There were seven questions on Rose's list, so here goes:
1. Let's decide if we want to finish any projects started for last Christmas and not completed. Will we :
a)finish them right away and put them in our gift closet;
b) put them away for a bit; or
c) get rid of them altogether?
I have 3 large, long-standing UFOs (unfinished objects) -- a crocheted throw, a crocheted scrap afghan, and a felt campfire with s'mores. I thought I had completed a fabric alphabet letters project, but recently found some precut fabric and batting squares (to make 22 more letters) so that is a UFO again as well.
I don't want to get rid of any of these altogether. I'm thinking I'll finish off the alphabet letters and give them to a friend for her baby. I'd like to finish the crocheted throw in time for the recipient's April birthday. As soon as I can finish the felt items, I'll send them off to Nevada. The kids are still young enough to really enjoy them ... probably far more than if I had sent them in 2015!
The scrap afghan is for me so I don't mind that remaining a UFO for awhile, but I'd like to make some more motifs for it maybe this winter. The three different styles of motifs are below.
2. Decide if we want to go through any boxes/containers holding craft supplies; decide if we want to get rid of any of these supplies.
I'd love to sort out/give away craft supplies, but probably not just yet. I have a house to clean out (not mine) first. I do have far too many supplies in far too many areas of the house. I have in the past gone through my cross stitch patterns and supplies, and got rid of many things, but I have so much more in other craft categories that I will never use again. I know that storage wouldn't be such a problem if I had fewer supplies to store.
3. Write down any ideas people have given you for the coming year, crafted items or other ideas.
I've done some of this but have more to add. I need to do my Christmas 2019 debriefing and start lists for 2020's birthdays and Christmas. Kinda slow doing that this year, not sure why.
4. Does your crafting area need a little tidying -- or a lot?
It needs a lot of tidying. See question #2. It is an absolute disaster, actually.
5. Think about what went right or wrong in making crafts for gifts -- is there anything you would change for this crafting year?
My biggest problems were starting too late and underestimating how long certain projects would take. I so love making handmade gifts, but I need to stick to smaller projects in the future. No more campfires after I complete this one. The one that isn't finished is the second of two.
6. Set a date for when you want to have all Christmas crafting completed.
My hubby set this date for me years ago -- December 1. In 2018 he relaxed the date when he saw how much it meant to me to accomplish some simple crafted gifts. And that year they were quick, easy items. In 2019 I had grandiose ideas and no real deadline. I bought materials for super capes, but they didn't even get started. Pretty sure I'm going back to a December 1 deadline for 2020.
7. Start making notes of what you would like to make craftwise this year.
I've jotted down a few ideas in my Christmas notebook. With my hubby's retirement, we'll need to scale back our spending a bit, so I think more homemade gifts, especially kitchen gifts, may be in order.
Hope these questions are helpful to others like me who love to craft for Christmas!