I started to see these lists more as an inspiration and “I’d like to make this” lately instead of a fixed to-do. So, what I’d like to make this month is this:
- - a dress I can wear on my birthday
- - a necklace
- - my new header
- - finish putting my stuff into my room again
- - something to make my jalousies more effective
I’m back from my short trip to another world. I also brought back souvenirs, but that’s for another post.
I really thought I wrote a results-for-July posts before I went that also said that I was actually gone for five days from last Wednesday, but most obviously I didn’t. In consequence to my short-notice leaving for my first LARP since 2008 I didn’t finish any of my projects from July except the dress – which was very different from what I expected (I wanted a light summer’s dress and ended up with the folklore-inspired gown for my new character!). So that’s my resumé for July, and here’s my list for August:
- - lightweight shopping bag – organisable and pretty
- - apron
- - sailor collar top
- - print the red circle skirt
- - black corduroy skirt – I’ve got to start planning for Autumn
Each and every time when I’m this close to my last lecture of the semester I’m all pins and needles for the holidays. Oh, the things I’ll do and make! I surely will go running at least every second day, I’ll cook and bake every week – no more fast food this year!, I’ll sew enough to start with a whole new wardrobe in October, I’ll finally explore the countryside by bike and I’ll draw and paint like never before.
But let’s face it, the actual holidays look like this:
On the first few mornings I’ll tell myself “Hey, heeey, you’ve been busy all semester long. Take the chance to catch up with your need of sleep. You’ll need it. And then you can think about all the things you want to do.”
Well, I don’t think I have to write it all out, but in the end I’ll just be spending a lot of my time staying in bed while I can’t sleep that long, anyway, watching anime, eating frozen pizza and then wondering about what happened to the three months that should have been there afterwards.
But here’s the thing: When I blog about my plans, at least some people will expect me to do some of the stuff I actually want to do. They will look forward to the recipes and tutorials, the pictures from my walks and the reports from my field trips.
And there’s one thing I hate to do: Disappointing people.
So, here’s a list of a few things I want to do this summer.
- Start a photo location map with pictures and descriptions (of how far the location is from my place, how busy the spot usually is etc.)
- Take some walks and hikes or bike tours to explore the country around here.
- Have my hair cut. I’m so fed up with this massive block of hair, I think I want something more layered.
- Start to learn French so that I won’t have such a hard start when the semester starts again.
- Declutter my closet. Make lists of what I want, what I love, what I need. Go thrifting, go shopping, sew, make. Have photo shoots.
- Go running early in the morning and have a nice shower and an even nicer breakfast afterwards.
- Prepare everything for my new LARP character to be ready when the opportunity comes to play her.
- Go swimming!
Please expect proof and pictures, and please look forward to them. It’s such a big help to me.
Have a great summer!
Oh, I love making lists.
- - an apron.
- - the stencil border print skirt from June.
- - a bag for shopping. Organisable.
- - a dress.
- - the Discworld-related swap parcel.
Holidays are just around the corner which means lots of free time to sew and craft. Plus, Scoundrel will be away for several weeks, and as sad as I am about this, it’ll surely be good for my productivity.
As June is to be over in a few hours, this is my résumé list for the five projects I had planned out for this month.
- - circle skirt with stencil border: No. First I noticed that the fabric I had in mind was already cut up for another project and couldn’t find the same colour when I went shopping for some more, and then I spent the rest of the month pondering about the right motif for another colour.
- - a bag of some kind: No. Mainly because I couldn’t find thread in the same colour as the leather. I’m still working on that.
- - white underskirt: Yes. Considering that this only required two seams (already ruffled underskirt fabric is one of the greatest inventions of all time) it’s not a big achievement, but when you take in account that I’m really, really bad at putting myself together to do something at all, it’s a good thing anyway. And you can see it here.
- - Batman t-shirt: Yes. I just hope it’s bright enough for black light (it doesn’t look like it on the picture, I know, but it’s actually more of a fluorescent-neon-kind-of-yellow, I swear). ^^
- summer semester 2012 time table: Yes.
I finished it just today and am really happy about the result. [Edit: you can see it here
I know it’s a little bit uncommon to post the next list of projects before last month’s result, but I really need better photos with the latter, and I don’t have those yet.
- - circle skirt with stencil border
- - a bag of some kind
- - white underskirt
- - Batman t-shirt or wifebeater
- - time table
As you can see I really decided to limit my monthly projects down to five per month. For obvious reasons if you take the last two months into account… But I’m really looking forward to the June Projects!
I love how the colours of these fabrics work together ♥
I’ve dragged a lot of the April Projects on to May. As mentioned before, the cosplay was about five projects alone. So I just copied the list, took one down and added four new projects at the end:
- - pink-white striped wrap top
- - harem pants
- - new ren fair outfit
- - garden skirt
- - painting for Teli
- - late birthday present for the Elfin One
- - time table
- - door curtain
- - summer pajama
- - flannel dress
I already think that I’ll drag the ren fair outfit on again, but I’ll at least certainly try!
Remember the list I posted last month? Well, April is nearly through and I must say: I think it was rather optimistic of me to think I could do all that. Not that I feel any remorse, at least I tried. And I’ve got the perfect excuse: The beginning of the new semester, choosing lectures and courses, comparing time tables for cafeteria days with friends and the like really took its time. That’s also the reason why I’ve been rather quiet lately, but it all started well and I finally decided to stick with archeology through my B.A. as my major. The process that lead me there was a little bit like coming home, but that’s not for this post. I’ll cover that later, maybe.
What is for this post is the resumé on my list for April’s Projects!
- - pink-white striped wrap top: No. I actually do have the material, but I hadn’t the time. But it’ll make it’s way to May’s list, surely.
- - harem pants: No. Same as above.
- - cosplay outfit for RPC: YES! Actually that was the main project for April and would have taken up a list of its own. I’ll report to you after the convention, and hopefully I’ll have pictures to show you, too!
- - new ren fair outfit: No. But I didn’t make it to the fair anyway, so I had time to concentrate on the cosplay.
- - garden skirt: No. May list, as well.
- - painting for Teli: No. Not yet.
- - late birthday present for the Elfin One: No. I’m horrible at delivering birthday presents in time or at least only half a year after the day.
- - alter brown summer pants: Yes, even though without the step-by-step pictures.
- - RIPT pillow cover: Yes! Featured in the picture above. Not exhaustingly so, though, as I don’t want to take away the possibility of a real project post. ^^
- - plaque rat wife beater: No.
I should have split up the cosplay into several points, but overall I’m okay with the outcome of this first list. Let’s hope I’ll do better in May!
I’ve got this idea from Selene. To cope with my problem of starting and not finishing projects I’ll make a list of 10 projects for every month and try to get on with them. Others are allowed, too, of course, but these 10 are of priority. Most of them are ones I’ve got the materials for, and I decided not to limit them to sewing but also get some fine art and other crafts projects done. I’ll draw a resumé at the end of April, and then we’ll see if it got me somewhere or is just another list to gather virtual dust on my blog.
- - pink-white striped wrap top
- - harem pants
- - cosplay outfit for RPC
- - new ren fair outfit
- - garden skirt
- - painting for Teli
- - late birthday present for the Elfin One
- - alter brown summer pants (with step-by-step pictures!)
- - RIPT pillow cover
- - plaque rat wife beater
P.S.: There’s still time to participate in the recent giveaway! Good Luck!
notes for the new list
Well, today is the 22nd day of November and so the deadline for my daring deeds expires tonight. This here is a little conclusion about these goals. I did 50 of 101, that’s nearly 50%! I’m sure I could do even better, my new list is already there.
P.S.: I also linked back to posts that covered a Daring Deed so you can see some parts of the progress again!
- Build a doll with sculpey (or similar material) or wooden head and limbs. Not done, but made it into the new list.
- Sew a bustle dress. Not done either. I just didn’t dare to try and maybe ruin the fabric I had for it!
- Sew a corset. Weeell, I got the material… but didn’t sew it. Yet. Another point for another list.
- Get a new MP3 player and decent new head phones. Finally something I did!
- Take French lessons or do my Latin certificate. As if. But I’m still trying!
- Go to university.
- Build an everyday Steampunk wardrobe (at least 15 pieces). 10 of 15 pieces isn’t too bad. Of course I’ll continiue this, but rather not in the list.
- Finish drawing a chapter of Splinterworld. Sadly, I failed in this.
- Do the 100 theme challenge on DeviantArt for Splinterworld. I just draw too little!
- Don’t leave the house without a hat or headpiece for two weeks. I certainly tried! But then there were these little occasions like going outside to buy groceries on which I forgot the hat, and therefore… no.
- Learn crochet. Teli taught me.
- Loose 5 kilos of weight.
- Sew a ten-piece doll wardrobe (best case for the doll mentioned above). No doll, no clothes.
- Build a bed. It already collapsed again after two years of good use. It was time for a change, anyway, as this bed belonged to another era of my life, so I wasn’t too devastated.
- Draw 10 portraits of real persons and colour them (the portraits, not the people).
- Learn to play another instrument or at least try it. Tin whistle and harp.
- Go to bed before midnight for a month (weekends excepted). Such a great experience! I should definitely do this again!
- Go on a holiday. Done just last summer!
- Start my own web comic. No. But besides Splinterworld I’ve already a new project together with Imp. Maybe we can pull it off during the new year!
- Manage at least one pull-up. No, but I feel rather well with my body, though.
- Draw and colour a picture (full body with or without additional portrait) of each Pen & Paper RPG character of mine. I just started out with my Pathfinder cleric, so I guess that’s another “next list” project.
- Take part in a tournament. I’ve actually been to the Savate German Championship. Didn’t win, but it was an awesome experience, though.
- Sew at least 2 pyjamas or nightgowns. Still planning. I had one nearly finished, but then noticed that it didn’t fit me anymore… ^^
- Arrange a Steampunk LARP.
- Finish a written story.
- Sew at least 3 everyday dresses or skirts for myself. One of three isn’t the result I wanted, but I’m trying.
- Go to a ball. The Bohème Sauvage counts.
- Buy 10 nice teas for tea parties.
- Go outside for one hour a day for at least a month. I’m a little ashamed to confess I didn’t do that. I guess that’s another point…
- Sell something handmade.
- Paint a picture in oil. Though I accidentally used oil colour for my Latin folder instead of acrylics…
- Go to a museum at least 12 times. 8/12 aren’t so bad, but more would have been better.
- Create a herbarium or at least start by glueing dried plants into a special notebook.
- Go swimming at least 7 times.
- Design my own mouse pad. I covered my desk with velvet foil again (I ripped of the old one during a rather rebellious phase), now it’s a giant mousepad. ^^
- Build a lampion chain with egg cardboard or another lamp. Check.
- Practise with my harp every day for two weeks for half an hour at least.
- Grow a little herb garden on the window sill or a decent one in the garden. And I was so close to it!
- Make a Greenlesque motif and t-shirt.
- Get a nice pair of goggles.
- Go climbing.
- Buy a DVD. More than one, actually!
- Get 1 kilo of wool and spin it. Recently I got some wool from Teli and now I’ve got about half a kilo, but it’s not even half spun yet. But actually, what would I want with so much wool? O.o
- Write a children’s story/ book and illustrate it. No. But Scoundrel and I are considering some educational ones about culture and social studies and archeology.
- Sew a dragon coat or a justaucorps. I failed this one, but I still want a justaucorps.
- Build three LARP weapons or mod three nerf guns. Well, at least I started sanding two guns…
- Wear a planned outfit at least once a week for two month and draw it. I established my Sartorial Saturday, so, well, yes!
- Buy three pairs of nice tights.
- Have a princess day once a month.
- Cook or bake something unknown once a month for a year. I had so much fun doing that, I’d definitely make this a point in the new list!
- Visit an antiques & oddities market. I even sold some of my old stuff.
- Take part in NaNoWriMo successfully or at least write a 50.000 word story. I tried it. But if you take two NaNoWriMos and No. 25 of this list in account, maybe writing just isn’t for me… (and I take this better than I tought I would)
- Have a Lolita photo session and post a picture on Dunkelsüß.
- Make candles.
- Knit or weave a scarv. Check. It isn’t the prettiest, but I like it anyway. And I’m already fancying a new one…
- Refresh my knitting skills. Via the scarf above.
- Build a terminal for my laptop and scanner.
- Have a course guidance.
- Try onion dye. Not yet, but my onion peel collection grows every minute… kind of.
- Draw at least one chapter of a Steampunk comic. Again, this connects with Imp’s and my project. Maybe next time!
- Get my hair tips cut. Twice, even.
- Make a to-read classics list and read at least 50% of it.
- Build an acceptable make-up kit. If someone had told fifteen-year-old me I’d own such amounts of make-up one day, I would have declared them downright bonkers, but alas…
- Build a sports wardrobe.
- Get a tea service for a tea for at least four. Got: Teapot, milk jug. I’m still yearning for some pretty cups, but I didn’t happen to find some that matched my teapot yet.
- Make soap. Still not done. But I got some pretty molds, in case I’ll ever do it!
- Get an old book on behavior.
- Learn 15 cool quotes by heart. Not really. I think quotes are not really something I remember well, and actually, I don’t use them, anyway.
- Buy a hat. More than one!
- Refresh my dancing skills. I even learned some Charleston.
- Sew a new set of renaissance fair/ fantasy LARP clothes. Another “still planning”.
- Buy a Lolita dress or skirt.
- Sew a classic Lolita dress.
- Buy 10 not-second-hand-or-school-related books.
- Get a proper morning robe or equal piece. I’ve got a wonderful home-dress from Lilibeth and my beloved old kimono that I just had to remember.
- Go ice skating. Jules, we’ve got to do this this winter!
- Eat no pasta for a month.
- Learn 10 amusing facts about Prussian and Victorian history. But: 7/10 (1. Cartier sold bejeweled gold heroin syringes; 2. The Victorian basically invented all sex toys we know today; 3. Lesbian relationships were widely tolerated; 4. Queen Victoria liked her tea better with whiskey than sugar; 5. “Freaks” were quite celebrated members of society; 6. … and later called themselves “prodigies” instead. People were fine with it; 7. The term for men who had “affairs” with other men was Uranians)
- Sew my graduation dress. See here.
- Sew two aprons – one for every day, one for cooking.
- Make bathing bombs.
- Buy a Steiff Teddy bear. My darling Hollis.
- Take part in two more swaps on NuS. Definitely more than two (hats, lucky packs, T-shirts and skirts and books, just to name a few). Actually, I’m in another one right now!
- Start my own lolita/ princess/ non cynical blog. Here we are! Actually, this is the blog I kept for the longest time, and I’ve got no intention to change this.
- Write two songs.
- Have a photoshoot in my LARP or renaissance fair clothes.
- Go to the theatre. Movie theatres count, too. One has to make to make allowances.
- Get new colours for my aquarelle paint-box. Here.
- Get my glasses fixed or new glasses. And here.
- Get some nice batminton equipment.
- Learn 10 flower fairies by heart.Rose Hip, Elder Flower, Rose, make that 3/10 (I thought there were more… I’ll keep learning).
- Build a doll-house or at least refurbish the old one. Next list I’ll do this, next list I’ll do this…
- Gather enough book bionding material and tools to be able to do smaller things at home.
- Alter and paint 10 t-shirts for myself. I only did 5, but at least I made some T-shirts for others, too.
- Make “nature’s child” jewelery with pendants that look like arcorns or mushrooms.
- Do embroidery on at least 4 pieces of everyday clothing for myself.
- Sew at least two headdresses. I’m devastated. And not so sure if old-school headdresses look so good on me…
- Grow horns. I meant ones from sculpy, of course. But sadly, no.
- Watch “Aristocats”. This was an easy one. ^^
- Learn to play the “Velvet Paws Suite” on piano. Alternatively, “Nyan Cat”. I still got the sheet music…
- Try marmalade. Not the most awesome experience ever, but not so horrible, either.