Mine was pretty crazy. I went to a family reunion on my mom's side; there were about 30 people there. There was tons of food and great conversation. I left my laptop at home so I could make the most of my opportunity to talk to relatives, some of whom I hadn't seen in 10 years. So, I know you'll forgive me for taking time off blogging.
That being said, I'd like to make this post sort of NYE themed, even if it is a little late for that. The fact is, I love New Year's. I love making resolutions and having some quiet time of reflection and introspection. I love the idea of new starts. I love keeping track of my goals so I can look back at them later and see what I've accomplished. The great thing about this style of resolution-keeping is that I'm not super stressed about keeping resolutions for one year. Some resolutions take years to take hold. Some never do. And that's ok. In my opinion, one of the best parts of life is expanding, growing, and learning. If I resolve to sew one piece a month, it doesn't really matter if I completely make that. If I do, that's awesome! If I only make one, then that's one piece I didn't have. I've made so many sewing resolutions over the years. Last year was the first year where I moved past my fear of sewing and actually made things. Am I still afraid of sewing? Absolutely. But, I'm still excited about all of the possibilities of what I can do and I'm so excited that I spent both of my Amazon gift cards that I got for Christmas on sewing supplies!
I've decided to write this post on some blog-related and classic movie-related resolutions.
1. Consistently blog. I'd really like to develop this as a habit, even if I don't write posts of the same length and depth and even if I don't cover all of the topics that I'd like.
And on that topic...
2. Stop apologizing. I can't even count the number of times I've started a blog post with an apology. It's a defense mechanism. A gut reaction. Half the time, I'm not so much apologizing to my readers as I am to myself. But I need to be more forgiving and accepting of the fact that my life is busy and sometimes posting will fall by the wayside. And that's okay!
3. Continue watching new movies. I feel as though I've been pretty good about this the past few years but I'd particularly like to watch more old movies I've never seen before. I don't have any specific titles in mind but if I think of any, I'll let you know. I'd like to set a goal for one a month or something but, to be honest, they can be difficult to acquire.
4. Watch the movies I own. I own over 300 movies. And, I'd like to add, they're all legally acquired. Have I seen them all? Absolutely not. But, I'd like to. I think I'd like to try one of those a month to see how long it takes me to get through them. These include (but are not limited to)
- 3 Sailors and a Girl
- The Goodbye Girl
- Holiday in Mexico
- Orphans of the Storm
- Beach Party
- The Toast of New Orleans
- That Midnight Kiss
- Lady on a Train
- Can't Help Singing
- Made For Each Other
- Behave Yourself
- The Lady Says No
- Double Dynamite
- Higher and Higher
- Day-Time Wife
- I'll Never Forget You
- Cafe Metropole
- The Misfits
- Bus Stop
- Dinner at Eight
- Horse Feathers
Okay, looking at this list, I'm pretty sure I could watch two a month - particularly since there are titles I didn't even list!
5. Complete about 12 outfits that are inspired by movies/stars. This includes sewing outfits and also putting them together from pieces I already own. As happened last year, some of the inspirations will be a little loose, but that's why they're inspirations and not recreations. I'm also going to expand the criteria to include some newer movies. I made a robe inspired by Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day recently and there's a dress in The Princess Diaries 2 that I've had my eye on for ages.
6. Get back into embroidery. Christmas of 2016 I decided to craft all of my gifts. It was an ambitious undertaking. I did it, but I was pretty burned out by the end. And when Galentines Day rolled around last February, I spent an entire day embroidering gifts for my friends. After that, I barely made anything until December. I'd like to get back into it and continue working on a project I've long wanted to complete: embroider pieces inspired by classic movie scenes.
7. Make more coasters. I really love my classic movie coasters. I'd like to make more, perfect the process, and start a collection. Who knows? Maybe eventually I can start a shop.
8. Start a vlog. This is an idea I've only recently started considering. I think I'd like to start a classic movie vlog that ties in to this blog. The thing is, I want it to be fun and not a drudgery. And I can't switch from this format to that format because some things either wouldn't work as well because I'd have to do them live as opposed to taking pictures - sewing, cooking, crafting, baking - and I'm no where near confident in my abilities to do that. But I think video would be a better venue for talking about movies that I like and discussing scenes that I like. I feel like I can better articulate my excitement for things and better indicate tone. But I'm not entirely sure if I'm sold on this. I'd definitely love to hear your thoughts!