Thursday, December 31, 2009

WIPS and Chains!

Excuse me?  What did she say?  You know - WIPs - Works in Progress... and chains - I'm working on my serging skills!  Fer real!

I absolutely love Christmas and spending time with my family.  It was fun and I loved every bit of it.  But, once again it has quickly passed and I need to take a deep breath from the busy week.  I've already put away all decorations and cleaned the house up a bit.  (I tried to wait until this weekend but I just couldn't!)  There is something about starting off the first day of the year fresh and clean.

As for works in progress, I have plenty to do. When I decide to sew something (translation - while killing time at JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby, or the local quilt shop and finding fabric that I just cannot live without), I go ahead and gather up all the goodies to go with it - notions, pattern, thread, trim, etc., and put them all together in a zip-loc storage bag. Because really - who knows when I'll actually get to sew it!  Then, when I am ready to sew, I have everything together. I include notes and sketches as reminders - "Now why did I buy 2/3 yard of this and 3 yards of that?"

As for serger skills, I decided to spend a little "me" time in my studio just sewing.  I got out the sewing machine and my serger and whipped up some little pants to go with the Natty jacket I made at the sewing retreat.  The pants were made from red velveteen and matching trim for the ruffles.  Oh, how I love to sew!!!  There is something strange about how much relaxation I get from a sewing challenge.  I mean, I know how to sew a pair of toddler's pants, but I'm still learning a lot in the sewing realm, especially using my serger.

And, this is that time of the year when we all start to think about goals and resolutions.  Here are a few of mine:

  • Get to know God a little better each day.

  • Spend more time with my family serving others.
  • Take better care of myself - rest and excercise (obviously not at the same time!), maybe a mani and pedi every once in a while!
  • Expand my mind - I'm going back to school with my photography.  I can't wait!  I love photography and I have so much to learn in the digital world.  Next up will be Photoshop!
  • Continue to teach my kids important life skills like how to set up a budget and how to sew on a button!
  • Sew, craft, and sew!!! 
Tonight was a good time to just relax and un-wind.  I watched "Snow White" with my 3 year old while we sewed together.  I was making more felt doughnuts (you can't have too many of those, right?) and my baby girl worked on her stitching skills.  I thought she did a dern good job!  That's mommy's girl!

My wish for each of you is that you will have a wonderful and healthy New Year filled with blessings, family, friends, time well-spent, rest, play, helping others, and enjoying what you love to do! 

Bonne Année!

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  1. New Year's blessings to you and your family.


  2. Oh Monna I think you & I could become good friends! First of all we live CLOSE! And I used to sew a lot & stopped but, have taken it back up again recently. I don't have a serger but, would love to have one. One of my goals (along with hubby) is to take photography classes. Have you found a good place for that? I'm looking. And if you see my New Years Eve post... learning photoshop is one of my goals too! So glad you stopped by for a visit. I don't know how you found me but, I'm glad you did! Happy New Year! Charlene

  3. Mona,
    Love your idea of packaging each idea up in a great clear bag. Excellent. I use the clear plastic square boxes from Joann's (I think they are meant for scrap booking), I label them for each thing I'm working on and it keeps stuff together. I am usually working on more than 1 thing at a time.
    Love the outfit. I have started to buy a serger about 20 times, but I'm so intimidated by it. You should do a serger class. I love what you can do with it, just don't know if I could get the darn thing threaded.
    Happy New Year! Lisa

  4. Great ideas, and great resolutions. If you want to learn photoshop, then just send me an emai (on my blog)l, and I will be glad to give you some tips I got from a fellow photographer friend. She really led me in the right direction.
    BTW, I would love to go to Dallas. We were looking at a place in Mansfield, because we have friends in Ft. Worth. It would be so much fun.

  5. What a great idea to store everything together. And why didn't I think of that, instead of looking at my craft room and wondering what was this for..and that..and that?? Well, you get the idea. My craft area is a to find some really large clear bags and see if I can get it manageable.