I always try to blog at the beginning of the year to set out my resolutions for the coming year, mainly because telling you about it forces me to try and stick with it! However, the delay in this year has been a good thing – it’s given me a chance to think about what I really want to get out of a New Year’s resolution. You see, while tidying up some paperwork, I came across my 2016 New Year notes and it was an interesting exercise to see what I managed to stick to.
The most useful point I got from them is that there’s no point in setting a resolution as I just don’t stick to it. So no new diet or exercise regime for me. What seems to work for me best is to work with a theme for the year.
So for 2017 my theme is going to be Waste. Or rather, not wasting, in my case!
Sorry if that's an anti-climax but it’s a subject that’s always been of interest to me. I’ve always been a hoarder and kept things that could come in handy at a later date. It's been passed down biologically from my mother, who always reused whatever she could, not to save the planet, but to save her money!
So here’s what I'm going to do (hopefully).
I’m going to start with a bit of a clear-out, because I’m aware that one of my Etsy Team Leaders is starting up a community group soon which will accept and re-distribute unwanted craft stuff and anything that can be upcycled. There's a lot of stuff in my workroom and I just don't have the space to store it all.
The next step will be to use up what’s left. I’m not going to be totally ruthless in the clear-out as there are some items (like loose glitter) that I may be able to find an alternative use for, rather than just giving it away.
And ultimately, I’m going to try and cut down on what gets thrown out as natural waste. I already have a way to use up the ends of yarn snipped off at the end of a yarncraft project (that's what the cloths in the photo at the top of the plst are - more on that in a later blog post, I think!) but I’ve recently got riled by the amount of waste generated by my papercrafting projects, like the backs of double-sided sticky tape for example. I’m going to try and be a bit more conscientious about what materials and tools I buy to make sure they don’t generate as much waste.
I will try my best to share my upcycling and stash-busting projects with you over the year. So as a wee taster of what I’ve got in store (and to make sure I put something up soon), here are some pictures of a couple of projects I’ve started!