Thursday, January 12, 2012
Crafty Resolutions 2012
Greetings, friend! Things are going along swimmingly here, how about you? Finally feeling somewhat settled in the rental space, and excitedly thinking ahead to March (or April) when I will have my own (tiny) studio space upstairs at my house. I actually walked up REAL stairs and onto REAL floor decking last night, and stood right in the spot where my attic dormer "room" will eventually be. As crazy as packing up the entire family to move out for two or three months has been, it will all be worth it in the end!
I've been thinking and thinking about my goals for this year, very specific things (as opposed to broad goals) have come to mind.
1. Finish this quilt! I have the batting already, and the blocks are sewn. Now to figure out how to sew them together, what the backing will be, etc. I am going to hand quilt it (!) using AMH Needleworks. It's a lightweight, summer quilt (which seems to be three seasons out of the year down here, lately) so I hope to have it done by Spring.
2. Continue learning about dyeing, particularly natural dyes. I have picked up some pretty good books on this topic over the last year, I'll make a note to do a post on that soon! My first foray into natural dyeing (above) was with marigolds from our garden, and the yarn and playsilks turned the most beautiful yellow! I plan to have one garden bed dedicated to dye plants this Spring.
Along the same lines, I want to find a local source for wool roving, so I can start dyeing my own!
3. Create special handmade toys from natural materials that are open ended, inspiring to play with and beautiful to look at. (These mushroom houses have been a HUGE hit with the girls that received them over the holidays. More on these soon!)
4. Give back to the craft community by sharing more original tutorials, projects and by networking with and spotlighting fellow artists and crafters. Creating has been my saving grace (so has this blog project, and so have you!) and without the incredible community of fellow "makers" I find online every day I would have been lost.
On a similar note, I want to spend more time engaging the community through blog comments, sew alongs, round ups, Etsy treasuries and social media. (I'm thinking "Felt Week" again for 2012, how about you?)
5. Carefully curate and maintain my craft and art supplies, with mindfulness and frugality.
Did I just say "frugal" and "craft supplies" in the same sentence? Ha!
This one applies to many areas of my life, and if I had to pick a theme for the year it would be some amalgamation of "Slow Down/Focus/Use and Take Care of What You Have/Only Buy What You REALLY Love". (This post has taken so long because I have not been able to come up with one word to express my goals for the year! Any ideas?)
With the prospect of a permanent space of my own upstairs, I am starting to brainstorm ways to display and organize all my supplies so that I can see what I have, use what I have and enjoy what I have. I need a very clean, very organized work space and up until now have only had the corner of one room or the other to use. Constantly moving my space has meant lots of plastic bins, wadded fabric and Mason jars full of bits and pieces. Hopefully that will no longer be the case by April or May!
I think five goals will do it! Let me see if I can get my big girl britches on and find a few of my favorite projects from 2011, you know how I loathe talking about myself.