May Roundup

The month of May was full of triumph and failure. Okay, maybe it wasn’t quite so dramatic…

Britex_squareLast week I went to a Bay Area sewing blogger meetup. The excuse was a sendoff for Amy of SewWell.  We met at Britex and ended up at a wine bar nearby. It was so much fun to geek out over sewing with people who spoke my language, in person! We talked about body shape, favorite patterns, current projects, major successes, Me Made May, and everything in between. It was a truly lovely way to meet a truly lovely group of women. In the picture, starting from the top left is Amy, Veronique of verte-adelie, Geana (our darling Britex host), Me, Laura Mae of Lilacs and Lace. Next row is Rebecca, Vanessa, Elizabeth of e-bethknits and Shams of  Communing with Fabric. And at the bottom is Beth of SunnyGalStudio, Jilly of JillyBeJoyful, Kelly of Bennomusik, and Jean of JKaori Sews.

radial purse being held

I had a phenomenal time at MakerFaire as well. And I met some phenomenal and inspiring people. I posted the instructions for how to sew the jeans skirt that I taught at MakerFaire. I also posted instructions for sewing a radial starburst purse as part of a plastic canvas blog-hop and a recipe for a truly delicious lemon marmalade.

pink vegas outfit

I sewed pink linen pants and a coordinating pink brocade top. I shared sewing tutorials for How to Bias Finish an Armhole and Tips for Insert Piping in a Neckline and Tips for Using a Bias Binding Foot.

Bougles Heart square

I finished my Anatomical Heart needlepoint project that I made from hand-dyed yarn and shared 5 Tips for Needlepoint Projects.

sewing and style

I shared thoughts on Sewing and Style from the lovely sewing bloggers Carolyn of Handmade by Carolyn and Julia of JuliaBobbin.

And now a bit about my failures for the month: I kinda fizzled out on Me Made May and I feel really guilty about it. They say your harshest critic is yourself, and I’m sure that there’s nobody out there that’s angry with me for not getting my promised outfit photos (right?). But I’m disappointed in myself for not getting daily photos the second half of the month. I was off to a great start with the first half, but I missed a couple of days and then never regained my momentum. I think my problem was pressure that I put on myself to get interesting unique photos of each outfit. If I was running too late to take it on the way into work then I was probably frazzled and just wanted to get home to sweats by the end of the day. I also didn’t get the chance to sew my quilt block of the month or take part in the theme for this month’s stashbusting (knits). Oh well. I am human. I had a busy month full of other wonderful things. And the lesson that I can’t do it all is a lesson that I must learn, and re-learn, and re-learn.

Comments 5

  1. This sounds like a lot to me! Sometimes the various challenges just pile up and you really can’t keep up with them all.

    I know what you mean about fizzling out on me-made-may. I did manage to get all my photos, but only by lowering my standards pretty severely – phone pictures only, snapped wherever I happened to be when I could get someone to take a picture.

  2. Don’t feel guilty about MMM! The photo aspect makes it a really tough challenge to keep up when life gets busy.

  3. It sounds like your meetup went great! I wish there were more sewing bloggers in my area. MMM sounds like fun, I might do it next year. Don’t beat yourself up about it too much, I would probably forget to take photos everyday as well.

  4. It was great to meet you, and I very much look forward to your arrival in the city I now call home. I know how PhDs go, but I’ll still keep my hopes up that it’ll be sooner rather than later!

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