Beading New Year's Resolutions

I can hardly believe that we're in the last few days of 2011! While most folks are making New Year's Resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking or exercise more, I'm thinking about how I can cram more beading into the coming year. I'll sit down with my sketchbooks and my journals and take a good look at what I've accomplished in the last twelve months, and then I make a plan for what I would like to do in the coming year.

So as I prepare for my January Earring-a-Day Challenge, I'm also thinking about what else I want to accomplish with my beads this year:

1. Get back into making large-scale beadwork. Back in 2003, I started doing large-scale beadwork and intricate bead embroidered collars and cuffs. I chugged along with those until I had my son in 2008, and then I took a little bit of a beading break to focus on taking care of him. Now that he's in preschool and I'm back to working full-time, I've decided that I am ready to start working on some intricate, large-scale pieces of beadwork again. And good thing, too – my sketchbooks are overflowing with ideas and designs!

2. Send out those pesky teaching proposals. I've had more than a few bead shops approach me about teaching my designs lately, and I've been putting off writing up those class proposals. The nice thing about this task is that once I've done it, I probably won't have to do it again for a very long time!

3. Learn kumihimo. When my good friend from Florida came and visited me back in October, she brought with her dozens of kumihimo cords that she had been working on, all embellished with sparkling crystal beads. I couldn't get over how beautiful and supple they were, and I've decided that this is going to be the year that I will learn kumihimo!

4. Enter at least one beading competition. For years, I've been tossing around the idea of entering some of my beadwork into a major beading competition. Well, enough tossing. 2012 is going to be the year that I finish some new beading designs and get them entered in a competition!

5. Get to work on "the book". Something else that has been floating around in my head: a few ideas for beading books. I've been doodling and sketching and beading up little swatches and samples, and now I think I'm finally ready to sit down and start knocking out these projects and putting them together. Stay tuned!

Do you make beading New Year's Resolutions? What are they? How do you track your progress?

And don't forget – if you're interested in joining our Earring-a-Day Challenge here on Beading Daily, head on over to the new Bead Along page and get all the details! We're going to challenge ourselves to find some time to bead every day, try some new techniques (soutache, anyone?) and see if we can't whip up thirty-one brand new pairs of beaded earrings this month!

Bead Happy and Happy New Year!

Jennifer

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