Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Creative Plans for 2014

How am I going to let my creative side shine next year?

*  2014 is going to be The Year of the Fairy Tale, with Carla Sonheim.
We’ll have fairy tales and special blog posts to read, instructional videos to watch, sketchbook assignments, and projects with different mediums to complete.  This will keep me very busy!


* 2014 is also going to be the year of the quilt.
My first handmade quilt.  For my bed.  It’s going to be a crazy quilt, so I don’t have to follow any specific pattern.  I’m going to “wing it!”  Very exciting.  I’ve ordered a book from Amazon (Crazy Shortcut Quilts) and am waiting patiently for it to arrive.  I also want to make other items with my sewing machine: table runners, placemats, quilted squares for sale, and maybe a doll or two.



* 2014 is going to be the first year to use a Strathmore Watercolor journal,
with 140 lb. paper.  This will make watercolor paper more accessiblity than it ever was before.  And I know if you use good paper, you’ll get better results.



*  2014 will be the first year that I’ll be involved in two book clubs, instead of one.  
Can I do it?  January’s Booklover’s Book Club selection is The Luminaries.  Anybody read it?  It’s a 800+ page hardbound book, but I can’t tell what page I’m on, since I’m reading it electronically!  It’s a novel about the New Zealand gold mines in the mid 19th century and a very unusual string of events that occur.  Hoping the other books aren't so long!  My Women’s Book Club is reading TheSea Captain’s Wife for January.  It's a very interesting non-fiction tale about a woman born poor in New England before the Civil War.  I won't tell you the end, just in case you want to read it.  Very moving and unexpected.  


There are other things I’d like to do more of next year, like learning how to cook healthy meals and getting outside in my yard.  Plus repairing and decorating my house.  Guess you can consider them creative too!  What are your big plans?


7 comments:

Rose Clearfield said...

It's exciting that you have so many creative goals this year! I can't wait to see how they go.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Can't wait to see your progress with the fairy tale class -- sounds very interesting! Good luck with the quilt! Sounds like we might be seeing new items in your shop too!

BeadedTail said...

Lots of creative fun is on your agenda this year! Can't wait to see your quilt!

Splendid Little Stars said...

Wow! Those are big (and fun) plans, Deb!
The fairy tale class sounds interesting. I took quilting lessons in the past, made a few squares, but new a quilt. A crazy quilt sounds like fun!
aahh....books! I've read a few more than usual recently. I listen to some. I'll add yours to my possibility list.

Splendid Little Stars said...

...but never a whole quilt.

Andria said...

Sounds like you have some wonderful plans for the new year. I especially love the idea of a crazy quilt... someday I would love to tackle one myself, but I'm a long way off from that goal, I would say!

Andria said...

Sounds like you have some wonderful plans for the new year. I especially love the idea of a crazy quilt... someday I would love to tackle one myself, but I'm a long way off from that goal, I would say!

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