On Dec 31 2016 I posted my 2017 craft goals to Facebook. Looking back I can see how well I did, and where I failed miserably at predicting what motivates me.
I started out well…
“I start my 365 day embroidery project with Ashleigh tomorrow.”
👍 We both abandoned the 365 day project but both took up other embroidery projects.
👍 👍 👍I have done a lot of weaving over the past year and have improved considerably. I now have enough confidence to move into more expensive and nicer fibres. The one on the right is linen.
“I will keep working on the 9′ table runner.”
👍 I put this aside it in favour of other projects in the spring. Then I misplaced the original sketch. Then I misplaced the background colour. I found both misplaced components and have started this up again.
👍 👍 👍Done, framed and hung on my studio wall. I did a lot of work on them on airplanes and during long drives. Fun story – I had to borrow scissors from the hotel front desk in Pincher Creek because I hadn’t pre-cut enough thread for the trip. I ended up having a great conversation about fine crafts and fibre arts as a result.
👍 👍Two done, framed, and hung in the library. They’ve been there since October and hubby only noticed them a couple days ago.
“I will finish my ‘close ups’ painting project. Set of 6 images.”
👍 👍 👍This project exploded. It made me so happy that it lead me to just paint everything that pops into my head.
👎 Still in my head.
“I will paint more brick books for my garden library.”
👎 Prepped the bricks then never went back.
“I’ll weave sturdy seats for the old wrought iron deck furniture set so I can sit and watch my garden grow.”
👎 Not done.
👍 👍 👍 Done and looking fabulous.
“I’ll finish and hang the Viking inspired cedar ravens for the shed roof.”
👍 Idea re-purposed for the garden trellis.
👎 Sewing machine died. We got a new one. Rearranged my studio to include a sewing area. Now ready to go.
“I will ride my beautiful bike, Daisy, to and from the farmer’s market and coffee shop.”
👎 Did until July when a health issues meant I couldn’t ride. I’ll have Daisy back on the road in the spring.
“I’ll work on perfecting good bush cooking with Berni.”
👍 A little done. Not enough.
“I will at least have a good plan for a cedar tree-trellis for on the house behind the pear tree.”
👎 Still imperfect in my head. Put off because I want it to tie into the deck when we re-do it in 2018.
👍 👍 👍 Painted, but not the ceiling (yet). I also painted the main bath, basement foyer, and helped paint my hubby’s man cave.
I will learn to bake bread.
👎 Nope. Haven’t bothered.
I will plant, tend, and harvest my garden.
I will read.
👎 Some. Could always be more.
I will write.
👎 Not done. 👍 Unless you count this blog?
One of the things I began doing that I didn’t predict was really enjoying playing with sculpting in wood. I sculpted a little viking, and decided I had to do more. So my darling husband, my dad and my son cut down a couple trees on my parents’ property that are curing for me to use this summer.
I predict that this year will be a banner year for creativity.