31 December 2011

2011 in review

This time last year I made a '2011 to-do list' - I didnt complete everything on it, and honestly I didnt really want to finish some of the things by the end of the year. It's funny how things change like that. Let me show you what I did finish....

1. Knit a full sized blanket
Well, I kinda did this. I knitted a full-size baby blanket! Close enough right?? Actually no, its not the same  BUT I'm adding this to next years list. 

5. Make Jam
OKAY - I was totally going to do this...but....every single recipe that I found used pectin which comes from apples, which I'm allergic to. So I wasnt so sure it was safe for me to try and therefore I did not complete. boo!

6. Learn to make underwear
I don't really know why I put this on here last year...
...I saw an online shop that sold the sweetest undies and thought it would be a lot of fun to make them myself. well, it was kind-of fun - and they're really comfy!

7. Make Craig's bowtie for the wedding 
...and I did one better! I made all of the ties 
for the groomsmen too! 
Gooo Ashleigh!

8. Learn to make fabric flowers
this was my first attempt at making these...
....one of those things I lost interest in.

9. Sew a dress
oh this one was fun!
I just so happened to find a jersey knit fabric with a really complicated pattern that I loved for my new dress. Can you say most difficult fabric to work with ever - especially for a 1st time dress maker! (please note that you can barely tell that there are pocket on the side there because I lined up the pattern oh-so-well) Ive got an idea for my second dress, I just need to find a pattern that is similar to the shape to work off of.

10. Sign up for Twitter
okay - that one was easy. Click on the button on the right hand side to follow :)

11. Sign up for graphic design classes

As you can tell - these are not pictures from a graphic design class....Its like I was saying at the beginning of this post - sometimes what you want changes by the time you get to it. Instead of graphic design classes I started Upholstery classes - and I am looovviinng it!

13. Run a 5K

If I had to pick one of my goals this year that I wouldnt complete it would definitely be this one! But thats why its so nice to have best friends to push you to do things you didnt think you could do.

aaanndd then I did one better! I ran a 10K! I'm not going to lie..I almost died and my time was horrible BUT I did it, and I have to say that I'm really proud of myself for it.

Thanks for pushing me Rach - love you xox

15. Learn to use Craig's Jigsaw
I feel like I look a little scary holding that in this picture - haha!
my adorable teacher and I built the sign for my very first craft show this year! 

16. Limber up
Don't pay attention to how horrible I look in this picture...the important part is that I am touching my toes. This was actually taken a few months ago - I can do it a lot better now!

It was such a fun year - I think 2011 has been my favorite out of all 23 that I've had! 
I really really cant wait for 2012! 


  1. what a big year! you have totally inspired me to actually take my sewing machine out of the box and actually learn to USE it! Happy 2012!

  2. yess!! get it out! this was the first year that I've had a sewing machine and I love it - its so much fun!

    Happy 2012!

  3. those bow ties are so cute! go you!

  4. thanks, josie!! your blog is so cute :)
    im following now! xox

  5. I can't believe you made your own underwear. That's amazing and funny. Good luck with your 2012 goals.


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