Category: year in review

2017 Year in Review

If I think back over some goals I had set for myself years ago, this year would have been the banner year for meeting those. From published articles to Etsy orders to Instagram and even reading – there were so many goals I set for myself and I have to admit I’m a little proud (and amazed and humbled) at this year.

Etsy

I sold almost 50 pdf patterns this year. And for someone whose been longing to develop that part of her shop for a while, it was a huge boost. I’ve been working to redraft all my patterns over the past couple of years and I think I’ve updated almost all of them; including restitching the ones I hadn’t made for a while. By far my most popular patterns are my Christmas ones.
I didn’t do as much custom embroidery has I have in years past. I stitched about half a dozen custom family portraits and did just a few custom typography type orders. Here’s a few of my top favs from this year:

Custom Wedding Vows
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This was the first full year I officially hung up my shoe embroidery business and I honestly I wasn’t sad to see it go. I had a great run for a few years and it’s crazy how many shoes I had my hands in!

One huge goal I have for next year is to start making dolls. I’m not sure where this is headed, but it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. This first little pocket doll (prompted by my little pocket mermaid) made me super proud and I’m excited to develop this even more.

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Published!

This year I had the joy of having two magazine articles – one for the December/January issue of Sew News and one for the August issue of One Thimble. Both were a great experience and projects I really am proud of and enjoyed making.

Sew News Dec/Jan 2017

One Thimble August 2017

I also worked with the DMC Designer Program for most of the year and was a part of the Buttons Galore and More Team for the last half of the year. Both of those experiences were definitely stretching and good in many ways. The Buttons Galore team is finished and I’m hoping to be able to do more with DMC, but we shall see where that goes as they had a change in leadership of the program about half way through the year.

Books Read:

A lot! I read nearly 50 that I recorded on Goodreads and that probably doesn’t count the ones I forget to record that I’m prereading or reading along with for homeschooling. 2018 will be a little different in regards to books, because I’m holding myself to joining a book club that reads a new book for every month. I also have a HUGE stack of books that I want to read this year and I know that the only way that will happen is by spending less time online. Check back for a bookish post in the next week or so.

Getting Social:

I closed up my daisyeyes facebook page. I honestly didn’t use it and I’ve come to rely on facebook pretty much for getting info from the groups I’m part of. Instagram on the other hand got a little out of hand. I love it (although the way it’s all curated now is totally annoying – as in when they dropped the chronological feed it really destroyed the beauty of the app) and I can get lost looking at it all day long. I love posting pictures and I garnered more followers than I could imagine (although I’m sure most of them are bots). I decided to take a break over Advent and through Epiphany and it’s been such a great idea. It has been nice to just enjoy life and making without always having or feeling like I need to post something. I’m toying with the idea of doing a better job of taking photos and just playing around with having more of a focused feed rather than just random snippets of life. We will see.

In my Sewing World:

I am officially hanging up my “sewing teacher” badge in 2018. I am trying to sell my class machines and hoping to clear out some supplies etc in the studio. I realized that it was a season and I’m kind of relieved that it’s over. I did 3 camps this past summer and I think that they are great camps to go out on. I finally did a fashion camp, and it was actually successful! And my beginner camps were overfilled and super fun.
I’m slowly becoming more of a quilter and I can definitely see how it can be super addicting. I took a break from garment sewing, but I’m hoping to sew up a few in the coming year. I need to slow down and take my time on it and just work on re-honing my skills.

Other Goals:

I survived my first semester of homeschooling both children and honestly I really enjoyed it. I’ve really loved having both of them home and while the pace of life didn’t slow down as much as I had hoped, it definitely slowed some. I’m really wanting to start writing again and I’m trying to figure out how to work that into my life. I’m doing better, but it has still been hard. It’s like the part of me that has been buried and asleep and I’m still trying to wake it up.

That was pretty much my 2017.

2013 in review

January 2013

Overall the one thing I will remember about January was the massive flood in our basement that pushed me out of my old studio space. After nearly 8 inches of rain in just 2-3 days, we ended up with close to half a foot to a foot of water in our basement. Thankfully I didn’t lose any stock and we didn’t lose any furniture down there…just nearly $1k worth of flooring. boo. One year later and I am settled upstairs in the dining room indefinitely.

Where I sew 2013 catastrophe

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February 2013

The highlight of this month was the Vintage stitch along contest. Using an old pattern entries were required to have 3 dimensional components among other things. I didn’t win, but loved how it stretched me as a stitcher and designer.

Vintage embroidery contest 2013

Superhero background

Subway style birth announcement

 

March 2013

Honestly, I don’t remember too much about March. Just stitching along and creating new items. I did finally stitch up my first garment for the year for my chick’s Easter dress and added a little embroidery to it.

WIP: numbers for rainbow birthday banners

Sneak peek

family plaque close up

 

April 2013

Sublime wedding wishesCake topper WIP

Think first embroidery mounted

french banner b&w

 

May 2013

The highlight of May was my introduction in the craft market world. It wasn’t a great introduction, but I did learn a lot.

clifford banner

ballerinas WIP

Embroidered pendants

July 4th banners

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June 2013

June saw a spike in my little family embroideries. If there is any item I hope grows and continues in 2014 it is these little embroideries. They are probably the most enjoyable thing I can sew over and over again!

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One Yard Wonders: Folklore bag

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July 2013

July I introduced my holiday stockings for the first time. Not sure this will be an item that I will continue this year.

Love birds on a fence

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Flower vines birth announcement

WIP: butterfly stitch

 

August 2013

I finished up probably my favorite item of the year in this butterfly. There are 2 others in this series and I can’t wait to get started on them this year! I also introduced these buckle toys which ended up being one of my top sellers this year.

butterfly

Mo willems pigeon embroidery hoops

buckle toy version 2: front

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Family hoop (2) sisters

 

September 2013

Realizing that the basement wasn’t going to be finished any time soon, the hubs and I ventured to Ikea world to buy some new shelving to help create a more workable area for my dining room/studio. I also entered another stitching contest and got 3rd place! After the butterfly, this fox was probably the best thing I stitched all year.

new studio space 2013

photo stitching: flower

Sew a flashcard &stitches back to school contest entry 2013

Sublime stitching-Jessica Jones ribbon embroideries Camper and dachshunds

 

October 2013

Ruby slippers  Wool felt hand appliqué on a tee

Holiday circle banners

Grandchildren

Family embroidery: triplets

Chanel embroidery

 

November 2013

November was big with my first big step into my new venture called The Crooked Stitch. I invited a whole host of girls throughout the day for some guinea pig little people sewing classes. We had a blast!

Felt Christmas hoop ornament set

New Irish blessing custom order

China embroidery

Sewing day 2013

 

December 2013

December saw my last craft market of the year (and my first indoor one) and it definitely made up for the lackluster ones from the rest of the year! I stitched my last little people embroidery of the year and started my biggest embroidery of 2014…custom wedding vows.

Sibling group

Craft market dec 2013

Oliver + S sleepover pjs

WIP custom wedding vows

Subway style wedding announcement

 

Overall I have to say that 2013 was a huge year for me. I grew in so many different ways, was pushed so far out of my comfort zone in so many ways and honestly this year gave me such hope and encouragement to keep on doing what I’m doing. I am at a place where I love what I am doing so much…even on the hard days and feel more blessed than I ever have. The Lord introduced so many amazing people into my life and have helped me grow my etsy shop and local connections and I’m beyond grateful.

I am so crazy excited for what 2014 holds in store.