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When I read about Make Something 365 started by Noah Scanlin, and his 365 Skulls project, I was inspired. I was ready to try it. I couldn’t wait. I had great ideas!

And it lasted about a week.

And that was even with the caveat that it was ok to fail sometimes. But I didn’t like to fail, and skipping days felt like failing even if I had said it wasn’t. So I quit, and I hated that I quit. But that’s what happened.

Fast forward to about a month ago. I found the book Make it Mighty Ugly (which is AMAZING and everyone should read it) and that lead me to #YearOfMaking, which was started by Miriam Felton when she began posting what she was making every day. This resonated with me. There really aren’t any rules. Just make something. Or part of something. Or whatever you decide “making” means to you. I can’t even begin to tell you how freeing this is. And it’s a “year”, not “2015” so I (and you) can start whenever.  In fact, I started 16 days ago. SIXTEEN DAYS!!! Can you believe that?

Here’s a couple of the things I’ve made.

Birdies colored with Tim Holtz Distress Markers for Crafting{without}Kids

Day 2

Cork Pendant Necklace for Crafting{without}Kids

Day 12

Brick Stitch Circles for Crafting{without}Kids

Days 13 & 14


So far so good. It’s been good having an excuse to make something every day, but it’s also been good not to be limited to making a specific thing every day. You’ll be seeing the days tick by at the end of my posts, and every once in a while I’m going to post a couple of things I’ve been making. If you want to see what I’m making each day, follow me on Twitter (@craftingwokids) or Instagram (CraftingWithoutKids). I post pictures there (the 99% of the time I remember to take one & it isn’t a blog post.) I’m also going to be following along with The Daily Marker and her 30 Day Color Challenge which starts tomorrow so you’ll see those too.

16/365 #YearOfMaking

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Last Christmas I received a book called A Daily Creativity Journal: Make Something Everyday And Change Your Life. For a long time, I have wanted to tackle a “something-a-day” type project, but I’ve never been able to talk myself into it. It didn’t seem right to go into a project this immense with a feeling that I was going to fail immediately. So I’d forget about it and go on about my business. But it kept creeping back into my mind.

One of my One Little Word resolutions (more on that in the future 🙂 ) for this year is to not use the excuse “I don’t have time for that” unless it’s actually true. As you probably know, most often the hard truth is that we do have time for something, we just use the excuse that we don’t because we don’t want to do whatever that something is, but it makes us feel better to just say we don’t have time because then we aren’t saying no to something unpleasant or simply procrastinating, we just “can’t” and that gets us off the hook. 

So I’m going to do it.

Because I DO have the time, if I just make the time.  I may not do something every day. I really hope I do, and I am really going to try to, but if there are days I miss, then I miss them, and it will be because I was actually busy and life happened. Then I will just make 2 things the next day or decide that I just lose that day.

Now that I decided I’m going to do it, I just need a topic. Something broad enough that I can play with it every day and still have options, but narrow enough in scope that there is an actual theme to the things I end up making. Drum roll please… 🙂


Paper scraps, fabric scraps, who knows what kind of scraps! On day 205 I might just have to decide to create a new kind of scrap! I’m not crazy enough to think that I’ll be able to blog every day in addition to making something every day. So right now I’m aiming to check in here with my projects a couple times a week. I’ll show you the good, the bad and the what-the-heck-was-I-thinking?!?!

So that’s it. I’m going to do this thing. Starting today. Starting Now. Here goes nothing!

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