Craft 2010: Year in Review & Link Up

Can you believe there are only three full days left of 2010? I know I’m having a hard time wrapping my mind around this year coming to a close. As far as sewing and crafting goes, I’d consider this year a success. Inspired by Kara at Mine for the Making, I’ve decided to look back over this year and set some crafty goals for 2011.
Craft Swaps
In 2010, I spent so much time sewing for others that I don’t think I kept a single crafted item for myself, with the exception of some crafty note cards. There’s a lot of joy in sewing for others, though, and taking part in craft swaps (15 total!) kept me inspired to try things I wouldn’t normally sew, like this embroidered name pillowcase.
Craft Stalks
This year, I also started following other crafters through Twitter, Facebook and the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day. If you don’t subscribe to RSS feeds through a service like Google Reader, this is one of the best ways I like to find inspiration. 
If you’re like me, another great reason to subscribe to a blog feed is so you can sign up for fun giveaways and be the first one to know when you win. I recently won this copy of Holiday Cards & More from Paper Crafts by following their blog feed and leaving a comment!

Three Little Tutorials
In 2010, I began submitting original projects to be published in books, magazines and blogs, which is going to be one of my continuing craft goals for 2011. 

The year started out with a bang, when I learned that one of my plush creatures would be featured in the follow-up to One Yard Wonders, a craft book I’d call a favorite on my bookshelf! I cannot wait to receive this book in the mail and see the other 100 projects, inspired by a selection of fabrics

The excitement continued when I submitted some greeting card designs to Paper Crafts Magazine, and they chose to publish one in an upcoming issue (May/June 2011). It wasn’t until later that I realized how many tries it typically takes to get a project published. I really lucked out by having my first-ever submission chosen by the editors.

And just a few weeks ago, I had a sewing tutorial featured on Money Saving Mom, a popular blog with tens of thousands of followers. Thanks to my friend Valerie for the tip!

So that was my craft-tastic year! What kinds of things would you like to craft next year that you didn’t get around to in 2010? I love reading your comments, and I’ll be back tomorrow with some 2011 craft resolutions!

If you have a New Year’s Resolutions list to post (or a link to one thing you’re hoping to accomplish next year), feel free to “link up” below with the URL. Let’s inspire one another to get those lists up and working for us!

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I’m Lindsay Conner, and welcome to my sewing home! I am a modern quilter, author, editor, pattern designer, wife, and mom. I use this space to share my latest projects, tutorials, and patterns!