Just stuff….

How’s your 2014 going so far? Did you make resolutions, or did you resolve not to this year like I did? I didn’t have a letter to the year this year, didn’t feel that I needed to have a conversation with it like I have the last few. No, this year I had a conversation with myself, and I think I listened.

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What do I want out of this year? Well, like many of us I want to be more organized. I want to streamline my life and my stuff, and feel the lightness of my physical load. I’ve cleaned out my closet and my dresser (I swear, Honey, I did, I just have lots of clothes), and I want to do one room a month in my little house. Next up: Laundry room and sewing corner, as these are both in need of some love.

Speaking of my sewing corner, I want to sew more of my wardrobe this year and you guys are going to see more of that process, because sewing has become far more than a hobby to me, it’s become a passion and a way of life. I’m still learning but when you sew you should always be learning, I think. And I have a lot to learn still.

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I took a knitting class in January/February, as I decided that if I’m making more of my wardrobe I should probably learn to knit my own sweaters because I don’t have enough to do already, and am blissfully learning how to not drop a stitch and how to fix it when I do. Knit, purl, knit, purl.

I want to make more time for myself to knit and sew, and I only have a few short hours in the evenings (due to my strict bedtime schedule, I’m such a weirdo), and to do that I need to plan my dinners better. My new crockpot is helping with that, and we’re eating more leftovers because I’m cooking more leftovers. I’m hoping to morph this way of life into a weekly menu with a grocery list and recipes that I can share with you. I haven’t quite figured out how to do that yet successfully but I’m working on it.

Other small things, too, like bringing my lunch with me to work more often so I can control what I eat better and save money, I want to beef my savings account up again, we want to buy a house, I need to quit buying shoes (or at least cheap shoes. I’m allowing myself to only buy good, sturdy but stylish shoes, classics I can wear a while, and I have to get rid of at least one existing pair when I buy them. It’s difficult to part with a big chunk of money when I do this and I can only afford to do this a couple times a year, but my feet are already thanking me.).

All of this means I’m going to have more to blog about, more to share with you, and I hope you continue to follow me. I hope you’ll comment and cheer me on (sewing sometimes needs a cheering section, especially when you’re ripping a seam out for the third time like I did the other night). There will be some more blog changes coming up too, a new web page, maybe a new title. Nick has offered a couple of times to help me with this and I’m ready to take him up on it. Let’s face it, I’m a little old-fashioned and the web page stuff gets the best of me. It’s better I leave this to a professional with more patience than I possess.

Have a great weekend, all! I’ve got some fun stuff in the works for next week. Oh, and keep your fingers crossed that I’ll find my camera, please? I’m going in search this weekend and really hoping it pops up.

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4 thoughts on “Just stuff….

  1. Mom

    I’m glad to know you didn’t make a New Year’s resolution or write a letter, they never stick and then there’s the guilt…. I know because you are mine…there’s definite guilt! My best resolution and the only one to stick was “to never make another resolution” best one ever, it stuck! About 8 years now. As for the sewing, keep at it you’re doing beautifully! Tearing out seams happens, the coat….. I cut the wrong pattern piece for the lining so am re-vamping….bitch!!! Whatever, keep calm and carry on my love!

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