I thought before looking forward, I would look back at what I wanted to do in 2015. At the beginning of 2015 I said I wanted to focus on creativity during the year. My goals were the following:
Cross Stitch More
I think I really nailed this goal, I did a LOT of cross stitch last year. A lot of my friends received cross stitch as a present during the year and I also did quite a bit for craft swaps.
Do More Craft Swaps
I was actually pretty good at doing craft swaps at the start of the year, but after we came back from our trip to the USA I kind of lost motivation (I did of course do my annual Halloween swap with Vany). I'm hoping to do a craft swap a month this year but will see how I go!
Tackle the terrifying UFO and mending pile
I did finish up this dress, but otherwise, this was pretty much a fail!
Sew more from my stash & sewing for others
In 2015 I made 22 wearable items, which isn't so bad given there were about three months mid-year I didn't really sew at all. Of those 22 items seven were made for other people. I made Rich a robe and all the rest were either for my niece and nephew or things I made for friends children. I STILL haven't made Rich that shirt I wanted to, but I cut it out at least - baby steps right?
As for sewing more from my stash, well this was the photo I used last year in my post and I can tell you things are now even more out of control. So I think overall sewing more from my stash was a fail.
As for what I want to do this year - well I have a few ideas:
Learn to be confident with button holes and make Rich THAT shirt
Rich has been waiting for his shirt for a while, but I am one step ahead of where I was last year in that I have actually cut the shirt out from this pattern. I have done the odd button hole here and there when making skirts, but I need to be more confident with them so I can make Rich's shirt and also some shirt dresses for me. I know the only way I will get there is with practice, so I just need to do some buttonholes!
No new fabric
So this is a big one for me, I really should not be acquiring more fabric as I have so much. Like a wardrobe and a book shelf full. I really don't need anymore! I've decided not to buy any more new fabric (including second hand fabric). However, if people gift me fabric or I get it from a fabric swap then that fits within the rules.
Also if I want to make something I don't have any suitable fabric for I can buy it - for example, I really want to make some sports bras from this pattern and I can hand on heart say I don't have any fabric in my stash to sew sports bras from. So when I do want to make it I can purchase some fabric.
I feel like no new fabric and button holes are big enough crafty goals for the year, well really, no knew fabric is a big enough goal for me. In general I want to just sew more things this year!
I also have a few non-crafty goals as well:
- Journal at least twice a week
- Pay off my student loan this year (so CLOSE)
- Travel to a country I previously haven't visited (only a few more months until we are in the Philippines, this is a bit of a lame resolution, because it was going to happen anyway)
- Read at least two new books a month
- Do side plank for at least 1 minute - for some reason side plank is super hard for me to do, I need to know I can do it!