I do this every single year - I make completely daft resolutions that by the middle of January I've forgotten or not actually managed to stick to. There's no reason why 2014 should be any different.
Let's recap on last year's....
use up more stash. Well, I did manage to make a few stash only quilts (the scrappy trip along was a huge help with that) but I seemed to end the year with far more fabric than I started the year with, so I guess I should count that as a part fail.
sew more for me. This was a success, I think. I did manage to combine sewing for me with obligation sewing too, which was a bonus (the spools quilt below was something I really wanted to make and I got it published in love patchwork and quilting - oh, it also used up a lot of stash fabrics, so it was an all round win!)
teach more. Actually, I did seem to be away from home a fair bit with Sizzix stuff and what-not, so that was a success too. I also realised that it probably wasn't the best idea to be away so much, particularly on weekends, but you don't know until you try things do you? And that was more to do with how the year panned out with personal stuff and Ginge moving football teams (soccer) to a team he's passionate about.
So how about this year's resolutions? What do I hope for this time round?
use up more stash. I'm determined here, it needs to be done. I have fabrics that I hoard away and there's no rhyme or reason for it, so I intend to make half of my quilts this year from just stash fabrics. A quick and easy stash buster is the giant star from Jeni's tutorial, so maybe I'll make a few more of those (they're great gift quilts too)
read books. I didn't read a single book last year, and I love reading. I find the fact that I didn't read anything over the year quite horrific. If I can read a book every month, or even every other month then I'm winning. Instead of checking twitter or instagram every second I'll sit and read a book. I have a kindle so I'm going to take full advantage of the free books in the kindle store and read me some stuff, even if it's trashy chick lit, it'll be better than not reading at all. Reading is good for the soul, it's relaxing, it helps you chill out (I have already started on this plan, and read a couple of young adult books already - Silence and Broken Silence by Natasha Preston, neither were particularly fantastic but they were pleasant, enjoyable and easy reads, and a perfect re-introduction to reading again...plus they were free kindle downloads so that makes it better still!)
spend time with my family. I know I will have to go away a fair bit in 2014 with quilt monkey so when I am home I want to spend more time doing fun stuff with my family, and also to try and be home more on weekends. Because things got a bit scary in 2013 with my husband's illness it made me realise even more how little time we have on this Earth, and I don't want to get to a point where I regret not doing things. 2014 is the year of enforced family fun. The teenager will be pleased. Ha! (we've also already started this and had a family trip to the fancy cinema in town, which is double the price of the regular cinema but has couches instead of those flip up seats, it's full of hipsters with beards, and you can take real glasses to your seat...which also has a table next to it. We saw the secret life of walter mitty, which was good. I really enjoyed it, so did the teenager and the husbeast. Ginge wasn't so thrilled but he just sat and played with his wrestling figures quietly and was happy)
sew more for me (again). Because what is the point in sewing if you don't make stuff you want to keep? Yes, there are too many quilts in this house already, but I won't let that stop me. Until we are all drowning in quilts I will not rest. (First job is to finish up this quilt...)
So what about you? Did you make resolutions for 2013 and how did they go? And what are your resolutions for this year?
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