Keeping the Sewing Resolutions Real in 2014

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 1/7/2014 to Commentary
I like New Year's Resolutions and I have had some good success with setting and achieving personal goals during this time of year. But have you noticed that the lines for cardio machines at the gym already get shorter when January is not even over? The standard resolutions to exercise more and eat less fattening food are perfectly good ideas, but they don't often stick through the first month, much less the first quarter. 

Here is my theory about New Year's Resolution - Sewing and other types of crafts should make us feel powerful and successful. We don't need more reasons to beat ourselves up or put ourselves down. And I'm sad to say that even the most sensational sewistas can fall into the trap of using sewing as a way to beat themselves up. So let's make sure that we are not setting unrealistic goals or worse, setting ourselves up for feeling like failures. 

Here are my sewing resolutions for 2014: 
1. Use only high-quality fabrics that sew up beautifully; 
2. Sew at least one piece of clothing for myself each month; 
3. Attend the big sewing expo in Puyallup and have a great time with other sewistas; 
4. Don't let anyone make me feel guilty for owning a lot of fabric; 
5. Participate in online sewing forums in a way that encourages other sewistas to learn and grow; 
6. When time permits, participate in community service projects; and
7. Continue to find and sell excellent fabrics, original buttons and beautiful beads on 

If you love fabric and sewing as much as I do, these resolutions probably seem a lot better than giving up chocolate or losing 50 lbs. Whatever your 2014 sewing resolutions may be, I am sending you my best wishes for success and enjoyment in all your projects.
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Jill Therriault Date 1/8/2014
Happy New Year to me! Just found your site from FB! Kindred spirits! I will be back on a regular basis. Keep up the good work. Also a sewing nut - garments, crafts, home dec and primarily QUILTING. Love unusual fabrics. See me on FB at "Stitching in Heels". Hope to have a Website and blog this year. I see a purchase in my future. Thanks, Jill
Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter Date 1/8/2014
Thanks Jill. Great hearing from you and can't wait to see what you will do next - in heels no less!
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