Sunday, December 27, 2009

A Hoarders' New Year Challenge

With the new year just around the corner, love them or hate them, new year’s resolutions are just waiting to be made! If you’re like me, I’ve made many over the years, and keeping them has been a little less than a total success. Okay, a lot less than a total success! Even if you don’t normally make resolutions (why make them only if they’re going to be broken?), most of us will have some kind of craft goal, or something we want to do differently, in 2010.

I’ve been reading suggestions on how to increase the likelihood of actually following through with resolutions: define your goal, create your plan and tell people! That’s where the Hoarders Unite Team comes in! Telling other people can help you keep your resolution because it might provide some needed motivation.

My challenge to you is to state here, to the rest of the team, one resolution related to crafting and/or hoarding that you want to achieve before Valentine’s Day. How hard can that be to keep? Of course, you can list more than one if you want to!

Maybe you want to reorganize your craft room

or try a new craft

or simply do more crafting and use up some of your hoard.

So, if you’re up to this challenge, post your new year’s crafting or hoarding resolution in the comments to this post by January 5.

Then, no later than February 14, send me a photo of the results of your resolution, and a bit about how it went (send email to

On February 21, I will post your photos and stories, and also post at least one photo of something from your Etsy shop (free promotion for you - yay!).

I’ll start by posting my resolution in the comments to this post. What is your new year’s resolution? Post it now – and let’s help support each other in reaching our goals!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all have a great start to 2010!


Whoa It's Me:

Finding Things:


  1. My resolution: By February 14, I will decide on one functional, pretty item to use as a thank you gift for my customers, and I will use fabric from my stash to make at least three of them.
    Trudy, WhoaitsMe and FindingThings

  2. I will think of it and post soon, but is that YOUR yarn stash? OH WHAT A WONDERFUL array of yarn!!!

  3. I need to organize my craft area and studio... Wish me luck to do this by Valentine's day!!

  4. It is, isn't it? But no, it's not my yarn stash. I do have a fabric stash that will last me a few decades, though!

  5. Heather, don't forget to take before and after photos!

    One of my resolutions is to only use fabric (furoshiki) wrap for all birthday and holiday gifts in 2010. So, this requires that I look through my fabric stash and prepare some in proper measured dimensions. I want to make at least 10 wrap cloths.

  6. Sinclair, I had never heard of furoshiki before, so googled it to find out about it. What a beautiful Japanese art form! Are the wrap cloths typically made from a certain type of fabric, or is any type of fabric used? I can't wait to see your finished project!

  7. Okie dokie, I'm thinking. Funny you should challenge us, Trudy, because on my next post I was going to do something similar! My challenge was going to be to use some of our hoarded craft supplies and make something BLUE!! My challenge was to use ONLY what we have on hand for that project, no new stuff. So, let me think some more about what I will do for your challenge.

  8. Hey, Nancy, I'd be up to that challenge! I have a lot of new year eneregy to burn, and could definitely handle them both.

  9. So my resolution is going to be to use what I already have! Since the deadline is Valentines Day, it will be themed that way. Does it count if I have the beads but need to order silver? Heh.

  10. What a lovely idea! Okay ... I have to give it some thought and then I'll be back. In the meantime ...

    I'm wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!

    Small Footprints

  11. I aspire to create and organize my new craft room! It is a partial room now... And stemming from that one, to create, create, create!

  12. I will try (I will...REALLY) to find homes for all of the items I have randomly tossed around my craft area. In particular, the stack of papers, die-cuts, notebooks, etc. sitting on top of my idea books (which makes me wonder...since I can't get to the idea books, do I really need them???).

    Good luck all!