A Bit of Bloggy Housekeeping and 2017 Goals

I’m terrible at resolutions, but with the arrival of 2017 I thought I ought to tidy up a bit around here.  I’ve sorted out and categorised my collection of blog links (for my own benefit as much as anyone else’s) and weeded out the ones that go nowhere (or that appear to be dead) and I’ve archived old and expired link-up buttons into their own page.  I may also try a different WordPress template at some point; this one is ok, but I’m not in love with it.

Goals for 2017

As mentioned, I don’t really do resolutions, but I think I might try goals.  A fixed target is easier to aim at than some nebulous promise to “do better this time, honest”.

So, one crafty goal this year is to publish a blog post at least once a month.  I was doing reasonably well last year, then it all went to pot during the second half.  The discipline of writing up each project as I work on or complete it is good for me and it’s nice to get external opinions where possible.  C’mon, serve me up some Truth Tea!  😉

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Another goal is to use my scrap bin to make at least six “scrap” projects.  I already have one completed to share soon, I’ll be following Molli Sparkles’ Honey Pot Bee and I just signed up for a mini quilt swap on Craftster, so hooray for that!  As a corollary to this, my stash bin really needs sorting – right now, if I want to find a particular colour or print the whole lot gets up-ended on the floor.  This is Nawt Ideal for a number of reasons.

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Goal three will be to finish at least three major (throw-sized or larger) WIP projects from previous years.  I’ll do a run-down of my fleet of UFOs soon, and I dearly want/need to cross some of them off my list.

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Goal four will be to develop at least two projects to a publishable form (e.g., magazine submission, a Craftsy project, a free pdf tutorial, whatever).  This is a pretty big goal and a new challenge for me, which is why I’ve set the bar fairly low.  But I’d like to share my patterns more widely and, if possible, get my hobby to pay for itself a little!  Hopefully having publishing as my main source of employment will help, but we’ll see!  😉

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I also want to consider stash management this year.  Last year I saw a lot of stash manifestos posted, although I didn’t join in the trend myself at the time.  However, I now have a fairly mature stash that I would be better off using rather than endlessly buying more fabric just because.  Even if it is sparkly/delicious/my favourite colour/etc.  But there need to be rules and I haven’t written them yet.  They’ll be Coming Soon(TM)!

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A side-effect of stash management will be stash organisation.  As well as tackling the scrap bin, I need to sift through my current collection of untouched yardage to see what I’ve got.  Then when I want to use something I’ll actually be able to lay hands on it!

I’m sure I will think of more goals as the year goes on, but these are some of the key ones that I really want to tackle.  Wish me luck and lots of sewing time!  😉

2 thoughts on “A Bit of Bloggy Housekeeping and 2017 Goals”

  1. Good luck. The best thing I ever did was sort my scraps into different colour baskets. I’m using my scraps so much more now as they are easier to see/get at. In fact they are my first port of call. I need to tame the rest of my stash now.

    1. Thanks – I’ll need it! That’s definitely on my to-do list – right now, finding a specific colour, even one I know I have for sure, is nigh on impossible. I’m thinking a lot of lil mesh baskets or similar. I moseyed on over to your blog to do some catch-up reading t’other day and noticed that we’ve ended up with some quite similar goals for 2017 – scraps and UFO busting FTW! 😀

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