List of Creative Achievements 2013

Many people await new years day, to make a new start to their old habits. I wish you otherwise, Happy New Year!

Sorted tiny ones

Time to post my list of achievements of 2013. And above, as usual, a slide show of Everyday Life in 2013. Press play to watch it.

If you take the time to read/watch I’d love to get your feedback!

A few of iHanna’s Creative Achievements in 2013

  1. I decided to focus on collage and make 365 collages in 2013
  2. I feel proud to have completed the mission and love the finished collage artworks
  3. I also posted 7 new collages to my blog, almost every week for the entire year
  4. I finally released my DIY calendar pages for sale, my first digital product!
  5. Celebrated 9 years of blogging, which makes 2014 year 10!
  6. My profile and art was published in yet another pretty American Craft Book
  7. My Inspiration Board (photographed by me) was published in Diane Gilland’s latest book Quilting Happiness (page 27)
  8. I arranged two big DIY Postcard Swaps again in 2013, and joined & enjoyed both!
  9. I painted and collaged my first batch of cut-apart postcards (love this idea!)
  10. …and for the autumn swap I used the sewing machine for my pop art postcards
  11. I was the editor and designer of the embroidery book Berättande broderier, that we in the Embroidery Guild made to celebrate our 20th anniversary.
  12. One of my embroidered stories is featured in that book, and was also in the exhibition with the same name, at Eskilstuna stadsmuseum, and will be shown again at Jönköping länsmuseum this spring (starting in January)!
  13. Almost all of my other embroideries are in a local exhibition right now, at the City Hall
  14. I wrote articles, edited and did the entire layout of the two member magazines that the Guild publishes every year (it was a big step for me to do the layout – and I loved it!)
  15. I had a lovely time in Gotland in May (eye candy from the trip here, here, here & here)
  16. In Gotland I held a small workshop on pink fabric beads which was fun to come up with
  17. Later in the year, I also held a much bigger workshop, on painting dala horses
  18. after the Gotland trip I self published a photo book, one that I haven’t blogged about yet because it was a Christmas gift for my mother (she loved it)
  19. I finally finished & self published a book about my Week in the Life project 2012
  20. I bought a new camera, it’s a Nikon d5200, for Week in the Life (and life in general)
  21. I documented my second Week in the Life 2013 too (love this project!)
  22. I wrote several articles for the entrepreneurial magazine Entré
  23. I wrote several new book reviews and participated in my first ever book blog tour
  24. I did some embroidery on my Heart Sampler inspired by Jude Hill’s class
  25. Sewed and gave away a heart (and still want to make more of these some day)
  26. I embroidered and finished an awesome pink Kantha Pillow
  27. Dito on the Jeans Skirt that made and then I wore the entire summer
  28. …altered clothes in several ways, dyed some in the bathtub even
  29. And a patchwork pillow with vintage bed linen fabric that is so yummy
  30. I participated in the Millenium Postcard Swap that Tammy invited me to
  31. I created an account on ColourLovers and created some quick, digital patterns
  32. I drew a lot of patterns in my art journal too, like a copy of mon amie or office doodles
  33. I created collage ATC:s in a new way, the first ones that I’ve made for years
  34. I introduced acrylic paint to my mom and got her hooked on playing with a plastic card
  35. Got into neon colours (especially neon pink): I painted with it, sprayed it – and wore it
  36. I knitted a grey winter cap for myself, and this autumn I bought yarn for a cardigan that is almost finished!
  37. wrote about my new found joy of working on loose art journal pages
  38. I finished several small, square art journals (volume 1 and volume 2)
  39. I participated in Moorea’s list project and was really disappointed when she just stopped posting prompts to what should’ve been a year long project
  40. filled a whole lot of pages in my Glue Books and participated in Glue it Tuesdays.
  41. edited and posted a short video of my watercolour experiments to youtube
  42. I had many, many sessions of “creating together” with friends this year, and those are some of my favorite moments of the year (I even had kids visiting several times in my studio)
  43. I went on a week long sabbatical from my ordinary life, to live alone in a tiny cottage by a lake, and fell in love with nature and creating outdoors (my favorite of the year!)
  44. For community I managed to go to one knitting café and two embroidery café meetings this whole year
  45. I created ideas/doodles outside my art journal, often drawing on scrap paper (or stamping)
  46. released captured stones back into the wild (altered of course)
  47. and brought my pens and paper outside, when fishing, sun bathing and, oh well, a lot!
  48. created digital Kaleidoscopic Mandalas and a very hands-on Autumn Mandala
  49. I even did some crocheting this year, with a big hook and tricot yarn
  50. I finally made a few Grey Owl softies from recycled wool sweaters
  51. I covered my work desk with polka dot oil cloth
  52. Sewed with mom, and finished the bowling bag that she made for me…
  53. …and the red owl tote of course, made with sponsored fabric
  54. I also bound two new art journals called the Jardin lime journal and the Kawaii journal
  55. I created a miniature garden inside a glass, using succulents (still alive – but barely)
  56. I finished one (1) canvas (a rainbow kitten) but doodled with paint on several others
  57. I did a lot of hand writing, and some fun collages, in two lined diary notebooks
  58. I created a new version of a printable postcard backside (free to download and use)
  59. set up an information page about the DIY swap & an FAQ too this autumn
  60. I glittered a small madonna icon for the wall and cut paper snowflakes with a friend
  61. I sold a lot of paper scraps , bits from my stash sent to collage lovers around the globe
  62. I took several online classes this year, the first one was “Expressions” by Regina, where you learn to draw a face
  63. then I followed along in all free classes from Strathmore (as always)
  64. I was invited to take part in “30 days of collage”, a blog class by Stephanie Levy
  65. …then I listened in on several free broadcasts from Creative Live classes (great information!)
  66. Also took Pennsylvania State University’s Introduction to Art: Concepts & Techniques this summer (earned 85.9 % with distinction!) thanks to Tarsh for recommending the class, and started two other coursera classes that I didn’t finish
  67. I managed two posts on a Spotted Photo Theme (critters & hearts) before I stopped
  68. I also created quite a few new tutorials for my blog, among the most popular ones was How to Start an Inspiration Notebook and How to keep Organized with a 365 Project
  69. I wrote 253 blog posts for this blog (and additional posts for other sites too)
  70. my instagram account grew from friends and family to 590 followers this year
  71. I sent out 4 newsletters and answered a whole lot of blog comments
  72. I read an article about how you should try to make a comfortable place out of Facebook (if you’re like me and don’t particularly like that site) so I did, and I am calling it Studio iHanna
  73. I grew said facebook page from zero to +100 followers in a few weeks
  74. I traded my old android phone for an iphone, tried a lot of new apps and took a lot more phone photos than previous years
  75. inspired readers and friends to be creative in many different ways

2013 was very much about collage for me personally, so much so that embroidery and other crafts took a step aside. I also did a lot of work (maybe too much) for the Embroidery Guild where I am involved in editorial work (both print and online, and this year, the book) and active on the board (I got re-elected for 2 more years in October). Still the best part of that work are the meetings and the people, which I need. I will look for more community and people of my (strange) kind where ever I can this year. I had a lot of fun with free online classes, but missed the interaction from 2012 where I participated in a whole bunch of IRL classes. Good and bad, slow and stressed out, energetic and tired. A year of this and that really.

A Few Favorites

Favorite craft project: the jeans skirt
Favorite art project: 365 collages
Favorite new concept: outdoor creating

That’s it (I think). If I come up with anything else I’ll add it in later. For now, let’s move on with 2014! Yay!

You can also view my previous lists: Achievements 2012, 2011 and 2010!

So did you start writing your own list yet? If you need inspiration I’ve posted 10 Reasons to Write a List of Achievements yesterday, but then there have been server problems at my blog hosting place, so not sure you saw it. I’d love to know if you write a list of your own!

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9 Responses to List of Creative Achievements 2013

  1. Chris says:

    I always love your year-end summaries, Hanna. I swear, I could look at these links for half the day, I bet! Year after year (I’ve been blogging along with you for almost that long, and reading you) I aspire to be as organized as you are. I’ve gotten better. With the help of your calendar, maybe this year I’ll make much better strides!
    You’ve done so much, and it gives me the idea of making my own list of last year’s achievements. We could all surprised ourselves with how much we can get done!

  2. Daire says:

    Wow!! You’ve had such a busy year!!! I might have to take a leaf out of your book and come up with a list of my own… it won’t be anywhere near as amazing as yours though!!

    • iHanna says:

      Thanks, when I read other people’s lists of achievements I always think that I wish my life was as amazing as theirs. Haha, that’s life. I think it is easy with a list like this to be too impressed.

      I’d love to see your list if you write one!

  3. Judy H says:

    I love your summary. 2013 was a big year for me in many ways—retired, moved 2400 miles across country, found a new part time job, new grand daughter….

  4. Jo says:

    Awesome slide show, Hanna. Awesome work.

  5. Carin says:

    What a fantastic creative year Hanna! You always put me to shame, but inspire me like crazy! I’m posting mine on Monday (19.00 svensk tid), it’s already been scheduled.

    • Carin says:

      Also did you see that Moorea is taking another stab at the list project this year since she couldn’t complete it last year?

  6. Jo says:

    I went back to this post, Hanna and reread all you accomplished in a year, after I looked at your inspiring photo slide show. I think if I thought about it I’d come up with more than I originally thought. You are inspiring and I’d like to bottle your energy, but I am amazed at how much art I HAVE created this last year. Your post is a good reminder- sort of a wake up reminder of how much actually did get done and it’s good to see that.

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