Happy New Year everyone!
I have taken a semi enforced digital detox with some serious energy recharging needed (but over this holiday season it seems as if it has been subject to near constant depletion with all the fun, present making & hosting etc!). Technologically it is also not worth battling against very temperamental broadband access when there are two extra laptops jostling for bandwidth, but how interested can anyone be in that? Moving on then ….
So I am newly full of vim, looking forward to catching up with everyone else’s new year’s plans, and will catch up on visiting your wonderful blogs.
Of my own resolutions for 2012? Well, I had decided not to make any, accepting for once that I am weak & have high boredom thresholds/ rebel against too much structure. But then I thought back, and in doing so I have become a little more motivated to keep a couple of intentions going, & then just set up a couple of new ones.
SB’s handmade wardrobe
- But here’s THE BIG INTERESTING ONE. Last year I planned not to buy any ready to wear (except sports clothes & shoes/ undies). And amazingly I achieved this particular resolution. I am stunned. To develop my handmade wardrobe ( most pictures here) I made:
- 10 dresses
- 10 tops/ blouses
- 4 skirts
- 6 pairs shorts/ capris/ culottes/ trousers
- 1 cardigan
- 1 jacket
- 7 pairs of knickers (not all now in use!)
Oh me oh my! That is 36 things for me! There are 3 things missing in pictures that I will update soon as I can. I will keep this going, and update my projects in the pipeline page as my ideas develop. And I will make a coat. And more jackets. I will. I suppose out of the 36, here are the most eliciting comments in the real world – my Vintage Vogue jacket & much worn-to-parties-this-Christmas-and-new-year-Rooibos.
I will take the seamless pledge also, (I will not buy any ready to wear with the exception of running / sports wear, or second hand for the duration of this year and will renew it each year.)
This poses the biggest problem for my real wardrobe gap, as with many other keen sewists is in the knitwear department. I am knitting (slowly) a cardigan – Kim Hargreaves Wisdom. So onto knitting ….I shall have to knit more, or make jersey cardigans in 2012….can anyone share any great UK online yarn stores?
Another thing I’d like to do more of this year is jewellery making, having totally failed to make very much at all last year. I will try to make a quirky or vintage inspired piece a month. So there we are, some intentions for sewing, jewellery making and knitting.
I do enjoy blogging & am super inspired by all of you lovely people out there too. Thank you for the blogs you create, the makes you share with us & for visiting here & leaving comments. This year I shall try to get better at putting more effort into blogging: pictures, ideas, whatever….
Making for others
The boring bit! I need to make an advanced intention about Christmas next year. I seem to go crazy making for others in six weeks of the year but should spread it out! Therefore I shall try to make more for others across the whole year. Related to this, ie non-selfish sewing, I should also try once again try to sort my home furnishings out. Nothing happened last year to the saggy lounge curtains or the broken bedroom blinds. Or to the cushions in the lounge. Tsk Tsk. I had a Christmas present though that has some lovely ideas that should encourage me.
- And I need to include something on running …
- Last year I ran 3 half marathons (slowly!) and ran 550 miles. Wow. That was worth looking at as here I am going through another dip in motivation caused by being ill (my most arch enemy that knocks my running mojo with longer lasting impact than the illness itself – I have no strategy to combat this one). Hopefully my returned vim includes running….I have another half marathon in March. It would be so great if it was at least a teeny weeny bit faster than last years….
So that’s it for now. Onto a fun filled 2012 we hope! I will enjoy catching up with everyone else’s plans for the year ahead. May we make it brilliant & dazzling !