Wow, what a year!
I thought it would be interesting to do a little recap of what projects I accomplished in 2015. Recently I was listening to a (new-to-me) podcast, and the interviewer asked the interviewee the inevitable “how do you do it all?” question, which is so hard to answer (I have many thoughts on this, but that’s for another post). And then the interviewer said something that sort of blew my mind, because clearly she gets it. She said something along the lines of, “from the outside it looks like you’re accomplishing an amazing amount, but then again I’m not inside your brain. I’m sure that you have so many more ideas and projects in there that it feels like you’ve hardly scratched the surface, and it doesn’t feel like you’ve done enough.”
That’s how I feel. I have so many projects in my brain all the time that I forget what I’ve actually accomplished, and it kind of stresses me out because I’m only thinking of what I haven’t done yet. I think that writing this post might help me celebrate what I’ve done so that I can take a deep breath, grin a huge smile, and forge on in the new year.
27 PhD ornaments in four months. (28 if you count the one I re-made before I sent it because the glass ball was all weird and cloudy.)
2 traditional scrapbook layouts. I wish it were more, but I am happy that I did those two. I also made 12 scrapbook layouts with V, which is completely awesome.
3 monograms and a shadowbox photo gift
12 cards, plus I did the digital design for our photo card at Christmas.
1 digital photobook
a LOT of sewing projects (in no particular order):
- 3 princess dresses for V. One of them still needs one little detail to be attached, but it’s 99% finished, so I’m counting it.
- 1 queen gown (and it won a costume contest!!!)
- 1 prince’s jacket
- 4 fruit slice pouches
- 2 bathrobes for my kids
- 1 enormous camera/travel bag that I designed myself
- 1 padded camera insert to fit in the bag mentioned above
- 1 jacket
- 1 dress
- 2 jersey-knit infinity scarves
- 1 set of pajamas
- 9 capes (8 of them with superhero star monograms), and one sword belt
- 2 tops (even though one was a FAIL)
- finished a quilt (this was HUGE, literally and figuratively)
- finished a hand-stitched pillow project (huge in a different way)
- 1 backpack that I designed myself
- 1 stuffed squid
- 1 stuffed dinosaur
- 2 pairs of baby shoes
- and a few other small projects for around the house
20 new recipes, 19 of which were from the America’s Test Kitchen cookbook, and 1 from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook.
I took two cake decorating courses and made a lot of buttercream and royal icing!
I set up my craft room, and a small “creator space” within it for my kids to make art.
I also started teaching V to sew, and she has now sewed 2 small pillows. I entered my blog post about her first sewing project into a contest, and it won the grand prize. Seriously. That’s another post.
I finished taking daily photographs and writing journaling cards for my son’s one-year album. It’s not finished, but the main body of work is there in the albums. I’d like to add in some special inserts in 2016.
I have pretty much kept up with my photos. Each month, I cull, caption, select favorites, edit favorites, and share them with friends and family on Flickr. I may not have them all finished by the end of the month, but the farthest behind I’ve been is just a month. And right now, I’m almost finished with my December photos!
I got myself into shape. Now I have to keep myself in shape. I
like love to eat, so it’s kind of hard 🙂
I planted a garden and harvested tomatoes and a TON of zucchini. The cucumbers died, which was sad.
I wrote 86 blog posts, and stuck fairly close to my Monday+Thursday posting schedule. I liked posting twice per week, but the system broke down a bit when I got swamped with PhD ornament orders. I’m hoping that I can get back to a regular schedule this year, and maybe even keep it up the entire year! Plus, I wrote my 1,000th post on this blog (and didn’t even realize it until after I’d posted it!). Speaking of blog posts, I’ve got a lot to share– if you look closely at the list above, you’ll see that I definitely need to show you some more sewing projects!
Looking back at the list of things I’ve done, it looks like I did pretty well at meeting my 2015 goals. Yay!
Thanks for reading this post. I truly don’t post it to brag, but to boost my own confidence in myself. I love to create. I love to set goals and meet them. But mostly, I love to create, because it makes me feel like me.
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P.S. I should link all the projects in this post…. but I am more interested in getting this post published, so that might come later.