I honestly can’t believe this year is over. It’s gone so fast. No actually, it’s literally flown by. I keep asking myself where the months have gone… I guess so much has happened this year. It’s kind of dizzying.
We moved from Iowa to Virginia – which was honestly one of the best things we ever did. Chris loves his new job, and has had so many major successes this year. We’ve really enjoyed the climate and our proximity to both the countryside and DC. It’s made it sooo much easier for our families to visit us. And something I didn’t foresee – I’ve been able to meet and hang out with a lot of my wonderful blogging friends, which has honestly been so fun.
I released two new collections for my clothing line, Summer – Sunburnt Country and Winter – Country Roads and I was incredibly blessed to work with some amazingly talented bloggers and friends on both of the lookbooks. (Thank you so much Tieka, Sydney & Tania!)
I started the Becoming a Designer series to try and help aspiring independant designers, and started featuring a different indie designer each month – and I’ve been really thrilled with how many people have found the posts helpful. I can’t wait to continue doing this in 2012!
We explored DC heaps, acted like total tourists and got to spend some wonderful vacations with our parents, including an amazing trip to Florida with my mom and dad.
I did a complete overhaul of my sewing patterns, re-releasing them in paper form, and begun releasing patterns from my clothing line as well as maternity wear.
Wrote heaps of sewing tutorials
I started making more clothing for my kids, which has been a real learning curve and is becoming a real passion of mine. (yep, that was 100% a hint about future sewing patterns)
I broke my baby toe for the third time in a row – which i will admit, was really quite depressing.
I turned 27, and had a minor (ok big) freak out about getting old. Then I realised Chris was still older, had a laugh and chilled out.
I almost had a break down from how much work I’ve been doing, and realised I need to find some more balance in my life.
But you know what? even the bad wasn’t that bad… well at least not in hindsight hehehe
I never make goals or new years resolutions, but there’s definitely a lot i’d like to do in 2012!
I’d like to chill out a lot more, find more balance and be a much much better homemaker. I feel like I’ve let a lot of house stuff slide this year, and next year I’d really like to be better at keeping up with laundry, cleaning, cooking etc etc ( ok ok i’m starting to hyperventilate hehe)
Read more. I haven’t been able to read as often as I’d like this year, and I honestly think my vocabulary and my ability to articulate my thoughts has begun to slide.
I’d like to learn to knit. It’s something i’ve always wanted to learn, but have no idea how! I bought a book, but the instructions are soooo hard to follow. I sat staring at the first page for ages. no kidding. Any recs for knitting blogs?
Continue to improve my sketching. I feel like my sketches have already improved a lot, but i still have a way to go before i’m really satisfied that i have the skill mastered.
I’d like to do more fun outings with the kids during the week. I’d love to take them somewhere every day, i’m not sure if that’s manageable – but i’d really like to try.
I think it might be nice to write some tutorials for how to alter my sewing patterns too. Speaking of posts – I’ve got a lot of other tutorials up my sleeve and I”m also planning lots more Becoming a Designer posts, and indie designer features.
And of course i’ll be releasing new collections for my clothing line.
Phew! that’s it i guess hehe :)
How about you? Got any great plans for 2012? Anything you’d like to see more (or less of ) on Design Diary in the coming year?