Stuff I’d Like to Do This Year

How’s that for a generic title?

I am not too big on resolutions. They stress me out a bit.

But I also don’t really want to meander through the year either – I figure if I don’t make a goal to get somewhere – I probably won’t get anywhere.

Pretty profound huh? ;) I should make a printable. or not.

So I have some “Goals”. Loose plans of things I’d like to do this year. I figure if I share them with you, that will:
1) Give me a reference to check back with
2) Make me less likely to pretend that they don’t exist.

And these are all blog/crafting/creative related. You can safely assume that I also want to clean my house more, lose weight, and own more cute shoes this year. But that is a whole different post.


1. I want to use my serger more. This little baby scares the tar out of me. For no good reason really.

I would like to make more clothes this year – and this is the perfect tool. I need to be brave – and not be so afraid I’m going to cut my fingers off. That hasn’t ever happened right?

2. I want to make more of other people’s tutorials. I never really make time to do that – even though I love them and pin them and think they’re awesome. To be honest – I felt like maybe you wouldn’t like to keep reading if I didn’t have new stuff all the time. But I’m kind of trying to relax a bit. You’ll still love me if I make other people’s projects occasionally right? I hope so.
Plus – that’s kind of the whole idea behind Pinterest isn’t it? Not just to be forever pinning and not making like I’ve been doing?? :)

Either way – here are some projects on my ’12 list :

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If you click on the images, you will go to my pins – you can then find the sites from there.
This is just a wee sampling. But these are my starting point.

3. I want to be positive. I want Flamingo Toes to be a fun place. A place that encourages you and makes you glad you came by. I want to try more to support other bloggers and crafters and make more friendships and grow the friendships I have.
This sounds sappy. But I really want to try and communicate how much fun this blog is for me. And how much fun I have connecting with all of you. I hope that comes across.

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4. I want to be brave this year. I have big dreams. Like B.I.G.
Things I want that I’m afraid to tell you about because I don’t want to jinx them. haha. Plus – if they never happen then I’m the only one that knows. That’s safe right?

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Well, I don’t want to play it safe anymore. mostly. So here goes.

I want to write a book. A crafting book.

I can’t believe I just typed that. Please be kind.

I’m tired of wishing. and being afraid. And as trite as it sounds, I’m tired of not trying. So this year is the year. I’m going to submit a book proposal. And if it is rejected, I’m going to submit another one. And if it doesn’t ever work . . . . I’ll cry. But I’ll also not be sitting around wondering either.

5. Keep on, keeping on.
I have grand plans for more jewelry tutorials, some room renovations around here, sewing projects and lots more. I am so excited about this year and all the projects and parties and fun!

So that’s not too overwhelming. Some fun goals – and dreams – to focus on and give me and the blog some direction. I’m so looking forward to it all!
Thanks so much for your support. It really does mean the world to me. :)


  • Reply January 4, 2012


    If you don’t know where you are going,
    you’ll end up someplace else.
    Yogi Berra

  • Reply January 4, 2012


    I always enjoy your blog. If you make projects not originally yours (what;s the difference between that and a knock-off?) it’s still got YOU in it. I understand your fear of having written you want to write a book. That commitment in print would scare me, for sure! But I think you’ll succeed. I’ve bookmarked your projects to do myself. A book’s worth would be awesome.

  • Reply January 4, 2012

    Ellen Jones

    Good for you, keep on keeping on. I Love your blog. I get inspired. I too have a serger that I bought years ago and have never used. Don’t even know where it is (we’ve moved a few times since I bought it). This Spring we’re going to go thru our shed (eeeeekkk nightmare) and I sure hope I find it and didn’t give in to daughter and husband by giving it away. It’s time to learn how to use the darned thing. I do sew when my sewing room isn’t too much of a disaster.
    Love your honesty and humor. Keep it up ok we all need you. Your blog is fun, humorous and lots of other good things for all of us. Good luck on your book.

  • Reply January 5, 2012

    Shirley Lupton

    Good blog. Keep them coming.

  • Reply January 5, 2012


    Bev, you are such a great Crafter, creative thinker, writer, and person already! Why not share more of that in 2012? Go after your goals! You inspire us “little guys” :)


  • Reply January 5, 2012


    Sounds like some great goals for the new year.
    Good luck and I can’t wait to hear all of the details.

  • Reply January 5, 2012


    Yay! I think the only reason you wouldn’t get a book deal is that Anthro would block it because they’ll lose money when we all start making our own jewelry! I used several of your tutes for Christmas presents…have yet to post pics anywhere but they were well received. :)

  • Reply January 6, 2012


    You shouldn’t be afraid to mention that you want to write a craft book because your crafts rock! I would love to see the kinds of things you would put in a book! Btw great goals, LOVE them!


  • I am so excited for you!! What fantastic goals! I am so buying your book because you are one talented lady! Your innovation and creativity inspire us all. Thank you for being such a wonderful example of bravery already! Can I borrow some? :)

  • Reply January 7, 2012


    Good for you, they all sound good! I just pinned your quilt you want to do, love it! It is my first pin on Pinterest, not sure what I am doing yet? But I will figure it out!

  • Reply January 9, 2012

    Michelle L.

    Yay, Bev! I am very sure there is going to be a book with your name on it. It’s WAY past time! Hope you keep us in the loop every once in a while on the progress, because it’s inspiring.

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