2013 Review

How does the time go so fast? It really doesn’t seem like almost another year has passed since we posted about our plans for 2013. Looking back over what I’d hoped to achieve this year, I had the same feeling as last time we did a review: I didn’t expect to have done many of them, though it seems I mostly wanted to be more organised and felt for the fun of it more 🙂
I think I did manage to get a bit more organised, or at least more efficient with time, starting with Ruth’s Daily Dose of Fiber challenge. I also rearranged a couple of my rooms to make my sewing things more accesible, so it’s easier to pick things up for a few minutes here and there, or while watching a film or being read to.
Probably the first big thing of the year was publishing my e-book ‘Beyond Nuno‘. I have received lots of really nice feedback about it, which was all very much appreciated and really made it worth while 🙂

Beyond Nuno 70 perc fits A6Although I didn’t post about them earlier in the year I did have a few things I hoped I’d be able to achieve, such as opening an etsy store, maybe writing another e-book, doing craft fairs. I did open an etsy shop, and have sold a few things. I did start with some samples for a new e-book, but going into spring the light wasn’t really working for photos. My girlfriend convinced me to do a tutorial about Polymer Clay instead, but that soon grew into an e-book! I had fun doing that, though I could have used a few more hands, and better light 🙂

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI did finally get a chance to do a craft fair as I blogged about recently, that was a great experience. And I did get chance to make some felt pieces just for fun. One of my favourite pieces was one I made recently when I was exploring sculptural felt and bamboo fibre. It made me smile that most people thought it reminded them of a shell, I didn’t mention it in the post or caption the photo but I’d thought the same thing and had named the photos ‘shell’ though it wasn’t obvious unless you clicked on them 🙂

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHow did your year pan out? Did you have any definite plans? Did you stick to them or did you have a few surprises?

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8 Responses to 2013 Review

  1. Lyn says:

    Your year has gone really well Zed and you’ve achieved a lot, especially two superb ebooks.

    I think Ruth’s ‘daily dose of fibre’ was a good start to 2013 for all of us (was it really a whole year ago?).

    I’m a great believer in setting goals/making plans – I often don’t achieve things in the time I’d hoped and occasionally I don’t achieve some things at all, but I certainly get a lot further along the way than if I blundered along without a target to aim for.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Lyn 🙂
      Yeah, Ruth’s challenge definitely helped and your suggestion of writing ‘to do’ lists each day even if they got repeated helped a lot too. I think I’ll have Plans and back up plans for next year 🙂

  2. lizseville says:

    The stunning photos in this blog do show just how much you have achieved. Your work gives a lot of pleasure. Looking at the last sculptural piece again it is just beautiful and so original. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  3. ruthlane says:

    Zed – I think that you really achieved a lot this year – starting your business, publishing two ebooks and doing your first “fair”. That took so much work on your part. I am glad the challenge was a good way to start the year. All the best for 2014 🙂

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Ruth 🙂
      I think a good percentage was trying to figure out what/how to do things, then having to rethink, but the Daily Dose of Fibre helped to time manage better.
      All the best to you, too 🙂

  4. I think you got a lot done Zed. Starting the business and writing the books. I think you moved in there somewhere is that still in the future? You managed to get to your first fair and found you could do it. That’s a lot of stuff for just one year.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Ann 🙂
      A lot of the book work was done in the years before, but just the logistics of it all was a lot of work! I haven’t moved yet, just packed most things apart from clothes and felting supplies!

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