Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year!

So it's the start of a new year, and I thought I'd share a few things with you. Firstly a few of my exciting, craft related Christmas presents.

As you can see, I got a bodyform/mannequin, which should help stop the wonky collars I've been struggling with recently. I also got a few crafty books. My favourite is the Great British Sewing Bee book. In  reviews online some people have complained about the fact you have to download and print out the patterns (not a problem for me since I also got a printer for Christmas!) But I really don't see this as an issue, as they provide so many great patterns that they couldn't possibly provide the templates to every one to scale in the book. Given what each pattern would cost to buy individually, It's really a great deal in the book. Usually in sewing/craft books I might want to make 50-75% of the patterns, but in this one every single one is fashionable, useful and right up my street. I can't wait to get started!

Looking back on 2013 earlier today, I was thinking that it's not been that exciting a year really. I mean not much has happened in my personal life, or with work. But it terms of my crafty side, it's really been a year of firsts.

I started my blog, way back in March.
I got a sewing machine for my birthday in July and started making my own clothes.
I started doing hand embroidery, and free machine embroidery.
I opened a shop on Etsy and started selling my knitted musicians!
So with all that in mind, I've written a few New Years resolutions to share with you. Normally I don't bother, or if I do, I don't keep to them. But I thought I might be more likely to if I publish them (and my mum reads them!)
Keep making my own clothes, and learning more difficult sewing techniques. I'm thinking of doing a 12projects in 12 months, if anyone knows of one to join!
Wear a handmade dress to each of the 2 weddings I'm attending this year! (not the same one!)
Learn to crochet so I can make a granny blanket
Keep blogging regularly
Open a new Etsy shop for my embroidery, and get on with making more cushions with various city skylines on!
All that's left to do is thank my readers... although I may not be read by that many, your comments always make me so happy, and you've inspired me to sell some of my creations.
I've truly joined the crafty revolution.

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