I don’t like resolutions.
They feel like shouting into the wind because they often are, at least for me. I do love goals, however. I love lists and I definitely love plotting out future actions. I’m the type of person who actually likes filling out forms, I almost can’t resist them… much like a crossword puzzle! And what better time to set new goals with delicious action plans than at the beginning of a new calendar year?
My husband and I kicked off our new year in quiet coziness up on Whidbey Island in a ridiculously charming little Airbnb house.
I’m sure the cats didn’t mind some time alone– I certainly know my older cat didn’t mind a break from our schnauzer, Riley!
Aside from the mental break away from most responsibilities, the clarity allowed for some mental space to assess what was desired from 2015 and get them out of my head. There are countless ways to make these lists, but I like the classic pen and paper. Aside from the visceral component, it does actually connect with the brain more deeply to actually write things out in longhand. Plus, you can’t use color-coded pens or nice crisp grid paper on a computer or tablet!
I like to break my life up into a handful of chunks, one being my projects. I have a lot to do this year and I am SO excited about it. It’s going to be hard with redoing bits and pieces of our house, ramping up my garden, keeping up with my reading, and full time work; but it’s going to be so fun and SO rewarding.
I’ve since broken these projects down by month and week-by-week to-dos in my planner in order to ensure I’m always set in motion with something good. I personally love having many things going on at once, it feeds my enjoyment of fresh & new; while also feeding my multitasking brain. Don’t feel like this right now? Do this one instead! Rinse, repeat.
This year, my creative mantra is cheesy and simple:
“Make often, make beautifully.”
So here’s what is on my sewing-centric plate for 2015, a lot of which I will likely end up sharing here on our blog.
- Improve my embroidery skills
- Improve my crochet skills (time to get further than dish rags and cuffs!)
- Improve sewing skills (there’s ALWAYS room for that!)
- Practice appliquéing
- Finish redoing my vintage dress form. She’s fixed and the metal is repainted, but she needs to be re-covered in fabric and then sized back to my proportions
- Set up my new-to-me vintage sewing machine
- Get through my mending and alteration pile!
- Design more embroidery
- Fix this giant quilt (finally!!)
- Fix another vintage quilt I inherited
- Fix my baby blanket my cat shredded part of, oh, TEN years ago
- Sandwich, quilt, and bind my first quilt (I will share this project sooner than later, it’s flannel!)
- Source some good-priced jersey knit fabric
- Sew some undergarments using this free tutorial
- Sew at least one pair of leggings using this pattern from IndieSew
- Sew a couple pencil skirts using the pattern from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual
- Sew one dress using a pattern from either IndieSew or Gertie Sews Vintage Casual
- Curtains! I need new curtains all over my house and I even have most of the fabric
- Sandwich, quilt, and bind a table runner top that was sewn up as a test by one of CT’s sewists in Hampton Hues fabrics.
- Figure out and slowly begin progress on a super-secret giant hand-quilting project. I can’t go into detail for a while (a loooong while) because it’s going to be a gift and that person reads our blog!
- Sew a birthday gift for my brother after he decides what it shall be
- Throw pillows for the living room
- Make two pillows with appliqué for my workroom using this free tutorial
- Sew a rag quilt
- Sew a bunch of catnip toys for my cats and friends’ cats using this free tutorial for inspiration
- Sew two very tiny quilts
- Miscellaneous small hand sewing projects
Whew! That’s it. That’s my list! To some, this probably seems like a LOT. To others it might seem like a typical month. It feels like the baby bear’s porridge to me: juuuuust right. Even if things happen and I don’t finish everything, it’s okay; I’ve had my first few weeks of the year outlined and mostly devoted to decluttering and organizing (but NOT rigid) and look forward to just making!
What are you making this year? I genuinely want to know. Let’s get excited!