Thursday, January 5, 2012

Let’s do this.

Happy New Year!
My 2012 vintage to-do list has finally been notarized, stamped & sealed. In no particular order and subject to change without prior written consent, I present to you:

Things I Hope To Do More of In 2012 and Perhaps Some of Them I Can Also Improve Upon While I’m At It Including My Constant Use of Run-on Sentences and Sketchy Grammar

1. Sew.
I wasn’t even aware it was happening but after sewing non-stop for years, I slowed and then ground to a halt last year for no reason other than I needed a little break.
But now I have pages of sketches, a fresh perspective and lots of vintage fabric bookmarked on etsy.
( My fabric de-stash plan is so 2011. )

2. Junk-related travel.
I love a road trip and I’m that person who stops at every odd roadside attraction to view the life-size dinosaur made of cheese or the world’s largest talking knife & fork.
Add a little junking to it and it's a great day.

This is the 'before'
3. Paint more furniture.
 I like to paint things. Maybe it's the paint fumes talking.
I’m going to try making my own chalk paint as well. I’ll report back.

4. Sell at vintage events.
Luckily, I had nothing but positive experiences as a vendor last year so this year I’m ready for more. 
Not to mention The Garage Where Cars Can’t Park is still filled with everything but cars.

a vendor at Monticello Antique Mall
5. Sell in an antique mall again.
And not in the unofficial one currently going on in my garage where I’m my only customer. A real antique mall.
I have my name on the very long waiting list for a particular antique mall in Portland, OR. The wait could be a year! 
Er, Plan B…?

6. Learn some new tricks.
Upholstery, maybe.
 I already have an electric staple gun and a very sad chair.
Do you have big plans brewing? I hope 2012 holds new adventures for all of us and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens!


  1. I would like to be included on #2 with you. Sounds like big plans for 2012...but not so big that they can't happen!

  2. Well, I was wondering what happened to the sewing?? I've kinda had the same condition with blogging. I would sew love to learn upholstery. I could see myself getting into that business, designers from New York clammering for my fabulous modern intepretations of vintage pieces. Uh yeah, must be those paint fumes from spray painting inside the garage today.

  3. Upholstery is something I've been itching to do for a long time. I need to redo my sad sun-faded, stained orange chair that I aquired from a long ago ex-boyfriend. However, it's the most comfortable sitting chair your butt will ever have the privilege of meeting. :)

  4. That is so weird because your vintage to-do list looks exactly mine except for the face that I have no prior sewing skills. Good luck with it! We should check in on each others progress.

  5. Let's please do this...I am such a fan of your sewing. I miss it terribly. Sounds like a wonderful plan. I would love to shop your garage. You would have no problem emptying it. Love your story of your meeting...smiles...Renee

  6. Don't we all have those lists!! Junking.. Every Year. Sewing? Well, not for me. Anyway,good luck my Friend to a New Year with a new plan.
    Happy New Year,
    xxx Liz

  7. I was going to tell you how happy I am that you're taking up your pillow making again, but I was distracted by the rug (is it a rug?) under the chair in the last photo, and also did we already have an exchange about that rug (if it's a rug) or one just like it that was pictured on your blog many moons ago (too many moons ago for me to be responsible for accurately remembering anything more than vague details anyway), and what were you saying about run on sentences?

  8. Great goals! I especially like "junk-related" travel- take me with you!

  9. Those yummy pillows make me want to whip out my sewing machine for a pillow making marathon. Sounds like you've got yourself some great plans for 2012. I'll hop on the road trip wagon with you too.

  10. You have inspired me to make my own resolutions, and by the way, I need to mention that I'm maybe 90 minutes from a town with an arch that resembles an enormous roll of Life Savers, because it is the birthplace of the inventor of the Life Saver. Junking could be included, so if it's a road trip you want, head this way.

  11. Whoa! That sounds like a busy year! I am guessing you are on the list at Montecello. I checked into that a couple months ago and decided I wasn't ready to commit yet, even with the long wait. That would be SO much more fun that all the picture taking for Etsy. I will keep my fingers crossed and send the good vibes for a short wait!!

  12. Oh I was so excited to see your vintage home shop open. I'm excited to see what you create. I think you know I just adore your work.

    Happy New Year!

    P.S. Now that you're back to sewing, maybe I'll learn how!

  13. I'll be waiting to hear about the chalk paint - I'm thinking of making some myself.

    That's a good list!


  14. Ooo! I adore chenille pillows! ♥

  15. If you ever get the urge to do some junkin' down South, you better let me know!!! I found you after the sewing spree you referred to so now I'm anxious to see some of your handiwork!!! Happy New Year!!!

  16. I love your positive spin on New Year's resolutions....what you can "do" rather than what you "can't do"!!

  17. I really like this post, so real AND beautiful. I absolutely love the first photo of your gorgeous white pillows. I'm so glad your sewing resurrected itself. Sometimes these things need to sleep in order to come back with more vitality. Kudos for listening to yourself!

  18. Good list - I'm trying to work on my to-dos as well. So much more edifying than the don'ts.

  19. I just consulted my Magic 8 Ball. I asked if Amy would attain her goals for 2012. The floating die read..."It is decidedly so".

  20. I love your list! I love reading lists others make. Thanks so much for sharing. My first visit to your special space here and I am so pleased I found you. I know I am going to enjoy many visits. I will follow on my way out and hope you can find the time to come visit me and do the same. I look forward to engaging throughout twenty twelve with you. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  21. I finally purchased a sewing machine and plan to work it like crazy in 2012

  22. How did I miss this? You are a hoot! Good luck, girl.


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