I'm sitting here, thinking about what I've accomplished this last year, and what I want to do this next year. I had really wanted to do more sewing, but it seems that once again, I've spread myself really thin. (I'm doing web sites for 3 different organizations besides my husbands business, and also on the board for one of these groups. Add the charity quilt group at church, the Cub Scout Den, and ESA, and it seems I'm always doing "stuff")
My sewing space has not been working for me either, even tho it should be big enough to do what I want. The beginning of December I sat down with graph paper, drew the room, and cut out the furniture I have. Then I shoved it all around, trying to make it work. The result? I'm swapping sides between the guest room half and the sewing room half. I started moving furniture around, got sick with the sinus virus stuff going around and had NO energy for two weeks. Then it was "do or die" to get ready for Christmas. So much for thinking I would have sewn items for gifts. So the few items I've got in process will wait for next year, or some other occasion.
I've been using the kitchen counter for a cutting table. In working with my graph paper, I realized I wanted a cutting table in the sewing room (should help the look of the kitchen - hee hee). My hubby gave me kitchen cabinets that we will work to put together into a cutting table. They are utility cabinets, unfinished, so I have a project! My hubby will build a base, and we will put a top on top. I'm pretty excited as it will provide storage under the entire top. It will be about 2 foot wide, and 5 foot long. The counter will hang over the edges. I'm hoping to store supplies for all my sewing and crafting on one side, and Cub Scout "stuff" on the other side, with space for quilt books and magazines at the end.
So what have I accomplished this last year? Several small quilt projects are ready for quilting. I used my 'stash' for most of the projects I did. I've done all the block of the month blocks, and have the first boarder on the quilt that finished up in August. I also had my first vegetable garden, and learned a lot. We started composting, and added a rain barrel (and learned we really need more or bigger barrels!) And basically we just lived life.
What do I plan for next year? No I'm not calling them resolutions. Resolutions seem to me to be promises that always get broken. So I make plans. Yes, some plans get accomplished, and some do not. So, what are my plans? First, I received a very cute calendar from sister in law. I plan to organize my year on that calendar. Mostly What I want to do for Christmas, and schedule the stuff out, to make it less stressful next year. No this year was not bad, but after the sinus I just decided what got done, got done; and I ignored all the other things I wanted to do. If I put all those things on the calendar, I hope to realize dates that I need to finish tasks, and so that they all don't happen in the last few weeks. I want to get my sewing room organized, cutting table created and get projects finished. I want to continue to use my stash for my projects. I want to do a better job of thanking people for all they do for me. I want to go through the boxes we have stored. I'd like to set a goal of going through 2 boxes a month. I want to do my vegetable garden again next summer, and harvest more food. I want to get the patio enclosed, and make more progress on the landscaping. I need to do some deep cleaning on the house, and probably some painting. Plus keep all my groups going, and keeping up to date on what I need to do for them. And I want to blog on a regular basis this year.
Hmm, well, that is a good start for a list. It is now just minutes before midnight, so I need to get this saved. Have a great New Year everyone!