Monday, December 29, 2014

This is that awkward post.

You know that awkward communication when you haven't been in touch for a while? You know, the one where you have soooooo much to say, but don't know what to start with or how much to say. Well, this is that post.

It is amazing how quickly the last few months slipped away, but the sewing has been slow. Only a couple garments, some quick little projects for a friend, and a little knitting and crocheting for Christmas gifts.

Remarkably, I have been able to stay on the Ready-to-Wear Fast. I was actually willing to break it at Thanksgiving. I had taken my boys to find something presentable to wear with a houseful of relatives that we just don't see often enough. In fact, I actually looked and looked for something, anything new that I could wear for Thanksgiving. No luck. I couldn't find anything that I thought was worth
spending any amount of money on. The boys almost didn't get anything either. This ready-to-wear fast has made me picky about the quality and fit of clothing that I am willing to purchase--for myself and for others.

There are many half-written posts and notes to catch-up on. I have a couple of items from Ottobre Autumn/Winter 2014, a couple pairs of socks that I knit as gifts, a bunch of dish cloths that I knit and crocheted, and of course some hats. I also made some nursing pads for a friend. These are all partially written posts that I am promising to finish and post. Except, I didn't take pictures of the knitting! I may recruit the recipients for some photos.

I have a couple of how-to posts. I managed to mess up the knives on my serger. I think it was time to replace them, but I used it anyway and bent both my upper and lower loopers. I have all of the parts and Mr.Toad has a GoPro camera that I plan to use to record the repair and cleaning. I have a few other video ideas, too.

My plans for the new year are basically to create a better schedule. I miss and need my sewing and blogging time. The transition to homeschooling has been overwhelming. As much as I miss my sewing time, I feel that this is the best thing I have done for our youngest children.

While we were transitioning to homeschooling, our adult daughter moved back home, again. Most of my supplies are packed and being stored in my former sewing room, which is now her room. Getting to my sewing supplies is difficult because I want to respect her privacy as an adult, but then again--I WANT MY STUFF!
2015 sewing

Since every new year requires a few resolutions, I have thought about my last year and what I want the 2014 to look like.

Here are my sewing and blogging resolutions for 2015:

  1. Create a workable schedule that lets me sew and blog regularly. Once a week or more would be ideal.
  2. Catch-up and post my unfinished posts.
  3. Continue my ready-to-wear fast. 
  4. Finish a couple of the projects that are still partially finished.
  5. Most importantly, I will not feel bad if I am unable to meet my other resolutions.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that 2015 is your best so far!


  1. Resolutions can be tricky, but yours sound perfectly reasonable. Hmmm, did I just jinx it?

    1. Don't worry Kura, I messed it up for myself!

  2. Great to hear from you! I understand how overwhelming things can get. I hope to hear more from you in 2015! Happy New Year :)


    1. Thanks, Annie. I'm hoping to keep up with my goals this year.

  3. I am looking forward to your serger post. I broke my knives a while back and almost took an eye out in the process! I am currently the opposite of you having my daughter just move out. :(( The change caused me to repaint/redecorate the whole house and get a puppy (which I somehow forgot was like have a newborn that never sleeps). So my sewing has suffered to say the least. As for the blog, I changed my blog name and hope to master pants this year! Fingers crossed to both of us!

    1. Vicki, I love your blog's new name and look! I fixed my serger and took a lot of photos. Hopefully, I can write it up in the next few days. We've experienced kids moving in and out. Each time creates a new reason to redo some aspect of our house. The end of last summer had me repainting the family room and kitchen...and getting a red couch.

  4. Glad you are back !! You are one of my 2 followers ( my son being the other ) and I really appreciate that !!!

  5. Thanks, MaryEllen. Your blog must be one of the best kept secrets if it is just your son and I following you! I really enjoy reading about your projects and your writing style. It feels like you are speaking just to me.

  6. Well Annette, if overwhelming is anything its now Easter and im still catching up on blogs!!! Lovely to read this i fully empathise - Sounds as though you are full on with life. I'm in total agreement about the pickiness on RTW items.. i nearly buckled a little while back. . Until i saw what rubbush there is out there. . I'm also desperate to know when or how to tell your overlocker knife needs replacing.. hope you keeping well xx