I finally did finish Wendy's "Lady" for her RR. Her theme was... well, Ladies, and I thought I would get creative with mine. I posted the start, and I had gotten a bit done on the skin when I realized that the skin was way too dark to represent my pale, pasty self, so it took me a bit to get it fixed.
But I really do like the way she turned out.
But what have I really been up to? I finally finished the LadyCave! I have a nice little desk area (my laptop fits great on it, though I've been thinking I should go back to a desktop - it would have more power for what I wanted to do, although it would be paired best with a tablet so I can keep on interneting downstairs). I finally got my wireless printer up an running, I've organized all of my books and stuff, and I even have a litte drop table with barstools that I'm using to keep my TV on. I just got an AmazonFireStick as well, which is awesome, because while I'm doing genealogy (or whatevs), I can watch TV and when guests stay over, they can also hang with the Netflix of AmazonPrimeTV if they want.
Here it is with the bed down - plenty of space to walk around the bed!:
And with the bed up (the image quality is annoying, either way too much light is coming into that window *or* the overhead light bugs out my camera phone).
That's Mona's pillow on the ground in front of the bed (my first quilt hanging on it), and my yoga mat down (of course) with blocks on it. I've finished all of the touch ups and now I just need to get a better/brighter light kit for the fan/light combo.
Oh, and re-do the chair. I'm going to get rid of the caster wheels and reupholster with this print from Spoonflower.
I've also gone on a trip to Phoenix to our National Meeting, where I became a committee member for one of the National committees (woot woot!)
My other big "thing" is that I've started the Genealogy Do Over, led by Thomas MacEntee, and I'm excited that the Do Over (currently in it's 4th cycle) will have a year long "Do Over" cycle next year. I feel like a lot of the topics don't get the time I want to give them, so YAY! for that. I will probably start a genealogy blog next year to document some of the things I'm doing, and in the meantime I'm excited that the research and documentation I have is going to be so much better than it was before.
In that picture, the "mess" in the corner (the several boxes and bins) is ALL papers, photos, etc from my family genealogy that I got when my grandmother died. It all needs to be scanned and analyzed, but because it's been a while since I did my genealogy, I wanted to see if there was a way to make sure what I had was good, which is what brought me to the Genealogy Do Over, which is amazing. I love the hard core documentation and story telling I've gotten into on that front.
But mostly I'm happy to get back to some stitching. I have so much stuff on my plate, I always feel overwhelmed and like I'm neglecting my favorite hobbies. I do get a little dismayed over any renos I do in the house because I know we won't be there for a long time, but the committee I joined is place dependent (I'm representing our District) and for 3 years, so I can reasonably expect to enjoy all of my work for at least that long ;)
My revised (and much more realistic) goal for the year is to get caught up with the Zodiac Mystery.
And (because I have so much free time), I"m threatening to join in Quiltville's Mystery Quilt next year :D