Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Out with the Old, In with the New; Year That Is!

Yes, it has been awfully quiet here of late but I couldn't let the new year begin without a re-cap of this past year. Once I do, you will know why I have been so quiet. I have been sewing, sewing, sewing.

I promised last year to do better here faithful reader and I failed miserably. So sorry. I have lots of reasons, even more excuses but know that you were often on my mind.

I hope you have had a wonderful holiday. We sure did. Since I posted last there have been big changes in our family.  Let's get to that year in review.

If you don't "track" your productivity through the year, I encourage you to do so. You will surprise yourself. Every year it boggles my mind. And I don't have photos of everything.

  • Seven muslins
  • Six embroidered diaper covers
  • Five button on suits
  • Four heirloom flower girl dresses
  • Four dresses
  • Three doll dresses
  • Three smocked bishops
  • Three machine embroidered "Camp Mimi" shirts
  • Three pair of pants
  • Two smocked shortalls
  • Two smocked Wee Care gowns
  • Two boy's peter pan collared shirts
  • Two embroidered longalls
  • Two hand embroidered baby dresses
  • Two slips
  • Two machine embroidered hairbow keepers
  • One voile jacket to match bishop with 77 tucks (I'm sure it had to be more than 44)
  • One romper with diaper shirt set
  • One machine embroidered daygown
  • One long sleeved top
  • One peter pan collared blouse
  • One nightgown
  • One boy's monogramed shirt
  • One shadow work wedding hanky
  • One heirloom bridal garter
  • One machine embroidered layette set of bib, burp and blanket
  • One machine embroidered "purse" to match "Frozen" dress.
  • One quilted sewing machine mat with machine embroidery, and pockets

For a total of 64 items.

Some of those items are deceiving. Those four flower girl dresses and three ring-bearers of 2 button on suits, one pair of pants and one monogrammed shirt took eight straight weeks of non stop sewing, 8-14 hours a day, that involved seven muslins from adapted patterns, seven self drafted collars, yards and yards of lace and entredeux, overnight mailing, road trips for fittings, one of which happened in a Chic-Fil-A bathroom; another a shopping mall bathroom, Face Time phone calls and photos. An undertaking to say the least. It was stressful but oh so worth it. They were precious! I can't wait to show you.

Add to this:

  • Three sewing workshops
  • Teaching two chapter programs
  • Hosting a couple's shower for 40
  • Hosting three little campers for a week of the First Annual "Camp Mimi"
  • SEVENTY-EIGHT days away from home, none of which involved travel abroad this year but did include two weeks worth of home remodeling (not my home), two bridal showers, three birthdays, one first day of school and two very big things:
  • A Wedding!! Our son got married in mid-December in New Orleans. All of the kids are married now. ::sigh::
The New Mr. and Mrs.

  • Drum roll please.................. A new little princess, also born in New Orleans to our youngest daughter in October.

Merry Christmas from our newest gift from heaven, Miss Leighton.

So you see, life is busy, busy but oh so worth it. What do I have on my plate for next year? Two christening gowns, clothing four little ones for Easter, birthdays and Christmas and I am sure lots more road trip time. I think I need a new car.

Let's ring in the new year with hopes and dreams of good things to come. I've seen this all over facebook and pinterest today. Doesn't matter if it is being overly used, because it is a great food for thought.

Happy New Year faithful reader!


  1. Happy New Year dear Martha!! I love the quote. And all your creations are precious,. Wishing you much joy and more in 2015

  2. It has been a grand year for you! May 2015 bring even more blessings and joy!

  3. Happy New Year. May 2015 be filled with adventure and thrills. Or at least serenity!!

  4. Such an exciting year you have had! Leighton is beautiful! Happy 2015.

  5. You are amazing!!! Seriously amazing!!! Such labors of love...those 64 creations are some INTENSE sewing. Leighton is a doll baby - so precious!!

  6. Precious baby and amazing projects!

  7. You were missed. Glad you're back. Beautiful baby!

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