Friday, 8 January 2010

Shocking News!

My boy has potty trained!!!!! Just when I reached PUL fabric nirvana! Actually he has been potty trained for a good few months now, even at night.... All that fabric looks lovely. What am I supposed to do with it now? I organised it into a rainbow on the shelf - impermeable to cats, who like to sneak in behind the stacks and lie on the flannel, which picks up hairs like crazy!

I have organised my fabric shelves. There seems to be more than ever! I have about 12 yards from a co-op waiting to ship home too... Oops. Oh yeah - and 4 more yards of PUL too! It was ordered about 6 months ago, but it had to be custom milled and laminated. I never thought R would have been potty trained by the time it arrived. I have cleared up the sewing desk too, but M has moved his computer upstairs and his stuff is spreading over my sewing area. I have not done any sewing at all this week. Bit disappointed since I planned to sew at least one evening a week. I am still gathering inspiration though. I'm waiting on two sewing books from amazon.

It has just been so cold recently, I don't fancy crawling about the floor in the draught trying to cut out patterns. I might clear off the table tomorrow and cut there. I'm going to sew something for myself, but I'm really not too sure if the fabrics are going to go together too well.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Goals for 2010

I can't be bothered doing a total of last years projects right now. But I don't think there is much. I had a terrible sewing slump at the beginning of last year. I know I've sewn a few nappies, quite a lot of wipes and some pyjamas.

Usually I just make a goal of sewing more often, but after learning about goal setting from a book about running I have decided to do something different this year. I am setting myself some smaller, more specific goals.
  • Aim to use up 20 yards of stash fabric
  • Keep an ideas book for inspiration
  • Aim to complete at least one project a month (of course more would be better)
  • Make time to sew one evening per week (again, more would be better)
  • Plan my years sewing in advance leaving plenty of time to complete projects
  • Complete 1-2 smocking projects

I have written down a list of things I'd like to make. An apron from the Sew Liberated pattern, a knitting bag for my mum, Halloween costumes, Halloween table runner, autumn cushion covers and wall hanging and Christmas pot holders are what I've got so far. I think it will make fabric buying easier if I know what I am buying for, rather than just buying things thinking "I'm sure I can use this... for something".

I got some money for Christmas and I have bought some sewing books. I got a heirloom sort of sewing one, a book about making pyjamas and a book about making skirts. I don't even wear skirts.... It just looked kind of interesting!

I need to make sure my sewing area stays tidy. It makes it so much easier if I don't have to waste precious time rummaging around for a seam ripper or measuring. That is my goal for the week, and also cutting out some things to sew.