Saturday, December 31, 2011

2012 Goals

In 2011 I set a few goals but what I started doing instead was writing down my monthly goals. Every month I created a list of things I wanted to accomplish. Sometimes I didn't finish everything on the list but sometimes I did more!

I'll be doing the same this year also. I've added a tab along the top that lists my goals by month. Once an item is done it'll be crossed off.

I'm ready to get this year started off on the right foot!

Do you make New Year's resolutions or make yearly or monthly goals?

Friday, December 30, 2011

A New Year, A New Adventure

2011 was an adventure in itself but I'm excited to embark on a new year and a new adventure!

In 2012 I'm looking forward to:
  • A new business venture
  • A fresh sewing room
  • A new, healthier me
  • Growing children
And while I'm not particularly looking forward to my husband's deployment in a few months I definitely see it as part of this crazy adventure we call life!

What are you looking forward to in 2012?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A New Blog Schedule

Here's my 2012 new blog schedule!

This is more of a 'suggestion' for me to stay organized with. I probably won't post every day but just as I have time and a topic.

  • Mission Mondays: I will have several missions going on in 2012 and will post about them on this day
  • Tutorial Tuesdays: posts about tutorials that I've done or have found online
  • Wordless Wednesdays: a photo post with no words
  • Anything Goes Thursdays: self explanatory
  • Fitness Fridays: progress on my fitness and weight loss goals
  • Sewing Saturdays: posts about projects I've completed or am working on
  • Deal of the Week Sundays: posts with info about sales or deals in my shop or other small business owners shops

I have really appreciated each and every one of you readers, you make my blog what it is!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Bit of Randomness

I'm playing a bit of catching up today. I meant to post the past several days but I have been too busy, first with Christmas and second with painting my sewing room.

All the painting is completed as of right now. The trim and doors got a glossy coat of white and the walls got a semi-glossy coat of frosty blue. I also installed new doorknobs and put up pretty new outlet covers. The room looks so much cleaner and larger now! My husband is working on the framework for built in shelves and a countertop! I am really missing my sewing room but I'm making up for it with a good book or two. I'm only going to post a one pic today just to show off the paint. I'll do a whole post with lots of pictures later when it's completed!

Christmas was great at our house as you can see by the mess the boys made…

The best combined gift the boys got were the rolly cart things.

Ian's best gift was a child-sized electric guitar.

And Jameson's best gift was a tent my husband and I made. I also made one for both of my nephews!

I made this Kindle cover before my sewing room was torn apart and it was a gift to myself. I've had my Kindle for about a year and it really needed some sort of protective covering when I take it places with me. This project was Pinterest inspired. I hand quilted the cover following the lines of the fabric print. I then put binding on and added resin snaps from my cloth diapering stash. I really love what I came up with! And it was good foresight since I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas!

I hope you all have had a great Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Ornament Exchange

I participated in the Great Holiday Ornament Exchange again this year!

The exchange is hosted by my sister, Tonya, via her blog and facebook fan page.

I signed up for 4 ornaments this year, which meant I would hand make 4 ornaments to send out and I would receive 4 hand made ornaments from others around the states/globe. You can see the felt bird ornaments I sent out HERE.

There is 1 ornament not pictured because the day I got it and put it on the tree it fell off and broke. :( And I have 2 extra ornaments from my sister! :) Her ornaments came filled with lots of goodies but they have already disappeared!

Bird Ornament

Owl Ornament

Reindeer Ornament

Pocket Ornament from Tonya

Pocket Ornament from Tonya

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Scrappy Fan Quilt

I've been working on this quilt for about 2 months. I've used strictly scraps for the fan blades and tried my best to not let any matching fabrics touch when I sewed them together. I try to squeeze it in here and there but it seems to be taking me forever. The quilt started off with a fan design but I ended up changing my mind and sewing the fans together to form circles. I really like how it's turning out! After the new year, this quilt will be finished as quickly as possible!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Yule Blessings

The Shortest Day

And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us – listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Welcome Yule!

By Susan Cooper

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Small Cloth Diapers Now Available!

Sewing Room Progress: well, I haven't gotten very far! All the holes are patched, sanded and ready to paint. I started taping off the beat up old wood work, sanding it to rough it up, and got a light coat of paint on a small part of the baseboards and all the window. I think it's going to take 2-3 coats of white paint to make it look really nice.

But the main reason I didn't get very far was because my little helper was a little too much help! Jameson (2 years old) wanted to help sand, tasted a chunk of drywall mud, drew pictures in the drywall dust on the floor (getting himself covered in the process), pulled up a section of tape, and wanted to do everything I did!

Painting was and will be done during nap times, which means it'll take me several extra days to finish it. Today I hope to finish sanding woodwork and taping. I will just need to find a good activity for busy little hands while I work.


That's all a round about way of saying that my sewing room is still closed for custom orders but I still have a bunch of ready to ship items!

This is a play off post of yesterdays post about the newborn cloth diapers. I also have small cloth diapers sewn up in the same style (different fabrics) and available in my shop. The small cloth diapers are a little bigger and roomier and would best fit babies 6 to 12 pounds.

I really enjoyed making these diapers and hope to have medium and large available after my sewing room is put back together!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Newborn Cloth Diapers Now Available!

I'm so excited! My sewing room is getting a face lift! I started last night and everything is currently scattered around the house. I've put drywall mud on last night and will sand it all flat today. A fresh coat of paint will be put on, new shelves will be built in, and I'm getting an actual countertop L shaped table built in. So excited! I'll be taking pics to share later! 

I'm telling you all this because I won't be able to work on any custom orders until it's done.

I have plenty of ready to ship items though, such as the newborn cloth diapers I listed in my shop not that long ago. These are really great and easy to use cloth diapers. I use them on Jameson and we both prefer them to some of his other cloth diapers.

Check them out HERE!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Deal of the Week (12-18-11)

This week's deal is 15% off all cloth dolls in my shop!

I really enjoyed creating these dolls… each is one of a kind. I find these dolls very inspirational to create and I love sharing them with others. I hope to be able to create more in the coming year!

Pricing has already been reduced… no need to remember any codes or wait for refunds.

Happy shopping!

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