2013 was a good year for me.
We picked peaches from our neighbors tree and ate them 'til we were covered in juice.
We went to Acadia National Park and rode our bikes around Witch Hole Pond: Ollie in the front towing Bert in the bike trailer... me bringing up the rear, watching Bertie's head bobbing around, enjoying the ride.
We went on lots of boat rides in our little red boat on Damariscotta Lake: Ollie brought the "daddy" things like gas and ropes and spare oars, I brought the "mommy" things like sunblock and sweaters and snacks.
My favorite fabric of the past year was "Specimen" in the color "struck" from the "Field Study" collection by Anna Maria Horner (That came out in 2013, right? Even if it didn't, it's still my favorite fabric of the past year...)
My favorite thing I sewed in 2013 was Elise's "Baby in the Hood" jacket from the book Handmade Beginnings by Anna Maria Horner.
The biggest lesson I learned in 2013 was that you will never have enough time to do all the things you want to do: just pick the most important things and do them really well.
The scariest thing that happened in 2013 was hearing that my Grandmother had had a stroke.
And when a bat flew into our living room while I was watching TV alone late at night.
The happiest thing that happened in 2013 was my Grandmother's complete recovery from a stroke.
And watching Bert grow up into a one year old.
The happiest "fabric" thing that happened in 2013 was receiving a package full of out of print Heather Ross fabrics (can you say VW buses and gnomes?) from my friend Suzanne.
My biggest accomplishment in 2013 was to pull off the re-arrange of the century: every single bolt in the shop was methodically moved over the course of five days 'til we had a whole new energy in the place.
I'm still looking for fabric in the old places sometimes.
And my goal for 2014 is to be healthy, happy and safe.
I wish you and yours the same!