

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What I did:

  • found four different blue shirts that complemented each other
  • cut the shirts into angled strips
  • trimmed the waist area
  • added 2-inch black elastic
  • twirled around in the skirt longer than necessary

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REFASHION 6: A SWEATER SKIRT TO FINALLY LOVE

I was in the process of trying to save the grey cowl sweater by turning it into a better sweater, but I made some minor errors. Oops. When I removed the cowl from the sweater, I didn’t like the new neckline and couldn’t figure out how to save it. Instead of putting a little more effort into the save, I decided to turn the sweater into a sweater skirt.

Years ago when I first started refashioning, I destroyed a good number of my husband’s old sweaters trying to refashion a skirt. Needless to say, I failed over and over and over until I ran out of old sweaters. About a year ago, I successfully refashioned a sweater into a skirt, but then I decided the skirt was terrible.

After throwing the green sweater skirt back into my refashion bin, I no longer had sweater skirt. Anyway, all I needed was black elastic and about 30 minutes to turn a sweater into a skirt. I’m pretty happy with the results, and I can’t wait to wear it! Yay!

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What I did:

  • removed the cowl neck
  • realized I didn’t like the new neckline
  • could not figure out a quick fix to the neckline
  • decided to turn the sweater into a skirt
  • snipped off the body of the sweater from armpit to armpit
  • added 3-inch black elastic to the waistband

REFASHION 5: PRETTY SLEEVES

On Pinterest I found a cute sweater with multi-color sleeves, and I thought, “That’s super cute! And I can do that!” Instead of a replicating as a sweater, I took one of my husband’s old ringer T-shirts and rummaged through my bag of knit remnants saved from my quillow project. Dark green and dark blue complemented the grey T-shirt, and a few strips of white knit added a bit of pop. What drew me to this project was the sleeves contained the same colors but the sleeves weren’t identical or uniform. I knew I could easily create multi-color long sleeves if they didn’t have to be completely identical.

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Because the shirt was a little snug and a little too short, I made an asymmetrical cut and added dark blue knit. Unfortunately, in my stash I couldn’t find just one shade of dark blue — I had at least four different shades. So, I used all four shades to make the shirt a tad bigger and longer. While I am happy with the results (especially the sleeves), the bottom portion isn’t the greatest or prettiest.

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What I did:

  • Snipped off the dark blue elastic band on the sleeves
  • Picked out complementary knit fabrics from my stash
  • Used a cut off long sleeve (from an old T-shirt in my quillow project) as my template
  • Created two long sleeves from the different colored knit fabrics
  • Added new sleeves to the shirt
  • Admired my handiwork in the mirror longer than necessary
  • Added extra fabric to make the shirt a tad bigger and more girly

REFASHION 4: V FOR VICTORY

For all the refashioned shirts I have been hanging in my closet, I have also been taking an old shirt out and tossing it in my refashion bin. I love having a great selection of cool shirts to choose from.

For my latest refashion, I took an old brown polo shirt from Charlie and an old wispy blouse of mine. The process was simple but took a little bit of time (a few hours).

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What I did:

  • snipped off about five inches from the bottom of the brown polo
  • snipped off the bottom portion of a light brown blouse
  • sewed new bottom hem to the polo
  • cut off collar from the polo
  • created a bias tape from fabric from the blouse
  • created a V-neckline with the new bias tape

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The refashion for the black T-shirt was relatively simple because I just needed to rework the dumb neckline. I’m not a big fan of the bunchy round neckline and made a premature cut. Oops. Oh well. With fabric left over from the black-and-white dress refashion, I created a bias tape to wrap around the neckline. Easy peasy. And I love the shirt even more!