Last week was a week of many firsts for me, as illustrated with some photos in this post. I think I'm kind of a "safe" person. I don't like to make mistakes, so I don't take big risks. But last week I learned that I can do a lot more than I thought I could, and taking risks helped me discover that.
New thing #1: sewing
Last Thursday-ish I decided to pull out my sewing machine which I had never used by myself before. Determined - that's a good word to describe my attitude towards this machine. He looked so intimidating with all his spinning things and dials and weird contraptions. I found the manual for my exact machine online, threaded him up, and before I knew it, out popped a couple of projects!
This pillow was inspired by Rachel Denbow's doily pillow project. I didn't have enough doilies to cover the entire pillow case, so I modified it a bit. Who knows how old those two doilies are. On the one on the top right you can see some stains and a couple little holes, but I think it gives it some character :)
I was on such a sewing high after the pillow project that I continued on by taking a plain mustard yellow tank from Target and adding a part of another doily to it. I love sewing now!
New thing #2: water skiing
The day after my sewing extravaganza, I tried water skiing for the first time ever! And I got up on my 2nd try! It was exhilarating! I loved it, but my body said otherwise the next day. I couldn't believe how tiring that was. And no, that's not me in the picture (from Flickr commons), but I like this guy's facial expression. Ha!
New thing #3: new job!
I got a job at Starbucks!! Eeeek! I start this afternoon :) (weheartit)
And #4: cooking for a crowd
This morning I made breakfast for a group of 20 people with three new recipes! Yikes. I made Smitten Kitchen's breakfast pizza and raspberry-topped lemon muffins. I also made Martha Stewart's ruby fruit salad. The salad unfortunately kind of wilted. Sigh. Although I love fruit, I'm not a big fan of fruit salad, but I figured balancing out the almost garlicy flavor of the pizza could be done with some fruit. But making a fruit salad the night before is risky business! So long, fruit salad. But the pizza rocked.
Trying new things is so invigorating, it's good for me I think. The things I try, whether sewing or cooking something new, may not turn out perfectly, but so what? I'm human, and nothing I do will ever be perfect. Next maybe I'll try longboarding.
Have you tried something new lately?