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Day 333 Monday July 23, 2012

Posted by Beatrice on July 23, 2012

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

 Date: Day 333 Monday July 23, 2012

How to find the days:

http://www.timeanddate.com/date/durationresult.html?m1=8&d1=26&y1=2011&m2=7&d2=23&y2=2012&ti=on
Project Accomplishments: none on 11-point star quilt project –  I did however complete a project listed on day 328.
Books:

Author:
Book Comments: Today I want to finish a book titled the Book Woman’s last Fling. I read it in the past and it is a good book. 
Exercise:
Tools:
Observations: 
Prayer: Lord, the day is half way done. There is a list of nine things on my to do list all except 2 have been addressed. I have more to do in this lovely day. Be near to guide me. Bless all people who need assistance , especially those who are downtrodden.

Diversions:  I plan to note things that I have listed below that I do indeed finish.

Finish the 11-point star project I have a good start on this and simply need to dedicate time to it. – This project design, completed on October 8, 2009, was the primary topic for beginning my 2011 blog and I worked on it until various diversions took me to other arenas.

  1. My granddaughter and grandson requested stuffed toy chickens. I purchased the supplies, have five cut out and have three nearly completed and parts of the others ready to sew once I change thread colors on my machine. This began February 19, 2012 when my visiting grand children requested this. finished  five large chickens. Of those 2 were brown, 2 were white and 1 was a pink and purple print. This project also included six small yellow chicks and 8 plastic eggs. I completed this project on Friday July 20 and mailed them out on Saturday July 21. Yipee!
  2.  My Grandson requested  a quilt. I made the pattern for the quilt but have to print it.
  3. Help husband build a 27-foot long bridge across a creek. This project began 4/6/2001 when we purchased a magazine featuring a small attractive bridge.
  4. The making of a 50th anniversary double wedding ring quilt for my sister and her husband. I purchased some of the fabric and ordered the remaining. Ordering took place on July 16, 2012. The quilt needs to be done by the first of November, 2012. I scheduled machine quilting already.
  5. I purchased machine embroidery designs to make a machine embroidery quilt and tested the designs on scrap fabric. I was unable to find the fabric I had in mind so this project has been waiting for “inspiration” to arrive. I purchased the designs on February 5, 2011. On July 16, I ordered some of the supplies to proceed with this project.
  6. I started another book quite a while ago I sent a book proposal to a company in 2008, which was rejected so I set it aside while deciding if I could self-publish the topic and make it a popular subject for quilters. The materials sit in a project box.
  7. While in Paducah, KY, in April 2012, I purchased supplies to make a cloth purse. I have yet to start this. The materials sit in a project box.

 I can probably come up with more but should probably organize these by date or importance and probably put my grandchildren first. The chickens should be easy to finish. The 50th anniversary quilt should be next.

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Day 328 Wedneday July 18, 2012

Posted by Beatrice on July 18, 2012

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

 Date: Day 328 Wedneday July 18, 2012

Project Accomplishments: none on 11-point star quilt project –  I did however complete some projects.
Books:

Author:
Book Comments: 
Exercise:
Tools:
Observations: 

Prayer: Lord, give me wisdom to organize what is most important in my life. I want to place my attention on those tasks and duties. Give me charity in my heart and a joy of giving what will give joy to others. Amen.

Diversions: Day 328 Wednesday, July 18, 2012

So, I officially resume blogging on “From Procrastination to Completion.

 I have started some things that I need to complete. They are not necessarily in the order I need to do them:

  1. Finish the 11-point star project I have a good start on this and simply need to dedicate time to it. – This project design, completed on October 8, 2009, was the primary topic for beginning my 2011 blog and I worked on it until various diversions took me to other arenas.
  2. My granddaughter and grandson requested stuffed toy chickens. I purchased the supplies, have five cut out and have three nearly completed and parts of the others ready to sew once I change thread colors on my machine. This began February 19, 2012 when my visiting grand children requested this plus a quilt for my grand son. I made the pattern for the quilt but have to print it.
  3. Help husband build a 27-foot long bridge across a creek. This project began 4/6/2001 when we purchased a magazine featuring a small attractive bridge.
  4. The making of a 50th anniversary double wedding ring quilt for my sister and her husband. I purchased some of the fabric and ordered the remaining. Ordering took place on July 16, 2012. The quilt needs to be done by the first of November, 2012. I scheduled machine quilting already.
  5. I purchased machine embroidery designs to make a machine embroidery quilt and tested the designs on scrap fabric. I was unable to find the fabric I had in mind so this project has been waiting for “inspiration” to arrive. I purchased the designs on February 5, 2011. On July 16, I ordered some of the supplies to proceed with this project.
  6. I started another book quite a while ago I sent a book proposal to a company in 2008, which was rejected so I set it aside while deciding if I could self-publish the topic and make it a popular subject for quilters. The materials sit in a project box.
  7. While in Paducah, KY, in April 2012, I purchased supplies to make a cloth purse. I have yet to start this. The materials sit in a project box.

 I can probably come up with more but should probably organize these by date or importance and probably put my grandchildren first. The chickens should be easy to finish. The 50th anniversary quilt should be next.

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327 Days from Thursday January 12 2012 to July 17, 2012

Posted by Beatrice on July 18, 2012

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

 Friday August 26, 2011 (the beginning) to Tuesday July 17, 2012 is 327 days

 Date: 188 Days from Thursday January 12 2012 to Tuesday July 17, 2012
Project Accomplishments: none on 11-point star quilt project –  I did however complete some projects.
Books: I listened to a number of books but since it has been so long, I will start anew on future books.
Author:
Book Comments: 
Exercise:
Tools:
Observations: It takes perserverence to stay on the track you clink to.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord for guiding my Big Color Wheel Combinations Handbook project. Without your guidance, I would not have accomplished this feat. My petition is that this work be an asset and aid to people who purchase it. May what I put together help me to contribute positively to the live of people who use this reference book. You know it is about harmonious color combinations and you are the one who brightened our lives with color. May we always recognize and appreciate what you have provided for us and be thankful for the beauty you have put into our world. Amen
Diversions: Four months 18 days or 20 weeks,…that is how long my procrastination site lasted. Now if I had worked on my unfinished project, the eleven-point star, which I was blogging about, instead of starting another project, I expect I would have had the original blogging project done. However, another project got in the way. It seems never to fail. Something more interesting, more promising, more pressing, more pleasing, more challenging…… takes precedence.

 

 What is it that took over? Why did I stop writing my procrastination blog?

Sometimes I weigh which finished project is more valuable. I weigh what the likelihood of success. Some times value in terms of interest, accomplishment, expected reward, prestige, longevity or dollar income .can dictate which gets set aside and which gets finished.

What was it that I did finish? I looked back in my “diversions” division of my blog and on October 7, 2011, I first mentioned it. I put together a color wheel permutation notebook for teaching purposes. That was the beginning of a 148-page book on color that I developed into a commercial product. On July 16, I mailed the first copies of the pre-publication orders. It felt good to accomplish that.

From the beginning of my blogging (August 2011) until I ended blogging January 2012, I included a daily prayer for thanksgiving or petitions. See above for my day’s prayer.

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Day 140 Thursday January 12 2012

Posted by Beatrice on July 18, 2012

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

Date: Day 140 Friday January 12 2012
Project Accomplishments: none on 11-point star quilt project –  It has been 71 days since I worked on that project. Now Christmas is past. It is impressive to keep track of this and it is a revelation. Just think what I could have accomplished if I had done something for the last —- days!
Books: #14 Explosive Eighteen
Author: Janet Evanovich
Book Comments: I read this book over the Christmas holiday. It is an easy read and I did not like the rats near the end that was over the top yucky.
Exercise:
Tools:
Observations: 
Prayer: 
Diversions: I used the computer a lot during this time span. I also used my art supplies extensively

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Day 139 and more Friday December 16, 2011 to Wednesday January 11, 2012 (27 days)

Posted by Beatrice on January 12, 2012

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

Date: Day 140, Friday December 16, 2011 to Wednesday January 11 2012
Project Accomplishments: none on 11-point star quilt project – but I did move it. It has been 71 days since I worked on that project. Now Christmas is past. It is impressive to keep track of this and it is a revelation. Just think what I could have accomplished if I had done something for the last 71 days!
Books:  Title: #14 — Explosive Eighteen
Author: Janet Evanovich
Book Comments: I read this book over the Christmas holiday. It is an easy read and I did not like the rats near the end that was over the top yucky
Exercise:
Tools: mostly computer and art supplies
Observations: My plan to work on the 11-point star project the week after Christmas and nothing else did not come to fruition. This is what I did do:
I kept very busy during the 27 days I have been away from blogging. My last blog introduced my newest diversion, scrapbooking, which I talk about below.

Christmas preparation and activities, of course, took some of the time. I spent a quiet Christmas Day and New Year day. I wish a Happy New Year to anyone who reads this. I decided that I would “finish” a project I began in 2008. After all, this site is all about finishing something started and then set aside.

To review, some time ago, for a gift to my children, I decided to make a picture scrapbook from picture slides taken between 1966 and 1984. I moved to hard copy photos after that. In 2008, I had the slides scanned to digital format, purchased the scrapbooks, purchased special papers and decorative elements and then the event at which I was going to present the books did not materialize and I set the project aside. The pictures are ones they may have seen but I am sure they would not remember. They may never have seen the pictures. The ones I had scanned were all about them and family events.

It is always difficult for me to decide what gifts to give my children at Christmas. They do not live near me so I do not hear their comments about what they need or would like. This year, the scrapbooks seemed to be a good choice. I could not have estimated the time it would take me to do this project but I assure you it consumed many hours.

I reviewed each digitized slide and sorted them by child name, family and more. I decided during the project that the company that digitized the slides had not done a good job because many slides were not in focus with the color faded. I found out when I sorted the slides after finishing the project that it was not the company, it was the inability to take good slides.

After sorting the slides by categories, I began adjusting each with PhotoShop. I learned that I could get quite good results using various adjustments available in the software. I chose photos that were upbeat, had interest, had nice smiles and memories. I cropped out people to make a child the focus. I cut stuff out of the scene to “clean up” the look. I took out glare on eyeglasses and other objects, darkened backgrounds and came out with some good pictures. I had an allergic reaction to something when my oldest child graduated from University and my lip had swollen up. I fixed that too!

There were six discs of slides. Some had as many as 135 pictures on them and some only 75 or so. You can “picture” the time to do this adding up quickly. When I finished that, I printed the photos on my photo printer and had to purchase ink and paper to finish the project. Just a few pages of paper remain.

Cutting out each photo, I sorted them by child and topic and then I began to assemble scrapbook pages. I found this to be enjoyable and while it took much time, it seemed to fly by. I had most of the supplies I needed but supplemented them with “special” purchase paper and decorations. I made three 12-inch square books and one 8-inch square book, which I gave to H at Christmas. I think all turned out quite well.

In conjunction with this project, H and I sorted through all our loose hard copy photos accumulated over the years and again sorted them by child. The ones we wanted to keep, we scanned into the computer. Then we put rubber bands around the sets of photos to send off to them.

These projects were not enough of a project. We updated our family tree of birth dates, anniversaries and deaths. That had not been done for ten years and I found that some of the dates were missing so I sent copies off to my and H’s family to be updated by people “in the know”. A number of years ago, we wrote short histories about our families and our growing up years and we both updated those. H also wrote about the career he chose and why he chose it. We are sure our children will enjoy the history.

The hardest part of this project was looking at pictures of one of our deceased children. But seeing the smiles made it easier.

This week I sent the scrapbooks, photos, slides, family updates, baby books and more. They should arrive next week. It was a great project to do and to complete. It was a great project to end a year and begin a year!

I cleared off my worktable to make room for the scrapbooking project so I moved the 11-point star project to a temporary location. I had such a mess all over my studio during the scrapbooking. I cleaned part of it up and plan to finish that tomorrow. So these projects are how I spent my holidays.

Prayer: There is so much to be thankful for including the pleasant holidays. In particular, I thank you Lord for allowing me the time to complete the scrapbooking projects, for giving me the stick-to-it-tive-ness and for the rewarding results. I pray that all my endeavors will be equally time-conscious and rewarding.

Diversions: You got a good share of them above but I also did the normal chores like cooking, decorating, cleaning, paying bills, ironing…..the list goes on

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Day 110 Wednesday November 16, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on November 16, 2011

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

Date: Day 110 Wednesday November 16, 2011

Project Accomplishments: none on 11-point star quilt project today — it has been 23 days since I worked on that project

Books:  Title: #14 — A Prisoner of Birth —  Author:  Jeffrey Archer– # of Discs: 13 — Listening time: 16 hours 30 minutes

Book Comments: no listening today

Exercise: raked leaves

Tools: rake

Observations: This was an enjoyable day. I am also blogging before midnight

Prayer: Today I thank you Lord for the opportunity to “sign books.” It was unexpected that I was included in the group of authors and LCC was glad I contacted them. I ask that I have more opportunities like that.

 

Diversions: This morning was all about getting to the LCC Home Coming alumni author book signing. I was there until after 1:00. I handled some business when I returned home, took a nap and raked leaves until it was dark. I will update accounts this evening.

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Day 101 Monday November 7, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on November 8, 2011

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

Date: Day 101 Monday November 7, 2011

Project Accomplishments:  none on 11-point star quilt project today

Books:  Title: #14 — A Prisoner of Birth —  Author:  Jeffrey Archer– # of Discs: 13 — Listening time: 16 hours 30 minutes

Book Comments: no listening today

Exercise: up and down stairs several times

Tools: computer, washer/dryer, hammer, hole punch, tape measure, centering device, pencil, pen, paint brush, saw horses, tape, Exacto knife, printer

Observations: Today seemed like a long, very quiet day. I was glad when H got home, which was later than usual. The only thing on today’s list that I did not address was my 11-point star project. I have a book-signing coming up and I want to prepare my preliminary edition of my Color Wheel Notebook to display along with my other books.

Prayer: Lord, help me to recognize which projects are most important and to focus on those each day. This gray, long day helped me spend time in extended concentration. Thanks.

Diversions: My list contained several things. I did a load of laundry. I researched the minimum number of pages to get a Library of Congress control number, which are 50 pages. I worked on the layout of the color wheel notebook. I prepared my Meridian Music. I painted the bottom of the bridge rails. In the evening H and I worked on the layout of the spindles in the bridge rail sections.

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Day100 Sunday November 6, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on November 6, 2011

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

Date: Day 100 Sunday November 6, 2011

Project Accomplishments: none on 11-point star quilt project today — see observations below

Books:  Title: #14 — A Prisoner of Birth —  Author:  Jeffrey Archer– # of Discs: 13 — Listening time: 16 hours 30 minutes

Book Comments: no listening today

Exercise: raked leaves and painted bridge parts

Tools:  paint brush, paint roller pan, paint roller, paint, screw driver, pliers

Observations: : It is another day where I got done what I planned to do. Woo Hoo! BUT, here I am 100 days from when I initiated the resumption of the 11-point star and it should be well under way. I wonder where I would be now if I had done a little bit each day. It has been twelve days since I have even touched it.

Prayer: Thanks Lord for the gorgeous day, for the opportunity to work outside and to work well with H. I pray that we continue to work with like minds and to make progress on building the bridge.

 

Diversions: Church and church music took up the morning and after that, a nice breakfast. Immediately after that, H and I gathered up tools and went out to the lot. We raked leaves around the bridge beams and while he continued work on leaves, I began to take staples out of the bridge beams in preparation to give the beams a coat of stain. The beams are 27 feet long and the three of them have a 1-foot curve. We returned home at dusk. I made a nice dinner, sat down and took a nap. Then H and I went to shop and stained the 24 rails that I sanded the other day. Now I am tired.

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Day 88 Tuesday October 25, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on October 25, 2011

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

Date: Day 88  Tuesday October 25, 2011

Project Accomplishments:  I glued the final large diamond paper pattern pieces together

Books:  Title: #14 — A Prisoner of Birth —  Author: Jeffrey Archer — # of Discs:  13– Listening hours: 16 hours 30 minutes

Book Comments: no listening today

Exercise:

Tools:

Observations: Today was what I call a slough-off day where I time seemed wasted.

Prayer: Lord, I have a full week, help me to make the most of my time to have a meaningful, pleasant week.

 

Diversions: I rose earlier than I wanted and saw H off on a business trip. I did some stock research and email. I had a 10:00 appointment (left at 9:30). I stopped at Sears and got back about 11:30. I took care of some bills and balanced a statement. I practiced my music for a while. A plumber came to snake out a toilet and the roofer came to replace a couple of shingles lost in high winds. Waiting for these people was part of why I felt some of my time was wasted. I have band practice tonight.

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Day 76 Thursday October 13, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on October 14, 2011

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

Date: Day 76 Thursday October 13, 2011

Project Accomplishments:  none today on 11-point star project

Books:  Title: #13 Sizzling Sixteen —  Author:  Janet Evanovich — # of Discs:  7 — Listening hours: 7 hours

Book Comments: I finished this book today and, as always, her books are raucous and slap stick. In this particular book, the story line was to rescue Vinnie from his gambling and embezzling. I prefer books that talk about fascinating things and “teach” me something interesting. This is the last book in my supply so probably will go to library tomorrow

Exercise:

Tools:

Observations: I have a chest cold. I used aspirin and hot toddy to soothe it and this evening I took a musinex. I quilted today anyway.

Prayer: You always know everything and know I have a virus and probably an infection. There are many sicker people in the world. Care for them, give them peace and healing or see them quickly to your kingdom. I ask that you make my illness short-lived. Thank you for a productive day.

 

Diversions: The doodle quilt took up my day. The center is complete and borders are on. I made some appliqué shapes to add and expect to complete those tomorrow. I straightened and vacuumed my studio work area and hope to get back to my 11-point star project.

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