I just can’t believe it: A whole year has passed since we moved to Savannah.
Seriously, it has been a whirlwind. New city. New jobs. New friends. New home. New life.
Along the way I’ve learned a ton. Manny and I taught ourselves how to renovate a house! We started a garden! I built a website (–> this one! <–) and… I learned how to sew!
I’m especially excited about the sewing these days, and am really happy with my Janome machine. I decided I wanted to learn to sew after realizing how hard it was to find certain things I really liked for the house in our price range — pillows, table runners, curtains. I thought: What if I could just buy fabric and make what I want? But I told myself this was like saying I should climb Mount Everest: Dangerous and not really my thing. And there were other ‘facts’ holding me back: I didn’t have the skills. I didn’t have anyone to teach me. I didn’t have a sewing machine. I didn’t have the time.
(Handsome and hand-made! Working on my pillow-craft…)
Then, finally, I realized I was being ridiculous. Hell, if I could learn to build a kitchen from scratch, while working and being a wife and a basset-hound-mama, I could learn to do this. So I signed up for sewing classes with a friend; started watching YouTube videos and reading some great craft and sewing blogs; and took the plunge and bought a sewing machine and some supplies.
Now, I’m giddy about the progress I’ve made, having officially joined the ranks of Those Who Sew. Here’s the tutorial I followed:
It’s all part of a bigger picture, too. This past year, Manny and I have changed with our house. Early on, we thought we’d pass the renovation-work on to a contractor but changed our tune and learned to DIY. I’ve realized along the way: I should make time to make things and do things. In a world where we can buy virtually anything we want — for a price — there’s something cool about being able to ‘do’ on your own.
There’s good stuff already in the pipeline for year two here, and also for the blog! So thanks for reading along — and stay tuned, friends! 🙂