It was a strange year on the crafty front. I have to say that the knitting rocked. I may not have really widened my knitting horizons but I did get lots of it accomplished. More important than the accomplishment was the enjoyment and relaxation that knitting provides for me most every day. My knitting for charity always fulfills me but this year I was also able to knit for some people in my life and that felt really good too.
Firstly, I want to scrapbook more. I want to get back into my love of everything paper. I want to create beautiful pages again. I want to wake up some mornings with the excitement that it is "an artists day", which means I might wear P.J's all day and just create. I want to lose sleep again being a tortured artist, where my mind spins all night with creative possibilities. I think to get my mojo going again, I need to fully set up my studio again. I need my supplies surrounding me to inspire me. This might be happening soon. I also want to begin my art journaling project. I have been collecting ideas and memorabilia and I just need to get going on it.
Second on the list is to be a more responsible consumer. This means being more conscious of what I buy, where I buy it and even how it is packaged. I strive to buy less. I really don't need much these days. I often buy things that I don't really need or I get tired of. Buying home decor is a weakness of mine. I never throw anything out and things always get donated, but still there is an improvement needed here. Can I live a more minimal lifestyle? Can I buy less Pyrex? LOL Maybe not? I love buying things at the thrift stores. I like the idea of giving something a second life. I like buying something that is old and is no longer available. I love that many of these items are made in the USA or even Canada! I love that these items were made with pride and have quality to them. They also don't come with a bunch of packaging. Oh packaging. There are so many ways I could improve my footprint that I will leave on this earth.
This brings me to my third and last goal... be a greener person. This is always something that I have rolling around in my head but I know I can do much better. Where we live we have a huge recycling program and we even collect "organics". 87% of our waste is diverted from the landfill. I need to use this program to it's fullest. Some things get put in garbage over organics in the name of convenience. I can improve.
So that's it for 2015. I realize that #1 of "scrapping more" may cause some conflict with #2 of "buying less". LOL Back to my old dilemma of buying too much scrappy stuff. I really do have so much to use up and hope to make a serious dent in the supplies I have. Wish me luck as often my inspiration comes from a trip to the scrapbook store resulting in a bag full of the new stuff. ;)
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!