Thursday, December 30

a year in pictures.....all my 2010 artful thursday tutorials

#1 artful thursdays challenge and flower clip tutorial
it all started here with this flower clip and this button:

i have been planning all year for this post...i have imagined how it would look with the photos from all of my artful thursday projects together. i can't quite believe it looking back, it has been a wonderful, artful year. i'm a bit sad it is over as i haven't thought of what to do this year yet...

a huge thank you and congratulations to each of the artists that have participated with me all year. i have enjoyed so much your lovely photos and ideas and especially your encouragement to keep going.

some things i have learned about embarking on a year long creative project:
1. it is a huge commitment that lasts well, a whole year.
2. i felt accountable for showing up and doing just what i said i would. i didn't post every week but i decided that was ok. my goal was to 'pick a project i have been wanting to try or an idea that has been patiently waiting for just the right time and do it' looking back over each of the projects i did do just that.
3. some weeks were wonderful, i had an idea all lined up i was excited about and the photographs tuned out and i got it posted on thursday--best case scenerio. other weeks i was too busy, couldn't figure out what to do, had a messy house that needed cleaning and laundry to do or i just needed a break. these were the weeks i either pulled off something wowie at the last minute, or felt like a flake and didn't post anything. but the key is i moved on to the next week and another thursday.
4. it feels great to have given something of my own to the art community that has so patiently 'raised' me over the years. thank you for your notes and emails about the projects you created after reading my posts.

artful thursdays #14.....zipper purse tutorial

everyone's favorite tutorial was the zipper purses, i just bought 2 bags of vintage metal zippers at the thrift store yesterday...time for me to get sewing :)

artful thursdays #8.....nut cup easter basket tutorial

my favorite tutorial was the little nut cup easter baskets, something about those little chenille chicks get me every time.
but the best thing was the tiny book swap. i still can't believe all the little books that were mailed my way, the look on my mailmans face as he brought them all up to the door, and opening each package up to the surprise inside. i remember how wonderful it felt to auction off 2 complete sets of tiny books in their handmade envelope and sending the money to Haiti right after the terrible earthquake.

well, here they all are starting with the first one last january and my original challenge. i hope you have enjoyed the journey with me. i would love to know which one was your favorite! happy new year wishes, julie

birthday wishes....artful thursdays #2 tiny book tutorial

vintage tablecloth dishtowel....artful thursday #3 tutorial

my heart..... artful thursdays #4 valentine envelope tutorial

love birds....artful thursday #5 paper collage tutorial

vintage velvet heart.....artful thursday #6 tutorial

artful thursdays it note mailing labels tutorial

artful thursdays #9.....wonderland paper banner tutorial

artful thursdays #10....paper mache egg tutorial

artful thursdays #11.....stuffie bunny tutorial

artful thursdays #12.....a tiny spring nest tutorial

artful thursdays #13....vintage wrist corsage tutorial

artful thursdays kitty paper doll tutorial

artful thursdays #16.....paper clay bird tutorial

artful thursdays #17.....wire bird cage tutorial

artful thursdays #18.....a little art nesting

artful thursdays #19....crochet flower tutorial

artful thursdays #20....framing tutorial

artful thursdays #21....sewn tag tutorial

artful thursdays #22....cupcake envelope book tutorial

artful thursdays #23....emilee the tiny stuffed kitty tutorial

artful thursdays #24....easy no-sew embroidered button tutorial

artful thursdays #25....halloween witch tutorial

artful thursdays #26....halloween cat tutorial and adopt dolores...

artful thursdays #27....bottle brush wreath make-over tutorial


Unknown said...

Thank you so much for a year of wonderful posts! Happy New Year ~ I look forward to 2011 with anticipation! love annie x

Joni R, said...

I have enjoyed your posts for the last year. Happy New Year! I am looking forward to more wonderful posts from you this year. You are such an inspiration to me Julie. Thank you for sharing your creativity!!

paperbird said...

Julie I love your honest heartfelt post.
I loved participating in your artful thursday project although in the end I could not keep up. I loved the creativity that you spurred and your artful thursdays were amazing. Thank you for the great inspiration- I think you are amazing!

kristin said...

and i was right there with you the whole way. thank you for all the creative posting, i'm a little sad it's over too...but haven't tried everything yet! :)

happy new year julie!! xx

candice Elton said...

Happy New Year!! how beautiful the posts all look together, what a great way to say goodbye to 2010 and celebrate the new year. I wish you some holiday cheer and some fireworks in the snow.

Michelle in Saskatoon said...

thank you for your posts this year. that was a big commitment to undertake, I enjoyed reading about the projects, and even tried one or two.

Robin Thomas said...

WHen you assemble all the projects into a single post, I see how generous you have been with all the ideas. Such a large range of art as well.

Thank you. I am sure the ideas will start coming to you in blessed abundance.

luckygirlgifts said...

Happy New Year!!
thank you so much for all of your hard work and creativity this past year.
You are as always one of my biggest sources of inspiration.
Thank you again
cari b.

Kika said...

Thanks so much for artful thurdays, was definitely a challenge. I too had a difficult time keeping and unfortuantely didn't make it to the end. I so loved seeing all you posts though, you are truely inspiring!

Amy said...

Wonderful! I shared one of your Thursday turorials with my cousin - the little zipper purse. I may try the stuffed kitties this year... we'll see.

I too felt the need to compile my 2010 work into one place and made a video montage. Something special about seeing it all together.

Here is to another year of crafting and inspiring.

tamdoll said...

Thank you so much for initiating Artful Thursdays - it was so much fun. I always had it in the back of my head to work on something each week - it was SO good for me. Now I know I can get things done if I commit to them.

The birthday wishes book, #2 was my favorite & I'm definitely going to have to make one of those in the future!

Thanks again! Tammy

Jennifer said...

Julie, it was so fun looking at all your posts put together. I too, wish I could have been more on top of posting every week, but sometimes life does get in the way. I loved the little book tutorial and was so happy to be part of that swap. I keep my books out and my dotters and I look at them often. I also love all your bird themes, and seeing the projects again makes me want to try some. Thanks for sharing your inspiring talent.

Laurie said...

I have looked forward to your artful Thursday projects all year and want to say "Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for giving so generously of your time and talent!" I enjoyed each and everyone one :) Happy New Year!

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Thank you so much for these great tutorials Julia. Have a safe, healthy, and happy New Year!

Recycled Rita said...

Thank you for sharing all your wonderful projects with us! I always find so much inspiration in your art and the way you assemble things...Happy 2011! karen...

Nicole Austin said...

i can't believe it's been a year since you started this. feels like longer. i loved looking over each of the projects and i'm happy that i was inspired to try several of them! :) i even rediscovered a few that i'd been meaning to try but had forgotten about. happy new year and thanks for the inspiration! :)

gretchen said...

congratulations, julie - this certainly is an impressive group of work! i am partial to the tiny books and the pre-artnest thursdays, as i was blessed to take part in both, but i am also totally in love with your teatowel, the post-it note mailing labels, and those genius envelope books. thank you for sharing so much of yourself all year long, and happy 2011 to you and yours!

LBB said...

Your 2010 tutorials were so inspiring! Thanks for sharing! I loved the Easter nut cups so much and still want to try to make those adorable felt zipper pouches too. Hope to see more in 2011! :)

Jillayne said...

This was a fabulous year of Artful Thursday and I very much enjoyed playing along. I tried many new things, and learnt a lot along the way, both through doing and through all the other participants. It was indeed a lot of work but so very rewarding and I will miss it. Thanks so much!

m i c h e l l e said...

This post just makes me miss you. Hope our paths cross soon, my friend. Happy new year!

Jeanne said...

Thanks for all the inspiration you gave us last year Julie! I won your Miss Holly cat in Lorraine's charity auction and I just love her.

Becky J. said...

what a wonderful list!! now to choose what to do

Jane said...

Hello Julie! I have looked forward to your posts this past year. My favorites (the ones I tired myself~Ha)were the mailing labels, the tiny books,(swoon!)and the fab easter nut cups. It was all wonderful. I love your style. I love to get an etsy package in your distinct writing with it's perfect packaging. That alone can get me inspired. Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

I am so bummed that I missed this, but will check back for your plan for this year ~ You are amazing! <3

Alex said...

So cool! I just started a 365 project this march. Making one owl a day. You have given me some great ideas to bounce off of. Love all your artful thursdays.

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