2007: A Year of Crafts
Above are some of my favorite projects from 2007. This year (or is it last year now?), I dove into the big stuff- quilts, afghans, garment sewing, etc. In a sense I was waiting, and these crafts took up my time on a daily basis but also reminded me to look at the big picture if an individual square or block was feeling a bit wonky. I felt really accomplished when I completed my bed-sized babette inspired blanket and our full sized quilt. I really love playing with patchwork, and I think there’ll be more of it in the new year, although in smaller doses. I also crocheted a ton of hats (some of which I’m selling in a local boutique, yay) and I learned to knit.
This year I’d like to make more crafts that aren’t so purpose driven– you know, loosen up and have fun. I always worry about what I will do with said crafts, but maybe that’s okay for a while. I’m thinking that I’d like to give more handmade gifts this year as well.
Some main events of 2007:
-My sister got married January 1st! She’s expecting a baby in just a few weeks, and I am super excited to meet him.
-I went to Italy + London to visit Paul. Travelling can be hectic, but I’d like to do more of it. I don’t really fly around all that much now that I’m not in New York, and I miss the ease of being in a good location.
-I moved to Montana from NYC. Paul drove me and my stuff all the way here, with me charting a 102 fever most of the way. It’s been a real change (which I realize every time I go somewhere with massive shopping centers and huge crowds) but I like it. I do miss my independence here (I have no car), and I miss my friends, and I really miss the FOOD. But, I am a lot less tense and stressed overall, so I’d say that it’s worth it.
-I quit my job at Adorn–a necessary decision because I wanted to move. I’ve been doing a lot of freelance work for several mags, which was something I definitely wanted to try. Honestly, I prefer a full-time job, but at least I know that now. I do love that I was able to take a lot of fun road trips, and a nice 2-week xmas vacation, though– I never could do that with my 2 weeks of vacation time.
I have a feeling there will be more good things in 2008. I’m keeping my fingers crossed! Thanks to all of you who read, comment, and blog- I really do love seeing all of the inspiring things you’re making. Here’s to a happy new year!