After being told that January was Guilt Free Start month over on The Wagon I decided this would be the perfect time to start my one and only Heaven and Earth Designs chart!
I have decided to do it on 18ct. white Aida. I have all the floss and Kreinik needed to start. I still have about 30 bobbins to wind up after my last stash dash (thanks Mom!). Mom is also going to start her first HAED in January as well. She has a LOT more bobbins to wind than I do but I’ll be sure to lend a helping hand!
My friend Anne also has some HAED’s she would like to start in the New Year after a very important health check up! Hopefully we can spur each other on to keep these monsters in our stitching rotations!
I originally started this challenge in the summer of 2009 BUT I have had a lot of changes which affected where I would be almost three years from now. Since the boyfriend is long gone there were a lot of “goals” that were abandoned. I still have yet to come up with 101 tasks but I am more than halfway there and will be working on them some more!
The Mission:Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
The Criteria:Tasks must be specific (i.e., little to no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e., represent some amount of work on my part).
Start Date: April 15, 2010
End Date: January 2013
Completed: 30!! as of October 24, 2010
Refinish my 1940’s craft cabinet in a vintage black walnut tone DONE! September 2010 But in white paint with original oil rubbed brass hardware. The wood was too damaged to restore with my budget.
Stain headboard – Decided the headboard did not go with my new style direction so I put it in storage July 2010
Paint side tables DONE! July 2010 Two were painted white for the bedroom and two were painted black with walnut stained tops for the living room
Refinish dinette set – Status Check July 2010 primer is on
Sew chair back covers for chairs – Decided that I like the 1960’s charm of the chairs and have now embraced it.
Donate clothing and blankets no longer used DONE! October 2010
Go through books and donate as many as possible DONE! August 2010
Find an organized way to store music, load favorite music selections onto the computer for long term storage
Replace dinnerware and silverware with comparable quality sets DONE! February 2010
Invest in a quality set of hard anodized aluminum non-stick cookware
Fix bathroom floor and lay down new tile DONE! July 2010
Sew new shower curtain
Paint bathroom Peridot green DONE! July 2010
Refinish bathroom accessories to match new style (paint wicker, wood and metal items, dye rugs) DONE! July 2010
Steam Clean carpets DONE! July 2010
Paint or stain coffee table DONE! July 2010 stained dark walnut
Paint or stain entertainment center
Buy new comforter set DONE! May 2010
Buy 600 thread count sheets
Replace mattress pad/topper
New bathroom towels
Have the Stitchy, Witchy, Bitchy Week in New Hampshire at the Condo DONE! July 2010
Finish the second half of the Freedom Trail in Boston
Have a picnic lunch at Quincy National Park in Quincy, MA
Visit Washington D.C.
Go back to ABC Stitch Therapy in Grantham, NH DONE! July 2010
Go back to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY
Visit Independence Hall in Philadelphia
Visit the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and see the Boston Bruins play the Maple Leafs IN Toronto
Go on a road trip
Take Mom to bingo
Complete my maternal ancestry documentation (paternal is already done!)
Adhere to regular backups of digital photos to cd-rom
Finish scrapbooking the past year and half of my life
Regularly print and scrapbook photos and/or mementos
See the Detroit Red Wings play the Boston Bruins in Boston. Have tickets for Feb 2011 game – Thanks Dad!
See the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Boston Bruins in Boston. This will complete my goal of seeing all of the Original Six hockey teams in action (All games against the Boston Bruins: Montreal Canadiens April 19, 2008, Chicago Blackhawks March 7, 2009 New York Rangers April 4, 2009)
Complete Marilyn Monroe cross stitch for framing
Start and complete Mirabilia’s Circle of Friends Started July 2010
Subscribe to Cross Stitch Collection magazine
Attend a cross stitch retreat DONE! October 2010
Create a better storage system for crafts DONE! September 2010
Paint Queen of Cups box DONE! May 2010
Paint The Fool tarot box DONE! May 2010
Attempt thread crochet again
Make a needlebook (TW Dragon) started March 2010
Design a matching bead scissor fob
Finish scrap granny-square blanket
CAL 6″ yellow scarf
Take a sewing class
Sew scrap bags for crafting DONE! October 2010
Go through Gramma’s craft boxes DONE! October 2010
Discard old paints that are not salvageable; make room for Gramma’s paints DONE! July 2010
Make Fortune cookie “favors”
Make Scissor fobs DONE! September 2010
New embroidery scissor investment DONE! September 2010
Crochet blanket for Alexander DONE! March 2010
Crochet blanket for Andreas DONE! March 2010
Crochet green car coat sweater
Adopt the glycemic diet back into my life again
EA Active 3x week
Start Pilates cycles again
Begin walking regularly
Buy a bicycle and helmet
New glasses DONE! February 2010
New contacts DONE! February 2010
Buy Polarized/UV protection sunglasses
Begin a “House Down Payment” savings account – contribute a minimum per week to it
Find a new place to live for July 2011
Learn more abut mortgages and purchasing a house and research any programs that can benefit me
Attend a Homebuyer Education Class
Convert all paper statements to paperless
Find an organized way to file important documents and bills; Use a ledger method to track payments and account number details for paperless items
Follow the “Smile and cash my check” edict from my employer until I can’t take it anymore Working on it October 2010
Learn Crystal Reports
Stick to a moderate Christmas spending plan
Visit Mom’s Knitting Group again
Find a Book Club
Find (or start) a cross stitching group to go to DONE! August 2010
Complete the 50 books in a year challenge
Get car inspected
Replace front tires DONE! September 2010
Repair front fender on car
Have car detailed inside and out DONE! January 2010
Buy myself a Coach bag
Invest in new crystals DONE! March 2010
Find a new tarot book DONE! March 2010
Look into hair straightener treatment DONE! June 2010 Not going to do it! Formaldehyde! yuck!
Try to grow out natural nails
Attend a class for personal or emotional development (maybe another self-hypnosis class)
I spent a wonderful weekend this summer drawing and painting this tarot inspired box. It is quite large – about 14″x 8″. I love having it in my hallway to stash important things in! I remembered to post it after cleaning out my picture files on my laptop!
After seeing a hand painted tarot keep box on-line I decided to save myself $50 and make one myself using my own set of cards as the inspiration!
I bought The Hanson-Roberts tarot deck in 1991 and have treasured them ever since. They are visually beautiful with rich colors and engaging designs.
The card I chose for my tarot keep box was the Queen of Cups. Each tarot card represents a particular set of feelings or people. The aspects of the Queen of Cups that really appealed to me were:
warm-hearted and fair
good friend and mother
devoted, practical, honest
I sketched out the design of the card on the lid of the wooden box.
Then I outlined the design with a fine point black Sharpie.
I coated the face and the hands with clear gloss varnish which darkened the wood slightly to mimic a flesh tone.
I painted in the base colors I had chosen. I used enamel acrylic based paints but standard acrylic in fine as well. The enamel paint leaves a nice texture since it holds the brush strokes so well. After they dried I lightly added some highlights and lowlights to the hair and clothing to give them depth.
Next go over portions of the design outline with the black fine line Sharpie to make parts of the design “pop”. Do this only after all paint is completely dry (if you don’t you’ll get paint on your marker and you won’t be “writing out loud”; you’ll be buying a new Sharpie!)
Adding a coat of clear gloss varnish over the design (and slightly over the edges to make the design stand out more) will allow you to stain the rest of the box without darkening the paint. I put two coats of varnish over the painted portion and let dry completely before staining the rest of the box with a walnut tone.
Here is the completed box lid. I wish I hadn’t extended the varnish so far out from the design. I think about half that amount would have been better. Live and learn. Once the coat of stain dried I topped it off with two additional coats of gloss varnish over the entire box (sanding with a fine grit paper between coats). I lined the box with a silk scarf I’ve used to wrap my cards in for the past 19 years. My cards now have a happy and safe place to reside inside of being tied in the scarf and chucked in the drawer!