Monday, December 31, 2012

Blogging Plans For 2013...

2012 will being coming to a close in just a little bit and we will be ringing in 2013!! We all have plans for the New Year and for the months ahead...

It might be a small project like cleaning out a closet or organizing your whole basement. You might want to learn how to sew or make your first quilt. The new year will definitely bring change in so many ways, so let's make it a positive change.

I have a few plans for Sew Many Ways in 2013. I want to start a monthly series for organizing one aspect of our homes each month. I want to start to quilt again, so I'm thinking a Block of The Month Club. If we all sew together, maybe I can finish a quilt with you!! I also have ideas for more Blogging Tips for you.

I have other ideas too, but I want to hear from YOU!! What would you like to see on Sew Many Ways in 2013? Is there anything special you want me to cover on my blog in the sewing, blogging, organizing area or any other area?

I'd love to read your ideas in the comment section.

Thank you to everyone who made 2012 so special for me. I loved all your comments, ideas and emails.  I loved meeting new friends from all over the world and hope 2013 brings more of the same!!

Big Hugs and Thanks,
~Karen~


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59 comments:

  1. Totally love the Block of the Month club idea. I'm almost complete with two different quilts and I feel like I would complete both of those and an additional quilt with some motivation :)

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  2. I love all your projects, and projects from other blogs, too. And I'd love to try them, but get stuck on exactly what I need to do them with. It's usually the paint that stop me. I never know what the heck I'm supposed to have. Enamel, flat, primer, spray can, ugh! It stops me dead in my tracks! Sometimes, bloggers have said, "I just used the leftover paint from a previous project...." but they don't say what it is! I'm such a novice at paint projects, and it's pretty pricey, so I don't want to get the wrong stuff. What do you use, for example, to get your big furniture pieces that beautiful black? Enamel? Flat? Latex? Did you prime? Did you sand? With what? What grade? I would love to see the 'nitty-gritty' info on painting stuff. Thanks a bunch! And I love the ideas you have listed, too! Oh boy! 2013 is going to be fun fun fun! :o)

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  3. The BOM sounds like a good idea, Karen. Be sure to keep up with the Tool Time Tuesday, please. That's important! Sorry, I don't have any original ideas for you, but you never have a shortage of them! A happy new year to you and your family.

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  4. Blogging tips....how do you make a "grab my button" or put a number on post comments?

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  5. A blog BOM sounds terrific and I really could use some inspiration to organise my home especially if you make this a linky party so I can learn from other bloggers ideas tpp. So any of these ideas excite me. I hope you continue with find a friend friday (I love that). Happy New Year Karen and I look forward to keeping up with your blog next year.
    Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

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  6. gracias a ti, he aprendido mucho, que el 2013 sea un buen año para ti y los tuyos, saludos Gm

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  7. The ladies before me have some great ideas . I love popping in for a visit here no matter what is going on . Thanks for all your linkies and helpful posts .Looking forward to seeing what you do in 2013 , happy new year !

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  8. Oh Karen, I hope you keep up Tool Time Tuessay. And I'd LOVE a BOM!!! I'd participate immediately. Blogging tips/tricks - I think so many of us need them. For example: Maybe how to reduce photo pixel size to upload photos easier (both on Mac and PC), how to actually make some "fun" posts with "characters" on our blogs.

    Sorry to go on and on. I'm back into blogging after have taken a little over a year off for health reasos and SEW much has changed. I'm been trying to "learn" all over again.

    Please stop by for a visit anytime. I have ALWAYS loved your blog, your Tool Time, and your help.

    I say "THANK YOU" for all that you share.

    Hugs

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  9. I love your blog. I got so many tips for my quilting room from you! Happy New Year! I have to say that the Saturday when you asked for people to ask random questions was a neat post. I wouldn't mind seeing it again! Thanks for all the information!

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  10. I love your blog and you have lots of ideas :) On the quilt can we start with the planning stage and move forward slowly? I would love that but new to quilting with 1 quilt under my belt but many more in my fingers to make! Also love the idea of organization and blogging tips... also can you write about editing video for youtube for our blogs if you know anything about that... do you video at all Karen? Thanks for offering a great blog! Kathi

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  11. I love everyone's ideas, and I would love to read posts on organising. I love your blog and look forward to whatever you come up with in 2013!

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  12. A block of the month is a great idea!! Might get inspired... I was thinking red and white>>
    Happy New Year!!

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  13. Organizing room by room would be a terrific addition to your blog. I also enjoy the Tool Time Tuesday and hope it remains. I enjoy your home decor posts too. It's easy to walk past the same ole stuff arranged the same old way and stop looking at it. Ideas for using what we have and rearranging would be useful to all your readers (I think).
    Perhaps I'll join you with a scrappy version of the BOM. I'm on a mini break from sewing/quilting b/c of the holidays and have been taming my scraps instead. They're getting cut into useable pieces and sorted by value.

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  14. Looking forward to it Karen. I joined your blog in 2012, but am now just starting to get into it. Thanks for sharing all your organizing tips! Happy New Year!

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  15. Hi Karen, I found your blog this morning and so glad I did! I love to thrift, craft, shop consignment stores and etc! But I never learned out to sew and it's something I have always wanted to do! My sister bought me a sewing machine for my 40th birthday 2 weeks ago and I can't wait to get going with it. I googled ideas for rearranging my craft room and found you! Can't wait to look around some more! :)
    Kristi

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  16. A BOM sounds like good idea. It seems to be the only way I get anything done. I'm really looking forward to your ideas on organization too. I need lots of help there.

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  17. I love tool time tuesdays and thrift thursdays. I would like to see a BOM too. I would love to see a BOM using an ombre style or something with with scraps! I really love vintage style aprons and I would like to see a tutorial for one. Maybe a quilted vintage style because you know the ladies back then would have used what they had to create something useful and amazing.

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  18. It could be fun to do a very small project each month, maybe paired with a recipe. For example, a mug rug or place mat coupled by a muffin recipe or maybe a soup or stew.

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  19. Hola, me encanta verte los martes, siempre sorprendes.
    todo lo de organización me viene bien ¡¡¡Y el club de acolchado, simplemente genial !!!
    soy tu seguidora hace algún tiempo
    cariños desde Chile

    www.manualidadespoly.blogspot.com

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  20. I am enjoying following your blog. I am already started at going through every room, purging as I go. Tips are very helpful as I luv the nicely organized look. Like you I want to get back to making quilts but perhaps smaller projects like cushions and place mats will be better for my whole house redo! Thanks

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  21. I really enjoy blogging tips because I think every blogger has their own tips so you can learn a lot from each other. :)
    Have a great 2013!

    x houseinthesand.blogspot.com

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  22. All of your ideas are great. The BOM and organizing would be my first choices.

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  23. Hi! I think these are great ideas! I like the idea of a BOM finishing weekend or such once a month. I really enjoy your tool time tuesdays. I would appreciate some blogging tips as well, like numbering comments and making pictures smaller so we will not be charged for picture overage!
    All you do is great in my books!
    Happy 2013!
    Take care, Leslie

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  24. LOVE the monthly organization plan... I will be tuning in for sure! I just made a "Project Whole House Organization" New Year's Resolution, so your timing is perfect!

    Also, I just recently started my own blog and have been visiting your "Blogging Tips" page FREQUENTLY! So, I am looking forward to more tips! One thing I might suggest is that, Blogger's look/format has changed since some of your tips, so the step by step instructions aren't very helpful on some of them. It may be a pain in the butt for you, but maybe you could update some of those.

    LOVE your blog! Keep up the great work! Yours in the one blog I follow "religiously" ;)

    Kari G. aka Miss Bloggypants
    http://karelina917.blogspot.com/

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  25. Karen, We had an engagement on Christmas! I"m getting a new DIL for 2013! My house is going to be my project, and since I"m a FlyLady fan, I will be setting my timer DAILY. Spot by spot, room by room. I will be the mother of the groom so probably not ALOT of stuff happening at my house. Just the fact that it will be organized will help the stress level!I will be stocking up on black garbage bags and a trip to GoodWill to DONATE , weekly, will be on my schedule. I have tons of ideas for scrappy quilts...so maybe I will work on scrappies and UFOS too. Happy New Year...and THANKS for your blog!

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  26. Hi Karen
    Thank you for sharing so much with us this past year.
    Looking forward to spending another year with you
    Best wishes from Down Under
    Linda

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  27. Hi Karen!! I wish you and your family all the best for the New Year!!!!

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  28. Karen,
    You rock! The room by room organization would be great but Tool time Tuesday is a must!Also, the above commenter who mentioned home decor by seeing things in a new spot in our homes as well as thrifting is speaking on my behaalf as well. Happy New Year and I'll be tuning in!

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  29. Hi Karen, thanks for sharing all those wonderful ideas and tips with us and the BOM Club sounds great!! Look forward to seeing what you have in store for us in 2013! Wishing you and your love ones a Happy New Year!!

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  30. Love your ideas for 2013! Your blogging tips have helped me, so I'm looking forward to reading more of those. I'd love to learn more about quilting, too, so a BOM would be fun. I think I originally found your blog due to one of your organizational posts; I'm always interested in new ideas for organizing spaces. So even though I don't have specific ideas for your blog, I'm interested in everything you are planning.

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  31. I'd love a BOM with jelly rolls or layer cakes, I have a few of each but no ideas. I'd also be interested in a small project of the month. I love your organizing the home plan. Count me in!

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  32. Hi Karen and Happy New Year!
    You might check out Two Star Design for BOM ideas. :o)

    ~Heather

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  33. Please keep your Tool Time Tuesdays. I love that spot. Also more tuts on how to manage your blog has helped me so much in the past. Whatever you do, I'll be here to take it all in. Thanks much for your help throughout the year and looking forward to seeing you do it again. I have you to thank for getting some of the buttons on my blog site. I'm still a newby at blogging - almost 1 yr. but there is so much to learn.

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  34. Hello Karen - I just LOVE reading your blog; everything you have posted this year has been wonderful. I'm not a quilter, but I like to sew & craft. Maybe you could start a Christmas project a month - maybe I could get January done by December. I like TTT so please don't stop that & your blogging tips.

    Have a Happy 2013

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  35. Please, please keep Tool Time Tuesday! one of the perks of Tuesday!!
    the Quilt idea sounds like fun. I haven't quilted in years and would love to get back into it.

    happy new year!!!
    Cheryl

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  36. First off you know I'm a fan!!!!!! Love, love your blog. The monthly organizing series sounds wonderful!!!! Happy New Year to you and your famiy.

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  37. I really enjoyed it when you opened up your comments to question and answers from your readers. I learned so much and was able to offer feedback to one or two. Maybe you could share any photography tips and how you find time to blog so much! Thanks for all of your efforts.

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  38. I gained new followers this year and I am very grateful. I would like to improve my blog and maybe have a giveaway. I hope to make some quilts and learn my longarm. Those are my goals. Your blog is a wonderful example of my goals. Thank you for a great year and I look forward to 2013.

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  39. Happy New Year, Karen! I've read everyone else's comments and can't think of anything to add other than thank you and say I look forward to the new year with you!

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  40. I'd love to participate in a quilt along! I'd like to see it sooner than a Block of the Month, maybe every two weeks? Something bright and cheerful, I've been collecting FQ of brights.

    I originally found you by a Pin on organization, so keep the new ideas coming. We are going to tear apart the master bedroom this March, so I welcome lots of ideas. Both on decor and organizing.

    Thanks for your lovely blog!

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  41. I love the idea od organizing, cannot be too organized. Would like some suggestion on how to organize fabric's especially fat quarter. I put them in a covered cantainer, but have to take them all out to find the one I want. Need a faster, easier way to locate what I want. Need help. Thanks

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  42. Your blog is a special treat for me and I'm sure whatever you add to it or change will be wonderful. Happy New Year!

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  43. Heel veel GELUK in 2013 from The Netherlands!!
    :o)

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  44. I discovered your blog sometime in 2012. I am an apparel teacher in a large urban high school. My best friend and cohort in design teaches at the same school - she teaches housing and interiors. Around Thanksgiving, I got the crazy idea that we needed to blog about our design adventures, both professional and personal. Now I am the person who can barely download pics to my computer so help was needed! My daughter helped me set up a site with blogspot. There is so much for me to learn but it will be good brain exercise. Will attempt to link to your party if I ever get all of the Christmas decorations put away. There are plenty of sites with ideas for elementary teachers but can't find ones for high school. So that is much of what will be included in our posts. I so enjoy your blog and the many ideas and tips. Check out rdpolkadotapron.blogspot.com. Happy New Year!

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  45. Thank you so much for Blogging Tips! Just last night I added labels and a comment greeting. I struggle with blogging and your directions are easy to follow! I also enjoy your entire blog! Happy New Year!

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  46. i just found your blog, and you are making me want to pull my sewing machine out... I have too many projects out as it is... but... this is neat to think ahead.... thanks! looking forward to what you do!

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  47. Love the home organisation and block of the month ideas! Looking forward to it all! Happy New Year! Maggie xx

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  48. Hi Karen! Thank you for all the wonderful posts that you put so much time into for us. I now have a new computer and can post comments :) My Windows XP and Blogger weren't getting along. I like the idea of getting organized one step at a time. Happy New Year!

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  49. I love your idea of organizing and getting back to quilting, I am doing the same thing and I think having other's doing the same would help boost my progress along.

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  50. Just stopping by to wish you a very Happy New Year.
    I'm looking forward to seeing new posts on any or all of your ideas for 2013.

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  51. I love the BOM Club idea, I would be in.
    Happy New Year to you too, I sure enjoy your blog!!

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  52. I just wanted to say, i`ve just found your blog and what an inspiration you are. I`m hoping to become more organized this year, so will be keeping my eyes on your new posts. Wishing you all the best for 2013.

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  53. I would love the BOM since it would get me started and sewing along with others.

    I would love blogging tips with step instructions. Since I am fairly new at blogging, I am trying to build my following...

    Thanks!
    ~ Darlene

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  54. Wow! I take that last comment back! I just clicked on your Blogging Tips page and I think you may be able to answer every possible question already!!

    Looking forward to reading ALL your posts in Blogging Tips!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    ~ Darlene

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  55. Karen, I Looove your blog! A project of the month (mug rug, placemat, pillow, cozy, etc) would be very exciting.......but everything you do is so interesting. Happy New Year!

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  56. Quilt block of the month would be great! I'd love to give a quilt a try. Also any organizational tips you want to share would be greatly appreciated! I always love your sewing tutorials and home decorating tips. Thanks for sharing all the great ideas you have certainly inspired me.

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  57. Hi Karen! I love your blog and you inspired me to start my own! I would love information about using Flicker and integrating it into your blog.
    Thanks! Nancy

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  58. Thank you, Karen, for the great post about backing up your blog and template. I truly appreciate all the info that you provide for all of us. As for what I would like to see more of is quilting. I'm a quilting novice, but love it, and would really like to do more quilting projects.

    Happy New Year, Karen!
    Carol

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