New Year’s Resolutions for the Creative Human: A Carding Chronicle

SH-Crafters resolutions

This Carding Chronicle started years ago as a contribution to my quilt guild’s January newsletter. It has morphed and changed since then but I believe its virtue remains the same: A resolve to use up what I have.

But as we all know, temptation is abroad in the land.

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I am wishing all of you a very happy and peaceful New Year.


January 1, 2019: I resolve not* to buy or bring home any new books, fabric, paper, paints, yarn, pens or markers this year. I will read or use only what I have in my stash when the urge to create comes upon me.

*Exceptions:

  • Really pretty fabric that some nefarious quilting friend puts on the free table at a guild meeting. You know the kind I mean, something that’s a batik or a leaf print (I love leaf prints) or has sparkly thread.
  • Yarn in a luscious shade of orange that I find at the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival that’s held every autumn at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds.
  • Cool embroidery kits that I discover during the Vermont Shop Hop that I know will get sold out quickly if I don’t buy them now. This is especially true when I am encouraged to think this way by the friends fellow enablers that I’m Shop Hopping with.
  • A brand new type of pen for which I have an extraordinary coupon from Post in White River Junction, Vermont. (The coolest card and drawing supply store in the Upper Valley, in my opinion.)
  • Fabric that I find at a summer stash buster sale put on by a guild member fellow enabler who’s priced everything so low, it’s almost free.
  • A new sketchbook with a cover that’s a painting by Georgia O’Keefe or a Celtic design because O’Keefe is one of my all-time favorites and I love Celtic anything.
  • Or when Michaels sends me an irresistible coupon for stamp pads or acrylic paint or colored pencils or something else I don’t have.
  • Or when one of my favorite authors brings out a new work and I know I want to add it to my carefully curated collection of books so why wait?

January 1, 2020: I resolve not* to buy or bring home any new books, fabric, paper, paints, yarn, pens or markers this year because I have run out of space in my desk drawers and stash cabinet and my husband says he’s not building me any more bookshelves.

* Exceptions may apply.


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The Crafter’s New Year’s Resolutions

I am one of those people who are blessed with busy hands. If I’m not writing, I’m quilting or reading or crocheting or drawing or embroidering.

Growing up, my Grandpa and Grandma Hakala were the epitome of that idea. They were always on the move—gardening, knitting, cooking, chopping wood. So I think I get my “bustling” genes from them.

But as every creative-type person knows, all the stuff we accumulate takes up space. That’s why, every year about this time, I take a gander at my private stockpile and vow to use or read what I already have on hand.

I share this bustling gene with a lot of folks in Carding. And every year, they make the same resolution.

You can catch the whole list of resolutions tomorrow, (and probably add a few of your own) right here at the Carding Chronicles. Here’s a taste of what’s in store.

SH-Crafters resolutions

Author of the Carding, Vermont novels, quilt books, and book publishing guides.