Sunday, April 1, 2012

365 starts today

Christina came over this morning. Adam cooked us a delicious Sunday brunch and afterwards we started chatting about our current craft plans.

We decided that today would be a great day to officially start our 365 projects since it is the first of the month. We each set our own parameters for our goals and we will meet together every week or two to check on each others progress. I will be working on a project for a minimum of 30 minutes per day and limiting myself to 2 projects at a time. I will allow myself 2 because there are some projects that I can easily work on at my job and others that I can only work on from home. I am limiting myself because I know if I didn't make myself finish then I would start a new one all the time and never complete anything. I am starting with some embroidered wall hangings, a set of 4, and a spring dress that I need to work on the fitting and the hem. Here is a pic of the first embroidery so far.

Hopefully I will pick up some momentum after finishing the first project and get more excited. Right now I feel like being a slug rather than getting my creative juices going.

More again soon.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


I've been trying to keep up with Etsy's blog the past few days. One of the posts I read today was talking about how to get your shop noticed. Suddenly it dawned on me: if I could make the Bloggess or Wil Wheaton a hand knit geek ornament and somehow send it to them, I am sure they would show it off and other people would want to buy them. So now I have to design the prototypes and start knitting. I already plan on making a TARDIS, Star Trek logo, and a binary ball. I sent out a call for suggestions to twitter. All suggestions welcome. No geek shall be ignored. Wish me luck for staying focused and Adam not getting frustrated that I haven't finished his Jayne hat yet.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

365: A Year of Creativity

My brain is tired and I want a nap, but I told myself I would do this post before moving from the couch. I can't seem to catch up on energy lately. I need to go for more walks, they seem to help me feel alive.

I am going to start a year long create-a-day project along side my good friend Christina. I was inspired by an Etsy blog post and a reminder that practice is what moves basic understanding to incredible execution. I invited Christina to join me because I knew that I would get a few weeks in and drop it completely if I was on my own. She also seems to need the extra nudge to think outside her full time job and normal life.

The problem I am having now is figuring out what will be the thing that I create every day? Part of me says knitting because I enjoy doing that and can easily fit it in while working at my job. But then I think I want whatever it is to be quick enough that I can get one done every day. I have lots of different craft/art skills that could use some additional time and practice but I need some sort of focus so I can't hop between them constantly. Maybe I can switch monthly. Some skills I could make a new object every day and other skills I could work on every day but only finish one object in the month. That might work. Later I can plan what the agenda for each month will be. Since we are part way though this month already, I will start with a new object a day. I am thinking about some simple embroidery. I have a few patterns from Sublime Stitching that I want to try.

Hopefully I will post at least once a month to give an update on how the year adventure is going.

Until again, shalom.