QUILT A MONTH: January 2015
As an adult, a busy adult, it’s so rare for me to find time to experiment, get lost in a process, and truly challenge myself to learn a new creative skill. In January, I read a quilt tutorial over on A Quilt is Nice, and thought it looked possible. I’ve never quilted, and I actually never thought I could sew well enough to make a whole quilt, but when I read that article what I can only describe as creative fever run through my head.
I immediately thought of my good friend Kim. Kim had moved away from NYC last October, and I missed her thoughtful creativity. The characteristics of quilting, not to mention quilting itself, is something that I relate to Kim and her shop, Tiny Hearts. Quilting is mindfulness, deliberate and meaningful creation with the imprint of the human spirit. I sent her a quick email asking for a quilt exchange. She agreed, and then she suggested something even more exciting – a year of quilts. And so that’s what we’ll do. Here is my first one, which I happily made with Kim in mind and sent her way.
I received Kim’s quilt last week, and it is so absolutely wonderful. She hand-stitched it and used fabric from her stash and from a project we both worked on at Etsy, so it means a great deal to me. Check out her progress on a #quiltAmonth over on her blog, Simple. Warm. Cozy. I’ll be posting my progress on here and on instagram!
Let’s see how I did on the last Make my Month.
In December 2013, I
- Sold at Bust Craftacular for the second year in a row – YAY
- Set up my wholesale linesheet for a few of my items, although I still have yet to add wholesale listings to my shop
- Failed at making Christmas gifts for my nieces and aunt, although I did try out weaving and decided it was not nice enough to give yet
- Made sticker packs but have yet to add them to my shop. In addition to stickers I also made my first batch of cat buttons and plenty of custom pet portraits
- Decided not to start a Dogs of Etsy magnet project yet as I was inundated with custom work for Christmas
- Doodled thank you cards for everyone who buys handmade from me
In January 2014, I will
- Make and reveal a brand new and exciting item for my shop
- Begin work on my KittyKind donation sale
- Fill my shop with valentines
- Make three new button and/or magnet packs
I’ve mentioned this before, and I’m sure I’ll mention it again, but I believe celebrating our small achievements is a huge part of remaining motivated. One way we can celebrate small achievements is by simply acknowledging them as just that – achievements. As a way to practice what I preach, every month I’m going to take a monthly tally of what I’ve accomplished from the previous month and set some small goals for the coming weeks.
In November 2013, I
- Started prep for wholesale by calculating that actual cost of making all of my items
- Reinvested in my shop by getting an easier camera for quick product shots
- Took Decor8’s blogging course, Blogging Your Way
- Took a Skillshare class, The First Steps of Hand-Lettering: Concept to Sketch (sign up through this link to get $10 off your first skillshare class if you’ve never taken one before: http://skl.sh/16j8qUf)
- Drew up to my 82nd #LogaCat
In December 2013, I will
- Sell at Bust Craftacular for the second year in a row – YAY
- Set up my wholesale linesheet
- Make Christmas gifts for my nieces and aunt
- Make sticker packs for my shop
- Start a Dogs of Etsy magnet project, similar to my Cats of Etsy project