January 01, 2011

2011 is here, and here are my dreams and resolutions for the year....

1. Keep encouraging my daughter, Finley, to explore things creatively and use her imagination (this lovely dream qualifies me to try for a Bamboletta doll I think, since Waldorf dolls are all about that and I need a good excuse to get one. After all, Finley's gorgeous doll by Rainbow Dolls needs a BFF.) Remember Punzie? :)


2. Be a good wife, communicate with my incredible husband who works his tail off all day and then comes home and works his tail off some more so that I can focus on growing my little business. He rocks and I need to show him how much I appreciate that :)


3. Create sewing patterns for SLD that will be for sale this Spring. I am already working on this, and am really really excited by this idea! Pattern by SLD. Has a nice ring to it. ;) Hope you'll agree :)

4. In conjunction with #3, is create a website for SLD that is separate from etsy, and separate from this blog. Remember how getting my sew in tags made me feel oh so official? Well, I think a website is 2011 will make this year super official! :) Got any ideas for me? :)

5. Share, share and share some more, without fear of copycats, backlash, or any other online drama ;) I've always believed in this, especially witnessed by how I see my friend Ashley over at Lil Blue Boo. She shares without fear. So what if someone then takes her patterns and starts their own business (which is EXACTLY what I did!!!)? She is empowering other women and that is incredible. I want to do the same.

6. Make my life, and SLD, mean more to the world. Partner with a non profit and make a difference!! I often struggle with giving everything up, I mean everything, and just going out to try and save the world. But then I know I don't have it in me and that makes me sad. So I WILL find a way to make that side of me come through. I WILL help others through my own life and my work.

7. Maintain my ongoing New Years resolution of One Minute of Random Dancing each night. This is the best resolution I've ever made (it's in year three now) and you wouldn't believe what it does for the soul to just look at your kid or partner and say "Time to dance!" and just boogie your heart out for one solid minute. Definitely as though no one is watching :)


8. Continue to keep SLD upcycled and one of a kind, yet at the same time GROW. My biggest struggle is growing the business while still maintaining a 100% commitment to making each and every garment unique and designed by yours truly. I WILL make this work because it is the heart and soul of SLD.



9. Take better control of paperwork! This is my biggest resolution and biggest fear, which is why it's been pushed down to the number nine position ;)! I loathe paperwork. Bookeeping, inputting data, tracking bills, expenses etc. Can you say BORING? But. it's got to be done, and I WILL do it this year! :)


10. Be a good, kind, generous person. Period. Have fun every day. Accept my failures. Accept where I am in life. Teach my child by example. Random acts of kindness, pay it forward, be a good friend, a good daughter, sister, mother..... Be GOOD :)


So I share these with you so that you can hold me to it. Share your own dreams and make 2011 just an amazing year. Having 10 small wishes can make for one large dream to come true. To be the person that you want to be. :)

The End.
And now I'm off my lovey-dovey, emotional, slightly hungover, wishful and thankful soapbox ;)




  1. I LOVE this post! Number 5 is fantastic of course..and, do you mind sharing, what process you are going through to have your patterns turned into patterns for sale? I have contact with a business owner that can do pattern making but she is in LA, I am here... not sure how that works...Ive also read and seen lots of tutorials on scanning them in yourself and making an e-book, but it looks sloppy.....love your post though, and I'm right there with ya on number 9...it's probably my number nine too! LOL

  2. Fabulosity x 10! Love you Shari and that big lovey-dovey heart of yours!
    P.S. And you definitely need a Bambo for you and Fin! :)

  3. Trisha, for SURE I will share!!! I am waiting for a few end bits to make sure the process I am going through will work well and once I find out for sure I will share the info! I don't want to lead anyone down the wrong path just yet :) Remind me ok?? :) xoxox
    Barbara, will enlist you as my angel when the time is right ;)

  4. Very well said, and very inspiring. Along the lines of my thoughts too, esp the creating and sharing without fear. Which is probably partly why I don't blog anymore... silly huh.

    Now, website. Here goes with the sharing thing...

    Check out mine http://monsoonsandmangoes.com

    Looks fancy huh. I didn't spent exhaustive hours learning HTML or CSS or any other such headfuckery... NOR did I pay anybody else do to it for me.

    It is a template by http://wix.com using my pics and words. and I have my own domain. THAT simple.

    They do have a shopping cart feature which I initially signed up for but found it really cumbersome to use, so I really use my website for directional/showing off purposes :)

    It literally took an hour or two of fiddling in the beginning before I had something I liked. and I revisit every couple of months to refresh it. I am liking the beachy look of mine now, as it's more reflective of Monsoons & Mangoes soul :)

  5. WOW!~ Nikki!! See, why don't we (the collective we) share this kind of stuff ALL THE TIME!!!! In fact, earlier today I checked out your new site and was so impressed (and proud!) of you!! I swear! And now to read this post, you are amazing for sharing! Thank you! I am going to have to try it and continue to pay it forward and share. Thank you my sweet! xoxo