The Promise of a New Year

The champagne corks have been popped, the fireworks have faded and we find ourselves standing on the threshold of a new year. It’s that

time when we take stock of what we’ve accomplished and make plans for the future. This year, I’m not using the word resolution, in the hopes that the plans I’ve made will have a longer shelf life than the average New Year’s resolution which, as we all know, is roughly equivalent to that of a banana. I’m telling myself I’m just making to do lists, which I do all the time. I also got a head start on some of them in December so they would become part of my routine by the time the new year began. Whether this self-deception strategy actually works remains to be seen.

Sew Chicago celebrated the end of 2010 with its second annual holiday brunch. Susan showed us her fabulous faux leopard coat. Didn’t she do a great job?

The nail-biting part of the day for me was the opening of the goody bags. Everyone seemed to like this year’s, but now the pressure is on to come up with more cleverly useful small things for next year’s collection.  

I got a lot of help this year from Mary Fran, who provided some of the goodies as well as ideas and feedback on what I was planning, and Tina added a whimsical touch with these adorable thread bobbins from Wild Olive, the blog of Mollie Johanson.  One of the goodies was a stack of 4″ X 6″ postcards I printed with a form for fabric stash management. It’s something I’ve been using in an attempt to avoid buying duplicates and not repeat the frustration of planning a garment for a particular fabric, only to find I don’t have enough yardage for pattern I want to use. I’m guessing I’m not the only one this has happened to.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a holiday party without  gifts. Our grab bag exchange brought lots of fun surprises.

As with all good things, it was over in a flash. It’s always a treat to spend time with this talented, enthusiastic and caring group of women.

Now, on to 2011. Rest assured that your Chief Instigator is busy making samples and preparing programs to keep the creative juices flowing.

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