December 30, 2016

Creative Year in Review

Connie Solera did a post where she reviewed her year in terms of what she accomplised/experienced in her painting and that inspired me to take a look at my creativity in the past year.


In January I was sewing/quilting. I had been on this sewing binge since October the previous year.  I finished  one quilt in November and one in December and in January I began to play in some challenges.  I made this mini quilt for the Seasons Challenge.


I February I was STILL sewing.  I made this Particle Physics Quilt mini quilt as a Valentine for my husband who enjoys reading about physics.


In March the sewing binge seemed to be over and I was back to art.  Journaling, making cards and beginning my exploration of Squarespace as a blog or website platform.  Still playing with it even now! 


April brought more art journaling and I tried to fit myself into the mold for The Documented Life Project. But I just was not able to get into it this year. Largely because they were back to using a planner and I don't use a planner that way. So I finally realized I could not force myself into a project that didn't fit me. But I did create a folder for the month of April that I was happy with. I just consider it a journal page.  :)


In May I enjoyed making a Mother's Day card for Mom.


There is only one post on my blog for the entire month of June. It shows a DLP folder for "May" and ICAD number 1. I did not stick with ICAD. I have realized that I do not enjoy any challenge that requires daily art-making and daily posting online. 29 Faces was the same way for me.  Not sure what that says about me but it is true nonetheless. ;)


July! Two big things happened in July.  I made a pop-up book. . .

and I fell in love with Glitter Houses!


There are no posts on my blog for the month of August. I am surprised by this. I think I was busy with glitter houses and work so blog posting just wasn't happening.


September was full of Glitter Houses as I was in full gear for making our Christmas Village.


In October I took a break from the Christmas houses to work on some Halloween Houses and share some art journal pages.


In November I was back to making houses again, but also enjoyed some mixed media playtime. This post was featured on PPF the following week - what a fun surprise!


And that brings us to December. Thanks for reading this far - or at least looking at the pictures! ;)  This month I set up the village of glitter houses - and ended up with enough to make two displays.

So that's my creative year in review. This was a fun post to write. It's interesting and informative to go back through what you have created and blogged about over the last year. I can recommend it as a valuable activity. You can see what you have done, what you have learned and maybe even see where you want to focus next in your artistic life.

Thanks so much for reading, visiting and commenting on my blog this year.
I wish you all a Happy New Year!


Linking up with Paint Party Friday.


  1. Oh wow! I love those little houses. I remember we had some vintage ones when I was growing up. This could be something I really get into...

  2. You have made an incredible amount of lovely creations this year. All the best for 2017, hugs, Valerie

  3. Lovely post over the year.
    Wishing you happy New Year ♥

  4. Lovely look at your creative year, thanks for sharing!

  5. Lovely to see what you where up to this year Laney! I'm in love with your glitter houses too ♥ So beautiful.
    Well now that 2016 is coming to an end I would like to wish you a wonderful and Happy New Year! I hope that 2017 brings lots of creativity your way so that you can share your wonderful art with us again next year. Same time. Same place. ♥
    Love. Peace. Happiness.
    xo Michelle

  6. How fun to read about your artistic journey this year! This is the third year that I've been doing this and it really is informative. Your glitter village is awesome! Here's hoping the new year will bring lots of joy and creativity!

  7. I am not part of a blogging party, I just (happily) stumbled upon your blog today. Everything is gorgeous and creative! Happy New Year to you and warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

    1. I'm so glad you "stumbled" here Linda! Thank you!

  8. I am so impressed with your glitter village and all of your other art. Wishing you the very best for 2017

  9. I love your pop up book so much! Your art is lovely and it looks like 2016 was a wonderful, creative year for you. Thanks for sharing your year.

  10. firstly OMG those house are GORGEOUS ! AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
    hugs xo


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