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Moving Forward: Twenty Thirteen


I write these posts mostly for myself so I can look back every year and see if I accomplished, or at least worked towards, my goals. I would like to say thank you to every single one of my readers, and everyone who purchased something from my shop and supported me. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such a positive and nurturing community. It’s truly the greatest thing!

I’ve been blogging since around December of 2010, but I really only became a sewing blogger a year ago when I started participating in Sew Colette! I have no idea why it took me a year to figure out that was my niche, since it should have been obvious, but I guess I didn’t really know that sewing blogs existed until then! So I have to thank Erin and Sarah for opening up that world to me and giving me the opportunity to shine as a seamstress 😉 You ladies put me on the map!! One of my biggest goals from last year was to make new blog friends, and I’m happy to say I’ve accomplished that! I can’t really say the same for much else on the list haha! Oh well. Such is being human I suppose.

Anyways, this year I would like to do the following things (in no particular order):

blog41.) Focus On Quality Over Quantity – I’m definitely guilty of sewing things quickly and not paying enough attention to fit, or weather or not I actually NEED that particular project in my wardrobe. This year I’m going to take my time with getting a great fit, and really evaluate what kinds of things I need in my closet. Sew with a plan, basically!


blog32.) Sew And Wear More Vintage –  I’ve always been a huge fan of classic vintage looks, but never really tapped into the means of recreating those looks for myself until recently. I’ve had the best luck with pattern fit when I sew vintage and vintage reproduction patterns. The less I have to fuss with a muslin the better! I also want to continue with historical reenacting, and also recreating authentic vintage garments, right down to the pinked seams and appropriate fabrics! Living History!


blog23.) Knit A Sweater!! – For someone who just picked up a pair of knitting needles two weeks ago, I’m already growing quite the little yarn stash! I plan to make good use of it this year. My next project will probably be a hat for my brother, but after that I really want to work towards knitting a sweater!


blog5 4.) Grow My Business, My Brand, and My Blog – So far I’ve been building Lucky Lucille up very slowly and very carefully. I want to continue on this path and do things the right way, not the fast way. I want to take some real business courses, FINALLY get my LLC, pay someone to help me with my logo and branding, and work towards selling Lucky Lucille items wholesale at local businesses. I’m also working on new, more sophisticated, accessory designs and turning some of my older patterns into PDF Downloads this year. Big things are in the works for 2013! This is my year, I can feel it! I would also like to do more charity sewing such as make scrap quilts for the animals at the local shelter, and donate more Lucky Lucille goods to auctions that benefit worthy causes. More vlogging too!!



5.) Showcase More Of MY Photography – A lot of the photos on my blog are taken by William because I can’t very well take photos of myself and my outfits. But I actually love taking photos and would like to concentrate on more posts that involve ONLY photos from my point of view! I live in the most beautiful woods surrounded by glorious nature and I don’t showcase it on here often enough. (Coincidentally, all of the photos featured in this post were taken by me!) Also, more classic car shows please!! 😉


Another big, more personal goal of mine is actually find a family doctor in Vermont! I’ve lived here for over a year now and don’t have a family doctor, a dermatologist, a dentist, or anything really! I did buckle down and have an eye exam recently, but I haven’t seen a dermatologist in so long. In the past I would go monthly or quarterly! (Yes, my extra special skin disorder really does demand to be seen that often haha!) It’s funny because Lucille has been to the Vet countless times for check-ups and little ailments, but I’ve only been to Urgent-Care once for a sinus infection! You can tell where my priorities are 😉

I’d also like to start doing Pilates for strength, and get back into swing dancing with Wil!! Oh, and read more books is always a great thing to work towards 🙂


What are your goals for this year?



  • ooobop

    A very impressive and exciting list. I am dreadful at declaring my goals for fear they will be immediately jinxed! But I do very much agree with slowing down and sewing well. Much more satisfaction to be gained there. Looking forward to future posts. You are such an inspiration 🙂

  • I’m looking forward to following along – this is all totally achievable, I’m sure!

  • the Garment Farmer

    You dance too? You are awesome! I use to Salsa dance 🙂 Do you have a remote for your camera? I got a tripod and remote because I can’t count on my hubby to take a decent picture for me, and the remote is so great. I can take 20 photos of one pose without disturbing anybody else.

  • Love your goals – you are so focused! You look absolutely stunning all done up in a 40’s look – it really suits you, pretty lady! I am so glad that you jumped into Sew Colette and we all met that way ((HUGS)).

    I have really challenged myself this year: . Heaven help me! LOL!

  • Wow you have some fantastic, concrete goals! Best of luck with all your plans, it sounds great!

    Can I admit that your sewing and eye for color has partially inspired me in where I want to take my sewing this year? 🙂 I’m trying to be very modest with goals because I spent a lot of time being frustrated last year with the number of projects I accomplished, including things around the house. I do really want to be more productive this year though. In terms of my sewing I’d like to focus on sewing with more of a plan too.I hope that if I sew -more-, some of the small things that constantly plague me and make me feel like I’m a crappy sewist will eventually go away. 🙂

  • I love your goals! They all sound so achievable. You’ll be knitting sweaters in no time, gal! I hear you about the doctor thing, though… I JUST got a dentist, and I’ve been living in NY for a long time [coughsevenyearscough]! But of course a vet is the FIRST thing I had to find, but really, Doug had to go to the vet three times in one month this year (and countless other times)… he’s a sickly little guy!

    • Aww poor Doug! Speaking of Dentist, Lucille is having a dental this month but I don’t have a dentist because I don’t like the dentist lol. p.s. I’m from NY originally!

      • Oh, man, Doug totally goes to the dentist more regularly than I do (once a year for him, once a… oh, whenever a tooth hurts really bad for me!)! Although my new dentist is named Dr. Love, which amuses me to no end (and gets the KISS song stuck in my head for days).

        That’s so funny that you’re from NY! Upstate? I grew up outside Chicago, went to school in California, am in New York now, but really want to be in New England like you (either Vermont or Maine)! Just gotta talk the hubs into it (and figure out what we could do for work). 🙂

  • Debi_myhappysewingplace

    Love your resolutions! I’m with you in that I would love to wear more vintage as well! I sew only vintage patterns but sometimes I style them modern and I think I’d like to stick to the vintage aesthetic most of the time. I also love your photography and am looking forward to seeing the world through your eyes 🙂

    • Thank you! It’s fun to try an recreate true vintage looks. I like researching stuff like that 🙂

  • Miss Crayola Creepy

    You will do it all, I know you can!!! Now, I just wish we could knit together. Can’t you imagine it, we could drink tea, watch old movies, and knit, all while the pups are playing.

  • punkmik

    loving ur goal posts! ooo and so jealous that you can get your man to come along swing dancing! 😀 loving the vintage look on you a lot and I agree about making thinghs for local charities like animal shelters. we have a greyhound charity here and i often see ladies bring them knitted sweaters! I want to do the same. 🙂 Happy new year!

    • Aww my old dog was a Greyhound mix and he was amazing 🙂 He was part Shepherd so he didn’t need a sweater, but I think making some for pups that do is a great idea! He basically looked like a slightly fluffier Greyhound with a German Shepherd tail lol. I miss him.
      Happy New Year to you as well!