It's a lot easier to iron if you bring the equipment to a spot where you can watch an old movie while you work. I watched "Bells Are Ringing," a musical about an answering service. It takes place before people had answering machines, voice mail, or text messages - if the phone was ringing and you missed it, you just didn't get the message unless you hired an answering service to pick up the call and relay the information. The movie made me realize how much we all rely on the devices available to us today to keep in touch and make our lives easier.
You may wonder why I have a photo of an Advent Calendar box here - Christmas is over and Advent started almost a month ago... This isn't even my calendar, it is one that I helped a friend make because she doesn't have a Silhouette machine so she couldn't cut out the drawers. I have two of the same calendars to make - and I am planning to start them as soon as I can in January to avoid last minute crafting pressure. In fact, another goal of mine is to do a much better job of scheduling my crafting time to be sure that I finish the things I really want to make and don't get sidetracked when I see or hear about other projects that seem like fun things to try.
What are your crafting goals for the coming year? Are there any particular types of projects or new techniques you'd like to learn? Do you have tools that you may not be using to their fullest potential? Do you want to learn more about technology and how it can help you craft more easily? Are you interested in trying to "catch up" with your scrapbooks (a goal that many have and few complete!)? I'd be interested to know if there are areas you'd like me to write about in the coming year. I have some plans but also appreciate feedback so I can keep things interesting for everyone who reads my blog.
Do you recognize the items in this photo? These are some empty reels from my ATG refills. Much to my husband's dismay, I have a habit of saving things that I think have crafty potential and I wanted to tell you to hang on to any of these that you might usually throw away...I think they will be perfect for a project I'll be trying soon.
I do have to say that my husband is very patient with my crafty hoarding and sometimes he even encourages it. He brought home some empty decorative boxes from a "tower of treats" that was delivered to his office for the holidays. They are cute just as they are or could be altered for a fun project. I told him he was lucky to have a wife who loved empty boxes - just think about how much money he can save when the boxes don't need to be filled with anything and I am still happy!
I am also thinking about trying to do Project 365 this year. If you aren't familiar with this, the idea is that you take a picture every single day of the year and put them together into an album that represents your real life - not just special events and holidays. I already take pictures almost every day and I think I may try doing this project digitally to make it easier to keep up on a daily basis.
There are variations on the idea including doing a weekly or monthly page if a daily commitment seems too overwhelming. Some people also start a separate blog for their daily photos. Well, I have another day or two to think it over!
On more thing I want to mention...
The Creative Memories Year End Savings Sale has been extended through January 1, 2012. You can see the items on sale on my CM personal website by clicking HERE. There will also be a sale on albums in January.
I hope you have a great Friday!
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