I can't deny it

Over the last few weeks I've thought long and hard at what I want to work on in the new year. I've come up with some new ideas and closed other avenues. I've left fabric off my list. At least for now. I really enjoyed working on what little I got done. I didn't even unveil everything I designed (at least a dozen patterns that I considered decent). For now, I want to concentrate on what I know best—paper.

Rings


I want those that enjoy paper crafting as much as I do, to be able to work on projects similar to the ones that I work on—so more PDFs will be coming (kid-friendly options too!). Working on my book has definitely helped me understand that it is more important for me to teach than it is to sell the pieces that I make. I don't do well working with multiples of anything simply because I want to move on to the next project. So, my wall art, will probably continue to be one-of-a-kind pieces. My PDF templates, on the other hand. allow for all of my interests to be wrapped into one nice package. I can design, produce, photograph, set up the tutorials—everything. After one is complete, I can move on to the next idea.

Four petals


On a more 'for fun' level I hope to get into sewing a lot more. I know I say that every year but this time I at least have specific projects I want to tackle. Hopefully, my crocheting and knitting needles will be clicking away more frequently too. Printing on fabric is something that I'd really like to experiment with. A screen printing class has been on my wish-list for a long time and I haven't forgotten block printing. I have plenty of lino blocks waiting for their turn to be made into something.

So now all I have to do is tackle my wishes & goals list and stick with it. Easier said than done.

Branch - an oldie that I still love


My Monday photo (which I've been neglecting to post) is more of a small collection of what I've been working on in the last few days. These are part of new stationery PDF sets that are now available in my shops (A LIttle Hut & Etsy). It seems like I have gray, blues and blueish greens on the mind lately.

Encounter

13 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Patricia! I think that setting your goals for the new year is a great way to start and you seem to have done it so well.

    I´m going to follow your example and do the same for me. In fact,I´ve been thiking about my goals for a while, I just didn´t get to the part of putting them down on paper. Why would it be, I don´t know...

    Happy holidays!

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  2. Focusing is probably the hardest thing to do when your brain is abuzz with ideas. Kudos to you for figuring it out BEFORE the new year - you've got a head start! I look forward to your future work.

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  3. Oh, I can't wait to see Little Hut Linocuts!

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  4. i can't wait to share some of my designs with you...we are SO on the same page right now! i adore your new creations! loves!!

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  5. I think those are all very good ideas, mainly the sewing and crocheting (because those are what I love to do!). I'm very excited to learn from you in the new year. Paper crafting has always been interesting to me.

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  6. I love the branch- very ferny. I hope 2009 is a creative one for you!

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  7. I love your work and am so glad that you share it the way you do. What you said about others who enjoy paper crafting being able to work on the projects you work on is part of what makes your blog and shop so appealing.

    Paper is the medium I am most comfortable in and your projects really inspire me. Can't wait to see what you come up with in the new year! Best wishes!

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  8. No matter what your focus is, it will be lovely - always excited to see new Little Hut work!

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  9. Sounds like you have a lot of great ideas for the future! Screenprinting is very cool, that's how I first got started with my dog t-shirt business. I wish I had room in my little apartment for all that equipment!

    For now I've started teaching myself embroidery - drawing with thread is so satisfying and rewarding, have you tried embroidering paper at all? I hear it can be done...

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  10. Dear God, I canNOT get over your work. It's amazing.

    Lovely meeting you the other night. Hope we stay in touch!

    K.

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  11. It's good to know what you love, but so much better to then actually do it.

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  12. Your designs are so simple and sweet, I understand having so many projects. Between creating new cards and retiring old ones, I have found a desire to learn to use felt and woolly embroidery on my cards. Hopefully it will turn out better then what I have pictured in my head!

    Good luck and Happy Holidays

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  13. Patricia,
    I'm so enthralled with all that you do, and how you share it so beautifully. How wonderful to know there is more to look forward to in the new year. I will be exploring similar mediums, so I'm especially excited to see how someone I admire (tremendously) approaches fabric printing. I've hinted that I'd love some lino blocks/tools under the tree! Thank you for posting your goals in away that both informs your readers and excites them!

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