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I felt super-motivated to start the new year. We’re two weeks in already and everything’s gone quiet on my blog. Ok not really but I always feel that way when I don’t post for a couple of weeks. This happened last year too, what gives?

Even though it’s been kind of quiet I am working on new stuff. Mostly, I’m trying to get ready for Breyerwest because HEYYY six months has magically turned into two-ish! WHAT HAPPENED. This doesn’t really surprise me BUT STILL.

(I blame everything on my job)

I have been participating in a January photo challenge on Facebook/Instagram, which has been fun and given me something to post when there hasn’t been anything else ready to share yet.

Aside from that, I’ve been re-working ribbon rosettes. These were inspired by NAN and Breyerfest:

My desk is a ribbon factory at the moment…

I really want to remake a full set like this, just need to make time!

A secret project got put together…

As well as some other things…

Magical prints… and plaid for the Muggles 😛

I got all giddy over Breyer’s website update the other day:

I will not stop being excited over this #sorrynotsorry

And Leah (who is awesome) of Shoestring Stable surprised me with a NIB Justify, which was super sweet and very generous of her. Thanks again, Leah!

Squee!

Breyerwest really is my main focus right now, (I’m not quite in panic mode but almost) so things will probably continue to be quiet around here. We’ll see!

Is that it? I think that’s it. Back to work.

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At the end of every December I set myself goals or resolutions to stick to throughout the new year. This doesn’t always go according to plan, and 2018 was a perfect example.

In 2018, my goals were the following:

  • Focus more on my Etsy shop
  • Complete at least one tack project a month
  • Keep blogging

Out of the three, keeping up with blogging was the only one I managed to stick to.

I didn’t keep up with “one tack piece per month,” but I still made a lot of other things, mostly blankets. This year was The Year of the Blankets… I think I made around 40?

The tack pieces I did make I ended up really happy with.

Creating for Breyer was a distraction from that goal, but it was also a dream come true so I’m not complaining!

And “Focus on the Etsy shop” definitely didn’t go according to plan. 😅

With 2019 quickly approaching, I’ve been wondering about making new goals. Blog and make tack? That’s going to happen anyway, as they go hand in hand nowadays. Limit new herd members or sell to make space? 🐴 Um no… (I’m out of space but I’m ignoring it for the time being)

To be honest I don’t really want to make any specific hobby goals this year. What I do have in mind is on a more personal level… I need to work on being kinder to myself, to stop overthinking, second guessing and worrying about things that don’t need to be worried about. And, hopefully, keep telling those “you aren’t (fill in the blank) enough” lies to shut. up.

All easier said than done of course.

I do want to pause and say thank you to everyone who has been so kind, supportive and encouraging. The hobby and the community was such a huge, positive force in my life this year. ❤️

I’m really looking forward to 2019. I’ll be going to BreyerWest in March, and I finally caved and joined the Premier Club (Eberl, Scott and Vingerling? YES PLEASE) so there’s already a bunch of fun stuff to look forward to. My blog’s gotten an upgrade with it’s own domain – it only took me a decade! But it’s worth it. (on the plus side, it got rid of all the ads! I didn’t realize how obnoxious they were as they never showed up when I was logged in to WordPress…)

I have high hopes for the new year. 2019, I’m ready for you!

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The recent backlash over GoldieBlox’s Breyer sponsored video really hit a nerve. It’s been bothering me for days. I’ve wanted to respond somehow, and I’ve written and rewritten this post nearly a dozen times, trying to get my point across while still remaining tactful. It’s not exactly working.

Maybe it just comes down to this: Haters are gonna hate. Yes, it’s unfortunate. It’s sad. It’s embarrassing. It doesn’t represent the hobby, or adult Breyer collectors for that matter, very well at all.

And thinking on that made me realize that nothing I say could change anyone’s mind. What I can do, and maybe what the rest of us can do, is choose to be the bigger person, to be a voice of kindness and not add fuel to the fire. Re-reading the hurtful comments makes me angry all over again but the positive, kind ones are standing out a lot.

Personally, I don’t know if I would still be in this hobby if it weren’t for the older hobbyists who were kind, welcoming, patient and encouraging when I was younger. I want to be that person too. I’m not perfect but I want to try.

I really liked Goldieblox’s video. It’s lighthearted, positive and fun. I don’t know much about her channel, but I have heard of her before from other Youtubers. (there was one craft she made, a neck pillow/hoodie combo, which I thought was brilliant 😄) The Breyer ideas are unique and something I have never seen before. Well, I have seen ribbon pillows BUT it’s nice to see an easy no sew method. Sewing slippery material like satin is tough! I liked the bowl too. (I want one in silver)

I definitely wanted to give one of her projects a try, and as soon as she mentioned the Snowman-sized ribbons, I knew that was it. Miniaturizing stuff is what I do, and this is one way I can try and show support.

I was so intensely focused on these that I failed to get any in-progress pictures at all. I tried to cram as much detail into them as I could. They’re just under two inches tall in size.

Are they Snowman (well, in this case, Ravel) approved? I hope so!

GoldieBlox – thank you for encouraging young girls to get into science, engineering and to think outside the box! Keep up the good work! 👍

The full video can be seen here:

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