Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 Goals

I have a few less goals for this year than I did last year:

  • Go on a fabric "diet" - I plan to only buy "new" fabric if it's for one of the 4 B's:  Backgrounds, Borders, Bindings or Backings
  • Work on UFO's:
  1.     Grand Illusion
  2.      Anne's Log Cabin (if I get nothing else done this year, I vow to complete this quilt!)
  3.      Ohio Stars
  4.      Quilt un-quilted tops

  • Make a quilt for my husband
  • Make a Quilt of Valor for my Dad
  • Make more monthly mini quilts
  • Work on my hexie flowers
  • Work on the Adelphi Hotel cross stitch
  • Delete my Bloglovin account
 I want to spend less of my free time surfing the Internet and reading about quilting and sewing and more time actually quilting and sewing!

Along with deleting the Bloglovin account, I will probably blog even less in 2015 than I did in 2014.  I originally envisioned that I'd be a fabulous blogger - taking amazing photos and having that kind of blog that folks flock to with lots of followers and sponsors.  Well, that never materialized.  In the first place, I never even figured out how to add a photo to my banner or how to have links to blogs I follow in the sidebars. 

In the second place, I don't take great photos.  I don't have a nice camera and even if I did, I didn't know how to use one properly.  The technology I have available to me and that I know how to use (my iPhone, iPad, and laptop) isn't really conducive to blogging.  I thought it would be super easy to do from my iPad but that turned out to be so not true!  In fact, I can not blog from the iPad.  I do use it to do some photo editing and to upload photos to Picasa but I can't write the blog posts or add photos or links on the iPad.  It's super fiddly and always locks up when I try.

Right now, when I take photos with my iPhone, my PhotoStream will not even sync up with the iPad since I downloaded the latest IOS  update.  I end up having to email photos to myself, open the email on the iPad and save the photo to that device.  AAAGH!

To write my blog posts, I have to use my "laptop" - which is really too heavy to actually use as a laptop.  While it does have a nice large screen, the size just adds to the weight issues.  So I always end up using it at my desk, which is away from the rest of the family.  I wanted to be able to blog quickly and easily anywhere, anytime, but right now, that's just not possible.

I will still keep the blog as a way to document my projects, but I recently joined Instagram and I find that actually is very quick and easy to use from the iPad and still allows me to write a caption.  So look for me over on Instagram under #Adkurban.

Aside from wanting to spend more free time actually sewing than reading about someone else sewing, I have quilts and projects that I really want to make.  There is so much inspiration on the Internet that I find I want to join in this sew-along or make that project I saw on so-and-so's blog.  It's too much of a distraction for me and I never end up working on the projects I want to make.

And if all that weren't reasons enough to limit my time blogging and reading blogs, our family situation is changing.  Both of our adult sons are back living at home at the moment.  They are both working at good jobs, but their career paths brought them back to this area and we're trying to help them save money by having them stay at home.

Also, after many, many years of working different days and/or shifts, my husband and I are now working the same schedule.  That means we finally have weekends off together and we can actually do things together again.  I expect that I will be spending a lot more time with family - something I've wanted for a very long time.  That will make my sewing time even more precious.  So it is even more important that I only work on those projects that are truly dear to me.

I will definitely check in from time to time - just not on any kind of regular basis.  Take care - I wish you all a Happy, Healthy New Year.


  1. Congratulations on your new family time. I have had the opportunity in the past to join Bees or otherwise quilt on the weekends and I rarely participate as I want to keep my time with my husband. I also understand your blog problems/frustrations. I did just find you on IG and I think I'm your first follower. I think you are going to love it. I follow lots of quilters--if you would like to find some, look at my profile and see who I follow. I love IG to scroll through on my phone when I'm waiting somewhere or just need a quick break from life. (I'm patrioticquilter, by the way.)

  2. Wonderful on the family time. I get what your saying, just as an FYI...I put all my photos in photobucket....upload to there and I can access it from any computer element I use. But I certainly understand.

  3. Enjoy your family time together. How nice to have weekends off together! It must seem like a real treat or novelty. I joined Instagram one year ago. I love it! So much quilting inspiration and friendship, from all around the world. I'm @sarahkrothe if you want to check out what I'm working on.

  4. You sound so much like me. I find I spend way too much time reading other blogs or trying to write something. I don't know how people get the flocks of readers and comments that you mentioned. I used to try to do things to get more readers and now I just blog for me. It is a nice way to keep a record of projects and for me, my family can see what we're doing when they want.

    Is there a reason to delete bloglovin other than just not wanting to read blogs anymore? I've never actually read from it, preferring to scan through the thumbnails on my blogroll to see what I want to read.