Saturday, January 3, 2015

2014--Reflections


Today I will attempt to write my year in review post that I have been planning on writing for the past two years. Yes, that ball on Times Square has dropped at least two times, maybe three???? since I began blogging and this is the first time I have taken the time to"virtually" reflect on a passing year. So here goes....

You may be wondering why I posted a photo of the beach at the top of this post. Well, walking or sitting on a beach--any beach for that matter, transforms me into a relaxed pile of mush that allows my mind to quiet long enough for reflection. That sort of mindfulness does not happen easily for me in a day to day sort of way. So I will use the photo of my family walking ahead of me on the beach for visualization purposes in order to reflect.

2014 brought me plenty of time on the beach and I am very thankful for that. When I say that being there transforms me, I am not exaggerating. The minute I see ocean and hear waves I feel renewed, cleansed and at peace. Many of my photos of beach, boating and sunsets made their way to my blog. I know mine is a sewing blog in name but in theory it is about all that makes me happy.  Here is a sampling of some of my 2014 happy places...










Just seeing the photos again brings back all the memories and feelings of being near the water. I imagine that I must have been a dolphin or a humpback whale in another lifetime. Speaking of whales, I went on another whale watch in August 2014 and this time (we have been on many whale watches because I am somewhat obsessed with whales) I did not have to drag my husband as he made the suggestion, the reservations and didn't complain once. 

On the sewing front, I sewed bags....


bags....


and more bags.....


recycled.....






upcycled...


planted flowers....




gifted flowers.....


admired my dad's flowers....


made flowers....



 made more bags....


made many, many angels....






I also opened my etsy shop in 2014,
and started a Facebook page for EasternAveDesigns.....

A very rewarding and exciting experience in 2014 was volunteering with my youngest daughter at the US Figure Skating National Championships. We spent the week in Boston, took a 40 minute train ride each day to TD Garden and worked 4, 6hr shifts checking credentials and serving meals to the competitors. We spent mornings watching them practice and attended all the major competitions and opening and closing exhibitions. It was a thrilling experience and one that I will never forget.

We took some beautiful walks....





and some were with our beloved dog, Ellie....



My husband surprised me by getting me a new sewing machine....


and for Christmas he gave me a Cricut Explore!


Especially exciting in 2014, our oldest daughter Jenn got married. With James joining our family, this means my husband is slightly less outnumbered in a family and extended family of mostly females. All kidding aside, we are thrilled for Jenn and James and we wish them many years of wedded bliss!

Overall, it was a good year. As we begin the new year, I can't help but feel immensely blessed in so many ways. 
Do I have a resolution or two? Yes.....a few pounds have snuck up on me. Not a huge amount by any means but nevertheless, they have to go. So a friend of mine and I have vowed to get it done. How?  Eat less, exercise more. How I wish it were the other way around!
Also, I would like to get my Etsy shop fully stocked. I need more focus and less distraction so I am asking life to cooperate a bit more with me this year.
I hope to spend more time with family and friends, some alone time with my husband and plenty of time with myself. I love to spend a quiet afternoon or evening sewing or crafting.....

My most popular post for 2014 was:



followed by:







and last but not least....


My most popular post of all time and the hub of most of my blog activity is:








When I was looking for ways to decorate our local skating rink for an ice show, I could not find any tutorials for making banners or painting on a very large parachute while remaining on a very tight budget. I hope this post has helped others looking for ideas for decorating a very large space!

Anyways, this is beginning to drag on so I will close by wishing my readers and fellow blogging buddies a very Happy New Year and thank you for your visits, your kind, supportive comments and friendly emails over the past year!

I like this quote  that I recently saw on Facebook:

"Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."
Carl Bard