Resolve

I'm not one for New Year's resolutions. I think that it's a surefire way to set yourself up for disappointment and guilt. Any time I've tried, I start off strong and fizzle out before Valentine's Day, and then the self-loathing sets in. I do understand the desire to start the new year fresh and how the future seems full of potential. I do believe in setting goals, and I've set some for myself this year.

I want to make my art a priority, and to devote time to practice and to develop my work while learning new things. I want to push myself and grow my portfolio. To that end, I've made two investments in myself for this coming year.

First, I signed up for a yearly membership to Skillshare. I took Elizabeth Olwen's surface pattern design class last fall and love it! It was truly inspirational, and it really motivated me to get to work. Skillshare has hundreds of amazing online classes across all sorts of creative subject matter. Here's a link to get a free month of Skillshare Membership and unlimited access to these classes.

Second, I signed up for Make Art That Sells Bootcamp! Last year, I participated in Lilla Rogers' Global Talent Search and I've been dying to sign up for one of her classes ever since. I'm saving my pennies to be able to take some more intensive lessons her studio school offers, but Bootcamp has me pumped. Every month I'll receive a professional-level assignment, cutting edge trend information and inspiration, and my work will be published in a public gallery. In addition to having structure to keep me on track and accountable I will be able to participate in a supportive, inspirational community. I'm so excited to begin!



Happy New Year!

I hope everyone enjoyed a restful holiday with their loved ones. I had a wonderful break from work with my family - I think this was one of my most enjoyable holidays yet!

In the run up to Christmas, I was hard at work on gifts, including quilts, aprons, handbags, and pillowcases. I was most excited about two quilts in particular, for my daughters. These poor kids have a mother who sews incessantly but had never made them quilts of their own. I remedied this situation for Christmas.

The other project of which I am pretty proud is a dollhouse pillowcase I designed. I sewed a few of these up as gifts for little friends, and they were a huge success (if I do say so myself).

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This design is available as a one-yard, easy-to-sew project (complete with dolls and a kitten!) in my Spoonflower shop.

With Christmas projects behind me, I'm ready for an exciting new year! I hope you are too!