If I sat down and defined last year's personal craft trend for myself, I would easily have said "Garlands!" I made so many garlands! I loved them! I was obsessed with them! I made them in every size!
While my love for them hasn't died, I do feel a new craft trend coming on for this year. Tags. Ok, can you really call it a trend when I can only link back to one tag project (for this year, at any rate. I did make these cuties last year)? I think it's safe to say yes because I already love them and I already want to make more and my mind is already full of other ideas!
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's talk about these!
As we continue on into the new year, and pounding away at those resolutions, I have to imagine that your playlist could use a little reboot, too. Here is a mini playlist of songs that never fail to get me moving! Hopefully some of them are new to you and some may just be old favorites you haven't listened to in a while.
What songs get your blood pumping? Let me know in the comments!
On top of all the other resolutions, I thought it would be a good idea to throw in one more approach to 2017. I've noticed a trend of people picking their word of the year. It would be the thought that gets them centered, keeps them focused, gives them the motivation when they just aren't feeling ready to face the tasks of the day. I ignored this idea for quite a while. I told myself I didn't need one more thing to keep track of, but I also felt that I would not be able to select a word that would be powerful enough to do me any good. After all, it's a lot of pressure to put on one verbal talisman: keep my life in check and on track for a year, through every time I'm flagging, every time I'm stressed, every time I'm lost. Is there one word that would do all that for me?
Ever since the Victorian Slide Bracelet of Tragedy, many of those buttons have been sitting in a small pouch, taunting and tempting me. I've definitely wanted to use them for something, but I wasn't quite sure what until I was noodling around yet again with the idea of making a stationery box. I'd always known that in addition to an assortment of cards, envelopes, and paper, I would want gift tags to also be available. I'd already found a tag template in my stash that I felt would be perfect, but I wasn't sure what I actually wanted them to look like. Until Melvin the Magpie whispered, "Shiny. You want them to be shiny."
Monday was my first day back on the yoga mat in quite a while. My temper had been decidedly sour and my mood completely down. Meditating, stretching, and testing my limits seemed like a good way to try to shake it all off. Two of my friends/coworkers were going to the class, making the timing feel even more fortuitous. I'm not sure why exactly I'd fallen off the devoted yogi wagon. It always calms and centers me and it has continuously felt like something I'm good at. So it was with a great deal of relish that I unrolled my mat in the darkened room and stretched and relaxed to the lilt of a penny flute. I was in the front row, but it would be fine. I was ready for this. The teacher guided us into our first stretches and breathing exercises, encouraging us to set our intention.
You see that (kind of sad) gigantic crayon there? That has been the home of all my loose change for about the last 20 years. It's about two feet tall and, when it was originally purchased, had school supplies in it. In college, it was the pizza/laundry/Raising Cane's fund for my roommates and I. After college, I decided every time it filled up, I would roll the coins and go on an adventure.