Happy New Year to all and I hope that in this unsettled world, 2018 will enable us to snatch some moments of joy and happiness.
- Make more felt - I definitely achieved here. I made a whole new set of heart decorations incorporating birthstone charms. Even though they didn't sell, I was pleased with how they turned out. I also started needle felting, making sheep, which were very successful and I will need to make lots more if I am going to the Craft Fair this year. I have also experimented with screen printing and block printing onto felt and this is something to continue, possibly making smaller pieces and incorporating them into cards and decorations. This aim is continuing this year.
- Read interesting books - I smashed my previous totals this year, possibly due to the amount of reading I have fitted into my break times at work and the fact that in some cases, ebooks are shorter than real books. I read 105 books in 2017; many of which were old friends which I enjoyed re-reading. There were also some new ones including: the Miss Marple stories by Agatha Christie; a book about Anne Bronte, 'Take courage: Anne Bronte and the Art of Life' by Samantha Ellis (who obviously feels as I do, that Anne Bronte should take centre stage alongside her sisters, not hidden by them); 'When Marnie was there' by Joan G Robinson which had mysteriously managed to pass me by as a child; 'The Lady in Gold' by Anne-Marie O'Connor (which I had to read having loved the film, though the book is much more harrowing than the film); 'Lady Audley's Secret' by Mary Elizabeth Braddon; 'The Dark is Rising' sequence by Susan Cooper and all the Ruth Galloway novels by Elly Griffiths. There have also been biographies, on the artist 'Gluck' and 'Mrs Keppel and her Daughter' by Diana Souhami, as well as Steampunk based novels; the Newbury and Hobbes series by George Mann and a couple by James Blaylock. Certainly an eclectic mix and an aim I shall try to continue this year too.
- Be Creative - I have been creative this year and have enjoyed stamping, embossing, using Brusho paints and printing on felt). Jewellery has become less of a pull, although I still make myself a few bracelets and pairs of earrings, as well as the occasional gift for birthdays. I have curtailed my spending on gemstones, although paper crafting appears to be edging ahead now! As I get older, I am realising how important creativity is to me, so I will certainly continue this aim.
- Get rid of/donate things I do not want or need - I have continued to do this but only in a small way so I need to make more of a concerted effort. I also need to use the things I have, such as my fabric or craft stashes. I think this will be an aim for many years to come!
So all in all, a pretty positive review and aims that continue into this year too... I hope that 2018 will be a good one for us all.