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2021: Year in Review

Here we are again!
The beginning of a NEW YEAR!

Are you excited? Movitated? Already over it 😉 ? LOL!

Well, I’m somewhere in between all of that…..I want to be motivated and excited….and, if I’m going to be honest, I think it’s more of a slow clap situation over here for me. Normally I feel like I’m ready to go with lots of goals and dreams and wishes for the new year…..

And you know what’s even more crazy : my husband was asking me about my resolutions/goals yesterday and I found myself unprepared. SO, I will do what I do every year: take stock. A look back always seems to spark something in me….here’s hoping that this re-cap of 2021 will give me what I need for a Reset in 2022.

My sewing “goals” in 2021 were two fold:

#1. I wanted to participate in the 52 Week Sewing Challenge in a group I stumbled upon on the book of faces. I actually already recapped that experience in a whole blog post that you can find HERE, so I won’t retell that story. However, I will say…I thought I didn’t do a very good job at sticking with it, but it turns out, I completed many more of the challenges than I thought (even if I wasn’t trying), but more importantly, it inspired many really great projects for me! Most notable were as follows

  • Organizing My Space: My Sewing Studio has never in my life been cleaner/more organized
  • The Birth of the FUNDEEZ
  • Completion of many UFOs
  • Push to get a head start on vacation outfits

#2. I wanted to participate in the Sew the Alphabet Challenge with CKC Pattern Company. (if you remember I had this goal in 2020 as well. Now, I’m happy to report I did improve! in 2020 I sewed A, B, & C. This year, in 2021, I sewed A-all the way to K! Not too shabby.

So, goals are goals….and it’s fun to strive for bigger things….what 2021 brought to the world of LadyBeez Designs was so unexpected I would have never had this on a vision board for myself.

Remember that one time I was on TV? March 17, 2021…a day that will live in infamy

HOLY SMOKES! Being invited to appear on one of our local TV morning shows was quite a highlight! I’ll tell you something, though, the excitement of being on a short segment for Local Live at 5 really pailed in comparison to the excitement, support, and love I received from my family and friends. You all made me feel like a MILLION BUCKS!

….and then…..

They invited me back to share a Mother’s Day craft on May 7, 2021.

Such a fun and wild experience! Nothing but love for Millaine Wells & Lisa Malak from Local Live at Five on WFRV!

During the summer months I took time away from promoting my sewing business….which is usually what I do…4 very active kids home 24/7 is a lot to add to mix of a small business where I have to be all the things and a “regular job” working night shift. I always welcome this break….but it felt like it stuck a little longer than it used to.

(INSERT BASEMENT FLOOD…….RIPPING OUT THE ENTIRE FLOOR OF SEWING STUDIO….HUGE MESS).

In addition to that little mishap…..I wasn’t promoting my business for another reason….because I was prepping for the ULTIMATE SUPER SECRET SURPRISE DISNEY VACATION! I spent many hours hiding in the basement making outfits and accessories for the whole family. We didn’t tell the kids anything until the morning we woke up to drive to Florida. It was EPIC. I loved being able to not only make many of our Disney-themed apparel (SO MANY EARS!!!!) but but I was happy to buy from other artists as well. I had planned to blog about all the Disney themed items….just not enough bouts in a day for me.

We had THE BEST WEEK in Florida! Besides Walt Disney World for 4 days (each park for a full day), we made it to LegoLand AND Discovery Cove! Trip of a LifeTime for us all!

We got back just 3 days before most of the kiddos started school, so it was a whirlwind trying to get back into the swing of life, work, and sewing.

I also attempted to get back into the auction circuit with Red Rose Auction House and Crafty Chic Auctions….but that avenue kind of fizzled for me.

It’s so strange to look back through my completed projects because I feel like I didn’t sew as much as I had in past years, but I am realizing I probably did….just different things. And many “custom requests” for friends and friends of friends.

And I was able to sew a few special items for our family this year….even though, our children’s styles and tastes (and attitudes) are ever changing. Why do they grow up so fast??!?!?

We Went out in a WHOLE NEW WORLD for Halloween as the cast of Aladdin (1994 version)

On Deer Widow’s Weekend, I was able to take the girls out to the craft shows I used to vend at with my mom….wow! If that wasn’t bittersweet! I loved shopping for a change…but I really did make me miss being a vendor! Who knows! Maybe 2022 will see me back in a booth?

My love for Hallmark and Hallmark Christmas movies claim a large presense on the blog here…..41 NEW movies this year! I did watch them all….just ran out of time/steam to put up full reviews. The Hallmark Christmas Movie Showdown Bracket was in it’s 3rd year. This year we had 60 participants! SO MUCH FUN! (we are still plugging away…down to our last 3 votes, so it’s getting very exciting!)

Now we are already in the first week of 2022….but I wanted to finish this up anyway.
I am so grateful for all of you here supporting this space. My creative outlet. My therapy. My passions. It means so much to me…all your love and encouragement. And I’m sure my family thanks you too…as sewing (and being creative in general) is my therapy… 😉

I’m looking forward to new things in 2022….and perhaps returning to some of my old favorites as well! I hope you’ll come along with me!

Sewing

Week 3 Sewing Challenge: Sew a Pattern you Own, but Haven’t Sewn

The biggest challenge this week was choosing one of the many MANY patterns I have purchased that I haven’t made yet.

What helped narrow down the large list?

Necessity. LOL!

We are currently remodeling our laundry/mud room and for most of the week our washer and dryer were disconnected.

Guess what I ran out of…..

So, thankfully, I had this underwear pattern in my arsenal. Chastity’s from CKC to the rescue this week!

And…..since I have plenty of MILLION BABY CHICKS fabric (double brushed poly) scraps….I used those to make myself a few more!

I wasn’t expecting all the excitement I received when I posted about these….but since many of you asked, I did make a listing for you to purchase a 5 pack of your very own. (or you can just click on the SHOP button up top)

Comfy bums for all!