January 2, 2014

New Years (Crafting) Resolutions


Are you tired of hearing everyone's resolutions for the new year? I prefer thinking of them in goals-- they feel more tangible that way-- and I have my share of them for this coming year, ranging in things like running a 10 mile race this spring, getting my master's degree, listening to my records when I cook... blah, blah, blah.  But more relevant to Thanks, I Made It are my goals for DIY and crafting.  I thought I'd share them here with you to a) make myself more accountable to them and b) maybe inspire thoughtfulness in your own goals for DIYing.

1. Make what makes me happy. While I've always taken blogging about DIY seriously, lately it's been playing second (or third, or fourth) fiddle to other things (like work, school, and taking care of me) instead of being something I'm really passionate about. To fix that without becoming burnt out, I want to make more of what I really want, versus just what I think other people would like, because ain't nobody got time for that.

2. Buy less. I have SO. MUCH. STUFF. I don't need to go running to the craft store (or order on Etsy, in my car-less reality) every time I have a new idea. Instead, I want to use what I have, which brings me too...

3. Waste less. I think that DIY can be a great alternative to mainstream shopping habits, but when you are always buying new materials, I feel it's similar in consumption as if you bought something ready-made in the store. In the spirit of using what I have, in addition to not buying as much, I want to make do with older, recycled, or repurposed materials too.

4. Plan more, but plan less. Contradictory? Maybe. In planning more, I mean being more thoughtful about what I make, as in goal #1. But in planning less? That's making time to be spontaneous in my "studio" aka desk, letting the materials I have (#2 and 3!) inspire me.

So, what are your crafty goals? Learn a new technique? Finally finish a big project? Do tell!

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12 comments:

  1. I was just thinking how I need to just use what I have! I think it would be fun if people submitted a photo of the supplies they want to use (but maybe they're stuck or can't think of a plan) and you sketched a DIY project for them (bonus points if they submit a photo of the completed project)!

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    1. That could be fun! I wish I had more hours in the day for that : )

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  2. These are awesome goals! I totally agree, that when it comes to DIY and crafting, it feels a bit counter-intuitive to buy more supplies every time a new idea strikes. But then, I also think that it would be fun to get together with other crafty people and swap partially-used supplies, jut to get fresh tools and inspiration. Looking forward to seeing all the wonderful things you make in 2014!

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I'm glad we're like minded in that. Happy new year!

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  3. I like "Use what you have" so much! Here in Alaska, it is hard to get new supplies anyway..... And like you, I have too much stuff. I'm going to reflect on that today (and NOT buy anything).

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    1. Good luck, and here's to a crafty and more frugal new year! : )

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  4. I'm still in last years projects:knitting a scarf and a blanket. I had set Thanksgiving as the goal on my quilt top...and there it sits, still a WIP. Yea, plenty of excuses, but no results.

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    1. It can be hard to carve out the time for those kinds of projects-- I hope you make progress this year!

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  5. I have a problem of working on too many projects at once and then not finishing any of them. I'm going to work on that. I also want to branch out a little and try projects that I've been nervous about doing before.

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    1. Those are good goals! I want to try new things too-- maybe some home-related projects? I hear ya on the nerves part though, it can be daunting

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  6. I hate spending on craft supplies. It seems counterintuitive when I could just buy something already made and exercise with the hours I just saved.

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  7. Great goals! Mine are:
    *use what I've got (seems to be a theme here....)
    * finishing projects - if it takes more than a weekend there's a risk I'll get bored with it!
    *make more jeweller - I've been loving the things you've been making lately, fun and very quick.
    But, in the spirit of resolutions, this weekend I've managed to finish 2 projects off (here's the first: http://saritacreative.blogspot.co.nz/2014/01/geometric-cushion.html )
    Long may it last....!

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