from The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Hello again!

Being a perfectionist, I build a lot of roadblocks in my path. Often, I’ve thought about a post I’d like to share and then don’t because I don’t love something about my post. The truth is, I’m not here as an English teacher or graphic design guru. Heck, I’m not even here as an authority on sewing. I just want to write about my experience, meet new people, and keep learning. That being said, I’ll even welcome POLITE corrections on my grammar and any other tips you have to send my way. I like to learn new things! 

I’m proud to say that although I haven’t been blogging about it, I have been sewing! Through my job, I met a wonderful lady who has offered to teach me to sew for free for a couple hours a week. She is currently teaching me how to make my own pants, so stay tuned! I’ll post a picture of the final product once it’s done. I also try to meet a good friend once a week to sew together. We will start posting picture updates of that too 😉

I started picking sewing up again around September but with many breaks due to holidays and weddings. Even so, I’m happy that I’m actually doing it. I’m trying not to be hard on myself for being so inconsistent. Life happens. (Another place the quote above fits my life!)

This past year, I’ve learned that raising a puppy is exhausting but so rewarding. Cole is an amazing dog and a mama’s boy. He just had his first birthday before Christmas, and he had a little impromptu birthday party with his girlfriends. It’s crazy how fast he is growing up.

I also got an amazing job, providing resources to foster children in the Tampa Bay Area. It has been so rewarding to have a job that I know helps make a difference in the lives of others. I also took up a side gig as a Independent Jamberry Consultant. Why not? Ive gone so long without being able to wear anything on my nails, so it completely sucked me in. Don’t worry, it won’t be taking over my blog!

I do tend to take on more than I can chew so I think, this year, I will be focusing on simplifying, enough to be able to enjoy the things that are important to me, as well as spending more time with friends and family. I don’t typically do New Year’s resolutions, in fact, if anything, I do birthday resolutions, but there’s no time better than the present! 😉

What about you? Any New Year’s resolutions? 

Just a brief update…

Hello friends!

This week has been project-less. I’m really starting to get the itch to get in there and try another task, but for now, I am still reading my manual. I would be done with it by this point but I am also participating in a pretty intense reading challenge on (best book site ever!) And this month, I chose to finally read Harry Potter. I know, I know. No one was kidding when saying it was a quick read. I read books one and two in a matter of three days! I actually haven’t started book three yet because I knew it would mean even more things wouldn’t get done. Probably including this post. So, I’ve told myself that I must complete reading the manual before I can move on the next book, so hopefully that means I have it done by the next time you hear from me!

I’ve also completed week one of Raechel Myer’s Sewing 101 class. Again, I haven’t started week two for the reason stated above… but I’ll get there! I did get my pretty supplies in though, which I am super excited about. The felt is so I can retry the door muffler from my earlier post. Hopefully that works better.

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Raechel, you’ve definitely sold me on the magnetic “pincushion.”

The only other thing I got around to doing this week is winding my bobbins. By the way, reading your manual, or at least watching a tutorial before doing this is extremely helpful. I remember reading how to do it on my machine when I first wound some bobbins but I guess I didn’t finish reading because I didn’t know when to stop, so of course, I stopped WAY to early. Now I know, and you can tell which ones I did before reading!

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Can you tell which ones I didn’t read the instructions for?

Also, for some reason, I hadn’t paid attention to how the thread the kept together, so when I sat down to do the other half of my bobbins, I finally realized that little grove in the top of the thread was to hold it neatly together. Feeling like a doofus. Oh well, it’s all part of the adventure right?!

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See you next week!