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December 28, 2010 / Zoe

Crafty goals for 2011

I’ve never been one for New Years Resolutions, but inspired by the lovely Jess at Epheriell Designs I decided to make some craft related goals for 2011. Jess had a huge blog hop, called The Creative Oddessey which included 40 bloggers who each shared their own crafty goals for next year. They have been great to read, so I decided to do my own.

I wrote them down on paper so I can’t backspace them. And as you can see, I have a little room to add anything else that inspires me. For the first time in as long as I can remember, I’m excited about the new year, I’m excited about where my handmade journey is going to take me, and I’m excited about the like-minded people I’m going to meet, in real life and in the blog world. Optimism is a foreign feeling for me, but I think it’s growing on me.

And just because I know you’ll appreciate it, here’s a little sketch that came out of my brain. After a bit of cleaning up, Top Hat Tortoise might make his way onto a piece on Aida in the future, or maybe he’ll even be screen printed onto a tote bag.

Bring on the new year!





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  1. Circe / Jan 3 2011 9:20 pm

    I love Top Hat Tortoise, very cute

  2. ana / Jan 3 2011 10:02 am

    ooh, i say start with the zippers! they seem so intimidating, til you get it, and then a whole new world of sewing opens up! it’ll inspire you to do more and it might be that little nudge you need to try new things.

    happy new year!

    (visiting from my girl thursday)

  3. Aussie Emjay / Jan 1 2011 5:15 am

    I like that you’ve written them down – I wonder if I did that if they’d be more achievable? 🙂 I wish I could even dream of being as crafty as you – I can barely thread a needle! Happy New Year.

  4. Donaji / Dec 30 2010 8:52 am

    Hey Zoe! Happy Late Christmas! Just got around to the computer after a lazy and family-time filled holiday week. Love your goals…I’m on the same page, need to make a list though and accomplish similar stuff. We might be joining a fair this year, if I get around to make enough crafts. Zippers look easy but my only attempt did not turn out as attractive as it should be. I wanna learn how to knit, I’ve began crocheting last year and I’m ok so far but I’m only on basic stitches. Perhaps we should trade lessons 😉

    • Zoe / Dec 31 2010 6:25 pm

      I tried to teach my sister to knit this year, and I was a really awful teacher, so I’m probably not the best person to give you lessons! I hope you blog your list so I can have a peek!

  5. Jenn / Dec 30 2010 3:05 am

    OH fun!! I want to learn to sew zippers too! =) and zippered pouches!! =) and maybe finally sew a quilt??… or begin one anyway!! ha ha! =) or just sew the pj’s I have yet to make my kids this year… and I would LOVE to sew my own GREEN bag too… I had to surrender my horrible green purse… of 5 years… I need a new one! ha ha! love mr. turtle! he’s stylin!

    • Zoe / Dec 31 2010 6:24 pm

      I think a quilt will be on my 2012 list. I think I would really enjoy cutting out all the little pieces, but the actual sewing sounds a lot like hard work!

  6. Sunflowerdiva / Dec 30 2010 12:50 am

    Wonderful list! I’ve made a list inside my head, but I’m too lazy to write it down–LOL. I can tell you’ll very likely accomplish all of those things! And if not all, then most! Happy New Years!

    • Zoe / Dec 31 2010 6:22 pm

      I hope I do, crossing goals off lists is a wonderful feeling!

  7. Flamingo Dancer / Dec 29 2010 11:20 am

    Best of luck with your goals for 2011 – sounds like fun, except for the zip thing. That is too much for me!

    • Zoe / Dec 31 2010 6:22 pm

      I’m pretty nervous about the zip! I’ll be watching some tutorials on Youtube before I attempt anything!

  8. brooke / Dec 29 2010 10:56 am

    love your goals…i am inspired to write some of my own!

  9. Lauren / Dec 29 2010 10:19 am

    Sounds like great goals!

    I love the little drawing, hehe!!

  10. Ieva / Dec 29 2010 7:51 am

    My sister was telling me about a fortnightly crochet thing that she was doing through a magazine. It sounds really good – each issue there is a new stitch and some crochet stuff to do it with, and at the end of it you make all the squares for a throw. Plus there are other projects in each issue. Not sure how long ago it started though.

    • Zoe / Dec 31 2010 6:19 pm

      That would be really helpful, I’ll have to see if I can see it at the newsagent. Thanks!

  11. Stefany / Dec 29 2010 6:05 am

    That’s a great list of resolutions!! Good luck and have an amazing new year xx

  12. mandaray / Dec 29 2010 1:31 am

    I like your goals! I want to learn how to sew zippers too, so I can start making myself pants that actually fit. What a concept! lol.

    And if you want your own domain, may I suggest I’ve used them since the mid-90’s to host my website,, and have never been displeased with them. They’ve got low prices and good customer service as well.

    • Zoe / Dec 31 2010 6:18 pm

      Thanks, I’ll check GoDaddy out. That’s the hardest thing about self hosting, choosing a host! So many options!

      Pants would be so impressive! I’ve never tried making clothes.

  13. Katie / Dec 29 2010 12:09 am

    I TOTALLY want to start doing craft shows in 2011, too! Too bad we cannot attend each other’s 😦

    • Zoe / Dec 29 2010 12:13 am

      Your stall would be so full of cuteness, I wish I could attend!

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