A New Year and the Briar Top

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.

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mad mim_stretch yourself_Briar short review_03 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!mad mim_stretch yourself_Briar short review_04Well Happy New Year friends! I have a good feeling about 2013, don’t you?



  1. Posted January 2, 2013 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    I totally know what you mean about DIY-ing! I stopped doing that years ago because it takes all the fun out of the holidays for me. It’s too much and you are so right – you don’t get to enjoy the peace and stillness of the season. I love your Briar top – so cute! A little bit 80s too and I’m an 80s fiend. Darling top! Here’s to a wonderful new 2013!
    xoxo, Sunni

    • Posted January 3, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

      Why has it taken me so long to figure that out?? I know it will be hard for me because I love to make things, but I just want to enjoy it all more.
      I was so happy to get your comment Sunni! You’re the best:)

  2. Posted January 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    I love the dyed color! It’s perfect. I really love the little hand printed touch too. Great job!

    • Posted January 3, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Heather, the color is better blue green from dharma’s fiber reactive dyes. I actually thought it would be darker, but it was a happy result anyway!

  3. Amy
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    It’s cute and you are beautiful… but I think you would shine in a bolder or deeper color.

    • Posted January 3, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

      Ooh, give me some ideas! I tend to stick with the same colors, I always am glad to get some pointers!:)

  4. Posted January 2, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Isn’t the Briar fabulous?! I haven’t made a cropped version yet, because like you I was unsure how to style it. You’ve given me some great ideas though, and a cropped version might be in my future!

    • Posted January 3, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

      It really is, I’m excited to make more. I love your version!

  5. Posted January 2, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    what a great resolution! I haven’t heard such a heartfelt resolution in awhile. I really hope that you ACCOMPLISH this goal in 2013.

    The top looks awesome. It’s hard to pull off crop tops but you did it so well!

    • Posted January 3, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

      I hope I can too, it’s the only thing that really matters, right?! You’ve been such a good example of being kind via this big blogosphere:)

  6. Posted January 2, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    I LURVE how this top turned out! The color and details are perfect. Seriously you hit this one out of the ballpark. Now I need to make one!

    • Posted January 3, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Meliss! Have you done anything with that amazing peach lace yet??

  7. Posted January 3, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    I love it Mim! What a great color, and the printing is spot on! It looks just like you. Great work!

    • Posted January 3, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Meliss, I’m actually really in love with it too. Have you done anything with that amazing peach lace??

    • Posted January 3, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

      OMg Miranda I totally replied to the wrong comment. Thanks though for the compliment!;)

  8. Posted January 5, 2013 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Mim, I am sooooo glad to hear you had a wonderful season.

    You know I do know that feeling of letting stress squelch peace. I always have my moments but I always have my moments of stillness and peace too. My favorite was Novemeber half way through we began reading A Christmas Story at nights, to lay there and listen, but in December if I was there I wasn’t listening…This year I am going to try to spread my Christmas across the year I’ve even made a map out plan to do so…including a bit of garden mapping; its so hard to give up DIY when you DIYing. However it stands to be cut down too for good measure for me in the month of December. I think choosing is one of the biggest challenges of our life! Its so hard not to just try to miss sleep etc to fit it all in. Watch me not be able to cut. Its hard.
    You look pretty Mim I love that photo you posted on fb of you and Merritt. My favorite is with that floral shirt which contrasts pretty too with yellow.
    I do have a GREAT feeling about 2013. As Riley said, Good BYE 2012 and may you NEVER come back! :) But I really appreciate your thoughts on hardness, and that hardness isn’t necessarily bad. Thank you for those thoughts.

  9. marseille
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    i’m glad you put the pic of you in yellow, cuz i just wasnt seeing it w/the layered blue. looks great w/bright contrasting colors!

  10. Posted January 6, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    This is amazing! It’s so lovely! I love it with the yellow underneath. Beautiful.

  11. Erin
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Hey! Is that the Rio Grand? Or the Union Station? Either way, I’ve been there! One I interned at (Utah Historical Society), one I had my reception at (Ogden Union Station). Happy photos, happy memories.

    • Posted January 7, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

      It’s the union station! My husband is from Ogden, so we go there every once in a while! That’s so cool that you had your reception there! Are you from Ogden?

      • Erin
        Posted January 7, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

        The world gets smaller and smaller…my parents are both from Ogden, and their parents spent all their adult lives there. My grandpa’s career was as a rail engineer (I’m sure there’s a more technical term for it) and my grandma even worked there during WWII as a secretary. I actually hand-picked the location because of my family’s history there; it seemed appropriate that as I began my own family, we were in a place honoring family who came before me. I love to look at the mural on the ceiling. (Ogden itself is special to me and was like a second home when I lived in Utah.)

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