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03 Jan 2009 January Mini-Goals
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Here is my January project list. I will cross items out as I complete them. I also need to crack open my YCDI book and come up with some realistic badge assignments for each month so I don’t fall behind or overload myself. I’m vowing that this year, “life” will not get in my way in terms of the things I want to learn and do for ME. Today I am tackling two organization items at the same time: removing my old stuff from my parents’  house AND listening to The NOW Habit on my mp3 player at the same time. I should also be able to get in a workout, go grocery shopping for healthy foods, and knock out a baseline budget today. Wish me luck!

  • Garden: Tear out the dead plants from my garden and cut down the invasive “dwarf” banana tree. Direct sow some cold weather veggie seeds and start some spring seedlings indoors.
  • Exercise/Nutrition: Complete all of my planned workouts and follow my meal plan. Swap out one meat-based protein portion per day with a vegetarian, egg, or seafood option.
  • Craft: Make my items for the Discworld Swap at Craftster–I’ll probably crochet some Discworld characters and sew some kind of bag…not sure what else. Make a “Spockboy” Sackboy doll for my co-worker.
  • Writing: Write five blog posts a week. Post at least four times a week at the two fitness forums where I am an administrator or moderator.
  • Money: Create a new budget for 2009 using the free PearBudget spreadsheet. Update W-4 withholding for me and my husband after plugging in our numbers in the IRS withholding calculator. File our taxes!
  • Organization: Cut down on extraneous online community involvement until I have a better grip on my real life work, hobby, education, and social commitments. Clear out and donate/toss my old stuff from my parents’ house. Listen to and apply the principles in the NOW Habit audiobook on how to beat procrastination. 🙂
11 Feb 2008 Personal Style/Sewing Badge Report
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I am still working on my Personal Style/Sewing badge this month, and now I have the exact project I would like to complete in order to earn it.

I have already done a preliminary closet purge, but I will do another this week. In the meanwhile, I have entered the Pattern Review 2008 Wardrobe contest (Feb. 1 – April 30, 2008) which requires each contestant to sew a coordinating wardrobe of 10 pieces, including:

  • 1 accessory
  • 1 jacket OR dress
  • 4 tops
  • 4 bottoms

I am doing 11 pieces because I want to make a jacket AND a dress as well as the other compulsory items. I am also limiting myself to the raw materials I already have on hand: fabrics, notions, patterns, old t-shirts and other clothes that would otherwise be donated or tossed. I plan to spend $0 additional dollars on this project.

I dug through my fabric and pattern stash on Saturday to see if I could come up with enough somewhat coordinating colors to make 10 pieces, and discovered that there was enough black, white, and plum/burgundy between my three fabric sources (unsewn, new fabric stash, box of unflattering guy-cut t-shirts from 5k races and college, and tired clothes from my closet) to build myself a pretty cute, matching wardrobe.

Here is the storyboard I made for the project (Click for full-size view):

2008 Plum Crazy Wardrobe Plan


  • Storyboard: completed
  • Items Cut: 3/11 (S7013, NL6160, and NL 6375)
  • Items Sewn: 0/11

And as for other sewing projects, I will be finishing 3 dresses this week, including the aborted Badgley Mischka white fishtail gown, a Butterick party dress suitable for one of the many wedding receptions I will be attending this year, and a fun, quirky sundress made from remnants and a Threadless t-shirt called “Happy Harvest.”

I’m back in the groove of sewing, so my only obstacles will be time and the “helpful” antics of my two unpaid assistants.

Slinky and Neville help out