Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year's Craft-olutions

Do you make resolutions?  Lose ten pounds...get organized...stop picking your wedgie in public.  Whatever it is, there are no resolutions more fun to make (and break?) than craft resolutions!
Here are my craft-olutions for 2011:

1.  Clean out that stinkin' craft closet...starting with the 1500 yards of .25 inch scrap fabric.  Something that looks like this might work:

2. Finish making pillows for Merrick's bed.  Make him some super cool old school car pillows that will rock his world.  One idea - make two pillows side by side with a felt car that can come unattached and be raced across the two pillows.  Or, this tutorial by Noodlehead is a great option as well:

3. Make a pouf or bean bag for the playroom.  Little Scoutie Girl still goes over and sits in her little pink bouncie chair to read a book.  I'd love to make a reading nook for the kiddos in the playroom.  This pint sized pouf tutorial rocks my world:

4.  Learn how to better use my serger!  My hubby was so generous to give me a beautiful (though somewhat complicated) serger for my birthday this past year.  So far, I have figured out how to use it for one stitch.  I would love to be the master serger-er by the end of 2011.

5.  Finish decorating my craft room.  This includes making some silhouettes of my children, a painting for above my sewing machine, and perhaps a cool, gigantic tissue ball/japanese latern poof above my work desk like my one of my favorite online rooms here.

6. Make a barrette holder for all of Scout's little hair thingys.  Along with that, I want to have another Girl's Craft Night where we make tons of bows (instead of paying $10 a piece for them at the local boutique)!  Check out this bow holder on sale over at Etsy:

7. Finally...finally...scrapbook the twins' first year.  I bought them each a beautiful scrapbook from Aimeej Keepsakes and, a year and a half later...they are completely empty.

8.  Paint a few mixed media paintings for above Scout's crib.  Originally, I had a freaky cool (and pretty huge) custom metal art piece there, but took it down when it fell down and almost squished my baby girl.

9.  Make some huge floor pillows and a painting above the mantel in the living room.  We have new furniture in the room as of yesterday and I can't wait to complete the look!  I really like these paintings below.  I'm thinking about doing an abstract longhorn in blues and greens (the colors of our living room decor).

                           Bill Jackson                                                                  Robert Joyner

10.  This is a true resolution: finish making stinkin' Christmas stockings for my poor stockingless family.  I bought the supplies to make a mantel full of stockings in 2009.  I am about half way through one stocking.  My goal is to start getting ready for Christmas in July (which means I need to start sewing Halloween costumes in April, which means I need to start preparing for my three childrens' birthday parties by January

What are your Christmas resolutions?

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