Sunday, January 3, 2010

My Year In Craft - 2009

Northside Makers have asked people to reflect on their 2009 craft year. So here goes.

1. In my twelve months of crafting, my crafty self made all these...
I tackled making windmills (very successful), writing sets, invitations, bookmarks, notebooks, paper covered pencils, lolly bags, gift packaging, gift wrap and shopping lists.

2. If my year was a colour it would be...
I know this isn't a colour, but the best way to describe it would be 'vintage'. Discovering colours from the past has been such a thrill. Would love to surround myself with colours from the 60s, they are old but so new at the same time.

3. This year I spent way too many craft hours...
On prototype stationery of some sort and not showing the end product to the world. Only a select few have seen them. I guess confidence still has to be built up.

4. This year I wish I'd had more craft hours for...
Personal projects. I really want to tackle the craft of crochet. For my business I want to produce more notebooks and start making boxes.

5. My proudest craft moment of the year was...
There are a couple
- Registering Pivotal Xpressions as a business.
- Registering on Etsy and Made It.
- Was having my very first stall at Made in Thornbury. I was terrified and felt soooo amateurish compared to all the other very talented women at the market.

- Making such wonderful and friendly friends in the craft movement.

6. My biggest craft disaster was...
I think the mouse pads are going to haunt me forever. I have had a great response in regard to my crochet themed mouse pad, but I'm still having trouble with glue etc. I'm determined to get them out sometime this year!

7. This year I had stalls at/visited this many markets...
I had stalls at Made In Thornbury, Watsonia Neighbourhood House and Northside Makers
I visited the following markets:- Made In Thornbury, Diamond Creek Craft Market, Sony and Coco, Blackbird Market, Northside, Sisters Market, Black Market, Melbourne Designers and Eltham Market.
I know this isn't a stall, but visiting Lark in Daylesford was also a highlight for me.

8. My most enjoyable market was...
Was the first Northside Makers market. There was such an electric buzz in the air, weather was perfect, everyone had energy within themselves and products.

9. My best handmade purchase/present/swap/acquisition was...
My best purchases would be my London map diary from Rabbit and Duck, pencil cases from Konstant Kaos and cute 60s pattern cards from Stitch-in-Time.

10. After this year I swear I'll never again...
Doubt my ability to create something that other people will like

11. 2010 I'm determined to...
Crochet more and get at least one product into a retail shop. Relax and spend more energy helping the environment.

12. But I'll probably do this instead...
Eat so much more chocolate. :-)


  1. well done beky and best of luck with 2010 plans

  2. I don't know what method you were using for your mousemat, but have you thought of getting your design professionally printed onto mats? I guess that'd be a big financial committment though and you'd probably have to order a lot! I had mousemats made a few years ago for a journal I was promoting, I forget if I got about 100 or 200 made. That's still a lot of stock to have sitting around, even if it's physically only one box!

  3. You've had a huge year! I'm definitely intrigued by these mouse mates :)

  4. congratulations Beky a great year, and I have a feeling 2010 will be even bigger and better for you!! and you have every reason in the world to feel confident in your creations you're a talented chickie - keep up the good work! Samone x