Does it sound crazy that I, a mother of six kiddos, seven years to five months, am making creative goals for myself? I have to admit, part of me is whispering, “you can’t do this…what about all the work that is left undone at the end of every day?…what about all the things that must get done just to keep everyone fed, clean, clothed, learning?…”
But, I know the difference my heart feels when a little creativity is sprinkled into my day…when I carve out a few moments to write, or doodle, or paint with watercolors alongside my little ones. I must plan for the creativity or it will certainly be taken over by laundry, and dishes, and cleaning out kitchen cabinets.
So, yes, I am making creative goals for this year. Mostly little bits here and there when I have a few minutes to myself or glimpses of everyday, kid-friendly creating I can join.
As a mother, creating can no longer be viewed as good only when it produces the desired object. Creating when children are in my care is a way to also craft memories and build relationships!
That’s why I’m so excited as I look through my copy of The Ultimate DIY Bundle. There are 76 eBooks and eCourses included (plus some fun bonuses). I’ll be using several of them to help me meet my creative goals for this year (and many years to come, I’m sure!).
All of the resources listed below would cost over $95 if I bought them each separately. However, by purchasing the bundle, I get all of them PLUS 60 other eBooks & eCourses (and cool bonuses) for only 34.95! Find out more about the bundle by clicking the image below.
For Myself: I love handmade gifts. I love getting them and I especially love giving them. I also know I need to work on them throughout the year so I don’t stress out! So I’m really excited to dive in to Handmade Gifts for Every Occasion by Kim Layton. (I’m already thinking of all the ways her adorable crochet bowls could be used!) I’m also looking forward to making some of the gifts from Pioneering Today: A Homemade Christmas by Melissa Norris.
With the Kids: The Ultimate DIY Bundle also contains a great little eBook called, Gift Kids Can Make by Cindy Hopper that we’ll be using to help the kids make Christmas gifts for their friends and relatives.
For Myself: Most of my writing comes out in this little corner of the Internet. My goal is to take time to encourage you to live intentionally while also being intentional in my own life. There’s definitely a balance there and I don’t have all the details worked out yet, but my goal is to write more purposefully. I’m looking forward to reading On Becoming a Writer by Denise J. Hughes and 1,000 creative Writing Prompts: Vol. 2 by Brian Cohen and Jeremiah Jones.
With the Kids: All of my kids love to be read to, but my oldest is especially fond of making up stories. She could entertain herself for hours with make-believe. However, she struggles with the focus needed to get all those stories out of her head and onto paper. My goal is to add time into our week when she can dictate a story to me. I’m also guessing that when the other kids hear her stories they’ll want me to write a few of theirs as well.
We’ll also be working our way through the Life, According to Me journal for kids by Stephanie Dulgarian. (If you want to help older elementary kids or middle schoolers with story writing, you’ll want to checkout A Summer of Stories by Tsh Oxenrider).
We’re also making a goal to send more kid-made postcards to far-off family. Postcards because they’re fun and postage for 4 kids is a little easier on the bank account
For Myself: My husband, Tim, bought me my first “big” camera for Christmas in 2013. My brother (a great photographer) was there when I opened it. He fiddled with the settings and in over a year, I’ve never changed them. My goal is to get out of Auto and figure out how to use the manual setting. Thankfully, I have a couple of great resources to start with. Say No to Auto by Kristen Duke and The Spaghetti Shots by Courtney Westlake are both geared toward moms wanting to take great photos of life without taking the time to sit down and muddle through their camera’s owner’s manual.
With the Kids: Another photography goal is to capture the day-to-day life of my family. I’m fairly good at taking pictures when we’re home, but I want more of a plan. I’m loving Rebecca Coopers Printable Photo Checklist. To get the kids involved, we’ll print each season’s list and post it on the fridge. Then we’ll check it off together as we photograph each object or activity. The kids have also inherited my Canon point-and-shoot camera, so I know they’ll love capturing images alongside me.
With the Kids: Not only is canning fresh foods healthier and cheaper, it’s also fun for the whole family. Two years ago I burnt myself out canning dozens of pounds of peaches all by myself. This year, I want to include the kids more and make it a family affair. I’ll be using Simply Canning: Survival Guide for Safe Home Canning by Sharon Peterson as a refresher and inspiration for our home canning.
For Myself: I love to doodle and color! I shared a free zentangle printable. My goal for this year is to complete a themed zentangle or doodle each month.
With the Kids: The kids love when I draw a new doodle for them to color. Even my three year old has been known to color for a solid hour if we’re all sitting at the table coloring together. I’ve already printed out 5 copies of the snowflake mandala from A Year of Mandalas by Samantha @ Doodle Art Alley. We’re looking forward to Samantha’s Animal Coloring Book as well.
With the Kids: My goal is to work on a group knitting project and take turns teaching and working with each of the kids. We plan to make a simple knitted scarf that will be a Christmas present (giving us plenty of time to finish).
For Myself: I’ve done a little sewing this past year (like the three matching flower girl dresses), but out of all the sewing I’ve done since having kids, I can count the number of things I’ve made for myself on one hand…maybe even one finger this year I want to try to make myself a top. I have the hardest time finding tops that fit correctly, so I’m excited to make The Parisian Top by Andrea Pannell.
I also plan on embroidering some cute Christmas ornaments to give away using the adorable designs in Mollie Johanson’s Winter Stitching Club.
Plus, I already know of at least one person who will be getting a Sleep Over Tote for Christmas. I think it will make a great bag for the beach or soccer games.
With the Kids: We have a new little nephew who will be a great age for some great bibs next Christmas. He’ll be in that between age when many baby bibs are too small but where he’ll still make a good ‘ol mess as he feeds himself. I’ve re-sized my reversible, kid’s apron pattern to make a great toddler bib. This project is very simple and I know my kids will enjoy working with me to make some new bibs for their little cousin.
Remember, that’s just a small peak of what is included in this amazing bundle! Plus, there are 5 bonuses, including a free class through Craftsy (up to $60 value).
- The Essentials for Understanding Light
- 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know
- Artisan Bread Making
- Basics of Digital Photography
- The Perfect Cupcake
- Gorgeous Garden Design
- Sewing Bras: Construction & Fit
- Family Photography: Candid Moments and Storytelling
- Custom-fit Slipcovers: Chairs
- Vegetable Gardening: Innovative Small-Space
- Fun with Mixed Media
- Drawers for Cabinetry and Fine Furniture
- Essential Techniques Every Knitter Should Know
- Creative Die Cutting With Your Cricut
- Beginner Serging
- Sewing Custom Curtains & Draperies
- Sewing Custom Roman Shades
- Scrapbooking With Style: Clean & Simple Layouts
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