Trump the Year: The Magician

Victoria Regina Tarot, Gaian Tarot, Sun and Moon Tarot, Prisma Visions Tarot, Housewife's Tarot
Victoria Regina Tarot, Gaian Tarot, Sun and Moon Tarot, Prisma Visions Tarot, Housewife’s Tarot

(For the past 5 years I have used the same journal prompts in December for my personal blog Hurry Slowly. Inspired by the #Reverb10 prompts, I have kept the best and added a few of my own. Interestingly enough, I have 22 favorite prompts, and they match up nicely with the Major Arcana, so this year I’ve decided to call it #TrumpTheYear.)

THE MAGICIAN. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use?

I made a lot this year! I can’t pick one thing to talk about! At the start of the year I told myself I was going to make 15 things. At least a craft project a month. I declared this to friends who had come to visit for New Year’s Eve. Eyebrows were raised. But I did it!

First, I took my friend to Target before she left and we found a great deal on a sheet set. She should have a say in it, after all, it was for the guest bed. I made a duvet cover after she left for the airport and it was done before she was home.

I made 2 things using a favorite free pattern called Sorbetto1 white sleeveless blouse out of a scrap of (free!) linen. 1 blue sleeveless blouse out of super-expensive fabric Japanese I bought on impulse.

I made a 50’s style, lined skirt that is black and white except for the giant red poppies. It was a tricky pattern and I did a darn fine job. I wore it to Passover and it was a hit. Later, it was just the thing for a real tea party.

I made another of the same pattern, a floral skirt with a hidden pocket. I didn’t like it. The fabric bunched at my crotch around the pocket. Who needs that? I cannibalized it…

1 reversible skirt – grey wool on one side and that floral fabric on the other. I call it my Secret Garden Skirt. It’s a pattern called Osaka. I loved this so much I’ll likely make another.

I finished a quilt made entirely from denim scraps. 900 denim circles, to be exact. It’s lovely but soooo heavy. (How did I get 900 denim scraps? Well, they snuck up on me. I’ve had this quilt in mind for a while and kept cutting up denim samples and old jeans that came my way for ‘someday.’ Then I counted and realized I had enough for a queen-sized quilt and better get cracking.)

I found a super short black and white striped knit dress on massive sale that easily became a sweater. I only cut off 4 inches of fabric – it was a very short dress.) That totally counts! Knits are hard! It took me all afternoon to make the right cuts, modify the sleeves, etc…

Feeling brave, made another knit sweater – this time from scratch and this pattern. I really really like it. I’ll probably make another now that I have a reliable pattern.

Using another free pattern, I made three pairs of summer pajamas. I took the Sorbetto top and these gym-style shorts, I got brave and used a fabric I’d saved up for, a slippery cotton voile. Just in time for a heat wave.

Currently, I’m working on blouses. I’m using this pattern and while it’s not going perfectly, (I threw out a version that had cute little birds printed on it!) I’ve got a blue cotton blouse and a black-and-white checkered blouse all ready to for layering under jackets this winter.

That’s only 14? Well, true. But who says that a craft project has to involve fabric? This year I made a blog! That counts too, and it was by far the largest endeavor.

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