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...  

Work
 
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!

Quilts!?!

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!



19 comments:

  1. Happy New Year Jill! Lots of changes going on for you but an exciting time. I love the look of the feather quilt but agree it might be a bit much for a first project. I really enjoyed the quilt I made with squares though it made me realise how important it is to be exact with your cutting or else things won't match up!
    I have to admit that I'm not thinking about making anything for my wee one just now as we've been given so many clothes she has a complete wardrobe in waiting till she's a year old. But once she gets a bit bigger I'll definitely be whipping up some stuff, lots of cute wee patterns out there.

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    1. Great advice on the quilting-no willy nilly cutting for me!
      We got a lot of clothes as well, but mine was born so big, he's kinda skipped the smaller sizes :-D But I've been having good luck at consignment and thrift stores. I refuse to buy brand new, they just grow too fast!!

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  2. Ah, I love your Peggy Bundy leggings! Happy New year! Good luck with your new career.

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  3. Ooops - did I enable you? Sorry not sorry! Also, good pick on fave item of 2013 - those leggings were awesome! But I also really liked your maxi skirts :-)

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    1. Yes you enabler! HA! And thank you :)

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  4. p.s. just looked at your Pinterest and saw your Montessori board - LOVE! (Don't know if you knew that I was a Montessori teacher for years!)

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    1. I read that in your profile! I actually tried to email you about it, but couldn't find your email address on your blog, then I forgot, oops. But Montessori is the shit! It just makes so much sense!!

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  5. Those leggings! They're too fab-- I'm glad you're still going to be able to wear them! Good luck with real estate school! I can't imagine trying to work in TV with a youngun at home... I feel tired just thinking about it!

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    1. Why thank you very much! Yeah, just can't do TV anymore. I was commuting into Hollywood from LBC, making for 2+ hours in the car per day on top of a regular workday. So I've opted for something I can do in my hood. My mom's a real estate agent in FL and I've been watching her work for years. I'm pretty excited about it the change :-D

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  6. My ears are burning! What a wagon I am with my sarky comments :P, I freaking love those leggings, and I can't wait to see pics of all the other amazing leggings waiting in the wings - couldn't we have an instagram at least?? xx

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    1. Ha! You were right though :-) And yes, I need to take pics of all the leggings!! But when do I have time, lol?!?

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  7. I have that quilt on my to-do as well. What size are you going to attempt? I'm tempted by the twin size. Just enough of a challenge.

    I'm also craving a huge blog revamp but don't even know how to go about it. HTML and I are not friends :)

    Looking forward to seeing what all you get into this year!

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    1. Hmmm, I don't know if I would have use for a twin. Are you going to use it more as a lap blanket?
      Good luck on your blog revamp. I hear ya on the HTML, that's why I'm dragging my feet :-/

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  8. I loveee those leggings and that quilt is badass! There are so many cute quilt patterns out nowadays!

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    1. Thank you :) I'm totally addicted to researching quilts right now. I'm actually having a very difficult time deciding what I want to start with. Something interesting, but still simple enough for a beginner.

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  9. Happy new year Jill!!! Those leggings are awesomeeeeee love them!
    Good luck with all your projects and goals :-)

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    1. Thank you, Maider, and to you as well!!

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  10. Happy new year Jill! Hope 2014 is a great one for you. And I meant to comment ages ago on your new addition, so: many belated congratulations on your little boy!

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