When it comes to decorating our home, I still have a long way to go.
Many of the ideas are already there in my head (fighting for space alongside my vegie garden project ideas, my bookshop ideas, my blog ideas…!)
But transforming those ideas into reality? That’s where I tend to get a bit stuck.
Alright, a lot stuck!
When I’ve had the time, I haven’t had the money to spend.
When I’ve had the money, business has been busy and there’s no time to spend it. And no time to create even the simplest projects that could transform a wall, a desk, a room…
Like these gorgeous fabric hoops I recently discovered on Pinterest:
or these beautiful magnetic frames (also found on Pinterest):
Then of course, there’s the confidence issue: “Can I do a good job of this?” (Which, when you have perfectionistic tendencies, is an important question!) and “Will I actually finish what I start – this time?”
As 2012 begins, I have a renewed sense of determination to again focus on both clearing the clutter around our home and creating a space that is warm and welcoming and full of the creative things we love.
(I should also have a lot more time on my hands this year, as we employ someone to take over from me doing hubby’s business accounts.)
Even if I don’t end up with an abundance of time – or of confidence! – I do have a plan.
I’ve been inspired by my sister and her friends, who have made a resolution for 2012 to each do something ‘exciting’ or ‘adventurous’ each month this year.
I’m going to create something beautiful for our home every month.
This month, January, I’m going to start with the fabric hoops. I’ve bought a collection of embroidery hoops from Spotlight (from memory, they were about $3 each), and have been going through my fabric stash to see what I can use.
I have to tell you though, there’s a very good chance that today will find me visiting our local fabric store. My stash of leftover fabrics is fairly limited, and I’d so much rather use fabric that I really love for a project like this – or any project, for that matter!
Would you like to join me for my January creative challenge?
Is there a craft project you’ve been wanting to do for a while? Something simple that you can do to brighten up your home this month?
If you want to have a go along with me, share your project in the comments here. In the first week of February, I’ll post the results of this month’s challenge. You can share your results and photos here too!
If you’d like to know how to make fabric hoops:
If you’d love to have a go at making some fabric hoops yourself, you’ll find an easy tutorial from The Purl Bee here. Or maybe you’d like to try making a hoop bulletin board? You can check out Casa Sugar’s tutorial for that here.
You can also find a whole lot more inspiration here where I’ve gathered my favourites on Pinterest .
Want to know how to make magnetic photo frames?
Here’s a tutorial from Whitney at Shanty Chic that shows you how. While the girls there have used fabric to make their frame, I quite like the idea of trying this using scrapbooking paper (unlike my limited fabric stash, I have plenty of beautiful paper waiting for the perfect project).
Can’t wait to hear about your creative projects. I look forward to seeing the results next month.
Now I’m off to organise some fabric…
…and a hot glue gun …and hangy things… (because my project won’t be finished until it’s actually hanging on the wall!)