Unlike with January, where it is seen by many as the beginning of the new year and a time to make resolutions for the year, since moving to the ranch over 16 years ago now, my new year has shifted to calving season. There is just something about seeing baby calves born and running around the meadow that just inspires and motivates me to create and stick to resolutions for the year. I think it has something to do with all that young energy.
With the drop of that first calf, I found myself in the mood to declutter some of the “junk” around here. I decided to start with my craft stash and went through my craft corner, closet, drawers, and suitcases. Yes, this crafting junk has found its way into every nook and cranny of our home.
I think some of this decision was based on my Etsy shop and what items did I want to create for it as I am still searching for my “niche” products. So while going through my library of crafting books, I found several that I had purchased over the years that I will never use again or will not be doing. Many of these are finding their way into my shop right now. Many more of them will be added as I make a final decision on them.
So here is the list for the interested:
For the Crafter
I made the Craft Journal for Makers & Designers for the crafter that wants a detailed records of their projects. They come in a hardbound, spiral bound, and printable versions. They were created to be versatile with plenty of space for all types of craft projects, including sewing, crocheting, knitting, woodworking, jewelry, beading, embroidery, or any other types of crafts you do.
For the Crocheter: Crochet Patterns
I have several of my own crochet patterns waiting in the wings for me to type up and place in my Etsy shop. I hope to have that done by the end of this year. Crossing my fingers.
For the Cross Stitcher: Cross Stitch Patterns
These are the few that are left as many were grabbed shortly after their release into my shop. There will be more cross stitch patterns added to my shop as I have a ton of them that I’ve collected in my 30 years of cross stitching. Many of them I still haven’t convinced myself to part with, but I’m getting close. 😀
For the Handmade Card & Journal Crafter
During my “I want to create handmade cards, journals, and scrapbook because they look awesome” phase in life, I bought these lovely books. Only later did I realize I had no real desire to spend my time making handmade cards, creating journals I would never use, or scrapbooking a photo book I would never look at. Although recently I did find some awesome information in these books for my artist daughter, including some valuable information on art journaling Journal Revolution and creating an art journal that she loves in the Making Journals by Hand.
For the Sewist: Sewing Patterns
I bought several sewing pattern before I had kids with the intention of sewing my own clothes or quilts. Only I had kids and some of the patterns that I bought no longer fit me. So it’s time to find some sewist whose interested in them. Neither of the clothing patterns have ever been used. And for the interested, yes, I am sewing my own clothes. I just use different patterns. 😀
For the DIY Organic Cosmetics Creator
I bought these with the intention of creating my own beauty products. Great idea, huh. Not really in my case. I don’t use face creams, body lotions, or hair rinses. Not that that is all that is in these books. They have so much great information and awesome recipes for those interested in skin and hair care.
I hope you crafters found something that you like, but if not, that’s ok. I will be adding more patterns to my shop. Also, I’m working my way through my stash of crafting goods. Some of that stash will find it’s way into my shop as I decide what I will be using, what I won’t be using, and what I’m ready to part with. I really want these items that I love to go to someone who will love and use them. 😀
Wishing you all the very best!