Dec 29, 2012

Use It Up!


So, New's Years.  Wow!  2013 is just a few days away.  I'm both pleased to have a clean slate and a little sad to say good-bye to 2012.  It was a year of growth for me, a good year.  I guess I move forward knowing 2012 is my foundation to build a great 2013 upon.

In 2013 I will...

- celebrate my 20 year wedding anniversary
- cry when my daughter turns 16 and will start dating and driving and working
- cry even harder when my twins turn 12, leave primary, and start middle school (they are my youngest)
and cry even harder, probably bawl, when I turn 40!

Oh boy, it will be a year...

So, New Year's resolutions?  Are you setting them?  Am I setting them?

Nope!  I'm not.  I always say I'll lose weight, I'll eat less, I'll exercise more but I start out well and then January 2nd hits and poof, I'm done.  Then I feel guilty.

So, no resolutions but I am going to make a conscious effort to do two things.  And, I'm not going to beat myself up if I fail, however, I want to be more aware of these two things in 2013.

1 - Gratitude!  I've been so touched these last few months from the kindness and gratitude from others.  My dear readers have helped out a women in need, (remember our fundraiser in October for a mom with cancer) and you've sent me "thank you" emails randomly just because.  It's been so nice to open my in-box and find a message from someone saying "thank you for writing a blog, thank you for sharing your creations, thank you for your words."  And, not only have I received emails but I've been sent cards in the mail too.  What a surprise!  They made my day.  To those of you who took the extra time to say "thanks" - thank you!

I'm channeling the gratitude and kindness that I've felt from others and I want to pass that along in 2013.  I want to be more aware of the little things people do and I want to let them know I noticed and I'm appreciative.  (I'll share more on this later as I have some tutorials already planned.)

2- I want to use what I have.  I cleaned out my bins, drawers, and shelves the other day and was so surprised at how much craft stuff I have.  I was even more surprised when I realized I'm not using it.  So, I'm going to try and put it to use this year.  I'll be sharing those projects as I go.  This will be good for me to use it up!  Also, funny thing, since I now work at a craft store, my desire to shop at them has decreased.  Using what I already have saves me a needless trip.

Here's a sample of one project I did with some items I had forgotten I had...



The clay necklace idea isn't new, you've seen the tutorials for both the Word Pendants and the mother's day necklace, however I haven't done initials before.  (if you want to see how to make this, click on one of the tutorials for a step-by-step guide)


Now, I'm not sure about you, but long before the days of cute rub-ons and Cricut machines, I went a little crazy and collected alphabet rubber stamps.  Did you do that too?  As I was cleaning the other day I found my stash.  This is only one bag and it has 4 different alpha sets in it.  I have other bags - with other sets - with multiple sizes - too.  Needless to say, I should be using them.


So I did.  I used them to make initial necklaces for all my daughter's friends as goodie bag gifts for their birthday party.  They were a hit!  It seemed all 12 girls loved their necklaces and I used something I already had - success!  


I hope to do more of this type of thing.  In 2013 I'm making an effort to use it up!  I found some fun old metal stencils in my stash - do you all remember those?  I have big plans for mine!

Anyway, as we send out the old year and welcome in the new, I just want to let you all know I'm happy you are here.  Thanks for stopping in every now and again!

Oh, and just because we only have 48 more hours before the contest ends....


Won't she look cute in braces?  We are hoping to win her free braces and would appreciate your vote. It just takes a second to follow the link and press the "vote" button.   Plus, since the cost to put braces on her is $4800+,  if she wins free braces that just means more crafting supplies for me - I know, I know, it goes against my current "use it up" philosophy, however, you know I'll share tutorials on any creations I make which ultimately means voting for her helps you too.  (Is that too much of a stretch? - Yes, I'm getting desperate!  Her lead is shrinking)

Please vote for Cambree at: 

Thank you!

3 comments:

Caroline said...

What a great idea to use your alphabet stamps as an initials necklace. I too decided I need to reduced my craft stash. My daughter-in-law decided she would like to try beading so we sat down and had a "play" with my vast stash. I got to keep all the ones I really, really liked and she took her choices from the rest. Result? One reduced but treasured stash, one very happy d-i-l with a stash of her own, and two women with a shared interest! I love your blog and your tutorials are fabulous, I'm currently working on the Nativity Set (for next year). I wish you and your family a Happy New Year from Middle Earth (aka New Zealand) <3

crafterofall said...

As a crafter I am so glad that I found your blog. Pinterest was my first intro to "then she made..." I have REALLY enjoyed reading your post. I have to say I LOVE your new year's "resoulution"! If more people would pick up on thankfulness/gratitude we could turn this world up side down! Thankful first for what God has done for us, then thank the people around us for what they have done.

P.S. I voted for Cambree. I have had braces and know they aren't cheap.

janie said...

Okay...am excited about following you in 2013. Really like your necklace creations and enjoy reading and learning from you. Your initial necklace is the cutest!! I placed my vote for the "ugly" sweater and hope your daughter gets her braces!!

Happy New Year!!