Sunday, January 1, 2012

bowapalooza and 2012 goals

I've had 10 days off from work, and honestly, my sewing took a back burner.  I had grand plans to whip out another garment, but truly, when it came down to it, I preferred to spend time with family, sans sewing machine. stepdaughter joined us.  I taught her to sew this summer, and this girl can get in the zone!

So we commenced "bowapalooza".  It spanned a couple days, but we wrapped up 15 minutes after NYE last night.  We know how to party, hehe.

And 2012...

I decided on a whim to start this blog, not to actually document my crafty endeavors, but to encourage a couple of friends to start sewing garments for themselves.  Instead of exchanging info through email or flickr, I impulsively started this blog.  I figured I could do step by step instructions for the Sorbetto (the first project) and help them bridge the gap from home dec/kids stuff to personal garments.  One friend made hers, and she *you know who you are Leah* never took a pic of herself in it to send to me.  But I love her anyway :)  Most everyone that wanted to participate are busy mamas and when they have time, they'll make that leap.

I was hoping we could continue doing sew alongs, pushing our skill set.  But really, let's be truthful-sew alongs are A LOT of work!  So this blog very quickly morphed into my own show off place, and I'm totally fine with that ;-)  I mean, we are all "sewing along" with each other anyway, right?  Even if it's not the same project, even if we don't have the same skill level, the sewing community is one of the warmest, most welcoming places I've encountered.  Skills are shared, compliments, advice, tips-I feel grateful to have stumbled into it, and plan to continue nosing around here.  So, my lofty, but I think, attainable, goals for 2012 are:

1. organize this blog a little better
2. work on my fabric designs
3. tackle 2 sewing projects per month, depending on work
4. stop being scared of knitting a sweater/socks and GO FOR IT!
5. Decrease the stash (yarn and fabric)
6. organize my sewing area
7. make a sloper
8. have at least 3 TNT patterns when I want a quick sew
9. work on my accessorizing skills
10. completely cull my current wardrobe-either refashion or donate what's not being worn
11. make a some travel bags/covers for:  hard drives, laptop, makeup, etc.

Happy 2012 Everyone!!!


  1. I know, I know. I promise to get you one. I will grab it down out of it's box in the attic.
    AND, I have a really cute pattern for a makeup bag. I will share it with you if you want!

  2. HA! My verification word was "shimpity". That is a good word!!!

  3. Hahaha, funny. I'm just teasing you anyway!

  4. It is inspiring in and of itself to pass the sewing bug onto another! In my case, it would be my niece, one of my sisters triplets. She made a nice run on sewn hair accessories. I would love to make such a to do list, I can be my own worst enemy however when it comes to these things.

  5. It is nice to pass along, luckily, she has quite a few women in her life to encourage her in craftiness.
    I don't usually make any kind of resolutions, but I'm a big list maker, so I feel pretty confidant I can accomplish a good majority of these goals! You can do it, Lunaloo! I found just by writing it down, it helps me focus on what I want.