Saturday, January 4, 2014

Recapping 2013

Snow drifts pile up to the window. Large flakes come dancing out of the sky. The house is surprisingly quiet on this Saturday morning as I sit here typing with my cup of tea next to me.

So I think, "why not write a blog post? You really have nothing significant to write about right now, but why not?"

So here I am.

2014 came in with much laughter and sweet conversations with one of my very best friends. She and her family braved the horrible roads that night to spend the evening with us. It involved Dutch Shuffle Board (called Sjoelen), baked brie, chocolate, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Gideon is mine. the end.), and singing. What could be better! It was such a great way to kick off 2014!

When I look back at 2013, I think it might have been one of the hardest years for me actually, with settling in at a new church, a full year having a part time job, dealing with friends coming and going in my life, building relationships, having to "grow up", but all in all, I can see a lot of growth in my life, and hopefully I've come out stronger and wiser through it all.

It was also full of some of the best memories! Lots of great trips, dances, singing, laughing, music, weddings, children, tea parties, pianos, babies, smiles...

As for sewing... I didn't complete as many things as I thought I would, but overall, it was a good year:


Those were my main outfits that I made - several other small things, but these were the "big things". :)

And plans for 2014, with my sewing, I just have to make a 1930's outfit (yes, Lily, it's the first thing on my list), I'd love to get to work on my 1920's outfit (am I going by decades here?), several 1940's dresses in the works, I bought myself some polkadot cotton for a 1950's dress (it was my birthday gift from me to me), and perhaps some historical stuff, like a medieval kirtle (this is always on my list, but just hasn't gotten top priority because I don't have an occasion to wear it… nor do I have an idea how to make it… which kind of hinders the creating process….), regency spencer jackets, and a colonial dress (because I only have jackets and skirts, not a dress yet!).

So there's my recap of 2013. Here's to a new year, new plans, new dreams. :)

^that's my family. and i like them. a lot^

And I'll leave you with one of my favorite verses:

"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ." (Colossians 3:23-24)


  1. Ooh! I made it in the collage! Twice!! ;-)

    And I still really like that black and white picture of you. :-)

    And I'm so glad we were able to spend so many week-ish times together. :-)

    And I'm glad you're making a 30s dress. :-D

    And I can't wait to see everything else. :-)

  2. A joyous New Year to you, Tara686, and to your family. It's wonderful to see your love for your family and for the Lord. Your sewing is amazing and of course I love the photos by your sister. I'm looking forward to more of your adventures in 2014.

  3. Lovely pictures and projects! You are an inspiration as always. It's kind of ironic - my family and I had to change churches this year, we got a Charles Walter grand, and my best friend left for college this year.
    Thank you for your wonderful testimony!
    Esther @

  4. Lily - Of course you made it in the collage! You were a fantastic part of my year! :) :) :)

    SusanF - Thank you!

    DollyCreates - Wow! That is rather ironic that our years were similar! Thanks for the comment!

  5. Watching Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a great way to start the year. For me it was The Scarlet Pimpernel! Love the 1982 version. (My mom and my sisters who I watched it with loved it too. We was both the 82 and the 34.) I am looking forward to seeing all you do this year. I also have big sewing plans for 2014.

  6. What a productive year, Tara! I love your family pic at the end, can we get a copy???:)

    Can't wait to see all your projects in 2014!

  7. Esther - Sure, I'll email you a copy of the photo! :)
    Love you!!



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