Happy New Year, everyone! Hope you all had a good new year's eve and are starting 2013 on a positive note. I did not make it to midnight-I think I gave up around ten. My four-year-old made it to eleven, and my hubby came to bed a couple of minutes before midnight, only because he got sucked into a football game. Such an exciting night life we have! :)
How are the resolutions going so far? I did not make any official ones, besides reading my Bible every day. I tried last year and think I did it for a few months before I fell out of it. So, maybe this year I will last longer.
I hope to blog more consistently. I have been struggling with what I want the main focus of this blog to be, and have decided that it should just be about my life. And, since my life is all over the place, then it is okay for this blog to be all over the place subject-wise. So, I think it will be a mix of my crafts, my kids, and how we are working towards our goals in life-mainly simplifying our home life and working towards owning a small farm/homestead.
In my crafting, I am going to try to use what I have more than buying new material. I made most of my gifts this year based on what I had and am for the most part, very happy with how things turned out. I made some holiday pillows. a purse, Bible cover, candle mats, and a wall hanging. Hopefully, everyone really enjoyed their gifts.
My first project of the year is a tea towel/kitchen towel. I wanted to do a patchwork heart and then added as I went. I hand-sewed the patchwork (partly because I enjoy sewing by hand and partly because my machine and I were not getting along working on the previous project), machine stitched the bottom strip, and am currently hand sewing a blanket stitch around the hearts.
Since I am not turning down the edges as I sew, I applied a fray blocker around the raw edges to make the towel more machine wash friendly. The fusible backing I have is a heavier type and tends to make the applique stiffer so I used it sparingly. I am not sure if I am going to list it on my etsy shop, list it here and on facebook, or just give it to a family member. If you would like this towel, or one like it, just send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, I feel like I have more that I would like to ramble on about but think I will save it for another day!
I will be linking up at Freshly Pieced so be sure and check out what other fellow bloggers are up to and have a great day!