Did I Meet My September Goals?

Appliqué Elephants Block 2

michelle Artisan Jewelry, Quilting

Did I meet my September Goals?

The short answer is yes and no.

1. Get two blocks done on the Appliqué Elephants quilt.

Done! Here they are:

Appliqué Elephants - Block 1

Appliqué Elephants Block 2

Appliqué Elephants

I really like how they look together.

2. Art Elements Challenge: foliage

Done! Although it wasn’t as easy as I initially thought it would be. I have a nice variety of leaf beads, but I just couldn’t get enthused about using them. Then I ran across my strand of dyed Kiwi Stone beads, and inspiration struck.

Dyed Kiwi Stone leaf pendant
Dyed Kiwi Stone leaf pendant -back
Dyed Kiwi Stone leaf pendant - side

Does this look like a leaf? I hope so!

3. The September / October Challenge from the Jewelry Artisans Community.

Fortunately, this is a two month challenge. I did attempt to make something for this challenge, but ended up taking it apart. This will roll over on to October’s goals.

4. The September 2019 Honey Do List at Sj Designs Jewelry.

This is a big nope. The inspiration photo was of a stone monument with intricate Celtic knots. It was inspiring. I wanted to do something with wire, but it seemed overwhelming. I didn’t even get a foothold into this project.

5. The September Challenge at Earrings Everyday. The prompt was “dotty” as in polka dots. I actually had three pairs of beads that could qualify as dotty. I thought I was in good shape….

The first set of beads I tried were these lampwork beads I won in a random drawing.

Lampwork polka dot beads

Neutral colors are seriously not my thing, but I was determined to try. And try I did. But nothing looked right. The beads are too gray to be brown and too brown to be gray. I thought red would look nice with them, but no. It seemed using any color with them just made these beads look like mud. I’m not giving up on the beads themselves yet. Maybe they will do well in a bracelet where I can add a lot of different colors into the project. Due to their size, earrings don’t provide much latitude.

Next I tried these polymer clay beads:

Polymer clay beads

I love that shade of green. I was going along, doing all right, thought these would be really pretty. But when I put these beads onto a head pin, I found out the holes were not centered. Arrgghhh! That would never do. I also won these beads. Maybe their off-centeredness is why they were part of the prize? But no matter; I can wire-wrap them.

The third and final attempt were these metal polka dot charms:

Metal charms

By this time I was frustrated. I now look at what I have here and see possibilities, but at the time, I’d just had it. I wish I had started with these first.

5. Write post about Hobbii’s excellent customer service.

I totally spaced this one. It will be rolled over to next month.

So did I complete my September goals? As you can see, September proved to be a mix bag. Two out of five done. But I am exceptionally pleased with two goals I did complete. How was your September?

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  1. Green is one of my favorite colors, I love what you have done with the green stone and copper. If it were Jade I would be looking for it in your shop, though I rarely wear jewelry anymore. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.

  2. Cute elephant blocks. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal. (Please do add a link back to Elm Street Quilts into your post.)

  3. Oh my gosh, you MADE those jewelry leaves?! They are exquisite! I think 2/5 goals is a smashing success. I have yet to finish my July goals, however, so I’m easily impressed… 🙂

  4. I love those elephants! And what you attempted with the beads looked good, but maybe not good enough and that’s ok. Sometimes in the creative prices we have to restart to get that final but if inspiration we need. You’ll do better next month I’m sure. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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