27 April 2012

How I am (trying) to make 2012 glorious


Way back in January I chose a word for the year. That word was


At the time I wrote that "Glorious, is how I want 2012 to look. I've come to realise that I have a- what I believe-is a God given talent for creativity. I have the ability to make my space, my life look glorious through what I can create and photograph."
So, a third of the way through the year I want to look at how I am trying to make 2012 glorious.

Writing and brainstorming anything that is inspiring

I find I visit so many blogs that my brain becomes full of so much inspiring material. There are so many things I want to create and do and write but because of the sheer number, I hate to say it, I forget them.

This year I have tried to write down and pin these things. I write a copious amount of lists just of things I want to make, or try out, or combinations that might work. As a result, I think I have been more creative.

Starting a visual journal

I have wanted to do this for ages but I never got around to it. As I started to brainstorm more and write more lists, I found I need a place to put them.

This last month I have started my journal, filling it with photos, drawings and ideas. The more I do it, the more I find to put in it. I have always enjoyed creative writing and starting a journal has fuelled that again. I am combining words with pictures in a way I haven't done since my photography A level.

On an excpetionally glorious note, it is becoming the perfect place to jot down my prayers.

Getting out there and creating

I do a lot of pinning. I don't do a lot of creating. There, I said it. My real aim with glorious 2012 was to actually create things. Things that I could look back on and go "yeah, I created that,it's beautiful."

It is a real liberation to have an idea and then sit down and do it. I am very good and just thinking about it. The new quilt was a combination of several ideas and tutorials and rather than just think about it, I bit the bullet and did it. Yep, there were mistakes but I learnt.

I am becoming more impulsive with my craft, I am experimenting. I am making things for myself not just following tutorials.

Redesigning and reworking my blog

At the beginning of the this year I redesigned the blog. It was a great learning curve, battling with HTML but I am so happy with how it turned out. I want my blog to look glorious so I am constantly trying to tweak different bits to keep it looking fresh.

On that note, I am also trying to blog more. This started here when I brainstormed and came up with a little structure to work around. It's not perfect but definitely better.

Writing down the best thing from each day.

Again this was a project started at the beginning of the year that I have grown to love. I enjoy going through my day and thinking to myself about what moment I will write down as the best. Yep, if I am brutally honest there were/are some days when the best thing was going to bed that night but you know what, I am ok with that. This quote is what I am living with "Not every day will be good, but there is something good in every day." Amen to that.

Operation Speak Out.
I am most proud of this little venture started last month. It was amazing to see so many of you commenting and sharing the love.

A little plug. If you want to join in we are doing it again Thursday 3rd May. More details nearer the time.


Amy said...

Abi, I think your blog looks senational! I really enjoy seeing all your photos and I can see such a difference in them since 2009.

I just wanted to drop by today and let you know. Over the past few months I have had a lot of trouble commenting here, crazy blogger stuff I am sure, but it seems like this will work today - yay!

Sian said...

I think it looks fabulous too!

JO SOWERBY said...

I LOVE UR NEW HEADER.........can u do a tutorial on how to make ur pretty headers? that would make me ecstatic. i am not doing very well at keeping up with many of my planned projects but i am not stressing, although today i did mend my grandparent's ailing toy owl so he now has a beak and his wings aren't falling off,
jo xxx

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love the fresh/clean blog look. And I agree that sometimes it is hard to step away from the computer and create. Off to do that soon! LOL!