Saturday, January 18, 2014

new year and all that

Well hello and Happy New Years!  I hope everyone had a lovely holiday season.  We jetted off to Florida for the family thing, much fun was had by all!  I'm pretty late in the game for the usual projects review of 2013 and goal setting of 2014 but it's still January, and well, a little late is how I'm rolling these days :-D

2013 was a huge, life changing year for me.  I was pregnant for most of it, culminating obviously, in a wee babe.  Since then, my world has been topsy turvy, in the best possible way.  I'm enjoying every minute of motherhood I can soak up.   But what that means, is my crafting and sewing, much less blogging, has come to a screeching halt, or at least a very leisurly Sunday drive, ha.

My sewing in 2013 leading up to baby was pretty much anything that would carry me to the end of pregnancy-trying to fit what ended up being a massive belly. Apparently I was HUGE, or at least that's what people love to tell me :-/  Because of this, I don't feel like I have a proper wrap up of 2013 in the sense of skills gained or stylistically.  And I'm ok with that. 

But if you forced me to choose my favorite make from 2013, it would have to be my Peggy Bundy leggings

I just adore these.  The elastic waist needs to be adjusted again, cause they're a little loose now,  but I feel like these really hit it home for me style wise.

So what about 2014?  Several things are going on here...  

I'm starting a new career, TV's over for me.  I'm a little sad about it, but it's just not going to work out with motherhood right now.  So I'm enrolling in real estate school.  It'll give me the flexibility I need and I'll spend much, much, much less time commuting.  But that means a more professional wardrobe is in my future.

Kid sewing

My IRL sewing friend, Sandra was over last weekend and we were chatting about sewing, naturally.  I told her it's weird cause I just want to make tons of stuff for my kid.  She laughed at me.  Did I think I would be any different from all the other mothers in the world that like to make stuff for their kids?  Uhhhh, guess I did?  I didn't realize how much pleasure I would get out of making a pair of mini pants, hehehe!


I can't believe I'm actually saying this, but I want to quilt.  So weird, I know!  I've never been interested in quilting, even going so far as to proclaim that on this little ol' blog.  Not sure what's leading me down this rabbit hole, but if you follow me on Pinterest you can see I've been blowing up my quilt board gathering inspiration.  I think it's a couple things, like needing to rid myself of overflowing scraps.  Having something that I can walk away from and come back to anytime.  And finally realizing there are some pretty amazing modern quilts out there, which appears to be what I'm attracted to. 
I'm crediting Gail for really pushing me over the edge.  Back in October she posted about her latest quilt project, this free pattern, Feather Bed Quilt from Anna Marie Horner:

I mean, seriously?  How gorgeous is that??  That would melt even the coldest of anti-quilting hearts.  So I got to researching modern quilts, and wouldn't ya know it, I'm hooked.  I won't be starting with the above beauty, cause I'm too much of a newb.  But I have my eye on some fugly pillows on my couch that need recovering.  Baby steps, y'all.

Le Blog

Lastly, this blog here needs a revamp in a bad way.  I've got some ideas, but my old pal option anxiety has crept in, so I'm still in thinking mode right now.

And that's it for me!  Whew.  I didn't want to give myself too many concrete goals right now.  I've found lately that my pre-baby Virgo tendencies to incessantly list make and goal orient are a little soft around the edges at the moment.  There are a limited number of things I can promise myself these days, so general goals it is!