and she’s back

January 9th, 2012

elsie marley 2011

Wow, sorry. I didn’t mean to be gone for two weeks. After the craziness of Christmas, the littlest got a horrible stomach bug. Then this past week I came down with a crappy case of strep throat. Remind me to be extra nice to my kids when they have a fever, because it is super sucky. I am finally on the mend and I know it’s a little late for a 2011 retrospective, but I was sick so indulge me. Here is my favorite project from each month of last year:

1. beach bracelet  2. sledding party  3.  balance board  4.  the awesome bag  5. crazy pants  6. may day crown  7. flock top  8. wiksten tank  9. toy boxes on wheels  10. giant glittery 6!  11. waxed leaves  12. cloud bed

It’s nice to look back and see what I made–see what I liked making. Every January my creative energy goes out the window. All through December when I’m making things for everyone else, part of me is dreaming of January when I can make whatever the hell I want. But then January comes and I’m overwhelmed with all the choices: I could make clothes for me, clothes for my kids, start that huge embroidery project, crochet an afghan, or a hat, or a sweater, tackle the mending pile, the list goes on and on. On top of everything, my studio is a disaster. I hate that feeling when I can’t get a project started. Do you know what I mean? What do you do?

Oh and Happy New Year!

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28 Responses to and she’s back

  1. I had all sorts of good intentions about 2012 being more productive than 2011 was. So far all I’ve done is sew together a cushion cover. Oh well.

    In my defense, there’s only been about 1 day in the past few weeks when there was not some person or animal that was ill and needing attention. To be honest, right now a nap seems more enticing than a new project does…

  2. Kimberly says:

    Yes – yes – yes. I feel precisely the same way. I get so burnt out in December, trying to get everything done in time, stressing out about it here and there, and dreaming of all the lovely things I actually want to make. My sewing space is an absolute disaster – seriously there’s like 30# of fabric stacked up with various patterns and notes crammed into between the layers, with all my ideas. But I haven’t touched a single piece. It’s totally overwhelming!

  3. Fiona-Grace says:

    I know what you mean about having too much choice and time. I end up faffing about half-finished projects – laying out blocks, making piles of yarn, lovingly sorting embroidery thross. Yep, thats right, I go into bower-bird mode until I’m ready to plunge into something new.

    This year a couple of January deadlines (the cheek of it!) and some fruitful sales shopping have kept the juices flowing.