Oh how you crawled then flew by; the former not unlike our youngest, Peaches, who is now 9 months old (!!!) and creeping like a champ. Cheeks is almost 3 1/2. Whoa.
Photo by Irish Lane Photography
There is so much I was still able to create whilst learning the ropes of caring for two wee ones, but I favored creating over documentation. That said, I posted way more on Instagram and Facebook than I did here. That’s likely to continue, but hoping to post more of the nitty gritty details of my makes here with more regularity.
I plan to still post the most significant of those makes, especially my Christmas projects, likely as Throwback Thursdays: a very helpful facility when your makes from the old year blow over into the New Year. :P
I usually write a post showing everything I’ve made in the previous year…but if it hasn’t been blogged, that’s kind of hard to do. And honestly, the idea of a compilation post is overwhelming to me at the moment, so either it will happen later or not at all.
Happy New Year!
I’ve never been great with goal setting, but have realized more and more that when you don’t set any goals, there’s no benchmark to monitor progress. As a person who responds well to rules and limits, I need that benchmark!
So, what are my goals for this year?
- I want to enjoy sewingA nice and vague goal there. I don’t want to overly stress myself with deadlines, but I do have plans to make items that are meant for certain days (holidays and birthdays). So, I will plan to do my best to start early. As an always procrastinator, this is basically a challenge for my entire life. Something I will spend the next however many years I’m blessed with on this Earth attempting to master.
As a random note on my personality, I will also likely spend the rest of my life trying not to be butt hurt and obsess about dumb shit that doesn’t matter. I’ve thought this particular immaturity of mine is a sign of the age of my soul: pretty sure I need a few more reincarnations to evolve past it.
- I want to sew with a plan: AKA Make Nine (well, 18)I am going to make TWO “Make Nine” sewing plans: one for me and one for my family. I am going to commit myself to sewing up at least 18 planned garments in 2019.
- I want to use my time more wiselyTime is one thing that we can’t make or get more of, and I feel like I’ve been wasting mine lately. I want to commit to being present during whatever activity I’ve chosen. I want to spend time with my husband and play hard with my kiddos, who will only be little for so long. I want to sew in the evenings instead of sleeping on the couch. I want to sneak in 5 or 10 minutes of stitching when I can. I want to go all in when it’s time to “get it done” whatever it is, but I want to be still and relax when I’ve had too much. Lofty goals here. Things I don’t know if I can achieve, and things I definitely can’t measure. I want to be purposeful.
- I want to organize and declutterThis is as much about my sewing space as it is about the rest of our home. I come from a line of “collectors” and it’s time to let go of some of those things. To let go of some of the physical things that only add to my anxiety instead of adding to my happiness. And this brings me to my biggest tangible goal of 2019…
We moved to a new, bigger house last year, but my sewing room got smaller and I wasn’t able to fit all of my fabric in that one room any longer. I finally got my shit together in the last couple of months and organized it all so I could actually *find* what I’m looking for, and in the process was able to finally able to see the mass of my stash as a clear picture in its entirety.
I have 1 four drawer dresser and about 20 (TWENTY) 66 qt Sterilite totes filled with fabric. I have noted the disapproving glances from my husband when fabric deliveries arrive (because: more stuff), but I never truly realized until lately how much storing all of this fabric gives me anxiety.
So, for 2019 I shall sew from stash in 2019 and purchase no new fabric outside of these pressure valve release conditions (because I know me and going cold turkey will not work):
- I may purchase 1-2 cuts in celebration of my birthday (which is next month!). I do not have to purchase them in my birthday month (I’m eyeing some out of stock fabric at the moment…haaa).
- I may purchase 1-2 extra cuts each time I write a post for Fabric Mart (I <3 their fabric so).
- I may purchase any fabric needed to complete a garment currently in progress, but the majority of fabric must come from my stash.
- I may purchase one cut for every 20 yards sewn from stash (fabrics acquired in 2019 do not apply toward this 20 yard minimum).
- I may purchase fabric for one Christmas outfit and one set of matching pajamas for each family member come November.
Think I can do it? I hope so. Here’s to turning those 20 totes into 19. Or hell, even 18.
Wanna fabric fast with me?