Happy New Year!

Hello 2016!

Happy new year everyone! I hope you had a lovely Christmas break. I don’t know if it’s just me, but this hasn’t felt like the most festive of Christmases, maybe the lack of snow and proper wintery weather? Still, my girls have had a great time, which is what matters the most.

Handmade Gifts

My girls were the only recipients of a handmade gift this year. I had thought about doing a few more, but in all honestly I don’t think handmade gifts are particularly gratefully received. Unless the recipient has an appreciation of the time, effort (and cost!) of a handmade gift, I don’t think it’s worth it. That sounds awful, but hey, my time is precious, I’m parenting two tiny dictators here. Anyway, I made the girls a tepee which didn’t end up being a complete win from my point of view, but more on that in another blog post.

Sewing-themed Christmas Gifts

Speaking of Christmas presents, I did have a couple of sewing-related ones. My in-laws bought me a chocolate sewing set which made me laugh (and typing this reminds me I haven’t eaten it yet):

Sew Victoria Sainsburys Chocolate Sewing Set

My sister-in-law bought me more sewing machine feet than I even knew existed, to go with my new sewing machine. I had to spend a bit of time online writing myself a list of what they all are! I’m quite excited to start using them:

Sew Victoria Sewing Machine Feet

2015 In Review

I guess as it’s New Year’s Eve whilst I write this (oh yes, partying hard here in the Maus house!) it’s the right time for a bit of reflection on 2015. On the whole, it’s been a pretty good year.

I’ve worked really hard with Little Squish and it really started to pay off : winning awards, getting press coverage and making partnerships with some great retailers. I also started a local Etsy group to work with and support other creative people which was lovely. Sadly, Little Squish is on a bit of a hiatus at the moment, which I’ve decided to extend beyond January. As you may know, I’ve been suffering from stress in recent months so I’ve taken a step back to focus on myself and my family. Still, I’m not going to feel bad about that, instead I’m embracing it as I’ve moved my blog away from the Little Squish website and now I feel better about just being creative for my own benefit!

yarn rainbow

Also this year I learnt to arm knit, I sewed my first (wearable) clothes for myself, I learnt to screen-print, I dabbled in embroidery and tapestry and I learnt to knit! I also had a few days out: the Sewing, Stitching and Hobbycrafts shows, Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair and the SewBrum meet up. So, all in all it’s been a good year for being crafty.

As for 2016, well I won’t bore you with a huge list of what I’m hoping to do but it certainly includes improving my knitting, and sewing more clothes for myself including the Sewaholic Cambie dress. I have such high hopes for this pattern, I’m hoping it’ll be my go to dress, I’ve already pinned loads of ideas of versions I’d like to make.

Happy New Year!

Toria

 

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