My 2013 creative goals

Written by editor Nicole Bennett of Gidget Goes Home.

The new year sort of snuck up on me this year after the craziness of moving right before the holidays, so I have still yet to sit down with my husband to talk about goals and thoughts for 2013. But one thing I thought it would be fun to do would be to think about what goals I have for my own creativity.

Read on to see what I’m hoping to do in my creative life this year, and then by all means, leave a comment sharing a creative goal you have for 2013.

Get organized

At my last house I had a large section of our playroom all to myself for a little sewing corner. Here? Not so much. We downsized significantly and I’m stuck with boxes of fabric and supplies temporarily stacked and stored in my small room and various closets, waiting for a home.

So one of my main goals this year is to figure out a new system that works, and that enables me to use my creativity despite my small space. I need to prioritize my stash and figure out what I really need (and what I can store in the garage for later). If you use a very small space for sewing/crafts, I’d love your input!

Stay consistent

I often find myself doing tons of projects around certain times of year (like the holidays), and then with long stretches of my sewing machine collecting dust. I want to try to be more consistent with creative projects, even if it’s something simple like working on an embroidery hoop in the evening.

Staying creative requires intention just like other areas of our life. If I want to improve my skills and be productive, then I have to stick with it.

I’m really excited about WhipStitch’s Sewing Buddies program that I signed up for– maybe it will help me be more consistent. You can sign up, too, by February 1st.

Hone new skills

Speaking of improving my skills, there are a few things I want to learn this year. A couple of months ago I won a Cricut Mini at my local Queen Bee Market (woohoo!) and I’ve yet to even crack it open, let alone learn how to make the most of it.

I also have a hand-me-down serger that I really want to learn how to use, as I think it will open up a lot of doors to sew more with knits and other repurposed materials.

I’ve sort of decided that knitting (other than washcloths) is not for me, but maybe I should re-learn to crochet so I have something else to do while we’re on the couch watching a movie or a baseball game.

Specific project goals

I have a few things already on my 2013 to-do list. Here they are:

  • Make leggings for Gigi. She would like to wear them everyday if she could. I got the Go-To Leggings pattern for Christmas and recently heard about Girl Charlee for buying good-quality knit fabric, so now I just need to start sewing.
  • Work through my mending/repurposing pile. It’s never ending, but some things have been in there way too long!
  • Get working on my Sewing School eBook. I hope this is the year I can publish it for you!

So now it’s your turn. I’d love to hear what your creative goals are for the new year! I’ll try to keep you updated on how I’m doing on mine in 2013. Any goals you share might serve as great fodder for future posts here on Simple Homemade as well– after all, one of my main blogging goals is to inspire you!


Nicole lives near the beach in Southern California with her husband and three young kiddos. She writes a a lifestyle blog about creativity, family life, community, and all sorts of other fun stuff, and also keeps a homeschool journal called The Bennettar Academy. Her most recent (free!) ebook is about why and how to make more time for reading.

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  1. My goals for this year are to get my craft space completely organized so I can actually do the crafts I want to do!
    If you still like knit goods, but find knitting not quite for you, I strongly suggest checking out loom knitting. I know how to crochet, but can’t do it very long for the hand pain. I just can’t wrap my head around needle knitting, but I ADORE loom knitting. Awesome for knitting while watching TV. Check it out 🙂

  2. Ooh, great question! I want to improve my photography skills this year (by which I mostly mean: learn to really use my camera).

    I also have an idea brewing about a creative collaboration kind of project, but I’m not sure it’s fully formed enough to be a goal yet. 😉

  3. Keep up a good work:)

  4. I am going to sew more. Get my sewing space in order and by the end of the year, I want to have made an amazing dress that required learning a new skill.

  5. I recently found a beginning serger e-class that has been really enjoyable and educational. My hand-me down serger and I are actually becoming friends. I plan to get to know it even better and incorporate it into my sewing projects.

    Please us know how the leggings turn out. My girls live in theirs and wear them out fast. I am already working on turning a bunch into shorts for under summer dresses.

  6. Yay for my leggings pattern! Let me know if you need any help!

    My mending/repurposing pile is so large I’m thinking of letting it all go and moving on. It’s so overwhelming I never start!

  7. My little girl loves her leggings as well, we just layer jeans over them for these cold, Canadian winters.

    One idea I want to try (a goal for this year is to organize all my craft stuff) is to use a bookshelf to hold bins/baskets of fabric, notions, paper, ribbons etc. It’s narrow and fits in most places and should help me stay on top of what I actually have instead of always getting new fabric. =p

    Yay for your new place and new routines!

  8. Do you need a serger to make leggings or does a regular sewing machine all you need? I would love to make leggings for my two girls.

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