Wednesday, 13 July 2011

15 minute challenge update: week 1

This week I have been rather quiet in blog-land (usually I am reading and commenting on many more blogs than I have gotten to this week), though I have had my first assignment for my creative writing unit due ... yesterday.  It was to be only 1000 wds - which, I am sure you know is difficult when you need to write a short story!!  It happened though, even though most of the thinking and planning happened over the course of the week and I wrote the piece the day it was due.  It did get in late, though that was primarily because the 'SafeAssign' program you have to submit it through (no, no submissions via emails or the post these days!!), and it wouldn't accept my version of Word - or something like that.  I ended up having to ring Tech Support this morning after about a dozen attempts yesterday and last night, emailing the document to the guy only for him to download, re-save, email it back and then for me to resubmit that version ... it took a while, but it is in.  If I get penalized the 10% for getting it in late, I am not worried.

Anyway, on to a more enjoyable topic - craft, and actually getting a heap done this week!
Last week I mentioned that I had decided to join in the challenge to do at least 15 minutes of craft every day, as hosted by Kate @ Life in Pieces. Since I decided this on Sunday, I have recorded my efforts since then...

Sunday:  1 1/2 + hrs crochet (2 x small doilies)

Monday: approx. 1hr crochet (flowers)

Tuesday: approx. 2hrs machine sewing (quilt blocks)

Wednesday: 2hrs continued quilt blocks

Thursday: [none]

Friday: [none]

Saturday: [none, though spending day cleaning house top to toe]

Sunday: 1hr + crochet

Monday: crochet

Tuesday (today): 3hrs crochet + cut out twenty seven 6in x 6in squares from three FQs for H2H quilt along with some 2.5in strips for binding from leftover FQ fabric.

All in all, not too bad.  A lot more than weeks, or even months previous!  This week I pushed myself to do the crochet while I watched a show or movie in the evening instead of just sitting there - which added heaps of craft time, though I did lapse at the end of the week.  I have begun a rather fine doily using #40 thread and a 1.00 hook - very fine for me, especially as I have only used #5 thread and hooks no smaller than about 2.50!

Tomorrow I need to finish cutting out the fabrics for the H2H quilt and start putting them together so I can go in and get the batting and border/backing fabrics on Thurs (child-free day) to finish it next week.  I also need to work on finishing one QBS (asap) and get a few more done this week.

Now that I have enjoyed a crafty birthday I am headed to bed - it is 1am here atm and my eyelids are drooping!  Hoping you all have a fantastic week!!


Linda said...

Happy belated birthday! I'm glad you were able to spend it doing what you enjoy!

Patchwork and Play said...

Happy birthday! I hope it was a good one! Did you get any great presents???

Fiona@BubzRugz said...

Happy Birthday!! and lots of craft work done.... I do most of my hand stitching at night in front of the TV...

501 Quilt Blocks said...

Happy Birthday! It sounds like you accomplished quite a lot. Keep up the good work!

Kate said...

Happy birthday! Congrats in fitting in the 15 minutes of crafting 7 out of the last 9 days. Thanks for linking up this week.

Marti said...

Happy Birthday! You've done great on your first week of the challenge. I wish I could knit or crochet as it seems a great way to sit with dh and watch tv in the evenings.

thea said...

Happy Birthday! Good crafting week along with writing too!

SpinningStar said...

Happy Birthday and you did a great job in being crafty!

Now, you teased us with the story of your creative writing project - are you planning to share your short story with us, after getting the class evaluation? I took a CW class a few years back and it was fun.

Shay said...

Just popping over from Kate's. Lovely to meet you Larissa. Happy Birthday too!

I was a single parent for about 10 years so I know how hard it is to fit in study, parenting and crafting. It sounds like you had an amazing week. Way to go!

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