It’s January and it’s that time of year when so many of us think about what we’d like to change or do in the coming year. I don’t make resolutions, I learned a long time ago that most of us end up breaking them, me included. Instead of a resolution, several years ago I decided to do something different, inspired by a friend. Pick a word that reflects what you’d like to accomplish through the coming year. My word for this year is “clean”. Clean my house, clean my body, clean my hobbies, etc. I’ve been working on getting rid of things over the past few years, items we don’t need or use, so I will continue to work on that, but now that I’ve managed to do a bit of purging, it’s time to work on the next obvious step. It won’t be easy, but even if I make a nice dent in it, I feel like I will have accomplished something towards my goal.
I’m sure you’re wondering how this applies to my doll world. First off, the dollhouse really does need “cleaned”. Unfortunately one section of it tends to accumulate more dust because of it’s proximity to the heating/cooling vent, blech. But it also needs organized. I’ve had a lot of fun collecting little things for it to make it more realistic, but I’ve now crossed that line of too much. So it’s time to go through each room and decide what works best. Which takes me to my next step of figuring out what to do with all of the extras. Some things are going to go, and some things just put away in an organized storage system of some sort. One of my biggest frustrations is trying to remember where something is. I spent a good bit of this past weekend going through things and figuring out what to do. I made a pretty good dent in it, and now it’s time to fine tune. I did feel like I accomplished a lot though.
Even though I’m trying to organize and such, it doesn’t mean that I will quit buying. I will probably slow WAY down in the “doll sized finds” category, simply because the dollhouse is furnished, and the girls have way more toys/knick knacks than they need! I will still look, just not as often, and the “it has to be better than what I have already” rule applies. One area I want to focus on is picking up some older items before AG decides to retire some of these pieces, I’m still kicking myself over the science set. So, what do I want???
Addy’s Christmas dress (I don’t have Addy, but I LOVE this dress, and with rumors of her impending retirement, I don’t want to miss out!)
Kit’s Reporter Set (I want that camera!)
Some of Kit’s outfits. I love just about all of Kit’s collection, so I’ll have to pick one or two up as I go.
Possibly Lea’s Bahia outfit and her hiking outfit. Still waiting for reviews from other bloggers on these.
A few Truly Me outfits, but only if they go on sale. 😉 I like them, but not enough to pay full price. Some of the accessories are cute, but I’m rapidly approaching the saturation point on that kind of stuff. A good sale might make me reconsider, but it would only be a couple of items that would interest me.
Etsy sellers are going to be another focus, there are a couple of things I want to pick up, and I’m sure there will be more before it’s over with! One nice thing about Etsy is that there are always new things turning up from my favorite sellers as well as new sellers. Shop small!!!!!
Another area I need to “clean” is my crafting stash. A couple of months ago I did a purge on many of my paper crafting supplies and I’m still thinning out equipment. I have a ton of fabric that I’ve purchased thinking “wouldn’t that make a cute doll dress?” (or top or pants) and then it ends up in the pile. I’m banning myself from setting foot in the fabric section of ANY store unless I NEED a specific piece of fabric or item to finish a project. Originally I thought it might be fun to try and sew one item per week, but decided that was maybe a bit too restrictive. Plus, at this time of year I have a hard time sewing because of a lack of good lighting. Instead, I want to make a minimum of one item per month, and if I have time (and light!), make more. Some items will be for my gang, some as gifts, but the goal is to “clean” out my fabric stash.
Craft-wise I have several things I want to finish. I’m also banning myself from buying anything to make a craft with until I use up some of this stuff and finish the items I’ve started. (that rule doesn’t just apply to doll stuff either.) The good part on that is I have quite a few ideas on how to use up these things, yay! Some of my craft projects are:
Chair I bought in the thrift store
Make bowling balls from idea I got at American Girl Ideas (I have them, just need to drill and paint!)
Give Jan new hair
Use up the sheet of MDF I have, purchased for another project and sitting behind the door for the last 2 – 3 years! (stay tuned, if this works out, it’s going to be way too cute!) I am allowing myself the purchase of a few things to finish this project, but that’s it!
Repaint the horses. Make them new tack.
Make bedding for crib and rehome Bitty Baby with my grand-niece.
Two other things I want to do are possibly have Abby’s head replaced, her hair is getting worse, it actually looks like it’s so dry on top it’s breaking. Nothing seems to be helping. Still thinking on that. And Kit needs repaired, she took a nasty fall (argh!), it messed up one of her eyes so it doesn’t close properly. I suspect that the frame that holds it in place is damaged, so she needs a trip to a doll hospital. Neither of these things have a specific time frame attached as the dolls are fine for the blog without them, but I would like to get them fixed before the year is out. Abby obviously will need to go to the AG hospital, Kit I’m hoping can be repaired by someone with the right parts. Or should I send them at the same time to the same place so they can room together?! 🙂
There you have it, my doll related goals and wish list! Do you have any doll related things you wish to accomplish in 2016? Or anything you really want to purchase? I’d love to hear all of your ideas and wishes! I hope maybe I’ve inspired some of you as well. They say that making your goals public helps to keep you on track, I guess I’m going to find out if it works. 😉