Monday, December 28, 2015

2015...a lovely year of finishes

As another year comes to a close. It's fun to look back at the year and review all the things that made it special. Family wise...we were glad that as each month came to a close, our son, Michael, got a little closer to a full recover from the fall he took as a fire fighter in September 2014. I am happy to say that as of this writing he will be returning to work in the full capacity as a fire fighter/paramedic in a few weeks.
Paul and I traveled to Canada and Italy and I was able to go to The GlampStitchalot Retreat in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in November and Sewtopia Chicago in April.
We also gained a teenager this year. I can't believe our eldest granddaughter is 13. Next year we will have two teens in the family, when Jack celebrates his thirteenth birthday. We also felt officially "old" when our eldest son turned 40 in July. How did that happen?
The rest of the family is healthy and happy. We were not able to get together as often as I would like, but we did get together in October to celebrate my mom's 90th birthday. It was great fun to not only have all our sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren present, but also my sister, brother-in-law, nephew and his family along with my brother and his daughter.

Creatively, I think I did well. We always compare ourselves to other creators, but I am trying not to do that and I hope that each one who reads this post will just gain encouragement and inspiration from my finishes. I know I will be checking on a few friends as they post their creative finishes, too.
I branched out a little and tried a few new projects like rope bowls and making wallets. But, the biggest hurdle was stepping back into garment sewing. I started as a garment sewist, but haven't sewn clothes for myself in many decades. I haven't had the patience for pattern alterations the last several years but decided to give it a try this year. I even drafted my very first blouse pattern in more than 40 years! {It's that blouse in the bottom left corner of my garment collage}. I have a long way to go to make it right, but it's a beginning. I made it from fabric leftover from a quilt back. The print is not lined up and it won't be wearable, but it's been a good learning project for me.
I've really fallen hard for knitting and hope to branch out into bigger and more complex projects next year. I think it is the mindless act of knitting socks that I really love the most, so I might just keep it simple and stick with socks.
All collages were made with the Project Life app on the iPad. I love this tool for super quick scrapbook pages and documenting our travels this way. too. 


gpc said...

So happy to hear the good news about your son! Your work is a constant inspiration -- lovely, lovely finishes. :)

Leanne said...

You had such a creative year. I love it all and your scrapbooking app makes the nicest collages, I might just check it out. I so love knitting, I am glad to see you embracing it. Hats are another fast project and the kids all love to get them. A number of the hats I have given to kids, especially teenagers, have become important wardrobe staples to them, worn constantly, not just for cold weather- who knew?

mascanlon said...

So many beautiful things here Di! Not the least of which is your lovely family. So glad to hear Michael is healed. It's been a long road for him! I am sitting here so impressed with the way you have captured and documented things. Doing that better is one of my goals for 2016. Instagram is as close as I come these days. And on the creative front...I ordered rope last night!

Dianne Neale said...

Wow Di, you got so much finished this year. I love that you try new things too!

Susan Snooks said...

What a delightful summary of your year Di! You must be very proud of all you have achieved! I wonder what plans you have for 2016? Or do you just wait and see?

Debbie said...

What a varied and creative year you've had! I'm so impressed with all your collages - they show off your projects beautifully!