Never a Photoless Post... Resolved

Barry and I picked up several candle holders in Richmond and at the antique mall on our trip home yesterday.

And earlier this week, a walk throught the grounds of St. John's Church in Richmond (the "Give me liberty or give me death," speech site) included sightings of the sweetest little pine cones - quite the thrill for this city gal - and huge, stately magnolia trees, which were dropping beautiful cones of their own - seen here in the basket bowl by Perch!, a Christmas gift from Peter and Jennifer:

There. Three photos. But now, the real purpose of this post... the whole new year thing that's going on around here. I've been reading the inspiring thoughts of a few crafty ladies about their resolutions, their fresh starts, etc. But myself? Being a teacher, I prefer to think of the beginning of each school year as my own new year, so I often make my resolutions at the end of August. January first, then, is the perfect time for me to pause and see how it's all coming along. As I look back on the changes that I wanted to make this time around, I'm happy to report that I have been successful in incorporating running into my almost-daily routine, I've been consistent in devoting serious time to my jewelry, I've been a dedicated blogger (writer and reader), and I've been a loyal thrift store shopper (I can't believe that I thought it necessary to include that in my original list - perhaps I wanted to make sure that there was at least one thing that would be a sure success if all else failed). Looking back on these resloutions, though, it's clear to me that there are a few things I want to tweak in 2007, so my newly revised list must include:
-Get friendlier with technology, starting with learning how to do little things, like sprucing up my blog header and my etsy shop.
-Stop being a fake-o knitter. I'm going to push myself a bit with the next project I choose, and if upon completion I'm not feeling the whole knitting thing, I may ditch it and try my hand at crochet or embroidery.
-Get serious about using my sewing machine, since that's the one resloution I made back in August that I fell short on.
-Make a decision about New York City - should we stay or should we go? - and, no matter what Barry and I decide on in terms of location, find more space for us, our bicycles, our collections, our crafts, etc.

I wish peace, health, and happiness to you and your family in the upcoming year.


Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you Susan!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the kind comments - good resolutions here, too. i like the "fake-o-knitter" - that's what i am too. knit? sure. purl? not so great. follow a pattern? yikes.

Anonymous said...

Ah yes, my year always starts in late August/early September also.

I should use my sewing machine also, but I have absolutely zero patience for cutting patterns out and sewing straight lines. Even the tempting idea of making skirts that NOBODY else will have isn't enough to instill that sort of patience in me. Sigh.

Happy new year!

Anonymous said...

This was a great post! I like your resolution to get more computer savvy as I need to try to do the same thing...I resorted to buying a nice banner for my etsy shop and pay for a website design due to my inabilities! I'm sure whatever deceision you two make about where to live will be the right one for you!

Anonymous said...

when i view the vontage finds of others, i cannot help but think that the thrift gods do not smile upon me...hehe....i am coveting your danish candlesticks!

Anonymous said...

happy new year! i look forward to many more posts and all with pictures! :)

Anonymous said...

happy 2007 susan!!

so glad you had nice visits in cleveland and richmond. hope you are settling back at school okay and re-entry is not too rough! ;)