Sunday 6 January 2013

New to Me in 2013

Apparently most New Year resolutions fall by the wayside after 6 days. So, if you are about to falter (or have already, those biscuits needed to be eaten honestly!) here is an opportunity to redeem yourself!

Let me introduce you to a resolution that will be easy to keep - try something
New to Me in 2013.

The emphasis is definitely upon the trying, success or otherwise is not the point. Several years ago I adopted a resolution that I would try something new every month for the year. One of the things I tried was signing up for an evening class in Patchwork and Quilting at the local school, and you can see where that got me :)

My resolutions were not all craft-related though and not all of them were successful. Having a reflexology session was a particular low, after 5 minutes I couldn't wait for it to be over!

So, I have decided to do the same again this year and I am hoping you will join me in my quest to try something New to Me each month in 2013.

Here's the plan:

Every month you will try something that you haven't attempted before, be it para-gliding or paper-piecing and write a post about the attempt.

On the 25th of each month I will open a Linky party for that month so that everyone can share their stories. We will, hopefully, provide each other with lots of inspiring activities that will keep us motivated for the year.

I have created a Blog Button for the Challenge (now that was definitely new to me!) so grab it and add it to your post and/or sidebar and get thinking about what you would like to try that is New to Me in 2013.

Grab button for Celtic Thistle Stitches

If you are looking for some inspiration for new activities here are some that might fit the bill;

Try paper-piecing with Quiet Play's And Sew On BOM

Try designing your own paper-piecing blocks with The Littlest Thistle's Everything and the Kitchen Sink SAL

If you have always fancied having a go at embroidery check out  Feeling Stitchy for the current New Embroidery with Vintage patterns competition

Or if knitting and crochet are on your list to try this year, check out the Purl Bee

Then, of course, there is always Craftsy where you can try your hand at gardening, bread-making or maybe a bit of cake decorating.

Of course, the more adventurous you are the more inspired we will be, so join me in making New the watchword for 2013 and get ready to link up on the 25th!


  1. Thanks for the shout out :o) I'm going to try circular quilting for the first time this month I hope

  2. What a good idea Fiona, I am going to try some new things this year too!

  3. Ooh great idea! I think the first thing I want to try is knitting (without the loom!) I signed up for a Craftsy class last year and just never got around to doing it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. What a fabulous idea. Count me in!

  5. Hi Fiona

    This is a great idea and fits in pefectly with my 10 before 40 list which I have just posted about, so count me in please.

    1. Welcome aboard Sara, we shall certainly be following your quest with interest!

  6. I like your challenge! I would love to play along x

  7. What a great idea Fiona! I'm planning on trying lots of new things in 2013!

  8. Yay for trying something new! Count me in!
    P.s. great button!

  9. This is a great idea - I've always wanted to try para-gliding but unfortunately it's really expensive. I'm always trying out new stitchy things though so I'll put your button in my side bar :)

  10. Great idea but my NY resolution is to stop jumping in too quickly, shall watch with interest from the sidelines though.


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