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Is it too late for New Year reflections?

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!

Sarah xx

5 Responses to Is it too late for New Year reflections?

  1. Sonia January 9, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    So good to hear from you Sarah – looking forward to seeing all your plans come to fruition. Hope you and Will are both all recovered now xxx

  2. heart of charnwood January 9, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    Best of luck with those plans, it’s always difficult getting re-motivated after so many health set-backs, but onwards and upwards for 2014! :o)

  3. pennydog January 9, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    Gosh I won’t know anyone if I find the money to go to retreat! Hope all your plans work out, I’ll be following along 🙂

  4. Celtic Thistle January 9, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

    Sounds like you have an exciting year ahead of you, I shall enjoy reading all about it!

  5. Catrin Lewis January 12, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

    So glad to see you back in blog land. I hope that you’re able to leave the lurgy behind in 2013 and bounce into 2014! Good luck with the family pot building and the FoQ entry. I might see your there – I’m hoping to make both this year, I’ll have to wait and see what kind of mood he’s in!

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