Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014 Goals

In December, everything is too much. Don't get me wrong, I really love the holiday season, the excitement, the fresh tree, the cranberries. . . but then about 4 days before Christmas I get this sense of impending doom when the season overwhelms me. This is very much why our house gets de-Christmassed right around the 26th every year. Have I mentioned that I'm just a tad antisocial? Yeah, that might have something to do with it, too.

Fortunately for me, the kids headed back to school today (wah for them) while I still have a few days of winter break left to get started on my goals for the year. I never, ever do resolutions, but I always have goals for myself. 2013 was such a monumental year of change; Chickens! Knitting! I can't believe I didn't knit a year ago. . . seriously, it is so much a part of who I am now that I really can't figure out what I did with all my time.

Well, without dwelling on the past, here's to the future!!

That's right, my future involves breakfast, then that baby sitting across the table from me. The Singer. Now, I don't know why, but sewing machines scare the crap out of me, especially when they're older than I am. Some part of my brain keeps telling me that I would learn better if I had a fancy new machine, but the much bigger, practical part of my brain says I need to know if sewing is going to be a legitimate part of my life before I spend the money.

 This won't be my first sewing attempt:

Okay, yeah, that's not me. . . but it IS the project I started before I got to stressed out by The Machine and my dear husband Abe had to take over. Curtains for the two bedrooms and for the kitchen, too. Easy Shmeasy, but the thread kept breaking, and sewing through room-darkening fabric was rather tough. Of course, looking at that sweet little boy next to Abe, I am starting to think that it was maybe just my timing that was off. Toddlerhood is not exactly a time to start a new endeavor.

But now that sweet boy is about to be eight (EIGHT!!) and has some sudden mighty particular tastes in clothes. Only hoodies. Only skinny pants. I can't find pants to make him happy (he's on the extremely slim side) so maybe I'll work up to making him pants. Maybe by next December, though, let's be real.

So today I'm taking a bit of a deep breath before I plunge in, and learning from how I learned to knit, doing some research, too. Thank goodness for YouTube!!

Happy 2014 to you!


  1. Good for you Carly! I have the feeling you'll be a 'natural' at sewing! Happy 2014!

  2. Well that's what I keep telling myself - I have a long life of crafting on my side - but that machine is scary!! Of course I really, really like pretty clothes, so that's my motivation.