I don't like New Years Resolutions. Possibly because I don't bother to keep them, so why bother making them in the first place. But in 2009 I decided to make some anyway, craft related ones. I decided that I would make 50 projects that year (easily done and then some) and to make a homemade birthday present for all of my family members. By that I meant parents, siblings, children, nieces and nephews, and of course in-laws. I don't believe I thought it through, but despite this I did really well. Until October that is. That's when it all fell apart. Which is sad really, I was so close. I had only missed 4 people, but miss them I did.
I've changed a lot since then. I've recently decided to be more discriminate in who get's a hand made gift. There is no reason to go through the time and effort of making a gift if it isn't going to be appreciated or used. It's no fun for anyone involved: the giver because it took so much time and effort, the receiver, well because who really wants to get a gift they don't like. This is not to say that I will never again give out a and made gift that the receiver is less than ecstatic about. Let's face it, if I get an idea in my head of something I really want to make, I'm probably going to make it. I'm just not going to spend hours searching and racking my brain trying to come up with something I can make someone just because I need a gift for them. Unless of course I know they appreciate hand made gifts.