Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

Hello friends,

After packing my sewing stuff away for a whole month to host my family during the holidays, I finally got my sewing room back on sunday. I love having my family around, hosting them the best I can, making delicious food and chatting/laughing till late. Family time is so precious to me I barely had time to stay online or to indulge in any craft. 

Of course, I am now very excited to be back and start making things again.

2013 was a very fulfilling year for β€˜House of Pinheiro’ and I am still on the process of taking it in all my accomplishments:

To think I managed to make 40 garments for myself, excluding gifts and patchwork projects is crazy!

Taught 3 classes at VH, which I am continuing to do this year. The feeling of spreading the sewing love is fantastic.

Appeared as a contributor for Crafty magazine twice. Had a few articles about me in Sew and Sewing World.  

Designed and launched a free pattern: Brasilia Dress

Hosted my first sew along with Marie.

Organised 2 successful events: virtual nautical swap had 100 participants and epic V&A meet up had 50.

Hanged out with my sewing friends, meet wonderful people and generally had an amazing time with other creatives.
Managed to achieve my MMM13 goal, join sew alongs and challenges throughout the year.
Helped Minerva Craft to launch their Blogging Network.
Wrote  a few tutorials for beginners: pencil case/ bunting.

This year I want to:  SLOW DOWN!

  • Improve my tailoring and couture techniques, which mean sewing less quantity and more complex projects.
  • Sew less and expand my other handmade skills: Knitting, crocheting and embroidering.
  • Draft more patterns for me. I really don’t want to became a professional pattern designer but If draft a great pattern again, I am willing to make it available for everyone.
  • Continue to teach, maybe get some private students. I am going to teach at FQ retreat in July.
  • After buying my own domain last year, hopefully my own will be ready first quarter of this year.
  • Seems to me that your favourite posts were my insights on the sewing world so I hope to continue to share my interesting debates related to sewing.

I absolute love blogging, and it is almost an addition but is important that I learn to take it easy and enjoy some down time.  This year hopefully I will learn to just do nothing with my free time and take longer breaks.

Thank you for being part of my creative journey, looking forward to share my new adventures with you!
  • It looks like a bright new year for you! I look forward to the projects you share through 2014. Best wishes from Cleveland!

  • So proud you got to have your family with you for the month.. Know you enjoyed that. Your 2013 was very busy and you accomplished a lot.. I like your goals for 2014.. SLow down and enjoy.

  • You had an exceptional year!!!

  • Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us. I’m a little jealous of those across the pond! I’d love to attend a class. πŸ™‚ Good luck on your 2014 goals.

  • 2013 certainly was a brilliant one for you, and all totally well deserved ~ there was a huge variety of challenges that you immersed yourself in and shared with us throughout the year. Hope 2014 is all that you want it to be … and then some … J

  • That’s such a great photo of everyone in ther Christmas jumpers πŸ™‚
    Wishing you the very best New Year and success with all your plans x

  • What an amazing year Rachel. And may 2014 bring you rest and lots more enjoyment and fulfillment. I loive following your crafty journey, love the way your personality shines through your blog and look forward to our next catch up xx

  • You have had an amazing year – can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2014

  • You really did have an amazing year and I hope 2014 is just as fabulous πŸ™‚

  • What an amazing year you had Rachel. I hope 2014 continues to fulfill your creative journey and I look forward to seeing your new projects.

  • Happy new year, dear Rachel! Your 2014 plans are very exciting! I am looking forward to have more opportunities to join your meet-ups this year πŸ™‚

  • What a truly brilliant year Mrs πŸ™‚ Looking forward to seeing your couture creations! xx

  • What a truly brilliant year Mrs! πŸ™‚ Looking forward to seeing your couture creations! xx

  • You’ve been legendary this year doll in my mind and I can’t wait to see what you bring to 2014. Again massive congrats on your lovely news xxx

  • What an amazing year!! Cannot wait for your 2014 creations and congrats on your big news!

  • I’m looking forward to seeing your journey in 2014 :). I’ll blog about my Brasilia dress soon. I need to get some descent pictures first πŸ™‚

  • That was really a fabulous year! No wonder you need a rest.

  • What a wonderful year! And you seemed to have a great holiday season with your family– loved seeing all your IG shots! I’m excited to see what adventures you get up to in 2014!!!

  • Your family is gorgeous. I love the holiday sweaters you’re all wearing in your photo. I think you have set some wonderful goals for the year ahead. I’m always thrilled to see another person pick up the needles to learn to knit! πŸ˜€

  • You had a very productive year! Can’t wait to see what patterns you draft in 2014!

  • Happy New Year Lady! You had a wonderful and productive year! Got so much accomplished. I’m looking forward to seeing what you to this year. You’ve got alot of great goals!!!

  • Happy new year πŸ™‚ congratulations on a successful 2013!

  • What an amazing 2013! Congratulations gorgeous girl! Here’s to a fulfilling 2014

  • Amazing year for you, Rachel. 2014 is going to be great!
    I love the family photo!!!

  • You are a total inspiration, lady! Blogworld is all the better for having you in it! Looking forward to seeing more in 2014. But I have to say. Not that I ever doubt you. But I can’t see you taking time out to do nothing with your free time! x