Sunday, January 1, 2012

Just Do It!

Happy New Year! I want to wish each of you a very Happy & Healthy 20212. My word(s) for 2012 are Just Do It!

My goals this year are:
1. Just Do It!: Get Organized! It's time for things to go that I don't absolutely my home and my studio.
2. Just Do It!: Create: now I know you are thinking "duh" with all the creating I do with my blog, but I want to be MORE creative and create with a purpose...create for a reason and give it away or for the home...make those things I see on Pinterest or other blogs that inspire me instead of just saving ideas...create things that are lovely for my home, family and friends.

3. Just Do It!: Lose: having goals to lose weight are usually failures, but I am going to strive to lose 15 lbs this year and keep it off. I need to lose more, but I want to be realistic and set a goal that is doable.

4. Just Do It!: Scrapbook more: I have really let my scrapbooking slide and Aaron keeps wondering when I am going to continue to work on his. For a teenage boy to ask this means I need to get busy with it.

5. Just Do It!: Sew more: Okay, there is a story behind this. I used to vendor in lots of craft shows and stores BK (before kids esp) and even when Benjamin was little. Then after Benjamin was born, I would make little blankets and clothes for him and do a few shows and stores. Then when I was pregnant with twins, I just "knew" one was a girl and was making a little doll. For those of you who know me, I lost the twins due to a car accident when I was 5 months pregnant (and one was a little girl) and I quit sewing. I don't know how to explain what happened inside of me, but I wasn't able to finish sewing the doll or on fabric for years. I got to where I could sew on paper, but still not fabric. Fast forward 15 years (the twins would have been 15 on Dec 22) and I was able to make a sweater pillow for my son's girlfriend. It felt so good to sew something pink and girly. I believe God brought Kassy to our lives not only for my son, but to heal my heart wholly. This doesn't mean I will ever forget my babies, or will ever stop missing them, but it was so freeing and therapeutic to sew on something other than paper and I have seen so many lovely ideas on Pinterest and the internet that I would like to create, but just haven't been able to make myself do. (this story is NOT for sympathy comments, but for healing for me to tell it and make myself real).
By not setting too many goals, I hope I can carry thru on each of them.
What is your word(s) for the new year? I would love to have you share them with me.

Here is a picture of the pillow I made for Kassy. She loved it and I even bought some sweaters to make pillows for us for our couch. I saw this idea on Pinterest and bought the pillow and sweater at Goodwill. The pillow had a Christmas theme to it, but was very firm. I measured the pillow, cut the sweater and sewed on 3 sides. I then fit the pillow into the sweater and handstitched the 4th side shut
Here is a close up of the flower. I made a rolled flower with the cream (some fancy lacy stuff from JoAnn Fabrics) and a smaller rolled flower from ribbing off a pale pink sweater.


  1. This is really great! You're so creative!

  2. Happy New Year Debbie! I'm not sure why I haven't been getting your blog feeds lately, but "subscribed" again! Love your "Just do it!" motto for the near year and should take your advice! I'm full of ideas and a long list of want-to-dos! Really, just need to DO IT!
    I know you didn't want sympathy about the twins, but I am so very sorry. It's a blessing that you're moving on, but can still treasure their memory. ♥
    Hugs to you, my friend! Hope we can get together sometime in 2012!

  3. p.s. love the pillow! GREAT idea and lovely gift~!

  4. wishing you success in your plans for 2012!
    glad you have found happiness in sewing again!!

  5. Beautiful job On the pillow and resolutions, too! :)