Resolutions for Crafting

The topic of Val's Tuesday Archives today is New Year Resolutions. Her email prompted me to write this specific post. I have been thinking, as I am sure many of us do when the new year arrives, what can I do differently? My major stumbling block to what I want to do is my disorganized craft area. Taking a bit of time here, I have written my New Year’s Resolutions. I began today, tidying up after working on my niece's t-shirt quilt blocks. Now to form that habit! 

So, thank you for taking time to read my "goals" and I plan to fulfill them as the year goes on. 
  • Have fun creating. Sometimes I feel like I am pushing myself to create. That is when I know my muse is hiding, or it is time walk away for a bit. There are also other things that interfere in my creative enjoyment. And, that leads to the rest of my list of resolutions.
  • Be organized by using a planner. I have plenty of spiral notebooks to use (from the daughters’ days in high school and college). I know I need to keep track of when the BOMs are posted, so I don't miss a pattern. What do I want to accomplish for the month, week, day? When I was teaching I had a lesson plan for the entire week. It kept me on track. I need that in my creative life, too.  
  • It is OK to get rid of somethings. I have made so many projects using minimal materials. I now realize yards of fabrics are not needed to make quilts. Storing yards of fabrics takes up space that could be better used in a more pleasingly decorative manner. (Hubby is all for me minimizing my crafting footprint outside of my designated space!)
  • Tidy-up my craft area before quitting for the day. The next day my tidy work area should tell me I am ready to create.
  • Post blogs at least once a week. Of course, more posts are fine, but I feel bad when I go for a few weeks without blogging.
  • Share a monthly project giving step-by-steps and/or downloadable instructions for others to create with me. This is why I began blogging -- to share with others. And I appreciate others sharing with me. We all learn things. 
  • Revamp the list of blogs I follow. I have not been consistent in checking many of my favorite blogs simply because I have them bookmarked here or there. I don’t have a master list.
  • Post more of my projects to Instagram. From all I have read, Instagram is the newest and fastest way to share with others what is happening.  One of my goals is to let others know about my patterns and projects. I will get my Instagram link on my blog page.
Now, on to Val's Tuesday Archives to read what others have resolved to do in 2017. 
Happy New Year! 


Chris said...

What a novel idea. I will give it more consideration when I revisit the 40-Bags-in-40-Days in March.

Patchwork and Play said...

Sounds like you are making a great start to being more organized for 2017! I wonder why you don't use your blogger dashboard to keep track of you all the blogs you follow!? I know that way I don't miss anything from my favourites. And of course, many of them have the email option too. I do that with the Wordpress blogs.

Vivian said...

While I'd agree with Patchwork and Play, just be careful: Blogger updated at some point this year and somehow deleted both my lists of "Blogs I Follow" and "Favorite Podcasts" that I had on my sidebar. Since I also follow them in Bloglovin', it's more a loss to readers that might pick up a new blog from one I listed (something I enjoy doing while visiting other blogs) and will have to be rebuilt. For the rest, you have a handle on what you need to focus on so should make good progress on what you desire. Have a Good New Year!

Valerie Reynolds said...

Enjoy our year ahead Nancy!! Sounds like you have a organized plan that will lead to your success.