So here it is. Top 5 of 2014 part 2.
Highlights (the general kind, not the sewing kind):
- I like blogging. I don't have time to do it all the time but I enjoy doing it when I do. I find that it's a nice way of documenting things I've created. I also enjoy the writing process, occasionally I feel a bit funny but mostly I just write whatever. It's a very casual approach and it works for me.
- I didn't connect to the online sewing community. One of the reasons I started to blog was to have a way to connect to the online sewing community. I read a lot of blogs and really enjoy the supportive and friendly community of people that share my interest in sewing. I still felt a bit shy to jump in though. Turns out I'm a lot more shy online than I am in real life. I've decided to get over this and just join in this year.
- People don't care. I mean this in a good way. I kept my blog a secret from my friends because I was embarrassed that they would think it was lame and I didn't want someone to make me feel bad about something I enjoy. My sister shared my blog on facebook and most people were not fussed and a few people were super supportive and excited about it.
- I can sew anything. I made a lot of trickier projects this year: leggings, bathing suits, a medieval style gown...It took some time and some trial and error but it worked out in the end. Time and patience are all that's needed. This was a huge confidence boost that I will take into the new year.
- I don't like pictures of myself and I need to get over it. I struggle to take consistent flattering photos of myself. I tend to look heavier in photos and I often think my hair looks dumb. This is not the end of the world. I can practice taking photos and in the meantime I don't want to let that stop me blogging and sewing.
- Join in! I'm going to join the online sewing community. Comment on blogs when I feel like it and join a sewalong when it looks fun. I have joined Untangling Knots Selfish Sweater Knitalong and I am really enjoying it.
- Sew during the week. I often sew on the weekends in the morning before my partner wakes up but I find I easily waste away a free evening at home napping and watching TV. I'd like to use that time to get a bit of sewing in.
- Master my serger. Maybe mastering is ambitious but I'd like to learn how to use it better. At least get comfortable with it. Right now I'm terrified every time I have to rethread it.
- Take better pictures. I'd like to find a good spot to do this and spend some time playing with my camera to get better photos of my projects.
- Sew for right now. I often find myself not sewing things because they might not fit later. I need to sew for my body and lifestyle at the moment and not worry about if I'll wear it later. I can always give stuff away or make more stuff. I'm lucky like that and my closet doesn't need to be sparse in the meantime.