This year my New Year’s Resolution is to create and share a simple, quick creative project each week. Why? I love Pinterest! In fact, I’ve been gaining inspiration from Pinterest for years now. Only problem: that’s it–getting inspired. This is the year to take that inspiration to the next level and do something with it. Like most people, life is busy and there isn’t a lot of time to do what I love to do: make things for others. Each week offers 168 hours. Within those 168 hours, there’s usually a couple hours to create something to share with someone else. This would be far more profitable than simply inspiring myself. Not only would my creativity improve, but even more important, attention to the needs and life-experiences of family and friends would become a greater focus.

I’m giving myself 3 criteria for this creative endeavor:

  1. Choose a high quality, low-cost project to be made from easily accessible materials (found at the craft, home improvement or grocery store).
  2. Block out a few hours each week to create something.
  3. Share the creation with someone each week (i.e., husband–enhance the home environment, children–send through the mail, friends and family–special occasions such as a birthdays, holidays, illness, pregnancy, encouragement, seasonal, or any other event.)

Recently, I’ve spent several hours looking at creative magazines at bookstores and find myself quite uninspired because it seems that modern mixed media is trending. Most of this I do not understand. My goal is to come up with useful, practical, conservative and simple projects that are easy for people to understand, appreciate, and often use (or eat). This journey begins with a simple tassel bookmark to commemorate what I believe to be the big lesson God has been teaching me last year.

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