A year has gone by and the 12-12-12 project is complete. I may be short by one project but sometimes that’s just how it goes. I have started a number of projects that were originally sparked by this challenge that I’m hoping to post soon. I just can’t seem to get them all done in the allotted time. I suppose that’s what happens when you take on a challenge like this the same year that you get married, and buy a house.
For this challenge I re-taught myself to knit and crochet, built a wooden back drop, put together a photo book, learned to wood burn, made soap with my sister, made a dream catcher, designed and created a print that still resides in my kitchen, made a ribbon belt for my wedding (also saving a bunch of money on it), glued and cut felt to make a garland, carved and hand stamped my own napkins, and played with rocks.
As far as challenges go I’m pretty pleased with this one. I was forced to thing outside the box and push my comfort zone and do a number of things I don’t think I would have otherwise. Of course I’m disappointed that I didn’t complete all 12 projects, but I’m letting it get to me. I finish way more than 12 projects this year, but many could not be counted toward this project because they were too similar to others. For example I completed a number of hats, scarves and blankets either knitting or crocheting, which was also the first project I completed with this challenge.
The challenge was able to spark a slew of creative ideas and projects for me, which was the whole goal anyway. With that I am happy, and I’m also happy to release the pressure of coming up with and completing a project each month. For someone with a full time job, and a blogging side hustle it was a lot more work than I anticipated.
For 2016 there will be no more craft projects, since we have a number of house projects and travel plans in the works. That’s not to say that craft projects won’t still appear here on the blog, but they won’t be in the restricted fashion that’s required of a challenge.