School of Sewing – Delayed

January has gotten off to a rough start in my household. One of our kitties was sick for a couple weeks, resulting ultimately in surgery (she is fine now, thank goodness!); during her final steps of recovery I headed out of town on a business trip and brought home the cold/flu/plague and am just now barely feeling like I might be recovering…but is SLOW GOING. My husband also caught a cold (thankfully not as bad as mine, because I REALLY needed someone to take care of me these past 4 days) and my other kitty had to be taken to the vet yesterday and is now on antibiotics. So I want a do-over to the fresh start a new year is supposed to bring.

In the spirit of Being Gentle With Myself (my number one goal for 2015), I am giving my household the rest of January to try and get back to “normal” and pushing all activity out one month. That means that my School of Sewing activities will now start in February. I’ve put up a page that recaps the approach I’ll take, and updated it with the new monthly schedule. You can find that page here:



That also means there’s still time for you to grab the book, get your sewing machine and supplies ready, and join me starting in February! :-)

Learning to Sew with School of Sewing

2015 is the year I finally learn to sew! And I hope to do that with the help of School of Sewing. It’s one of two classes/series I’ve committed to as part of my 2015 Goals, and I am looking forward to finally getting to the point where sewing is a regular activity for me, with no fear!


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Christmas Hippo

Every year for Christmas, my niece gets a hippo. Earlier this year, one of my favorite crochet artists (Stacey Trock of Fresh Stitches) shared an interview with Heidi Bears. As soon as I saw that she had a pattern for Happypotamus the Happy Hippo I sent it to my sister and asked if I could provide my niece’s hippo this year. I’m so glad she said yes, because this one of my all time favorite things I’ve crocheted.

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Audiobook Challenge

Last year, I finally found some audiobooks that I LOVED. My prior experience has been sad, with bad narrators ruining books for me. (Honestly, the books would have been so much better in my own head.) With a few under my belt now that were so much better because of great narrators, I’ve got an audiobook going at all times. I am lucky enough that I work from home and don’t commute, but that means I’m not in the car a whole lot. But even just running errands, I can get 20-30 minutes of listening in while out and about.

So…I’ve decided to sign up for the 2015 Audiobook Challenge, which is being hosted by The Book Nympho and Hot Listens. There is also a Goodreads group that you can join.

There is no real commitment, other than just a fun way to give yourself a goal. I’ve signed up at the “Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20” level (they’ve got fun names for their levels), since I seem to be able to listen to 1-2 audiobooks per month (as long as it’s not an Outlander book!). I’ve created a separate Goodreads shelf myself for tagging all my completed audiobooks this year to help me keep track. And since I’m able to layer on audiobooks in addition to times I am actually reading a book, I think I’m going to up my goal for the year from 48 to 52 books. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but since I’ve already got two completed books under my belt, I think I can do it. (Granted, I started them both in 2014, but it’s a great way to get a jump on the new year.

Do you have a reading goal? Do you have a sub-goal for audiobooks? If you’re on Goodreads, leave a link below. I’d love to follow you and see what you’re reading. I’m always looking for recommendations for really great books!


2015 Goals

New year, new opportunity to reset our focus. I have to admit, the last few months of 2014 found me in the midst of a “mid-life re-evaluation”. My husband has convinced me not to call it a “crisis”, but an opportunity to stop and figure out what I want to be when I grow up. Because, let’s face it – 42 isn’t “grown up” yet (right??).

So my 2015 goals are about exploration, reflection, and learning. Really digging into things I’ve been wanting to learn, listening to my heart, and trying to find my bliss. My goals will actually be very similar to those I tackled in 2014, but with a focus on self-reflection to keep doing things I love and stopping the things that don’t bring value or joy. So…here we go!

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