For 2015, I took on a year-long project to motivate myself to stretch my creative boundaries and actually use the supplies I’d bought in the past, instead of letting them sit on my shelf. I casually invited other bloggers to join me and was thrilled when three folks stuck through the entire year – Kristy & Rebecca! I’ll be sharing my overall thoughts and round-up of the year in a separate post, but you can see them all listed out here.
Rebecca and I decided that we both had at least another 12 things to try on our list, so we are co-hosting another round of Try Something New Every Month (TSNEM) for 2016 and hoping that in addition to any other bloggers, readers will join in too!
Anyone can join in, at any time, simply by trying something new to them for that month. BUT even better would be sharing it! Each month, we will announce/remind readers of the monthly theme and share what we tried. Either Rebecca or I will host a link-up on the post that is open all month, allowing anyone to add a picture and share what they tried. We will also have a Facebook Group for chatter, goals, questions, sharing, etc. Using the hashtag #TSNEM on Instagram is the easiest and fastest way to get connected as well!
We decided not to do any monthly incentives – if you join in, it’s simply for the love of creativity and craft. Each month will have an overarching theme that is very broad – even if you’ve been quilting for years, maybe there is a technique or shape or block you haven’t tried, as an example.
The themes will be:
January – Quilting (I tried bias tape applique)
February- Tactile Craft; paper mache, clay, soap, candlemaking (I tried paper mache)
March- Painting (I tried oil pastels)
April- Edible Crafts (I tried making food-based fabric dye)
May – Hand Sewing (I tried visible mending)
June- Heavy Craft; leather, wood burning, glass etching (I tried metal stamping labels)
July- Yarn Craft; knitting, crochet, weaving (I tried making pom poms)
August- Printmaking; fabric or paper (I tried screen printing)
September – Machine Sewing (I went off script and tried pressed flower art)
October- Needlework; embroidery, cross-stitch, crewel, needlepoint (I tried stumpwork embroidery)
November- Papercraft; origami, scrapbook, calligraphy (I tried papercutting)
December- Choose your own! (I tried making faux chenille)
How exciting is that! Make sure to subscribe to my newsletter (it goes out every Friday) so you don’t miss monthly announcements!
You can see a round-up of 2015’s projects in the collage below, or read more with them all listed out here.