Hello 2016

It’s resolution time…….

I have my usual ones…….. use what I have, stop wasting time, clean up my work space…. you know the drill.

I have a LOT of resources  at my disposal, don’t we all? Actually it’s kind of a running joke amongst my quilting friends to ALWAYS ask me first because I PROBABLY have it! Especially books which is a bit of a paradox because I rarely make projects that are published, but I love to look through any media for inspiration. Here’s a sampling of what I have on hand:

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I did say sampling right? I also have a pattern file in my basement, I’m talking big metal pattern file like at JoAnn Fabrics. And all my longarm references are in another room (with my longarm!)

And let’s not forget the infinite files on my computer! (Pinterest? OMG!)

I’m just talking inspiration here, not fabric, or tools, that’s another discussion…

So a big resolution this year is to USE what I have as inspiration! I bought/collected all this stuff because it spoke to me at some level. I want to focus on ideas I have collected and be more productive instead of spending SO much time looking at OTHER ideas!

My other plan/approach to resolutions this year is FOCUS! I have SO MANY things I want to do! I end up being a Jack of all Trades and Master of None! So this year my plan is to concentrate on one major skill/topic each month and really commit. I don’t mean I’ll only do one thing each month ( I know myself better than that!) But instead of trying to learn 10 things at a time I’ll focus on just one while I’m doing other stuff that I already know.

For example, I really need to up my computer skills, especially Photoshop and InDesign. Right now I only use them when I have a specific project/deadline, usually months apart, so it’s like starting over every time! Such a waste of time!! So I think that’s my topic for January, Photoshop and InDesign (I know that’s two, but they go hand in hand).

I’ll let you know how I’m doing and then we’ll see what’s next for February.

My other big resolution is to be a better blogger. So far I’m doing well with that one! 🙂

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