New Year. Can’t believe it, really. I haven’t taken a moment yet to reorient and redirect myself with goals, but the one thing that I know I want to do is to serve more. I have been served so much and so well lately, and it has inspired and touched me so much. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to any of you who have been a part of that.
I appreciate so much your friendship and support here, and I just wanna say thank you for all the kind words and feelings that have passed between us. Thank you for all of you sweet readers who have taken the time to comment or email with a kind word or thought, it has meant the world to me. I have loved being friends with you.
2012 was a hard year for me, no doubt about it. Hardest ever I can say without hesitation. But I’m learning that hard doesn’t mean bad, and often it’s just another word for important. 2012 was a really important year for me. And if nothing else, my heart has grown, and I’m feeling good about that.
Christmas sort of burnt me out with crafting, and I’m determined to make next year a little less stressful by really limiting my DIY gifting. Funny for me to be saying that, especially after my It’s Cool to Sew All Your Family’s Clothes post, but sometimes I make myself crazy with plans and shoulds, and I felt that the stress squelched my ability to feel so much of the lovely peace and stillness of the season. Ever feel that way?
Well about a month ago amidst all my charitable DIYing, sweet Megan asked me to test her Briar top pattern, and I was thrilled to do some selfish sewing. I LOVE this top, and I love this pattern. Miranda and I are both doing a full review of it during our sewing-with-knits series (next week!), but I just couldn’t wait to share this first version of it now. I did the cropped version from a sweatshirt fleece that I dyed and added some hand-printed details. I love it because it’s special, but still versatile.
Here’s the quick snap-shot I took to when I sent Megan my feedback; at first I wasn’t sure how I would style a cropped top, but it’s ended up being really fun!Well Happy New Year friends! I have a good feeling about 2013, don’t you?