Holy Heck. It’s 2016 now??!

Where the crap has time gone, guys?? 2015 was a good year in a lot of ways, but so many things got away from me, including my blogging schedule. I absolutely hate reading blogger apologies because I kinda think, if it’s hard to write posts, why are you doing this to yourself? You honestly don’t have to. But I love my blog. I love writing to you guys. Between adjusting to a new, post-grief (or, maybe more accurate, middle-grief) life, and a new job (the first one I’ve had in a long time that wasn’t for myself / at home / freelance), it did simply get away from me. Not to mention the last nearly two months with no blogging capability, while my formerly trusty laptop needed medical attention.

So. Yeah. I missed you guys. Is anyone still out there?! I wouldn’t blame you for jumping ship, if you were sick of waiting for me to get my crap together, but I’d be overjoyed to hear from anyone still reading along. Leave me a comment! You’ll make my day AWESOME.

In order to help catch up quickly and get back to business, let’s look at some fabric-y / stitchy stuff that was great about 2015:

Best of 2015

That stuff was pretty good, it makes me happy to see all those pretty things all in a row like that. Stuff I made with my hands. ‘Snice.

But what was missing? Well, there are some things I’d like to do better in 2016:

– Keep to a better balance between my various activities. I’m taking a month or so out of doing anything social (so sorry, real-life friends, I really hope you understand) and try to get my rest / work / sewing / life balance back to something a bit more normal. I miss not being exhausted all the time.

– Get more patterns out there, in the world, published. I’m sure I’ve made this resolution before, but something always comes up that changes how the year goes. That’s just how life rolls, that tricksy jerk, but I can still keep making it a goal. I have some ideas that I can’t wait to work on, so hopefully I’ll be on this resolution’s ass pretty much from the start.

– Sew from my stash more. Everyone says this at the beginning of a year – for most, it’s part of being determined to spend less. Actually, that’s not why I want to it. I like spending money on fabric. It’s pretty. And fun. But then I stick all that beautifulness in the cupboard and it sits there. It wants to be loved! I will use some of those special cuts of fabric in the cupboard and let it get the attention it deserves.

– I also have two secret goals, things that seem a little out-there that I want to try. But I’m not gonna tell you. I’ll keep these ones close to my chest for now, but I promise I’ll tell you once I’ve tried, whether I succeed or fail. Promise.

So 2016. I’m ready, yo. I really hope you’re still with me, and I thank you most sincerely if you are – what are you going to get up to this year??

14 Comments on Holy Heck. It’s 2016 now??!

  1. jeanne e.
    January 18, 2016 at 15:36 (2 years ago)

    i am still here. :) i can definitely understand…life takes precedent. but i look forward to reading your future posts and seeing all your fun and awesome projects! here’s to a fantastic 2016!

  2. Robin Wilkinson
    January 18, 2016 at 17:51 (2 years ago)

    I’m still here. Looking forward to 2016, a better year.

  3. Barb
    January 18, 2016 at 22:47 (2 years ago)

    Hi Julie, I curse you occasionally (just kidding) as I am STILL doing working on my orange peel blocks that you got me started on. Joking aside, it isn’t your fault that I am doing an insane amount of embroidery on them but I love, love the blocks. I am also crocheting chemo caps as my beloved sister is fighting breast cancer and I manage my anxiety by making her more things than she needs. I know you understand.

    I assumed that you are like the rest of us and living most your life outside the internet but it is good to hear from you and I look forward to being wowed by your creative projects in 2016.

  4. Kathy W
    January 19, 2016 at 01:57 (2 years ago)

    Still here and looking forward to whatever you come up with in 2016.

  5. Wendy
    January 19, 2016 at 07:04 (2 years ago)

    I’m still here!

  6. Emily
    January 19, 2016 at 10:02 (2 years ago)

    I’m reading! I’m here!

  7. fiona hitchman
    January 19, 2016 at 15:15 (2 years ago)

    I read your blog and so pleased that you are back. Happy New Year to you. :)

  8. lilirious
    January 19, 2016 at 19:19 (2 years ago)

    I’m still here! and I totally understand.. sometimes life gets in the way of blogging (not the other way around lol). Blogging and crafting is life <3 Looking forward to reading more ;)

  9. Andrée
    January 19, 2016 at 19:31 (2 years ago)

    Hi Julie, I’m still here too! Good luck with the 2016 objectives. Looking forward to hearing and seeing about your out-there projects. Consider letting us know even if they are not a total success. It’s good to learn from each other! I’m hoping to get my orange peel quilt quilted :-)

  10. Jenny
    January 20, 2016 at 03:42 (2 years ago)

    Hi Julie! Great to hear that you are around and okay! Life does tend to fill up doesn’t it. My orange peel quilt blocks are not finished yet – in fact they are put away at the moment, but will surely make a reappearance at some point in the future. My current projects: yesterday I recovered a little drop-in sewing stool, I am making my son #2 his 10th birthday quilt which I am hoping to finish before he turns 11….. and I think that I am about to stop with the farmer’s wife quilt along after 25ish blocks as they are taking all my sewing time, and I need to work on some other things too! I look forward to following your blog this year and seeing what is happening for you xx

  11. Phoebe
    January 20, 2016 at 15:50 (2 years ago)

    Welcome back! Always glad to see a post from you – can’t wait to see what 2016 brings.

  12. Gillian
    January 20, 2016 at 23:05 (2 years ago)

    The great thing about feedly is that when bloggers-on-hiatus do post I always see them!

  13. anne
    January 22, 2016 at 00:24 (2 years ago)

    You made some really beautiful things last year. I have the same problem with fabric – the magpie in me wants to save all the pretties, but they really ought to be shared.

    My one and only plan is to finish a few things. I have so many things waiting for my time!

  14. Tasha
    January 26, 2016 at 12:55 (2 years ago)

    Of course I’m still here! Enjoy seeing your posts and pictures always, here and on IG. I’ve got hopes that kind of scare me for 2016. I would love to finally do something about the “mercantile” part of my web name and sell something, I would love to expand my flower bouquet selling and I would love to get some mini photo jobs or something but I’m terrified about all of it.


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