This year was so great for so many reasons. I am constantly inspired by the entire sewing and creative community. I can definitely say that it hasn’t been easy either. Of course the challenges and struggles are far less interesting and I’m not going to let them take any sort of spotlight. On with the good…
I completed my first triathlon and also managed to run and finish my first half-marathon! The training was so fun and I’m very much looking forward to more triathlons next summer – let the training begin! We took an absolutely amazing trip as a family to Alaska in June. We made lasting memories that I will cherish forever. My daughters are growing so fast, and I’m eternally grateful to be able to be with them during this amazing time of our lives. With soccer and swimming and extra curricular fun, it’s been amazing to see them grow and change. We even snuck in some time to teach Emily how to knit!
With all the personal stuff, there of course, was this blog and my business. My first book, Handmade Style, was published in the spring by Lucky Spool Media. I’m so glad it’s out in the world and even more happy that it’s finished. I can truly say that it is one of the most challenging projects I’ve ever worked on. Even with its challenges, the rewards of seeing your finished projects has been far far more awesome than I could have imagined.
I released four new patterns (Sunny Side Up Quilt & Pillow, Caravan Tote + Pouch, Campfire Messenger Bag, and lastly, my newest, Maker’s Tote). And designed and wrote a free for Robert Kaufman (Gatherer Crossbody Bag for Carolyn’s Carkai collection). I also shared a handful of tutorials as well.
I taught a handful of classes again this year, and I want to keep pushing myself in that area – all while trying to balance family life.
I designed my first fabric collection, Rain Walk with Cloud9 Fabrics. The whole experience was pretty thrilling. I enjoyed sewing up a crazy amount of projects using it and am hopeful for more opportunities in the future. You can view the lookbook I put together here.
And I still have so so much to learn and explore. Okay, that’s enough about me!
Above all, I constantly feel quite grateful for all the amazing support and friendship the sewing (and knitting!) community has given me over the years. Without you, this blog would surely not exist. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!