Well hello there, 2012! So nice to meet you!
I’ve always had a tough time with new year’s resolutions, but last year I made a crafty one, and it was so much fun that I decided to do the same thing this year. I talked a bit more in-depth about my new year’s resolution over at Green Upgrader, but I thought I’d share mine here, too, and I hope that you’ll share yours!
I resolve to use my crafty skills to make and mend before buying new.
We live in such a consumer-driven culture, and I think that one of the most powerful things that we can do is opt out of consumption wherever we can. Why shop at a big box store when you can make your own clothes or revamp thrifted ones? Why shop for home decor items when there are so many fun ways to make our own? Why replace when we can repair?
In our kitchen, we have a beautiful hutch for our dishes that we got from Dave’s grandparents. One of my favorite stories that grandpa Frye tells is the story of that hutch. When he bought it, it was hideously painted, warped, and broken. He lovingly restored it, bit-by-bit, and now it’s a gorgeous heirloom piece. Nothing from a big box store have a back story like that.
I feel like resolution is perfectly in-line with everything that’s so close to my heart, and I can’t wait to put it into practice! What’s your crafty new year’s resolution?
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