Happy New Year! I hope that you all had an amazing holiday season, and that you are excited to see what great things are ahead for you in this new year! I was inspired by all of the year-in-review blog posts to take a look back through my own blog posts from 2013 and reflect on the year’s accomplishments.
Fishsticks Designs released 18 new patterns in 2013, including two new pattern series – The Jersey Love Series and The Go Fish Series.
I shared 12 new tutorials, including guest tutorials at Sew Mama Sew, Riley Blake’s Cutting Corners College, Skip to My Lou, and Today’s Creative Blog. (As a side note, I’m so sorry that the tutorial list in the sidebar here is so out of date! I’ll be remedying that soon!)
I sewed the first five of the blocks in Riley Blake’s Mystery Block of the Month Series . . . but I didn’t quite finish the quilt. The finished blocks are currently decorating the custom bulletin board in my newly-redecorated sewing studio which I can’t wait to reveal to you!
I did tons of sewing for my family.
In September, I shared exciting news, and I mourned loss a month later.
With a ton of help from an incredible circle of friends, Fishsticks Designs had a wonderful booth at Fall Quilt Market.
I shared a few little home décor projects.
I went gluten-free in January and shared a few of my favorite new recipes.
I held my first sew-along at Pattern Revolution.
Most importantly in my book, I gave back by sewing bags, bibs, aprons and stuffies for the amazing work of Hopeful Threads, as well as outfits for Sewing to Rebuild and pillowcases for Simple Simon’s Skirting the Issue.
In more giving, I designed and donated the With a Dash of Love Apron to Create Hope Designs for China Little Flower.
I wrapped up the year by designing the sweetest little reversible hoodie for the Designer’s Challenge.
Overall, I’d say it was a really good year for my little design business and this blog. I have even more exciting things planned for 2014! There will be plenty of sewing projects, tutorials and new patterns, a few gluten-free real-food recipes, a whole lot more home decor projects, a bit of a site redesign to make things easier to find and read, and several exciting things that I can’t quite reveal yet! Here’s to a great year ahead!