2015 Making Something Every Day Project Guidelines

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2015 will be my third year of making something every day. I started in 2013 with the idea of making things to increase my creativity and to work on my art skills and to start building a portfolio. I wanted to call myself an artist but in order to do that, I had to be working as an artist. I’m more comfortable calling myself that now but it still sometimes sticks in my throat when someone new asks me what I do. That’s probably a topic for another post or at least a session with a therapist, so onward to the 2015 Making Something Guidelines!

In November, I started brainstorming how this year’s project would look. I need to be able to stay accountable/on task, so every day is still a great plan. I contemplated word of the month/day/quarter themes. I contemplated 40 questions I wanted to answer/explore in 2015. As in I actually wrote down something like 60 questions to choose from. I wondered if I wanted to focus on a particular medium or type of project. I don’t want to limit myself so much I get annoyed but having a focus seems like it might be useful. Concentrating on finishing a certain number of canvases/larger pieces last year seemed to motivate me pretty well. It was flexible but still gave me a bit of focus. So I spent a lot of time thinking about what I could do that would be similar.

So here’s the plan!

2015: Year of the Book
• Every day.
• 20 minutes.
• Post a photo.
• Finish 8-10 books this year.
• Keep the yarn posts to a minimum.

What will these books look like? Hmm, I’m guessing lots of blues and greens, gelli prints, and my usual business. I have a list of ideas I’ll be working from. I’m hoping to explore some different types of bookmaking since that has always fascinated me. I don’t know yet if these will be items I’ll sell as one of a kind finished art pieces or if they will be blank books for someone to use. I don’t know if I’ll be writing more or using more quotes. I’m interested to see where the year goes. I’m hoping you will join me for the ride!

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2014 Making Something Every Day Year in Review

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As my second year of making something every day comes to a close, I wanted to take a few minutes and bask in the glory of things completed and post a few stats to remember from the year.

I posted 273 days of pictures of things I made. There is a week by week log of the year here on the blog.

I made: postcards, pages in various art journals, scarves, gloves, arts and science projects with the kids, cakes, dishcloths, shawls, art boxes, so many, many gelli prints, books, project posters with Eli, canvases: ranging in sizes from 3×5″ to 3×4′, amigurumi superheroes and a monkey, blankets, Easter eggs, ATCs, scarves, messy art projects for the kids at church, sweaters, greeting cards, art tags, and a couple of hats.

I learned to knit and to Tunisian crochet this past year. I judged a craft competition and crocheted at the top of the space needle.

One of my goals for 2014 was to complete some larger pieces. I finished around 25 pieces of canvas or large paper work. I sold seven of those for actual money!

Since I tried not to let the crochet take over the 2014 making, I didn’t always post what I was crocheting or what I finished. Here’s my crochet year from Ravelry:
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To wrap up this year, here’s a look at my very messy space that I must clean out in order to start the 2015 project! Usually the messy side of the desk belongs to Stephen but this week, it’s all mine!
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I’ll be posting about the plan for 2015 soon. It’s gonna be a bit different from the past 2 years and I’m pretty excited about it.

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