Hello and Happy New Year!!!!
I started writing this post over a week ago, since then its been re-written a couple of times. I’ve had both the long list of hopes and dreams for 2014 and the short “Happy New Year” variety, this is the third time lucky version.
There is no getting away from the fact that the latter half of 2013 was a complete wash out for me, reviewing my 2013 makes proved a little depressing and decided not to bother.
In my little world, surgery and then recovery, sewing machine fails, emergency hospital visits with William (and the many hospital appointments that followed), Christmas preparations, Christmas and finally the very much needed family time that we took over the holidays, has equated to very little going on. It’s unavoidable, life just gets in the way sometimes, but it is time I needed and I thank you for your patience.
There has been a little glimmer of fabricy goodness though over the past few weeks, the one lonely handmade Christmas gift. A little Jeni Baker drawstring bag in Nordika.
|It’s a cutie!|
There is another drawstring bag from earlier this week that is just in need of its drawstring which I really must finish – its a crime to leave it so close to being completed! Then these lovely Liberty hexies are next in line to be made into a new needle book, they have been waiting too long to be used for something!
|Apologies for the badly lit photo.|
On the flip side, all this downtime has given me the opportunity to have a good ‘ole think about what I want to do and where I’m heading. The arrival of a New Year does this to you, reflecting on the past and planning for the future.
A quick list of what 2014 holds for me….
- Starting off with reality, the current economical climate (now theres a phrase we hear a lot these days!) means that I need to start contributing to the family pot, my husband is a self employed freelancer and whilst he is still busy he is unable to increase his rates again this year. Which is where I come in. Its what is taking up my time at the moment, there is lots of activity and planning going on in the background, but 2014 is going to be a good year! Watch this space.
- There will be more sewing and quilting.
- I will improve my sewing skills.
- I hope to enter a quilt at the Festival of Quilts in August.
- I will go to the Festival of Quilts in August.
- I won’t be going to Fat Quarterly Retreat in London in July – as much as I’d love to (especially after seeing the teacher list!) but we have an exciting family holiday planned this summer and you can’t do everything can you?
- I would like to join another quilting bee, I love being part of my do. Good Stitches bee.
- Sort out my sewing machine – it’s still not right.
I will not bore you with the very long detailed list of projects I have, but let me say I fully intend on being more productive this year and giving my sewing machine a good workout!
Wishing each and every one of you a very very Happy New Year!