Happy New Year to you, dear friend. 

Last year did not treat us so kind but I remain hopeful. The New Year signifies more than days on a calendar, it’s a fresh start with opportunity on the horizon. One of my favorite new year makes was this embroidered pillow cover with a phrase that says beautifully, “all things become new.”

Hand embroidered pillow made Jan. 2019

For 2021, this is my wish for you and for me. Whatever the past year holds, let it stay there we don’t need to carry all the baggage with us. I plan to look ahead with deeper hope than ever. 

Here are some of the things I plan to be more mindful of in the New Year:

~ Sew more for my loved ones. Specifically extended family members like grandparents, aunts and uncles. If we’ve learned anything in 2020, it’s how important our family is, especially our elderly.

~ Doubt doubt. Quit listening to those pesky mosquitos that try to limit what I do through lies of doubt. I’ve had plans to blog for years. Ideas of patterns, tutorials, videos, fabric design collections, but why have I not done them? The doubt that I can’t do it somehow paralyzed me… no more. I’m done with the imagination of doubt and fear.

~ Do what I can, leave the rest alone. My thoughts can no longer be consumed with the frustration of things I cannot control. The turmoil of communities, government, extended family issues, toxic relationships, you get the picture. Why stress and worry? Instead I’ll take action on what I can, then pray the rest is in God’s hands. 

~ Enjoy the sweet moments. I’ve got three little ones that look to me daily for help. From school assignments to needlework, the girls want to learn how to do anything and everything. Those times of instruction can be a joy, a sweet moment where they have all of my attention. The days are moving quickly and it would be a shame to view these opportunities as a burden. Gosh, they’re not babies anymore. 

~ Uplift everyone. Use my blog, daily actions and interactions to uplift people with love. Kind words of love and truth. I really want to BE this type of person.

These are not New Year’s resolutions, they are views on life. I want to live the best life I can in the moments I’m given. Even the tiny insignificant ones that seem mundane. It may not seem like this should be the first post of a sewing blog, but that is oh so wrong. You see, anything made with a spirit of love is made well. Especially the handmade quilt that is to be quilted. Don’t you agree? I hope you’ll join me this year to let the bad stay in the past, and enjoy the good in the future where all things become new.

Is there anything you’re looking forward to in the new year? A mindset shift or project you can’t wait to make? I’d love to hear about it.

Hugs, Jasmine

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