2016 passed so quickly! Here are my thoughts as I look back.
- Going viral is weird. Out of the blue, my 2015 tutorial on how to make Scandianavian fabric star ornaments became really popular in October, November and December. It had 150 000 views this year! It steadily had at least 1000 views a day, and up to 15 000 in a day. (Gratifyingly, a localish fabric store had a charity fundraiser making the ornaments, and raised $1000!) It was odd to get so many views, and I didn’t know what to do to capitalise on it. On the one hand, I did pick up some new followers, and some people left lovely comments. On the other hand, I’m not a craft blogger, so it didn’t feel like popularity I’d actually earned! It made me smile though, and made me think – more on that in my 2017 goals post!
- I’m motivated by community. Blogs, Instagram, Facebook, teaching classes in person – your energy and ideas keep me excited about sewing! Thank you! I think that’s true for all of us, but it’s definitely what motivates me to spent hours every week on CSC stuff to give back!
- I spent a lot of time not in the mood to sew. Do you ever wonder what the perfect amount of sewjo is? I marvel at how much some other people sew, and yet I know I still sew more than many sewists. I almost never sew during the week, and even on the weekend, I often just want to collapse on the couch and brainlessly read, watch tv, or read online. I wish I sewed more, and but I don’t, and I think it’s time to come to peace with that! It’s a hobby, after all!
- Difficult projects are not for me. This follows on #3. I had big dreams of coatmaking and shirtmaking this year, and I spent 12 months avoiding both even when everything fell in my lap to make it the perfect moment. Truth is, the thought of a difficult or complex project makes me want to curl in a ball, which is not the relaxing, energising effect I want from my sewing! One day those projects might be right for me, but not right now.
- I’m pretty happy with my wardrobe. Yes, I’ve gained weight slowly for years, and I can’t fit some stuff any more… but I love my clothes, I feel foxy in them, and they give me confidence. I’m looking forward to sewing more of the same in 2017!
If you want more #sewingtop5 goodness, don’t forget to check out other people’s posts! Some people have shared their links in the comments of this post, plus you can find even more pingbacks linking to my original announcement post! I love reading every post, and thanks so much to everyone who participated!
See you in the New Year!