I’m not a resolutiony kind of person. I figure my perfectionistic tendencies get enough of a workout on a daily basis that to put that on my plate on Jan 1st is a bit overkill and overwhelming. With that, I’ll keep my general goal (which is shockingly similar to when I was teaching) in my sewing of upping my skills one seam at a time. It’s worked pretty well this past year, so why fix what ain’t broke. In reality, I probably have like 59000 sewing goals, but they all fall under the umbrella of this general goal, so I won’t firehose you with the minutiae of these right now, but you’ll probably hear about them along the way. So, without ado, what did this last year bring?
~I saved a really cool quilt from the thrift store.
~I taught friends how to pull strudel for my birthday.
~After 7 years, I left my position as a music teacher to an amazing group of 1st-6th graders at an equally amazing school with wonderful colleagues so that I could pursue my dream of being a stay-at-home Mom to my so-worth-every-minute-of-lost-sleep son, Noah, who by the way, is more incredible, funny, industrious, and sweet-natured than I ever could have imagined him to be. My sweet husband and I are truly blessed.
~After giving birth, I really really started my journey learning to make clothes after swearing up and down 2 years ago that I’d NEVER EVER make clothes because I didn’t want things to look homemade (I still don’t–I want to up my skills so that they DON’T). It’s only been 6+ months since I made that goal, but I’m pretty jazzed by how far I’ve come. From this to this for a fast example, and there’s too many pictures and posts for a broader example for me to catalog here.
~I took a facings class on Patternreview. It was wonderful, and I learned so much. Were I not so impatient, it would have helped me with this dress, and it DID help me with this one. I plan to take more classes like this. I’m ready to embrace my continual thirst for education.
~I got to play in Oktoberfest. See me look in awe upon these swell accordion players. To adapt a quote from Moonstruck, “What you don’t know about” accordion “is a lot“. Gots to get practicing those polkas.
~I listened to and saw a truckload of opera. TRUCK-LOAD…like 30 something.
~I made a button down shirt for my Mom! Of course, I forgot the camera on Christmas. Poo. A picture and review will follow soon.
Overall, it’s been a good year here at E Made This. As we approach this new year, I will wish my favorite blessing upon you from Numbers 6:24-26: The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.’.