And so, another year begins. Another year of resolutions, yes, I am one of those people who TRIES to make and keep my resolutions. I'm not always successful, but the excitement of the new year and new prospects is invigorating. I've decided to share my resolutions this year, in the hope that it will provide a bit of accountability for myself.
1. Create, write and sell 5 new quilt patterns
I have already created some patterns over the past summer and for my first go at it, I think I did pretty well. I was selling on Craftsy until they shut down the majority of the pattern makers shops. I don't know what their plan is to keep customers, but I hope it's a good one! I hope to grow my pattern business more in the coming year and sell through my own website where I have more control. Now the trick is how to direct people to my online store.
2. Sew 5 personal garments from store-bought patterns
This resolution will have a steep learning curve! I already tried making a pair of work pants and totally confused myself on the waist section. It's still sitting in my sewing room. Also, a size 12 on the pattern is NOT the same size 12 in pants I purchase from the store. So, these pants are definitely not going to fit, but I will try to finish them just for the practice. I also read that I was supposed to wash the fabric before cutting....oops!
3. Keep up with a blog
I've had a blog before, focused on my gardening. I don't garden anymore because the rabbits finally wore me down. I would plant, take care of the food and then in one night they would decimate my plants. So this new blog will focus on my patterns and sewing.
4. Read 50 books
I have a long commute to work (I am a middle school pre-algebra teacher) each day, 50 minutes each way. I may as well listen to some audiobooks while driving. I already purchased Amazon Kindle Unlimited for this purpose. Only free or very cheap reads for me. I have already read one book so I have 49 to go.
5. Eat less
To speak plainly, I eat TOO MUCH. It's less about what I'm eating and more about the quantity that I eat. So instead of going on some crazy diet, I plan to just eat less at each meal.
I think that is enough resolutions for this year. I don't want to over do it and become discouraged.
I wish each of you a wonderful 2019!
I am a quilter, quilt pattern designer and a middle school math teacher.