Sunday, January 1, 2012

What's in store for January 2012...


I hope you all had a lovely time ringing in the New Year!  I can't believe it's now officially 2012!!

I wanted to share some of the fun things I've got planned for this first month of the year.

Signature Styles: Learning More About Vintage Patterns
First, you all know how much I LOVE vintage patterns.  Well, I've decided to apply some of my sleuthing/research skills to finding out more about vintage patterns this year.  To start off, this month will be dedicated to my favourite (so far) vintage pattern company:  McCall (or McCall's) patterns!!  So this will be the Month of McCall.  I am so excited.  I hope to dig out some lovely McCall patterns from different decades and to link to your McCall/'s projects as well.

Sew Grateful Week: January 16-22
Were you blessed during the holidays?  Is there a gift, tutorial or sew along that you are especially grateful for but haven't had the chance to tackle?  Mark your calendars because there will be another Sew Grateful Week from January 16-22!  Join me in using an item of fabric, pattern, book or other item that was given to you in a giveaway or as a present from a family member or friend and showcase your project on your blog during the week of January 16th.  At the end of that week and the beginning of the next week, I'll do several round-up posts showcasing everyone's projects. 

I had so much during the last Sew Grateful Week.  My only problem will be picking just one project!  I'm hoping to make this a quarterly challenge with the next Sew Grateful week later in the spring (April??)  I'll also get a new button up for everyone this week.

The Crafters' Ceilidh: January 21
I'm so excited to be co-hosting an exciting meet-up in Edinburgh later this month. 
 
So far, we've got just under 30 people planning to attend.  It will be a fabulous time to catch up with each other, check out the local fabric/yarn/vintage goods and explore this lovely city.  If you want to attend, be sure to send me your email (send it to myhappysewingplace{at}googlemail{dot}com) so that I can include you on the logistics mailing list.  Expect more planning news coming towards the end of this week and early next week!

Updating my Creative Spaces
Part of this month will also be dedicated to updating my creative spaces: both my sewing room and the blog.  My sewing room is not really working for me at the moment, so I'm looking forward to moving things around a bit and organising the space better.  I hope to post some before and after shots.  

Also, I can't wait to spend some time updating the blog with features that I think will make a big difference in terms of grouping similar posts together and finding past posts.  Look out for categories by decade (1930's, 1940's, etc.) as well as organisation by challenges (Sewing through the Decades, Sew Grateful, etc.)  I'm excited to start a bit of New Year's cleaning and organising!
What about you?  What have you got planned for January?

19 comments:

  1. I'm in for the Sew Grateful week - I got lots of lovely crafty gifs at Christmas that I'm very thankful for and have already started using.

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  2. Happy New Year Debi! I got some lovely crafty books for Christmas, so count me in for the Sew Grateful week. I have been thinking along the same lines with a sewing room clearout, that's the job for today. My lovely boyfriend put up some shelves to give me more storage space, and i purchased some boxes and baskets yesterday (i just love storage solutions!) so hopefully i will be able to sort myself out and end up with a great space - where i can find things! Good luck sorting out your sewing space, i look forward to seeing the before and afters (mainly because i'm nosey!)

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  3. Oooh, I'd love to take part in Sew Grateful week...it's in my diary and I'm going to have a good think about what to make!

    I'm very excited about Signature Styles feature, especially as you'll be tackling McCall first, one of my very favourite companies too!

    I too aim to give my blog a little revamp too, I've been inspired by many different looks out there!

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  4. Happy New Year. Updating a sewing space is always helpful, I think. Any process that makes our creative efforts more enjoyable is a good idea. I think your plans are great and I am anxious to see the results.

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  5. Happy New Year Debi!! I haven nothign specific planned as I always make and change my plans as I go along!

    And I'm gutted to miss the meetup this month!

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  6. Happy New Year! I think the Sew Grateful project sounds fun! I'll see what I can find ;) Oh, and I wiiiisssshhh I could go to the Crafters Ceilidh! I'm so jealous! Have fun. One of these days we can actually meet up in Scotland. Until then, it may just need to be a Gatsby thing ;)

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  7. all sounds great, I would love to join in with the sew greatfull challenge!

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  8. Happy New Year! I love the Sew grateful revisit as i didn't get around to it earlier.

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  9. Happy New Year Debi. You changed my sewing so much this last year and I thank you my friend. That little bolero pattern I won last year turned out to be my favorite item of clothing and I have made it up 3 times for different looks entirely using different fabrics. The thing is it sparked my sewing bug again and off I went.
    I look forward to sewing along with you this new year. Love Nan

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  10. Happy New Year Debi! I can't wait to see your McCalls posts! :)

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  11. happy new year Debi. One thing that is obvious about you apart from your committment and passion for sewing is how nice you are. Looking forward to seeing your sewing in 2012.

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  12. Happy New Year! I look forward to seeing all the pretty McCall pattern during the next month, and of course your sewing projects through the year!

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  13. Yay, I'm glad you're doing another Sew Grateful week! So many things I want to make for it.... So much fun!

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  14. I love your sew grateful challenge! I'm definitely in this time, and looking forward to it. Good luck revamping your room and the site. Happy New Year!

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  15. All sounds very exciting! Happy New Year!

    I just sorted out my sewing area (shared with my office) today, but I do need more shelving or organisation in there too so I am with you on that one!

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  16. Happy New Year Debi. My sewing plans for January are practically non-existent, but I can't wait to see your McCalls patterns. Good luck revamping the sewing room too (a sewing room is a dream for me!)

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  17. 30 people? 30 people?! Wow, this is going to be an amazing get together. You've achieved so much.

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  18. Oh yay! I hope you have a fabulous get-together, and I am so looking forward to Sew Grateful - I have a HUGE project planned for that weekend!

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  19. Happy New Year to you, Debi, a little late...

    I too must up-date my sewing room. I can't wait to see what you decide to do.

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