This totally feels like a post that should come at the beginning of the year, but I figure it is still early in 2012 and better late than never right?
I’m a total believer in having goals, dreams and personal accomplishments. Because without those, life would just be, well, stagnant. So, I thought it might be fun to create a number of goals for the year that I can then update on this blog- keeps things interesting AND holds me accountable. Here are my 12 goals in 2012:
1. Visit a new art gallery
The National Art Gallery here in Ottawa is terrific, but I’ve been there and done that. I fully intend to cross this one off the list this summer- maybe even more than one if I’m lucky.
2. Take an art course
There are so many terrific art courses offered in this city and it is time to hunker down, choose one and get going on it.
3. Do more sketches in my sketchbook
I feel like this will follow logically on #2. Once my drawing skills are improved I will be able to rely less on photographs in my art and be free to get even more creative.
4. Redo the birchbark piece
As you will remember, this piece got ripped apart because it just wasn’t totally working for me. Before the end of the year I want to resurrect this concept in an even bigger and better way. Or even if not bigger, at least better.
5. Try at least 3 new natural dye recipes
I started this last year and enjoyed dyeing with coffee and red cabbage. Then when the Japanese maple leaves let me down in the fall I stalled on this project. Time to get down to trying some new ones.
6. Keep up “recipe a week” with my sister
About a year ago, my sister and I started choosing a recipe a week that we would both make in our respective homes. It went really well in the beginning and then fell off the tracks when she did some travelling and we never seemed to get back on. We have recomitted and are ready to take on this project again. I thought it might be fun to follow our exploits on the blog as we determine which recipes are keepers and which are never to be repeated.
7. Bake at least 5 new gluten-free/sugar-free fancy desserts
For those following along, you’ll remember that both myself and my husband completely cut out processed sugar from our diet almost two years ago, and neither of us have gone back since. We are also (for the most part) making gluten-free choices. We have done a lot of g-f/s-f baking, but I want to branch out even more into fancier cakes and desserts and I have the perfect recipe books to do so. No excuses.
8. Play catch up on a lot of meals that we owe to various friends
This should be easy to cross off once our new dining room table is delivered and we actually have places to seat both grown-ups and oodles of kids.
9. Try rug hooking with at least three new materials
This can’t include yarn, wool, bark, silk, leather or beads because I have already tried those. This will force me to get creative to think up three new materials and give them a try. And the materials do not necessarily have to be hooked, they could be adhered to the rug in some other way. Intriguing.
10. Make a piece using colours that I wouldn’t typically use
In theory, this should work as I have yarn in just about every colour of the rainbow. The actual process and the end result, however, may not work so well. But much of art comes from experimentation so I’ll give it a try.
11. Try my hand at another abstract piece
Kind of cheating as the piece I am working on could be considered “abstract”, but since I’m finishing it in 2012 it totally counts.
12. Blog at least three days a week
I would like to get it up to five days a week, but seeing how sporadic this has been recently I’ll start at three and see where it goes from there.
So, there they are. I also have five or six business specific goals set for myself this year, but those I tend to keep close until I have achieved success, so you’ll just have to keep following along!