New Year, Same Me | Sewing Goals

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New Year, Same Asshole

I’m not making “resolutions” for 2016. Resolution means you are resolved and determined to do something. I’m just not that motivated, and I have commitment issues. But I do have a few sewing goals I’d like to aspire to, as well as blog ideas and gardening plans and…well; here’s the list!

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Sewing Goals:

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Learn My Coverstitch: Get really familiar with my new Brother 2340 CV. (Amazon affiliate link*)

Textile Design: I’d like to learn about digital textile design, as well as experiment with fabric dye and techniques.

Tackle Fit Issues & Pattern Alterations:  Make friends with the FBA, swayback, and several other adjustments for women’s wear. Cuz I have a lot of fit issues.

Conscience Spending: Continue sewing through my stash and only making necessary purchases.

Blogging Goals:

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Site Redesign: I don’t like the colors of my header and sidebar items. Why did I choose circus colors?! I’ll probably keep the header but shift to a more calming color scheme.

Social Media: The SewsNBows Facebook page is seriously neglected. I need to do a better job promoting my posts within sewing groups, too. I’m not super committed because social media is so consuming; we’ll see. Balance and time management are key.

Etsy: Research marketing tips and other platforms for selling. My shop sales aren’t that good, I can market myself more productively.

Life Goals:

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Gardening: Plan my garden well. I want to grow what we eat, then can it and eat it all year. 2 of my uncles also grow vegetables. If we each grow a couple of staple items, we could really stock our pantries and theoretically do less work. Perhaps 2 or 3 large gardens will be easier than 10 small ones?

Health: Move more, eat better. Blah blah. Living healthy is gross and annoying, but health problems would suck worse. I kind of want a Fitbit. Or someone to constantly slap the donut out of my hand.

Organization: Continue purging unneeded items, and refrain from impulse buying.

Financial: Keep saving money to build a house. Also watch for investment ops in commercial property. There’s an imminent housing boom coming… Dreaming here, but a future nail shop/boutique with my sister would be so awesome. Reality though; even if we just sat on a commercial property, the value should skyrocket for resell.

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Priorities: I don’t want to miss out any of life’s moments because I’m doing something on this list. I gotta be in the moment with my family. (And less addicted to Pinterest.)

Those are my very loose plans for 2016. What are your New Years resolutions? Did you eat yummy food for the holidays? I’d love to know!

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Innumerable WIPS: Chronicles of the Never Ending

There’s so much going on over here! I’m dropping a few lines today to say hello. I don’t have any perfect photos to share; only quick iPhone pics. But I couldn’t wait to show you some of our projects.

Innumerable WIPS

Sunroom Remodel | SewsNBows

We are remodeling the sunroom. I love the ceiling beams hubby added. Today I’m finishing the second coat of blue paint. It’s a dark, dusty blue inspired by the barn behind Bella in the photo below. (Click here to read my post about the free Scarf Neck Cardigan pattern from Swoon.)

Girls Scarf Neck Cardigan : Free Sewing Pattern from Swoon

I’m going to have rusty accents…dust and rust. My ceiling fans are white with gold; so they have to die. I’m looking for rustic fans, and a maybe some railroad lanterns too. You should see my home dec board on Pinterest. I’m going nuts.

macrame rope patio furniture DIY

Edson made these macrame rope chairs out of one of our patio sets. Everyone is asking me if I’m going to make cushions. I’m going to use them like that and just sew some decorative outdoor pillows. They are so comfortable! It looks good in my head, because the table will have mosaic tile. It always looks good in my head

Innumerable WIPS | SewsNBows

Everything on that ironing board needs to be finished. I have 2 sweaters that need Pom Pom trim, another pair of Hudson Pants that I need elastic for, a stuffed bear minus stuffing; on and on. I ran out of everything at once. How does that even happen?!

Classic Panties from PAB Patterns in tribal print fabric

These undies are my only finish for the week. (My go to pattern: Classic Panties & Camisole from PAB*) I have a strict rule about finishing a project before starting another, but I can’t run out shopping the minute I need something anymore. It’s a long drive, and my ride is a dually.

Digging a road with my Dodge Ram Duelly

I’ve been cutting a new road through the pasture to make a looped driveway. I also started a compost bin. I might have to change the blog name to SowsNHoes.

As in garden hoe, you perv.

Until next time,

Amy

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Ultimate DIY Bundle

If you read my blog, you probably love to create. There’s a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment making.

The great thing about crafting and DIY is that there’s so much to get involved in! There’s this huge world of crafting opportunities out there, and I’ve only scratched the surface with sewing. I’m unpacking at the new farm and plan to do more home decor project and get crafty. You know, lampshades and stuff. All the crap I see on pinterest!

Now,  to decide which project to dive into first.  Since my decorating budget for the new house is practically non-existent; I signed up to tell you about The Ultimate DIY Bundle! *affiliate link

It’s an instant go-to library for a whole range of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses. There are projects that the whole family can get involved in – from pet photography and home decor to chalk pastels and sewing.

For the crazy low price of just $34.95, we get access to a carefully curated library of 76 eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading DIY and crafting bloggers.

 

 

Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to Fawnsberg.com, and a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value).

So, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 85 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. All you need to do is take action by midnight on Monday, January 26!

This amazing deal ends in just…

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Pick up your copy right now, before it’s too late. Or, learn more here.

 

 

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

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Rediscover Your Creativity! Free 4 Step e-Course

Creative Motivation

I have a move coming up, and it’s a pretty drastic lifestyle change. I’m really excited about it, because I’ll have a new place to decorate! I also know that there will be major adjustments. For one, there is a lot of work to do on a farm. (It never ends.) But there nothing in worth having that isn’t worth working for, and we WANT this for our family.

A harvested field in Oklahoma

I tend to overwhelm easily and I don’t want to lose my motivation. Sewing and creating has always been my outlet, that’s why my sewing machine will be the very last thing that I pack up for the move. I’m cutting fabric on the floor, in between boxes for pete’s sake. This is my real life right now, dirty floor and all. And these boxes…are everywhere now.

Moving sucks.

I signed up for a free e-course to help me stay focused on being creative, but also to broaden my scope.  I’m gonna make lampshades and stuff, all the crap on Pinterest! It’s just 4 quick emails, each with a worksheet at the end. I don’t have time for any extra work right now- this is very manageable and easy. I think it will help keep me on track, and I thought maybe some of you might like it too.

Creative Motivation

There’s an amazing pdf pattern and e-book sale next week: the Ultimate DIY Package. If 10 people sign up for this e-course, I’ll get the bundle package for free (omg I want it) plus a FREE 1-year Subscription to Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. If you sign up, you can refer people to get the free bundle and magazine subscription too.

The e-course is a brilliant marketing strategy. The goal is to get you to buy the bundle package, or help sell it. Personally, I want all those patterns next week, and I hope to earn some commission telling you about it! So aside from nurturing my creativity, there’s some extra motivation. Um, my decorating budget is ZERO. So click the image below if you’d like to sign up for the free creativity inspiring e-course. And if you’re dying to know more about the pdf bundle for sale next week, click the ad in my sidebar:)

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Spring Clean Your Sewing Space

Today I’m hanging out with Hannah from MadeWithHugsAndKisses!

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This is Hannah, wearing the dress that made me fall in love with her blog!

She’s cooked up a series called Spring Clean Your Sewing Space, & it’s gonna be full of great tips and ideas to organize your sewing or craft area.

Spring Clean Your Sewing Space

I’m gonna tell you a neat way to keep your notions in order, and I even have a little goodie for you. So head on over! See ya there, my friends.

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