I love new beginnings, and a new year is just that: a time to start over, with resolutions and good intentions. It's also a time to clean out our home, make time to get organized and simplify. Or at least, I like to think so.
A few days ago, in an attempt to start simplifying my life, I took inventory of the very large number of craft books that I own. As I sat studying these books, I realize they perfectly map the route I've taken with my creative endeavors over the last 10 years. And as much as I love these books and what they represent, the truth is I've outgrown many of them.
So I found myself wondering: If I had to get rid of all but 12 of the craft books I own, which would I keep?
It was difficult for me to choose, but I decided the 12 that I currently can't get enough of make the cut. And then I thought to myself, "Wouldn't it be cool to actually make a project a month from a different book each month?"
And so, this year, I am challenging myself to complete one project a month from one of these books (listed in no particular order):
- Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross
- Even More Quilts for Baby by Ursula Reikes
- Baby knits for beginners by Debbie Bliss
- The Big Book of Baby Knits by Zoe Mellor
- Itty Bitty Toys by Susan B. Anderson
- Bend-the-Rules Sewing by Amy Karol
- Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson
- Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule
- Stitched in Time by Aicia Paulson
- Material Obsession by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke
- Seams to Me by Ana Maria Horner
- Baby Beanies by Amanda Keeys
These are all books that I love to browse through for inspiration, but that, with a few exceptions, I've rarely made an actual project out of. This is the year. I'll pick the projects this weekend, and be back in a few days to report on my selections.