Looking Forward

While 2010 wasn’t the worst year of my life, it certainly wasn’t the best. Amidst all the crummy stuff, a few great things did happen this year. Our niece was born in April. Then we took a fabulous trip to Europe in October. If it weren’t for those events, I’d probably remember 2010 as the year a lot of people died and our house leaked (in addition to our basement woes, we also had a minor roof leak back in the summer). I know these things are just facts of life that everyone has to deal with at some point, but it still sucks and I’m looking forward to putting 2010 behind me.

Now that 2011 is almost here, it’s time to think about the things I’d like to accomplish this year. There are, of course, a million things that need to be done around the homestead – the basement renovation, a coat of paint on the exterior, and some new doors. Then there are about a million craft projects I want to try and hopefully a trip or two. In addition, I’ve made a short list of goals I’d like to work toward this year:

Learn to speak Spanish
I’ve always wanted to speak a second language. Living in a bilingual country and only fluent in one of our official languages, it would make more sense for me to learn French, but instead I’ve chosen Spanish. Did you know Spanish is the second most natively spoken language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese? Plus, over the past few years we’ve vacationed in several Spanish speaking countries and aspire to visit more. Of course, in places like Spain and Costa Rica we’ve been able to get buy with English and on occasion, exaggerated hand gestures, but it would be nice to be able to really communicate in a foreign country. Along with Jeremy, I’ll be starting Spanish classes at the end of January.

Learn to use the buttonhole function on my sewing machine
Two years ago, I bought a fancy new sewing machine with an automatic buttonhole maker. If you know anything about sewing, you probably know what a pain in the ass it can be to make a buttonhole manually, so this was a big deal for me.

After the initial purchase, I was supposed to go back to the store for a tutorial on it’s plethora of fancy features. I never got around to it. I figured out most of the things I wanted to know on my own except the buttonhole feature. The instructions didn’t make sense. So, for two whole years I haven’t sewn anything that requires a buttonhole. It’s quite limiting. It’s also ridiculous. 2011 will be the year of the button.

Participate in more craft shows
I usually sign up for one or two craft sales each year. This year I want to try three or four, but instead of doing them all during the Christmas season, I’d like to try to get out more throughout the rest of the year. I’m currently working on some less woolly, wintery items to peddle during the warmer months.

That seems like enough to tackle over the next twelve months.

I hope everybody has a very happy new year!

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  1. I’ve only ever made buttonholes by hand using zig zag stitches – I just don’t have the patience for switching feet as often as I should – although the machine I’m using now is thirty years old and doesn’t have a buttonhole attachment. Let me know if you’ve any wisdom about sewing machines – I’m starting to look at a new pfaff I think for the near future.

  2. I don’t really have much advice on sewing machines. Mine is a Kenmore and I bought it because it was highly rated and we live a stone’s throw from Sears. If I had to do it again, I would try to find one less fancy. There are a million computerized options on the machine that I don’t use and will never use.

    Then of course there’s the button hole feature that I can’t figure out. I should have kept it simple!

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