One: Try new things -- Ever since I have discovered polymer clay I feel I am constantly trying something new and pushing my boundaries. It is always exciting to discover some new technique or vibrant color combination. I already got a jump-start on this one. Ever since I saw Judy Belcher's Micro Knitting in polymer clay, I knew I really wanted to learn how to do that. Rather than trying to figure it out on my own I decided it was worth going right to the expert and learning directly from her. I have had a chance to go through the tutorial and now excited about giving it a try.
Two: Improve on the old. No matter what we create, I feel there is always room for improvement. Sometimes that means taking a new course or tutorial. We all have a different view point and experience and so we can always learn from each other. One of my favorite polymer clay techniques is mokume gane. I have been creating with it for several years now but recently discovered how Melanie Muir had really learned how to master it with such a unique style. While I really wasn't interested in making "Rock Cuffs", I decided to take Melanie's class through Craftcast and see if I could pick up any tips. I managed to learn a few new things and after trying her method I found my mokume did improve and I was satisfied with the results.
|The veneer on this kite bead necklace was created in a mokume using the new Pantone Spring 2013 colors of Monaco Blue, African Violet and Tender Shoots.|
|These buttons were made using the Pantone Spring 2013 colors of Monaco Blue, Dusk Blue, Emerald and Grayed Jade. Both the kite beads and these buttons remind me a lot of Batik dyed fabric.|
Three: Don't over do it. This one will be more of a challenge but sometimes I want to do too much and do not allow myself time for the first and second resolution. This past year we found ourselves almost too busy at times and after Dave and I discussing things, we both decided that somethings had to give to allow more time for what was really important. Making these types of decisions should not only reduce some of our stress but allow more time to enjoy the whole process and not feel so overwhelmed.
Now I am off to relax in our new jacuzzi hot tub for a nice relaxing soak. This was our new addition to our home this year to help with the tendinitis in my shoulder and combat that extra stress. It will be a good way to relax and unwind before we see in the New Year!