Sunday, December 23, 2007

My Resolution

All my cute friends have amazing scrapbook blogs where they show glimpses of treasures they are creating for their families. I love seeing what they're doing, but mostly, I just feel guilty for not having something for my own family. Countless times I have said that I am going to start scrapbooking-usually around January 1 and I never have.
I've been thinking a lot about New Year's Resolutions. Among family, spiritual, and motherly resolutions, I have resolved to do a few more things that I enjoy doing, things that make me happy. When we first moved to Washington, my mother-in-law taught me how to crochet. I made a baby blanket for Bryn's little Dax. I loved making that blanket. I told myself that I needed to learn more skills like that.
I got a sewing machine for graduation about 3 years ago. I have loved having that machine. I've made a few things like quilts and bedding for the girls crib, and I'm working on a quiet book now. I've done little crafty things but not nearly as much as I would like. I come from a long line of seamstresses. Both my grandmothers were fantastic seamstress'. I have dolls, quilts, dresses, and stockings made by each. My mom made us pajamas, and dresses when we were little. Joe's mom sews always, and so did his grandma. Like my mom said on the phone the other night, sewing is kinda a lost art. Not too many sewers these days. I want to be a sewer.
I walk into a fabric store and I love it. I feel inspired. I always catch myself saying, "I can do that." So why not? Why haven't I? Well, this is the year. I am going to sew!! And I can't wait! I want to do this because I love originality. I want to make things for my girls that they will be able to hold on to because it was made with love for them. It may not be perfect, but it will have come from me. That's a treasure I can pass on.
So here is my blog of creations. Trust me, it won't be anything fancy, so don't expect greatness. I will post my projects, just so I can remind myself what it is I promised to do for myself. I am fueled by words of affirmation, so please leave kind feedback and share any information about where are fun places to look for ideas on sewing projects. I want to make it all, dolls, clothes, aprons, bibs, books, toys, shoes, anything!
I promise not to bore you with my thoughts anymore. Here's what I'm working on-remember though, Nothing Fancy Schmancy.


Lisa said...

Jamie, I love it. You are adorable and creative and wonderful and I miss you. Thanks for making a blog to show and tell all your stuff. I love to see it!

Tasha said...

I don;t know why I have never looked at this blog all the way to the beginning . . .but, today I did, and I am so glad. I loved reading your reasoning for starting this blog. It truly is one of my favorites to visit (and I visit it often hoping for more fun ideas and seeing what creativity you have been up to!) I too come from a long line of semstresses (my Mother being an amazing one who is always working on something), and I have just recently gotten more and more into it. I love to "create" my own projects and learn from my mistakes and also find great joy in making something that turns out so well. Thank you for sharing your things on a blog. I once started one, but never really kept it up. Maybe you will inspire me to be better and do that, for truly I LOVE yours. You are so creative and make the most amazing things. You might think they are nothing fancy, but to all of us they are great and inspirational. I am just grateful I found you after all these years!