This has become an occasional blog. I read another blogger write (in a BlogFrog Forum) that making apologies for not blogging on your blog is a no-no.
But I was doing some backing up and noticed how very many times I sign off a post with a promise to blog something soon, without coming through on that promise. I am a free spirit, and my muse is as well, so I have learned it is better to go with the flow than to make too many rigid plans for what to make and when! I am going to try not to tell in advance what is upcoming here so that I do not disappoint anyone if things don't go as planned.
A huge reason I haven't blogged so many things I have made, is because of my (lack of) photography skills. I made many things for my first craft show, and also for gifts this year, and also garments as well, that I did not blog because my photos are awful.
(McCall's 5987. Super easy to sew, and inexpensive if made from fleece, you can make this coat in under 2 hours. This was the first coat I made, and despite how it looks in this photo, it is NOT pink at all! I made a red one for mom but forgot to take a photo of that one. I would like to sew another, in navy...maybe there will be a better post on that coat!
Here is the even easier easy jacket from Chic and Simple Sewing. The contrast on this "print" isn't as strong as it looks here. But I am still thinking of overdying this in another blue):
I have learned I know little about taking photos, and I plan to remedy this in 2011. I know 3 skilled photographers in real life, and I plan to ask for their help. In the meantime, I may show some awful photos of some awesome easy things for you to make.
Baby Color Book, front and back covers, made for a boy.
And here are the front and back covers of one I made for a girl:
I took these pictures in such a hurry that I forgot to tie the bows. I know that this is my problem with photography- not having the patience to slow down and take lots of time on each shot. I tend to move quickly and so photography skills do not come natural for me.
I started this blog to learn. I have learned an incredible lot, especially regarding SEO. I found out that writing on the computer can put me into that same productive state of "flow" that makes me love sewing. I have also discovered that this is an easy way to make money, and unlike sewing, writing leaves no mess to clean up! Because I am accepting other writing assignments, I have not had time to allocate for blogging. Here's an example I can share, a piece I wrote for Yahoo! movies about the costumes in Tron: Legacy. I have several more pieces upcoming at Yahoo movies. I am also working on my first book, and I hope to have positive news on that to share in 2011.
So I am likely to continue being an occasional blogger. But this blog will continue. I will try not to make any promises for what is upcoming, but instead post what and when I can. I will say I have noticed there is more sewing than growing here (at least in regards to plants, vegetables, and food), and I would like to post more of that. I suspect this blog will always be mostly about sewing, however!
Closing with another bad picture of a GOOD thing. I have been cleaning and tidying up loose ends yesterday and today. I feel so happy to be closing out the year with a cleaned sewing room (and bedroom, closets, and house). I am spending the rest of this afternoon finishing unfinished projects, like that flowered nightgown, which turned out too big and needs work before I will wear it.
2010 was an amazing year. Thank you to all my bloggy friends who helped make it so sweet. I hope 2011 will be an even better year for everyone. Happy New Year!
(and Happy Sewing, always).