Wednesday, January 19, 2011

52 Week Challenge - Week 3

Have you ever felt like you've aimed for a home-run, but somehow ended up bunting and trotting to first base instead?

That's what my 52 week project was like this week.  My plan was to finish entering my 2010 invoices and inventory into Quickbooks so that I could begin our income taxes.  This would be my rather boring, but necessary, finished project for week 3.

Halfway through the week however, I realized that I just wasn't going to have it done by Wednesday.  I still had almost 200 invoices to enter, grandgirls visiting for the weekend, children's fellowship to coordinate, and my house to clean.  Something had to give.

Then I decided that my finished project would be an interesting printing experiment I'd recently heard about involving styrofoam, a ballpoint pen, and washable paint.  The plan was for my granddaughters and I to try out the process, and then use it as a craft Sunday morning with my group of 4 to 7 year olds at church.

However, this experiment turned out badly with bits of Styrofoam all over my dining room, blue paint on the wall, and worst of all, our prints looked like splats of color on paper.  Not what I had envisioned at all.  Plan B, had to be scrapped as well.

Finally, here is what I ended up with:
Wool & Emery Felted Pincushions
I am pleased with how they turned out, and will list them in my Etsy shops. (There is still all that bookkeeping to do though).

I hope your plans fared better than mine did this week.  I can't wait to see what you've come up with.

Let's get busy!


  1. I love the pincushions! Darling!

  2. Cute pincushions!! And you really finished more than those--there's that trial of the craft project--doesn't finishing a trial count?

  3. I love it! Paper work turns into fabric work more often than not with me too. I'm on the computer all day today, but am I doing boring business stuff? No I'm reading blogs :) I'd better get back to work now ~ thanks for the cute post!

  4. Aww cute, I should try something like that with my seven year old. Maybe with needle felting since she has started getting into that after watching mommy haha.

  5. I feel your pain. It's been that kind of a week for me. I'd have thrown the idea of doll making this week out the window but for the challenge. It helped me keep in perspective what I was trying to do!

  6. I'm *slowly* working my way through spreadsheets trying to get things organized for taxes too. :-/ Went to pay Florida sales tax for the first time and found out I needed to separate out the tax collected into a 'base tax' and a 'surplus tax'. Good thing I only made 3 sales to Florida residents - serious PIA! Oh well...

    I like the little pin cushions!!

  7. Beautiful pincushions! I'm proud of you for not giving up after all that! Getting my bills/fees organized is also on my list - I have to file my state sales tax before the end of the month - ahhhh!

  8. Kym, I love those pin cushions! This week I can relate to your balancing act (see my post). I'm so glad you were able to finish both an office project and a creative one.

  9. Actually, in re-reading your post I realize you're in the same boat that I'm made PROGRESS toward your office project! Congrats, anyway.