2017 is a rebuilding year for me. With my recent transition out of the military and in to a professional career, a lot of stuff has fallen off my plate. I need to get my shit together. 

I have a lot of goals but haven't made a plan or any progress toward achieving any of them. I think it is time to at least get it all in writing. 

That is where I plan to start. 



Back in the Sewing Room

It feels really good to get back to the sewing room. I love knitting and spinning but, they don't offer the same level of instant gratification. 

I get so out of control and lost on the process that I often produce far more then I could ever use... hence the Etsy shop: http://etsy.me/1RbHifz

I can't help myself. I start sewing and end up with more then enough to go around. I am about 4 sales away from the award of my trademark and getting excited. 

I'll keep you posted on the progress. 



Annual Review

I decided long ago that I am not the type to succeed in New Year's Resolutions.  For a long time, I just made jokes about my past failures and left it at that.

Over the last 6 years or so I have been following a list of 101 things to accomplish in 1001 days.  This has proved more successful as long as I don't forget what I set out to accomplish.  To that end, I review my 101 list every year when the calendar changes over to make sure i keep myself on track and accountable.

I just completed my annual review.  Check out the results: 101 in 1001!


Iraq Effect

Well, I am going to start really using my blog as a journal to help focus my fibery life. I love knitting, spinning and sewing and feel like I have been depriving myself over the past couple of years. 

Sometimes I look back and try to figure out where it went wrong. I am pretty sure it was Iraq. I spent almost a year deployed to Iraq in 2011 and I really haven't been the same since. I want to call it the "Iraq effect."  

It changed me. 

I have been trying to wash off the effects for years and am finally making headway since retired from the military. The reminders of that time are few and far between now that I am no longer in a military environment and the chance of deploying again is nil. 

I now feel like I can begin again and treat myself to the hobbies and pass times I love. I really want this for myself. 

Wish me luck on creating and maintaining momentum. 


Lady Boss

Much has changed in the world of Shilo. I was really hoping I would be able to retire retire but unfortunately we have set some fiscal goals that will not accommodate that hope.  So, for the next 5 to 10 years, I will be a lady boss lay the plans for the next phase in my life. 

I do have a master goal in the works where, in the end, I will get to craft full time from my dream location. So, I still have to figure out where I want to call my forever home and when I will get to hang up my suit jacket forever. 

Until then, I will be living it up as a lady boss in a small cyber security, software and systems engineering firm. 

Wish me luck. 


8: Labels

 This week I am digging on the work involved in preparing to reopen my shop and lock in my trademark. I filed an application for, among other thing, the use of the popcorn flower mark seen above. 

It's time consuming but I enjoy making labels. I will need plenty to sew into seems of the bags and cases and goodness I have been making. 

There is lots of fun in store for me in the future. Counting down to retirement is still the best part. 


10: Feverishly

With 10 Mondays remaining, I am working feverishly in the background getting things ready forcthe next phase in my life. 

Currently, I have a number of sewn objects in the works that will stick the store in the very near future. I even have some off these beauties in the works...

I love the Counting Sheep. He brings me great joy. This was one of my first original machine embroidery designs. Seriously. I am a bit surprised he made his way out of my little brain. 

All things aside, there are many bags, needle cases, and trinkets in the works. I'll be sure to keep you post on the status of the new online shop.