make plans.

Last year, I made a list of things I wanted to do for 2016. goals. Well, quite honestly, I forgot that I wrote it and really didn’t accomplish much of it. So, don’t put too much weight on what gets jotted on this post, either.


If I don’t plan, dream, hope, then, well, life is pretty flat.So,Ii am making some plans.

I plan on reading through the Bible this year.

I’ve always shirked this off because *just* reading through doesn’t do a lot for me. However, I returned to doing a Precepts study this fall and don’t think I want to stop doing that….ever. So, to accompany the digging deeper of Precepts, I am hoping to read through the entire Bible this year. I am doing the 5 day a week reading plan I found here.

I plan on doing normal life better.

You know the drill: I hope to eat more veggies, drink more water, play outside more, stress less, look people in the eye when I talk to them…..

I plan on reading books my friends write/have written.

For example, Kory’s book, David’s latest, and Matt’s upcoming one. (go, click, buy, read along.) I also have a big list of recommended books from friends and family that I hope to make my way through.

I plan on making stuff.

I am going to keep on sewing, spinning, knitting, and maybe learn something new! (Sashiko? Weaving? Who knows!) I still have the goal of a handmade wardrobe. I stumbled upon a blog where the writer/maker sets out to make 9 garments this year. Her blog was nice and inspiring, so I thought, “that’s doable.” Thus, I’m joining in on….


1. archer shirt        2. fingerless mitts (for chris)        3.linden sweatshirt        4. handspun hat              5. toast sweaters        6. hampshire trousers        7. more monetas        8. notched hem tank        9. more wiksten tanks

Truthfully, I hope to make multiple Archer shirts (including the popover variation), Wiksten tanks, and a couple Monetas. I will probably make both Toaster sweaters, too. I would like to add a skirt into the mix, too, and possibly a pair of shorts. Maybe I will even take pictures and post them here, but….don’t count on it. heh.

Do you make plans, goals, resolutions? Lists? What is at the top of yours this new year?




I have become obsessed. Planning, sorting, shopping, dreaming. All about fabric, sewing and creating my own wardrobe. Lofty goal is to not purchase any ready-made clothes. Attainable goal, make as much of my wardrobe as possible. If something is wearing out, don’t buy a replacement, make it.  There are amazing resources, free patterns, blogs about altering patterns to suit my own body or style, etc. available. And I plan on getting some Spring sewing done.

So far in 2015, I have purchased one thing out of necessity (and pre-handmade wardrobe obsession kicked in). I bought a new swim suit from Target in order to go to Great Wolf Lodge. I like it. I will make my own one day. I actually spied some Liberty of London swim fabric…dreamy…but that is not a NEED, so…

Here is the fabric purchased so far:


The top four are from Organic Cotton Plus. Double Gauze, interlock (stripes and geometric design), and twill. The bottom is a double knit from Joann.

They will become an All Dressed Up dress from, Hemlock tee from, Kirsten Kimono tee from, Moss skirt from Grainline, and a Wiksten tank with Tova sleeves from

Amazingly, there are still two fabrics on the way from Organic Cotton Plus! A cotton voile, for a tunic from one of my Japanese books, Stylish Dress Book: Wear with Freedom (link is to book in English, mine is not, but I can always email Brennan!), and a Cotton/Hemp jersey for another t-shirt (probably another Wiksten hodgepodge).

For a glimpse at some of my inspiration down this track, I need to point you to another blog. If you are into handmade, minimalism, or sustainability, you will find it interesting. I haven’t followed all the steps yet, but plan on following along quite a bit.

I am so excited for this…but I know I get a bit obsessed and one-track-minded. So, I hope I remember to feed my family and do the laundry, and….


Today, I am doing something I do well. Reveling in my geekiness. I could try to blame the lack of sleep caused by sitting bedside to a barfing Jude, or my recent work with Eli on memorizing prepositions, but truth is…it’s just me.

As you all know, I’m trying to get better at memorizing scripture. I can’t just read to memorize. I need to write it out. Over and over. Plus, I like lists and blue bic pens. So, as I am struggling through 1 Peter 1:3-9, I was caught up in all those prepositional phrases! They work as anchors to help me get it straight. And to see what is really being said. I decided to sit with Stella as she did her school work and try out one of her class’s ways of learning: doodle notes. Here is where that took me… Kinda fun. I am not an artist, but I am solid on this much of my memorizing! I think I will keep adding to it as the verses go on. We shall see…


“The creative impulse can be killed, but it cannot be taught…What a teacher can do…in working with children, is to give the flame enough oxygen so that it can burn. As far as I’m concerned, this providing of oxygen is one of the noblest of all vocations.”
― Madeleine L’Engle, A Circle of Quiet

I have to admit, I had nothing coming into the writing of this post. So I perused goodreads for a quote from my favorite author. This one smacked me in the head.

This here blog is an attempt at not letting that creative impulse die. I will confess to not feeling it….creative….at all. So I am sure there will be days of blabber, list making or nonsense. But what this daily challenge does for me is give oxygen to a smoldering wick.