I learned a lot in 2012.
Putting it together here is satisfying and a little nostalgic- is it possible to be nostalgic about things that are relatively recent?
The nostalgic part comes when I think about competing in Project Run & Play in the spring. It was one of those things that was good for me in every unexpected way, but I'd never want to go through again. Winning was a very happy surprise, but definitely not the best one. I gained so much more just from having the excuse to push myself creatively and focus my mind that completely on the task. And I got the chance to learn how many cheerleaders I have. Really really good ones.
The bottom half of the mosaic above is all the looks I've made for Film Petit with Kristin (Who turned out to be another fantastic surprise resulting from my PR&P experience.) I love doing those movie-inspired looks each month. We have more fun with those than should be allowed. There are no plans to stop them any time soon.
I finished 9 quilts this year. Three went to charity, three were gifts, one was my own pattern for Sewn Studio, one was for display in a big quilt show, and one was just for ME. I want a lot more of this in 2013. More quilts in each of those categories please.
And here are just some of the smaller items I made. I'm a little hooked on gifting quilted pillows at the moment. I need to make more for my own couch this year.
You'll notice the sewing-my-own-clothes category is still appallingly absent. 2013 is the year. (Man, I'm really trying hard to be more selfish, huh?)
There were a lot of other clothing items I made for my kids this year that aren't shown here. After PR&P I was suddenly "known" in the tiny world of kid clothes bloggers and I did a gajillion guest posts and blog events. It was fun, but sometimes stressful. As I think about what I want this year to look like, well, I don't want that. I'm not trying to complain or sound ungrateful to anyone who had me participate in their awesome events. I just don't feel the need to say yes all the time anymore. I'm not a person that likes to be overly busy. Some people do really well at that kind of thing, but I don't at all. I need to leave a lot of extra room in life. So that's what I'm gonna do this year. You will still see a couple of those events coming up, and I don't regret doing those. I'm just gonna stop now. I'm just gonna sew what I want.
So I guess if I were to do that hip thing where you choose one word to characterize your focus for the year, mine would be... SELFISH.
Wouldn't it be awesome if I didn't say that I'm kidding? I'm half kidding. The actual word would be simplify. I want to get rid of the things that are just taking up space, in my home and in my mind. And, you know, make room to be more selfish ;)