Wednesday, January 10, 2018

My Word for 2018

Instead of New Year’s resolutions choosing a word to live by for the year seems to be the new thing. I think this is a great idea as speaking for myself I tend to forget about my New Year’s resolutions soon after making them and only remember them again when making a new one for the next year.

After much thought this year my word is “CREATE”. 

I was also considering ‘believe’ and ‘balance’. However, I feel if I sit my bum down and focus on creating things I will be happier which will spill into all areas of my life and bring more balance and I will start believing in my creative ability and start experimenting more. (I think it will also help with my weight loss journey as hopefully I will be too busy to raid the fridge and cupboards!)

I have just finished with one experiment - a daisy made from felt and a zip. Don't know what to do with it at this stage but it has potential.

So this year I just want to CREATE, CREATE, CREATE. I am always happiest when I make some time for myself to be creative.

I have given some thought about what I want to do creatively this year and have decided that seeing as there are 12 months in the year I will set myself 12 creative 'things' I would like to achieve this year (reluctant to call them goals).

I am not setting these in stone and there are no consequences if I do not achieve them as I have made a promise to myself that I will do what I feel passionate about at any one time and not do things because I feel it is what I should be doing or what is expected of me.

12 Months – 12 Goals (in no particular order) 
  1. Create a craft journal system to keep a record of my craft projects.
  2. Keep a brief daily record of what creative things I have done, seen, heard about etc.
  3. Finish/or make a quilt to completion (including free motion or hand quilting).
  4. Keep working on my knitting skills and do something in some form of colourwork.
  5. Learn to draw and experiment with designing craft projects.
  6. Make Christmas gifts throughout the year.
  7. Make myself some clothes – sewing and knitting.
  8. Set up miniature scenes and photograph them for Myrtle Manor Miniatures blog.
  9. Work on photography skills and set up an area to take indoor close up photographs.
  10. Make post entries in my 12Create and Myrtle Manor Miniatures blogs.
  11. Make the most of having a year’s subscription to Craftsy Unlimited.
  12. Learn to crochet.

I picked up a ‘Sew Somerset’ magazine at our local Library yesterday – Summer 2016 Issue. It was amongst some books they were taking off their shelves and I love Somerset publications. On page 96 is a little project by Julia Schneider of denim hearts with words. It is a cute little project and I am going to do one with the word ‘Create’ to sit on my craft desk to keep a visual reminder of my word for the year. I have a few pieces of old denim and old doilies and lace and old jewellery parts amongst my craft supplies and think it will be a fun project.

Here is to a creative 2018.


  1. lovely word for 2018, Sharee, and you are off toa wonderful beginning with the wee denim heart. What a find, a throwout, they are the best magazines of all.

  2. They definitely are the best. I craft on a tight budget so I haunt the library and op shops and do a bit of recycling. I managed to pick up a QuiltCon Magazine and a Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine at the same time. I love finding craft treasures.