2015

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photo by Curtis Campbell

I know, I know, I know that you guys are sick of reading about what everyone is planning to do in 2015.... and this post is all about what I'm going to be doing in 2015. SORRYYYYY.

But before we jump into 2015 let's backtrack to one hot summer day in 2014. I was bored at a Hank 3 concert (technically it was before Hank 3 played) and I definitely wasn't entertained by the drunks wandering around getting wild, so I decided to be productive with my time. I whipped out my notebook and made a list of things I wanted to accomplish in my "sewing life" and probably got a bunch of strange looks from the drunks, but whatevs. Looking at the long list was kind of daunting, life is too short and there is so much to learn, right? Then I thought about past goals and what worked and didn't. The times I was most successful were when I was specific about what needed to be done and when a time frame was clearly noted. I decided to use the list and apply it to my 2015 plans.

This year I would like to create a sewing, knitting, or quilting challenge for myself each month. It might be something "easy" like sewing a lapped zipper (I've never sewn one!), more complicated like fitting pants, or anything else that will get me out of my comfort zone. Some of you are probably rolling your eyes and thinking, "fuckin duhhhhh, that's what you should be doing anyways," but sometimes I need motivation and a deadline to stay on track. Knowing that my to do list will be broken down into manageable chunks, and the fact that you guys will be holding me accountable, is definitely going to help my productivity.

Shortly, there will be a blog post up on the January challenge, but I have no hard plans for the rest of the year, just ideas from the list. I'd love to hear any suggestions from you guys though, if you have any! Comment here, e-mail me, or contact me on Twitter or Instagram. And if any of you want to join in with my twelve challenges or make your own twelve challenges please let me know :)

This is going to be a fun year. Cheers to 2015!

29 comments :

  1. This sounds like a great idea!

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  2. i LOVE lapped zippers! definitely try it out, they have become my favorite and they're easier than centered zips, in my opinion. monthly challenges sounds like a great, flexible idea to keep yourself motivated :)

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  3. Looking forward to your monthly challenges! Can't wait to see what they are!

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  4. Sounds like a great idea! Also great to not get too far advance so that you're bored by, say, your future May plans by the time you actually get to May. lol Good luck with it!

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  5. that picture is too dang cute.


    love the challenge idea!

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  6. Sounds exciting! Looking forward to following along with your challenges - hopefully they will inspire me to tackle some new topics too. Love the photo, BTW. :)

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  7. That is an epic Christmas tree! Happy new year xo

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  8. I love this idea. ...and I totally love that you whipped out your sewing notebook at a summer concert haha!! That is why we're friends.

    But seriously, goals aren't accomplish-able until you break them down into daily/weekly/monthly chunks. If you just have a list of future goals, it's not really anything you're actively working towards. They're just words on some paper. It's the monthly chunks that makes your goals become things that you DO, not things you want to do at some point. You're on the right track, that's all I'm saying :)

    I want to do something similar with my MMM goals!

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  9. I love this plan - good for you! I find I do well when challenges/plans are clearly laid out, too.

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  10. I totally love that you shipped out a sewing notebook st a concert, too! Girl after my own heart!!

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  11. First- I love that photo and your gorgeous tree! :) Second- little challenges for oneself really helps to get them done, I think. After I finish these two sponsored projects I'm working on , definitely going to challenge myself to make my Robson trench and finish UFO s before embarking on other things on my sewing list.

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  12. Wow that picture Erin - you look so glamorous!!
    I love reading about everyone's goals and plans for 2015 so do not apologize. I like this idea of breaking things up month by month and I look forward to seeing what you have planned. I too have never done a lapped zipper and would like to learn - it just sounds incredibly intimidating to me.
    I think that once you've got the basics down, it's important to try new things to keep things interesting. So cheers to the New Year! I look forward to learning along with you!

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  13. Cute dress! :) What a great idea for how to mix it up in 2015. I'm looking forward to reading all about your challenges :)

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  14. Love the idea of monthly challenges!

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  15. Thanks, Jeri! Feel free to join in! :)

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  16. I wish I could claim that tree as my own, but it belongs to my friends :)

    Can't wait to see your Robson! Hopefully it will cool down around here so I can actually wear some winter gear haha

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  17. "Monthly chunks" haha

    You should totally do that for MMM! Maybe by the end of each week have a mini challenge completed (tracing, cutting, muslin) and the end of the month a garment or two complete?

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  18. Thanks!

    P.S. something is up where I can't comment on blogger accounts all of a sudden, but I wanted to say that the "adult pacifier" comment in your post was cracking me up!

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  19. Thanks, Tasha!

    Yeah, I didn't want to set anything in stone because I didn't want it to seem too much like a chore. Plus, my ideas change and I wanted to be able to make whatever on a whim. Or at least the whim of a month haha :)

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  20. Woo hoo, sounds like I need to do a lapped zipper! I actually have been wanting to do one for years, but just never did... Now I'm going to!

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  21. Ah phenomenal idea! And I am most certainly not over review or goal posts. I love that shit. Love. It. Fitting pants are a big one for me because I will be tackling jeans! But I think it's a GREAT idea to have a mix of challenges so every month isn't a crazy exhausting pant-fit-a-thon.

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  22. Are you going to make the Gingers?!?! I can totally see you in those!

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  23. Yes! Purchased & ready to print! :)

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