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Notecards Swap

In keeping with resolution #4, I joined a notecards swap because I figured I needed the extra nudge to get started on making a bunch of handmade cards (5 of 50) to send out. After cranking out about 25 of these (18 of which have been sent out partners in my swap group), I am excited to make more notecards!

Sample set of what I sent to my partners:

Close-ups of a few of my favourite cards:


Using this nifty little template by Rachel, I constructed a couple of matchboxes (4 of 50) for the fill-a-matchbox swap!

Weekend knits for Baby V.

A dear friend, LV, is having a baby girl! In addition to stopping by the shops to pick up a gift card, I decided to knit a couple of tiny goodies for Baby K.!

A wee berry baby hat (1 of 50) which took less than 3 hours to knit while watching a couple of movies:

And since we're talking about a baby girl here, a couple of pairs of shoes! This makes perfect sense because Baby K.'s mama is a shoe aficionado!

Baby Janes (2 of 50) in a charcoal colourway,

and a pair of ruby red feeties (3 of 50) to wear around the house!

Once a year, when I head west to visit my folks, I splurge on craft supplies (typical, when one is away from home, no?). This year, in addition to my usual haunts, I also checked out SCRAP, a store which sells all kinds of junk suited for crafts.

In addition to interesting bits of scrap materials, I also found some fabric at this place. Amazing!

And some squishy goodes from Yarn Garden. I was mostly interested in sock yarns (since I have high hopes of knitting socks in 2011), but a skein of baby alpaca somehow made it into my basket (sis selected it for a specific project which I need to get started on)!

And fabric from Craft Warehouse and Fabric Depot. Lots of yummy fabrics were fondled at these places...but I only brought home, ahem, a few that I absolutely had to have.

And of course, some books for inspiration from Kinokuniya and JoAnn's. I've been searching for that house patchwork book for ages, and I was really pleased to find a copy of it! And since learning to draw is one of my goals for 2011, voila, I found a book to help me out with that goal. The sewing calendar, I'm not too keen on *sigh* The projects in it (yes, I already looked at all the projects) aren't all that exciting. Bummer.

And these two sets of clear stamps that I picked up while waiting to pay for my purchases...

Yep, it's safe to say that I should be good to craft in 2011!

After catching up on some much needed sleep upon my return from my holiday travels, I realized that I haven't made any crafty resolutions for 2011. Gah. Took a peak at 2010's resolutions and realised that I'm rubbish at keeping resolutions (what destashing? 36 finished projects? etc, etc, etc.?). Nevertheless, fool that I am, here I go again...with my list of craft-related goals for 2011 (in no particular order).

#1 D-E-S-T-A-S-H. Seriously. Or at the very least make a concerted effort to work off my stash as opposed to buying more craft supplies to play with!

#2 Knit a few pairs of socks. Heh...easier said than done *sigh*

#3 Make a better attempt at completing 50 unique proejcts in 2011.

#4 Send out handcrafted notecards, birthday cards, etc. No more taking the easy route with Hallmark cards.

#5 Try at least 3 new crafts (weaving comes to mind, and a couple other crafts that have yet to be determined).

#6 Find another charity to craft for.

#7 Start cooking again. Yes, cooking's a craft!

#8 Work on a bunch of Ho-Ho-Ho crafts for a certain special relative who shall not be named.

#9 Learn how to draw.

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