Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2011 Crafty Resolutions

When I look back at 2010, I treasure the new discoveries I've found through crafting and the relationships formed by meeting others with shared interests. I've learned that crafters are genuinely nice and interesting people. I'm also happy to be a part of a greater community where people so freely share inspiration!

I'm setting some crafty goals for 2011, in addition to some personal goals for myself and my freelance writing with Word Out. (That's me, on the left.)

Freelance Writing
For those of you who don't know, I write a column for Examiner on one of my favorite reality shows, The Bachelor. For the next year, I'm committing to write one article per week, even in the dead zones between seasons. This will be a challenge while I'm keeping up with regular clients, but it will be worth it in the long run.

Adoption Planning
In 2011, my husband and I are planning to start the adoption process, something we can't talk about in much detail until we know more ourselves! In January or February we will find out if we will be accepted into the South Korea adoption program. At that point, we expect to have a better timeline of events and I'm going to be thinking of creative ways to make and save money, because, well, an adoption doesn't pay for itself!

In 2011, I'm looking forward to growing my blog audience and building partnerships with others like me through linkups and giveaways. If you're like-minded, send me a message and we'll talk. I'm also going to be sewing at least one project a week and posting free tutorials in the upcoming year.

A few years ago, I learned to knit and crochet. When I got a sewing machine, I gave all of my yarn and needles to a friend because I was sick of untangling yarn, and sewing just seemed to "fit" me better. Well, now there's a knitting club at my work, and I've got the urge to pick up the habit again. This year, I resolve to pick up the sticks.
In the next few days, I'm planning to submit 3 original projects to some magazines I admire, and I'll be crossing my fingers for a project acceptance letter. I've been experimenting with my Cricut, fabric scraps, and freezer paper (tutorial coming soon). I'm also planning to embellish some handmade cards with my sewing machine. And some babies in my life told me they are also in need of some handsewn swag, so I've got a list of projects in mind, ranging from apparel to room decor!

What's on your to-do list for 2011? Sewing, knitting, paper crafts? Check out the 2011 Craft Resolutions "Link Up" and add your link to the end of the post.

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  1. I don't have time to do anything crafty these days, but I am enjoying reading about your projects and look forward to seeing what you come up with in the next year. And I can't wait to see where the adoption process leads you guys!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas ... and happy new year!

  2. I am working on quilts this coming year and I want to finally learn to sew garments! Congrats on starting the adoption process!

  3. I've been working on my crafty resolutions too. Definitely try and sew more and learn to knit. :)

  4. I'm going to work on more sewing projects along with creating jewelry pieces, along with searching for a full time job. It will be a fun new year!

  5. good luck to you this coming year! Wishing you all the best with the adoption process! I am not a big crafter but dabble now and then - love to look fondly at all those wonderful things others make though :)

    The Bachelor is one of my fave lil guilty tv pleasures! That is awesome you write about it - will have to check that out!

    I am a new follower via a blog hop! Glad to ahve found you & look forward to more!

    come take a peek at my blog at

  6. I like the Bachelor and I will be checking out your column. Great list, love the thought of a little being adopted and loved. That's great. You asked what we have on our list, click my name and you will see. There are a lot of New Year's list going round this week. Goals are good.

  7. I wrote my first article for examiner today, I'm kinda nervous since I'm not gifted at good grammar!! I have several topics I plan to write about though. I'll send you a link once they post me. Hope you are enjoying Vegas!!


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