I've had this post in my file for the last week and I've gone back and forth about whether I should post it or not. I really don't want it to come across as a "look what I've done" retrospective. As upbeat and positive as I try to be, there's a little voice that lives in me and I'm sure a lot of you as well. That little voice loves nothing more than to focus on what I didn't do, what I should have done, where I should be at this point in my life. As much as I try not to listen, sometimes, when things don't go as I had hoped or something disappointing happens, that little voice loves nothing more than to speak up. As this past year came to a close, that little voice was talking, and loud. A friend called on Christmas Eve. She is a very good friend. One that I feel very lucky to have. I had sent her a set of the owl pattern weights as a Christmas/birthday present. She's one of those lucky people to be born at Christmas time. I shared with her that I had been thinking about closing down my blog. Is this where I want to spend my time? Questions like these especially come to us when there's a potentially life changing situation looming over you. Then I decided to take a look back and here's what I found.
2014 began with this incredible surprise. I knew that the garment would be in the issue, but WOW!!!, the cover!
I ended up living in this version that I did for the sew along. It was perfect with heels as well as sandals. I think my husband got tired of seeing me in the dress ;)
The third project in the series was the Summer Breeze Top from Hot Patterns. For the sew along, we made it into a dress. Some said that they didn't like the ruffles that I added to the neckline and armholes, but I did!!
Then we made pants using the Clover Slim Pants pattern from Colette Patterns. I made 4 pairs of these pants!
In April, the show I did on the Perfect Travel Dress aired on the Sew It All program with Ellen March.
In September I taught at the American Sewing Expo in Novi, Michigan. It was a wonderful experience.
Another absolute shock came when I was told that I had been voted as one of Burda's Top 50 Bloggers.
Our Mary Bridge Pillowcase Project was featured in Sew News.
The Polly Top from By Hand London.
The Yellowtail Cami from Seamster Patterns.
Owl Pattern Weights.
Along the way, I've had some fun!!!
We've had a lot of inspiration.
Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies.
As this new year begins, I would like to give you a challenge. If you have a blog, it's easy to look back. But if you don't, here's the challenge, record your life. It doesn't need to be a detailed journal. It can be just short notes left on a calendar. But record your life, what you've done, happy moments, places you've been, even what you've made. And then, when the year comes to an end, look back and I think that like me, you will be so pleasantly surprised.
In some ways, that little voice is a good thing, especially if it makes us angry enough to push forward. Just don't allow it to make you stop :)