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Cheers to 2017!

Happy New Year! Just checking in real quick to reflect a bit on one year ending and another one beginning. I know that if I don’t jot down some thoughts now, I’ll forget I even had them!

2016 was a huge year of firsts which required a lot of adjustment. We moved into our first house, a couple months later I found out I was pregnant, and now at the beginning of 2017 we have a smiling two-month-old that changes by the day.  Amelia changed my life instantly, in so many joyful/exhausting/exciting ways. I can’t even begin to describe the mental/physical/emotional changes that 2016 has brought… and I know that this upcoming year will bring so many more!

I’m currently typing this one-handed so I’ll keep it brief. My word for 2017: Savor.

A few goals/resolutions/intentions for Savoring 2017:

  1. Savor this fleeting season of babyhood, with all its ups and downs
  2. Savor the freedom I have to decide what comes next. I’m at a crossroads career-wise but hopefully I can use this time at home as an opportunity.
  3. Savor what I have. Without my income, frugal is the name of the game. I’ve been  trying to spend as little as possible on non-essentials… that means more cooking, a minimalist wardrobe, and more trips to the library!
  4. Savor alone time. It’s hard to come by these days, but any chance I have to blog, walk, write, cross stitch, read, or sew is a chance to remind myself that I’m still me, no matter what else changes.

Now let’s look back at 2016:

If I were to pick one word for 2016, it would be: Settle. Not exactly a resolution, but a mindset I’d like to explore this year. After the past few years of change and moves, I’m looking forward to settling into our new house and continuing to work toward other hobby/job/life goals. Settling doesn’t have to be a bad thing!

Ha! I had no idea how much change was around the corer. But I still like the idea of the “settle” mindset and 2016 was definitely the year to dive deep into new experiences like homeownership, my changing body during pregnancy and postpartum, and the small daily milestones of parenthood.

I also made some crafty resolutions that fell by the wayside while I was pregnant,,, but here’s an update anyway:


Resolution #1: Learn something new.

Status: One new thing I made was a crib skirt for the nursery… so I’m counting this resolution as a success!

The Amateur Librarian // No Sew Crib Skirt

Resolution #2: Make a  queen size quilt to use on a bed

Status: Nope. The biggest quilt I made was the Vintage Star at 70×70″. Maybe next year!

The Amateur Librarian // VIntage Star Baby Quilt

Resolution #3: Send a quilt top to be professionally quilted by a long armer. I’ve never made big quilts before because my home machine can’t handle the quilting, but now that I know a few ladies at my quilt guild who own long arm machines, the process seems more doable.

Status: Yes! I did this not once but 5 times! I might never go back to quilting on my home machine again.
The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt


The Amateur Librarian // True Blue Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // VIntage Star Baby Quilt


The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

Resolution #4: Use quilts instead of just displaying them.

Status: Yes-ish… no less than four quilts are hanging on the wall, but I guess that still counts as display. As baby gets older they’ll make great play mats for tummy time and picnics.


The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress


The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress


The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

Resolution #5: Make more home decor pieces.

Status: Yes!  Not as much as I’d like, but I still managed to make some fabric baskets for scrap storage and the crib skirt for the nursery.

The Amateur Librarian // Music City MQG Retreat 2016


Resolution #6: Finish WIPs before starting new projects (once again)! As always.

Status: Yes… because I haven’t had time to start anything new! I have 2 cross stitch projects in progress (Pumpkin Passport and Merry and Bright) and one quilt (Square Dance).

The Amateur Librarian // Merry and Bright Cross Stitch

Are you making resolutions this year? Whether you are or not, 2016 has been hard for so many people; I hope 2017 brings you peace and light. Cheers to the new year!

3 thoughts on “Cheers to 2017!

  1. I have a 5 week old and I managed about 30 stitches yesterday in my cross stitch, was such a good feeling.

    Looking forward to seeing what you work on in 2017!


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