Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Year, New Ideas

So, who's ready to seize the new year?! Any big plans? Anything exciting coming your way in 2012? Do you have any DIY projects on your resolutions list? Any craft challenges you want to tackle? As for me, there is always a mile long list of projects that call my name, new skills to learn and ideas that need to be  transferred from head to hand. After going through some of my bookmarks and Pinterest (of course, Pinterest!) I found some ideas that I need to start right away!

I have never been a fan of creating resolutions or goals that are to be kept throughout the year, but rather place myself in events or circumstances that will still leave me with a sense of accomplishment. Things that I have longed to do for quite some time but have not yet pushed myself to do. That is why this idea from Delia Creates is right up my alley! We made a bucket list of things we wanted to experience over the past summer, and I can honestly say that it was the BEST 3 months (it's a short season in Utah!) in our family! We were active, spontaneous and always had something to do thanks to our little list. I like the idea of using the clothes pins for either seasonal ideas or for a year long wish list!

Making the memories is important, but remembering them is JUST as important! This gem of an idea comes from Brooke Reynolds of Inchmark. Brooke is the Senior Art Director for Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Kids. She says "I started writing down the funnier moments of the day. I keep a jar on my desk, and when the kids say something particularly worthy or recording, I grab and scrap of paper and I quickly jot it down." Such a great way to capture those opportune moments that we would otherwise soon forget! I think it would so fun to read them all out loud come the next New Year's day to reflect on the moments that made us smile throughout the past year! 

Caroline (pronounced: Caro-Leen) of Armelle Blog came up with a great way to reuse, repurpose and recycle your old calendar. She simply cut out the graphic from her old calendar by using a die cutter and glued it onto a new piece of paper and template that she printed out from her computer! I have the pleasure of knowing Caroline personally and can honestly say that she is a creative genius!  Be sure to follow her blog and check out her Etsy shop to see all her jewelry creations - you will not be disappointed! 

Happy New Year to all of you and as always, thanks for reading and keeping this blog alive and well! I sure do enjoy all that it is! 



elsa bags said...

I just posted this on brookes blog!

love this! I do the same thing only on my notes page in my phone. that way i can email them to me & then copy paste them into their private blogs. the jar idea is way fun.

Joan said...

Well if you write all of Emerson's cute and funny comments you will have a lot of reading for the next New Year. Go for it!

Minu said...

Just created my Jar ver 2012, Ready to open it Sat morning!!

April (Thorup) Oaks said...

Great ideas Amy!! I'd love to see you do a post on decorating. Specifically balancing space and color choices.

BTW - I saw something Jodie wrote to you on FB. Are you having a girl???

jane said...

OK, the bucket list = amazing idea! Drop what you've done into the bucket. Score. And LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea with the old calendar. I decided immediately I need to hop onto Pinterest and find that for myself.

Alison said...

Hey girl! Super cute blog, super cute you! so nice meeting you today! xo


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