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Jammiepalooza 2016 and Thoughts on 2017

2017 January 4
by elizabeth_admin

Thank goodness we are seeing the backside of 2016.  What a shitty year that was.  Truly.

Obviously there were some great moments.  Like the Cubs winning the World Series of course.  And the fact that my family won the holiday card competition this year.  What?  You didn’t know there was a competition for family holiday cards?  Well, we won it.  See below…

 

See what I mean?  😉

And of course, Jammiepalooza 2016, while stressful in the making, was a huge success again this year.  A total of 14 PJ’s made (3 adult sized pants, 2 teen sized pants, 5 kid nightgowns, and 4 kid sized pants).  I don’t have pics of everybody, but I think you get the picture…

 

As I have mentioned in earlier posts, the past two years have been pretty busy what with getting married and having a much larger family to coordinate, teaching sewing classes, co-running the art program at Jack’s school, and getting a certificate degree in art.  I haven’t had much time for sewing for myself and I miss it.  I am not much of New Years Resolutions kind of a person, but this year, I might be.  I have thought about how I spend my time every day, and I’m embarrassed to admit that a lot of it is on social media.  Back in ancient times, the internet was my way into sewing.  I needed those social connections to help me learn how to sew and read blog after blog after blog every day.  I spent hours reading blogs and commenting on other blogs.  I wrote my own blog.  After I moved to San Diego and the need to reinvent myself arose, I stopped reading blogs, and pretty nearly stopped blogging myself.  I had tons of time to volunteer at Jack’s school, to sew, to research a new career.  Giving up blog reading gave me a ton of time.  But then Facebook and Instagram, and stupid game apps started taking up my time.  I want to be productive again.  I want to sew for myself again.  So my New Years Resolution this year is to reduce my distractions.  I am going to limit my social media consumption and participation to once a day for a short time, instead of checking in every time I think of it.  I want to have more time to create in-between all my other obligations as a mom, a wife, a teacher, a student, and as a volunteer.  If I can do that every day, create or make something, then I will be happier.  I will feel like I’m accomplishing something for myself.  A gift to myself.  Something meaningful to myself.  If I am happier, then I will be better at the mom job, the wife job, and so on.  I realized that I was not feeding myself, and that in fact, I was robbing myself of something very precious, Time.  I was wasting too much of my time on things that didn’t provide me with real tangible products.  When I spend my time painting, I have a painting at the end of it.  When I spend my time liking things on Facebook, what do I have?  Nothing.  Nothing but wasted time.

So 2017, I am really looking forward to you.  I can’t wait to see what what we make together!

9 Responses leave one →
  1. Carolyn B permalink
    January 4, 2017

    A very timely post. I think we can all fool ourselves into thinking we are ‘doing’ something as we read a blog, trawl Facebook, get sucked down the wormhole that is You Tube or play just one more game of Candy Crush. If we add up the wasted time on these platforms I think we might be shocked. I think it’s actually addiction for many of us. Anyway I’m with you and plan to reduce my time spent in the virtual world and spend more in the real world.

  2. Margaret permalink
    January 4, 2017

    Great to read you again. Picked up your link for the recent post on Peter’s MalePatternBoldness. I read you when you and Jack lived back east. We are similar body types and it was helpful to see patterns and adjustments you made. I consider myself teapot figured. Short and stout. Curvy Sewing Guild is a new favorite. Glad to read you and family are stretching in numbers and knowledge. I am not quite ready to promise I will sew more and play on the blogs less, but it is admirable to recognize how time is spent and make wise choices. Wish you and yours a productive 2017. Margaret from Florida

  3. January 4, 2017

    I do have a wicked Instagram habit but I’m able to satisfy it mostly with my commute time. However, I make sure to set aside time to sew…no sewing and my equilibrium is out of whack! So I think that’s an amazing resolution and I will be cheering you on hoping you gain that time for yourself.

  4. January 4, 2017

    I also hope to get into a more regular sewing groove this year. I gave up Facebook years ago, and while I have found that it inconveniences other people, I don’t miss it in the least. I do find myself spending too much time on Instagram now, but I’ve consolidated my blog reading quite a bit by filtering out my favorite sewing blogs from a bunch of others that I tend to skim through only if I’m needing to waste time (which I never am).

    Jamiepalooza looks awesome. I actually did a mini palooza for New Years (our friends hosted the traditional PJ party) and it was fun to get some quick sewing accomplished.

    Looking forward to seeing how the sewing goes this year!

  5. Vicki permalink
    January 5, 2017

    Oh, that sounds like me. So much more would be done without the distractions. Good luck for 2017.

  6. Sandra permalink
    January 6, 2017

    Great post. Rings true for me as well, I set intentions on the 31st to do the things that bring me joy and happiness and sewing does that. Social media/internet/Pinterest etc. is great but it can suck you in and then you’ve spent hours looking at things and not DOING or CREATING anything. My sewing time is limited anyway due to my work hours (conflict! Lol) but I will focus on enjoying the process and taking my time to really be present. Blessings to you and your family in 2017.

  7. January 8, 2017

    Amen! I feel the same way, and you’ve inspired me to limit the social media time as well. Clearly, I didn’t blog much last year, something I’m working to remedy this year. Best of luck to you, and congrats on your wedding!

  8. January 9, 2017

    My internet hole is reading sewing blogs, but if I get to attend Jammiepalooza, it’s worth it. I only did the three family men this year, all Star Wars Xmas flannel, but it’s the present that people actually ask for, besides cash.
    And yes, you win the contest. Stealing that idea for next year, I’m thanking you now.

  9. January 10, 2017

    Yay to selfish sewing this year! Great post and yes, social media is such a time drain. I try to stay away from it and online shopping. Sometimes I waste hours just looking at patterns. I could be sewing instead!

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