It’s that time of year again. Time for the dreaded New Year’s resolutions. This year skip the resolutions to lose weight and read more books. Focus on something you really want to do, craft. I spend several hours a week doing one craft or another. I read tons of books and magazines on everything from baking to sewing and knitting. Yes, I do need to lose weight, but let’s get real I am not going to stop eating chocolate in order to sweat! That said, I have decided to make my new year’s resolutions craft centered.
1. Craft for a cause
There are plenty of causes that are geared specifically to crafters. Pick one and make something for someone else. These causes take everything from knitted hats and quilted blankets to super easy pillowcases. There is something for every craft and ability. My goal is to help raise money for Alzheimer’s research. I will be making a small quilt for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. I have been thinking about it for years. 2011 is the year.
2. Teach a young one to craft
Kids play way too many video games. Find a relative or your own kids and teach them a craft. You may be surprised how eager the wee ones are to learn to sew, knit, or quilt. Volunteer to help with a local scouting troop. They can earn badges for sewing. I have 2 scouts and both will be earning badges in 2011.
3. Learn a new technique
Step out of your comfort zone. Think outside the scrap box. Try something new. Learn to cable a scarf. Try an art quilt technique. Take a drawing class. Do something new that makes the butterflies in your stomach do flips. I plan on learning how to screen print and use LED lights in art quilts.
4. Pull an old craft out of the closet.
Most crafters can actually do more than one craft. I am mainly a quilter, but I can do origami and knit. I haven’t tried either all year. In 2011 I plan on dusting off my knitting needles and making a scarf. Maybe I’ll try a new pattern while I’m at it. What craft have you not used in a while? Sharpen up your skills and give an old favorite a try.
5. Gain some much needed recognition
We all like to have our work appreciated. Don’t hide your craft under a bush. Take it out and show it off. Join a Guild or group. Enter a challenge or show. If you are really brave submit your work to a magazine. Almost every craft has a magazine. Most take submissions from readers. Don’t be afraid of rejection. It allows you to see your art through new eyes. You never know, they may accept your piece and publish it. That’s my goal. To have a magazine accept a submission. Now, I have to figure out what to submit!
New Year’s is a time to expand your horizons and self improvement. Make 2011 a year to also improve your skills and talent in your favorite craft. A new year, a new start, a new crafting plan.