Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy New Year!


I feel so out of touch people!  With Christmas, kids/husband home from school, my sewing machine in the shop again, and close to a week away from home, I feel like I've fallen off the face of the earth as far as sewing goes.  Re-capping the past year seems too overwhelming right now, so I think I'll just take a look into the near future and make a bit of a to-do list:
  • it's my month in the bee I belong to and we've been doing granny square blocks using a whole variety of my scraps along with a natural shade solid - the blocks are starting to come in already and I don't want to leave them languishing!
  • finish the library tote that I started before Christmas, using Michelle's pattern
  • purchase backing and batting for my disappearing 9-patch Brrr! quilt.  I'd hoped to get this one finished by Christmas and it just didn't happen.  But I figure that since the fabric is more of a winter fabric than a Christmas fabric, I'm still good to go for a few more months!
  • figure out what to do with my Etsy shop.  I haven't had any sales since around the time of Black Friday, and neither of the two Christmas-y items I had listed sold.  I honestly don't know how much effort I want to put into stocking the shop and promotion and all that stuff so my thought at the moment is to just put stuff in there when I have something to list, and if it sells great, if not, no big deal.  Which is kind of how I started off thinking about it anyways.
We just got back today from our week away visiting family, I'm marking my google reader as "read" and will carry on from here.  The family picture was taken by my Dad on Wednesday, our "snow day".  We had to drive 1.5hrs to find that snow, and it was coooooold, but it was worth it.  We had a ton of fun!

16 comments:

Debbie said...

Yeah, time away and the holidays really throws things off doesn't it? Good luck easing back into the sewing...LOVE seeing the family pic - really sweet!

Jess said...

So glad you're back! I think that's exactly the right attitude for etsy (at least it's mine, lol). Happy new year!

Toni said...

Glad to see I'm not the only one out of touch with everything right now. You have a great looking family, Heather! Good luck on conquering that list!

Izzy said...

Welcome back and Happy New Year! That is a beautiful picture. :-)

Kate said...

Hey, you had a good holiday (I assume) and that's what matters! Good luck easing back into the sewing and life and all that!

CityHouseStudio said...

I love your snowy picture!
Welcome back to sewing . . . sometime it's nice to have a break -- I know I'm more motivated after having some time away!

Patti said...

Happy New Year Heather! Looking forward to seeing all your great work this year. Love the snow pic-made me chuckle that you had to trek 1.5 hrs to get to it! Hope you didn't feel any of the effects of the quake yesterday!

Katie said...

Happy New Year! So nice to see a picture of your smiling family!
Christmas always throws my sewing time up in the air too, I've got a huge pile on my desk right now.....including your granny :-)

mle said...

Welcome back! I'm just now getting caught up too. It's nice to take a break for the holidays and just enjoy the craziness.

Nat at Made in Home said...

Love the family picture, welcome back!

Alisa said...

Looks like you had a fun day!

QuiltyGirl said...

Ack, I hear ya on the Etsy shop! I'm taking 2013 to figure out what I am trying to do with this whole quilting hobby thing. ;)
Welcome back!

Katie B. said...

Happy New Year! I'm feeling the same way--it's hard to get back into a routine.

Carla said...

Happy new Year ; )

CitricSugar said...

Happy New Year! Sounds like you had a good break.. :-)

Abby said...

don't give up on etsy - just fill it when you have items and wait it out. I've found it comes in waves. I get a couple of sales one month, then nothing for a few months, then another big month. Some items have been in there since I started, but if they are just sitting on a rack somewhere collecting dust, might as well have them for sale!