Monthly Project…


Inspired by a friend, I’m thinking of tackling one thing each month.  Giving myself a monthly project…a specific area to focus on.  I’ve got to come up with a way to calm the chaos. 

There never seems to be enough time in the day for anything I want or need to do, so by giving myself teeny tiny ones each day, and only incrementing it slightly each day, I should be able to achieve a goal a month…theoretically.

Where to start…what are the things I’d like to be doing or learning about right now.  Yoga.  Gratitude Journal.  Prayer.  Food.  Health.  Crafting.  Meditation.  Bucket List.  Healing myself. 

Trying to find a starting point when you’re so lost in a sea of options, is totally overwhelming to me.  I don’t know where to begin.  I am going to take the rest of this month, all three days of it, my planning time for the first “Monthly Project”

I love all the pins I see on Pinterest.  I want to try new hair styles.  I want to paint.  I want to be inspired.  I want to cook and bake.  I want to upcycle and repurpose and make the world a better place than I found it!  I want to homestead and be self-sufficient…without completely living off the grid…let’s be reasonable.  I want to quilt, knit, crochet, weave and darn.  I want to get back to the simpler things in life and have simpler times. 

My children are growing and with that comes the inevitable spreading of wings.  I only have them for so much longer before they are sucked into the big bad world.  I want to make memories and cherish every moment.  I want the Norman Rockwell painting…who am I kidding…I just don’t want them drowning in therapy bills when they finally leave the nest!

How do I incorporate time for me and time for them and time for him (my darling husband).  Wait…wasn’t this supposed to be about me?  See what I mean?  It’s crazy busy and crowded in this brain of mine!

Rugs.  I’ve been wanting to make braided rugs for a while now.  I went on and got a whole bunch of t-shirts.  All sizes, colors, and shapes.  They have been sitting in my craft room for the last…(do I have to admit this?) year.  YIKES!  I bought hula hoops for my girls so they could make a simpler version of the t-shirt rugs I’d been researching.  I also got latch hooks from fellow freecyclers so I could latch hook pieces of t-shirts into rugs.  Recently I found rag rugs.  Now I have asked my dh to make me a loom!  I still haven’t even cut up those damn t-shirts!  I can’t do anything without taking the first step of cutting up those t-shirts!  No looming, latching, tying, crocheting, braiding or rug making of any kind until I cut up those shirts! 

I think I should start with rugs.  If nothing else…it’ll help me start to clean out the piles and piles of t-shirts from the floor of the craft room.  If I cut up a shirt a day…maybe start out with sorting the shirts by color.  Sort. Cut. Plan. Prep. Create.  All these are necessary components.  I can do this.  I am going to do this.  I will visualize myself doing this.

What I need to get started

  • rotary cutter (no way am I going to cut up hundreds of t-shirts using scissors…I can feel the blisters already!)
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • boxes/bags to sort the colored strips into once sorted

That’s enough to get me started.  It might take me a few weeks just to cut up all the t-shirts!  Okay…we’ve got a plan.