I am so excited to be a part of Brooklyn Craft Camp, a one day DIY vacation in Greenpoint, Brooklyn! Sign up for a day of camp and you get to take four 90 minute classes on everything from terrariums to crochet to paper craft, enjoy local and delicious food, hear Project Runway Season 1 winner Jay McCarroll speak, try some DIy nail art and hang with crafty sparkly people all day long! I will be teaching crepe paper flowers- they look pretty realistic, no?
I’m terrible at keeping resolutions. The second I make one, some secret
part of me can’t wait to betray it. Sometimes I wonder if I should make
opposite resolutions, like, “drink less water”, or “get a horrible
night’s sleep, every night” to see if I can trick my subconscious. Oh, how I like to make things difficult!
This year, I threw up my hands and decided not to make any resolutions. But then the second week of January rolled around
and I was already thinking of 2013 as a great big 2012 run-on sentence. I know
that our calendar is just a construct, something to give us a measure of
time, but I think people need these measures to make goals. Maybe
keeping the resolutions is not the point. Is the intention more
important than the result? I think so.
So, here are my resolutions for this year. Four of them are more general guidelines for how I hope to live my life in 2013. And only one of them is an honest-to-goodness-I'm-holding-myself-accountable resolution: 50 books and 50 movies in one year. I've tried to read 50 books in a year and "failed" but even failing means reading 35 books and that's not all that bad. This year, I'm making the effort more official by joining the fifty.fifty.me challenge ((oh, hey, if you sign up, let me know!!) and keeping track of my progress on this blog.
Remember these photos from my New York book event? Want to have some fun with me in Philly? I am so excited to announce that I am going to be doing a Paper Made! event at Art Star in Northern Liberties in Philly on November 2nd (that's First Friday!) from 6-8 pm. There will be books to sign, drinks to drink, sweets to eat and paper crafts to make! We'll be making the Kirigami Wallflowers featured in this photo. Here are the details:
Art Star signing and workshop November 2nd 6-8pm 623 North 2nd Street Philadelphia, PA 19123 (215) 238-1557
It's hard to believe that it's been a year since I snapped this photo. Me, my legs dangling off the dock on the lake, just a few minutes after I arrived at cabin at Squam. Me, just a few hours from giving the opening night speech at Squam, not sure what to expect. This year I'm returning as a teacher. I have lots of new friends I can't wait to see and a lot of new experiences to be had. Last year, on my way home from Squam, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and barely recognized my reflection. I looked younger and more relaxed than I had in years. I can't wait to reclaim a little bit of that calm, if only for a few fleeting days.