December 31st… New Year’s Eve… A chance to kind of reflect on the year. While my precious work hours are spent prototyping and pattern writing these days instead of blogging, a blog does seem like the perfect place for this. At the last minute of course, since Emmett somehow knows everyone else is staying up late tonight!
I released four patterns this year: The Roundabout Hobo, The Encore Clutch, the Sunrise Saddle Bag, and the total re-write of the Quick Zip Lunch Bag. (If you’ve previously purchased this pattern, email me to look up your original order so you can download the 2.0 version! If not, it’s even more awesome now and only $6, what are you waiting for?) I’ll be thrilled if I can write twice as many in 2018!
Space is at a premium now until we get our own place. My sewing “wall” is really only big enough to sew wallets. Two wallets are currently on the prototyping desk (which is also the computer, sewing machine, cutting, and writing desk!) Wallets are tough because no wallet is perfect for everyone (checkbook or no checkbook, flat cash or folded cash, 3 credit cards or 30 credit cards, coins or no coins, etc.) So since we can’t please everyone every time, I want each wallet to be exceptional for its specific purpose, just like Get Carded. So since we already have cards + folded cash + coins, I’m working on a unisex bi-fold wallet for flat cash + cards that can be made on a domestic machine, just like the rest of my patterns. This seems to be elusive, and I have a very impressive candidate so far that just needs a bit more tweaking. The next challenge will be circling back to the zip around wallet, which I had to put in the naughty corner around Thanksgiving. Again the challenge is being able to install the zipper flawlessly on a domestic machine. I’m 95% of the way to accomplishing that, but it doesn’t have any insides yet!
From there it will be a mission to find a place of our own, a car, and an office for me, some daycare for Emmett, a new website in there somewhere, and then write all the patterns.
Moving is always stressful, and an international move is also expensive and exhausting. But the end result is that Sammy and Emmett think Wisconsin is the greatest place on Earth, and we all made it here safely (including the Bernina and the iMac!) Emmett thinks snow is awesome, my mom is now his favorite person, he can count to 20, he knows all of his letters and can read a handful of words. He’s a total comedian, and I swear he’s going to be an actor or at least a dancer, and a smart one at that if he can already read at barely two. Seriously, this kid is in the running for Best.Kid.Ever. Sammy will be 12 in April and most days doesn’t show her age. She’s thrilled to have a minimum of two extra laps to sit on and she’s perfectly happy with the weather here as long as my dad shovels her a path in the yard. So, for now, I’m going with good life decision.
Happy New Year! Lots of love from Erin, Bob, Sammy & Emmett <3