Resolutions, what? I think I'll just stick to projects this year!
After painting a bunch of furniture last year, I'd like to switch gears this year and focus on sewing projects, both with the machine and by hand. I'm sure I'll still paint here and there, but I'd love to venture beyond making pillow covers and curtains, and try sewing clothes for a change of pace.
Perhaps a pair of pajama bottoms for the winter? This dress would be adorable to make for the summer! And based on the tutorial, a novice sewer (like moi) can make it...
And something I can't wait to get started on is embroidery. After discovering Cornflower Creations on Etsy this fall, I've become a wee bit obsessed with vintage-style embroidery. Jacklyn, of Cornflower Creations, has so many adorable embroidered tea towels
There's something about sitting with a needle, thread, and hoop of fabric, stitching away serenely. And you can easily turn embroidery into art by placing it in a hoop and hanging it up!
The other area of sewing I'd like to try in 2012 is quilting. Now, there's no way I can possibly sew an entire quilt--or even a baby quilt. But a potholder seems very attainable. :) And I do need some more, so why not?
Some quilted potholder inspiration...
Other crafty projects I'd like to try in 2012:
-big bunting for my front and side porches this spring
-fabric-wrapped wreaths for the seasons
And of course, there will be many beautiful, creative projects online that I'll have to try, but this list at least gets me started and helps keep me focused. Or as focused as I can be...
Priority numero uno: landscape the exterior of the house!
It's been more than four years since we finished building and moved in. We have a nice yard, but between all the other house and homesteading projects, we've had no money, no energy, or a combination thereof, to tackle this.
I'd love to plant a variety of English rose bushes, lilac, hydrangea, wisteria, and jasmine. Anything that flowers and smells beautiful is what I'm going for. And also low-growing plants to go around the perimeter of the wrap-around porch. I should mention here that I have no experience with any of this, so I have a feeling I'll be spending a lot of time on the Internet doing research. :) Here are few photos I pinned for inspiration:
And the other big project: finish the office/craft room! Or as I currently call it, the crap room. This is the space where I pile (I can't honestly say 'store' because there is about zero organization happening) my crafting supplies, as well as keep the candles for the Etsy shop. I'd share a photo but it's difficult to walk into the room at the moment...it's that bad.
Anyway, I have a glorious vision in my head of making this a Cath Kidston/Tanya Whelan-themed, cheerful space. The room has great potential with lots of natural light, white beadboard walls, and cute furniture by way of this desk and this armoire. I just need to pull it all together by building a work table (I'm thinking planked farmhouse style) for the sewing machine and figuring out how the heck to organize all the crap. If I can just get a system in place, this room will be awesome, and I'll have a happy, inspiring place to craft. Wish me luck!
In between these two big projects, there are also the very unsexy tasks of:
-fixing the clothesline so I can actually hang laundry to dry this spring and summer
-re-doing the compost pile, which has been terribly neglected
-painting the porch floor of our new storage building
-coming up with a DIY recycling station for our laundry room
After raising and slaughtering pigs this year--and yes, I realize I never wrote about this even though I'd planned on it (story of this blog...)--my husband and I have decided to forgo another porcine project for 2012 since we have enough pork in the freezer to last us well into 2013!
Instead, we're looking at adding a few more hens to the flock as some of the gals are getting older and not laying as frequently. And since we'll no doubt grow weary of eating pork at some point, we're hoping to raise meat chickens with friends who are also homesteading on a small scale.
I don't know if we'll have time to do this, but I'd love to establish a honeybee hive in 2012 on our property. One of the fellows who helped us slaughter the pigs in late December is a hobby apiarist and after talking to him, my interest in keeping a couple of hives was piqued. Because honey is delicious.
This final project is a definite because I've promised Jacob we'll do it, but we're going to plant a pumpkin patch this summer! This kid loves pumpkins and Halloween.
And out of the blue one night he said he wanted to sell pumpkins this fall. I thought that was such a cool idea--and the country version of having a lemonade stand? So we'll look for a variety of heirloom pumpkin seeds and get them in the ground in June and see what happens!
Whew! So, there are my lofty aspirations for 2012. What are yours?