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January 18th, 2018

I’m not a resolution type person when it comes to New Year’s, but I do think about things I want to work towards and I set goals. One of my goals this year is to finish up projects that are in progress, then start on things I have supplies & patterns for already in my stash. I don’t want to add any new projects to my list or purchase any supplies. This year it’s all about finishing.

So far, I’m doing very well. I’ve finished up three projects that I’ve had in progress for the past year or two. One was an alpaca/merino scarf that I started three years ago. The issue with this scarf, is that I started it then realized I didn’t have enough yarn. Since I had purchased the handspun yarn from a vendor at a semi-local farmer market, I had to wait to get back to see if I could find more. A year later, I made it back to the market and got another skein.

A second project I’ve been working on is a throw for the back of the couch. This is a throw made just to protect the couch from the cats, something I can wash easily.  I started it this past spring, then gardening season hit in full force. I finished the hand stitching this past weekend.  The last project in progress was the embroidered advent pillow I started in 2016.
embroidered advent pillow
Yesterday, I finished it up. Not only did I finish the pillow, I made my own piping. This was my first time ever sewing with piping and my first time making it. I’m super happy with the finished product. Having completed this, along with two other projects, gives me a great sense of satisfaction and completion. I no longer feel like I have things hanging over my head as I move forward with other things.
embroidered advent pillow
One of my other goals this year is to learn new skills and improve the skills I have. Sewing is a skill I’ve been working on over the past few years. I got a new Juki coverstitch machine a few months ago and haven’t even plugged it in yet. My February goals are to learn this machine and to use it for a project I’ve been planning for a few years.

Do you set any goals each year? What are you goals and how are you doing on your progress?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.