Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2013 Checklists - Sew Much Fun

I had thought about doing the ubiquitous blogger resolution post, but between the crummy internet connection and just having my mind on so many other things, I never brainstormed what I'd like to resolve for the year before the year actually started.

Also, I'm not really one to make resolutions anyway, so no harm no foul in my mind.  However, I am one to make checklists - lots of them. There is nothing I love more than scratching off item after item on a to-do list.  I know anyone out there with OCD like tendencies can agree on that high.

So with a new house less than two weeks away, I'll have TONS of house related projects to look forward to doing (and I'll share some of my ideas along with a house tour when we move in!).  Another big thing I'm looking forward to this year is learning to sew.  Mimi got me a sewing machine for my birthday, so actually learning to use it is high a top my priority list.

Somewhat inspired by Heather and her 2012 resolution to sew a dress a month for her daughter, I'd like to pick 12 sewing projects to complete for the year to keep me accountable from letting the shiny machine from gathering dust.

I won't have the machine until February (after we move in), so hopefully I can roughly bang out a project a month and bonus project too.  Goals, people.  Goals.

Here are my inspiration projects!

5 - Felt Food

9 -  Wings, Cape, or Dress Up clothes of some sort

10 - Play Teepee or Tent

11 - Custom Burp Cloths (my go-to new baby present, would love to DIY)

12 - Custom Toy Organization or Storage

Some of these pins are the exact items I hope to make, others are just inspiration of projects to try.  I already ordered some fabric to give my first project a go once I master some basics.  I have a feeling it may be a bumpy ride with lots of rookie mistakes, but I can't wait for the challenge!

Are you challenging yourself to try something new this year?


  1. Ahh so many fun projects! I want to make the quilt, throw pillows, felt food, and teepee too!!!

    1. I'm not sure if I'm over selling my abilities thinking I could even try some of these items, but I guess I have to start somewhere and I'll probably quickly learn what is and is not in my league. Hopefully the inspiration alone just keeps me at it and not quitting!

  2. I love how you're committing to this! That table cloth is just darling, and I love the idea of custom burp clothes. I feel like sewing gives a person autonomy and limitless creativity. I would love to learn myself! Best of luck - excited to be inspired through you!

    1. Haha, "committing" ahh no quitting now! I really hope it's not as hard as I expect it to be! Thankfully I have patience, but I do get easily frustrated when I can't do something well. Well see how it goes!

  3. I found your blog via 3 little birdies- I'm the blogger she was referring to in her cloth diaper post :) I love your blog and wll be your newest follower! I love the items on your sewing checklist. I really would love to lern how to make burp cloths as well- moms can never ave too many of them, especially with little babies!! Ashlynn is such a beautiful little girl.

    1. Oh great!! Can't wait to check out your blog! I love reading about moms who are into similar things, it's so great to have some community. Thanks for finding me :)

  4. Hah! You sound like me - I'm totally OCD on lists. I'm not really into resolutions - in fact I'm still trying to finish and organize my goals / to do list for the year. My problem is I have wayyy too many things I want to do so I need to narrow it down to something reasonable - I haven't figured out my main focus yet. I do want to improve my photo skills, and I got a few books for Christmas I need to read.

    I love your sewing idea! I'd love to add that to my list one year (I actually have a sewing machine from when I took a hat making class).



  5. sewing intimidates me. we (my hubby) made dog collars for a while and that machine moved way too many sharp parts near my fingers for me. it scared me. i'm impressed by your DIY ideas. SEW cute! ;)

  6. loving all of these inspiration projects. excited to see which ones you complete AND can't wait for the new house tour! :)


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