Kasey Litt

Kasey Litt

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Tomorrow starts the Crafty Girl Project!

It's like Christmas Eve and I can not sleep! The anticipation of being creative every day for a year is a bit overwhelming at times. I wonder if I am over committing myself. I am planning my project every day for a week and using Sunday to plan for the week coming.

I just found a project called Cards for Soldiers that I think I can use for my project too. I can make a card a day to send to soldiers who have been deployed. They then use the cards to write to their loved ones back home. I love the thought of being able to do something for our soldiers.

So, I have that project to add to my creative arsenal. I also have many project nights planned with my Stampin' Up upline -- Valentine cards and trinkets, punch art and digital and traditional scrap projects! I'm also looking at some other areas that I have not played in. Anyone ever heard of paper quilling? I'm going to try that! I'm going to try jewelry making...beading and glass painting. I'm going to do wood crafts.

Tomorrow I have a workshop I'm going to and we will be making awesome Valentine Card. That will be my first project posted. Looking forward to stretching my creative side!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Getting Ready for the Countdown

So, in five days, on Monday, February 1, I'm starting my creation a day, Crafty Girl GA , 366-days of creativity (I didn't miscount...it's Leap Year). That's a lot of pressure! I'm already wondering if I can do it. Blogging everyday is a pressure! And then, aren't I creating something by the words I write to you?

So in preparation of the big project, I thought I would try to anticipate what my life looks like or will look like throughout the February 2010 - February 2011 year.

  • WORK: Last year I booked over 10 week-long plus business trips with six of them going to Germany...that was on a year where travel was supposed to be restricted due to budgetary issues. I'm anticipating less travel this year but still some. In lieu of travel, I will be working on many projects virtually which usually means 6am or 7am calls starting my day; the morning and afternoon filled with back to back calls; the afternoon booked with actual heads down work; quitting around 7pm and then on some nights, coming back at 9pm for more calls to support the West Coast teams and Asia.
  • New side business -- I've become a Stampin' Up Demonstrator. I love the Stampin' Up products and I love all the things that you can do with rubber stamps, clear stamps, great paper and some ingenuity. I learn so much and have been able to create so much with the products. I'm totally excited to be able to share this with my friends and show them how creative they can be!
  • One loving, albeit unemployed, husband and five spunky dogs including a new puppy, a large home (no cleaning service), the usual friends and family obligations...you know the drill.
  • Online Classes -- currently taking a writing class and a photography class.

So, looking at this list of stuff, I'm thinking I need to set some more project rules. What qualifies as a creation...I think writing samples do, new recipes, cards, scrapbook pages, jewelry making...really anything I can start and finish in one day. Those are the projects I'll be reporting on in this blog.

How often will I blog? I can't say that I will report everyday BUT I will report on what I've done everyday so some blogs you may get several projects all at once. If it makes sense to show a video of what I did, I will.

Last, I need to hear from you! Is there something you always wanted to try in the creative world? Let me be your guinea pig! Talk to me...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Preparation for the Crafty Girl GA project

So, I've been reading books about "projects" that started out as blogs. Just finished a book about a woman who decided that she was going to "live Oprah" for a year. Last year a read a book about a woman who decided to cook all of Julia Child's recipes in a year. So 2010, I'm starting my own project about Creating something everyday. Can I have 365 days of creation? It could be a card, a scrapbook page, a piece of jewelry, a painting...any arts and crafts type thing. This will combine two of the things I love -- crafting and writing. So, what will this prove after I've completed 365 days of crafting?

One -- it will show me that I have the creativity to think of and do something every day. It will give me the creative outlet that I'm looking for. You hear the advice every day to take care of yourself before you take care of your family. Crafting is something I love to do and is a way to pamper myself.

Two -- I want to enable my girlfriends to get "Crafty." Not only will I have daily crafts but I will hold monthly Crafty Girl nights to help my girlfriends find their inner Crafty Girl. This is also why I have become a Stampin' Up demonstrator. I love their projects and the ideas the other demonstrators have come up with. I've done some really cool things with stamps, scrapbook pages, die cuts from a traditional card to home decor elements!

Three -- Someone dared me. That was good enough to start!