Craftivism new years resolutions

Published on January 2nd, 2013 | by Becky Striepe

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What’s your crafty new year’s resolution?

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Hello, 2013! A new year means that for many of us it’s resolution time…do you have a crafty new year’s resolution?

I’ve been mulling over this resolution thing for a few weeks now, and the thing that I keep coming back to is an idea that I saw on my friend’s Facebook page. Rather than write a full-on resolution for the new year, folks choose a word that will be their motto for the coming year. Don’t you kind of love that idea?

Resolutions are so hard to keep, but a motto – that’s a work in progress! It’s something to strive for and to guide you, and I think you could totally apply it to your crafty ethical code, too. After a lot of mulling things over, I think my word for 2013 is going to be kindness. We have a baby on the way, and I want to help create a kinder, gentler world for this babe to live in.

Of course, there are lots of ways to practice kindness in your day-to-day, but how can you apply that to crafting? I thought of a few ways:

  • Choosing materials that are kinder to the planet. That could mean organic fabric, upcycled sweaters, found objects…anything!
  • Choosing materials that are kinder to people. For me, that means avoiding dirty conventional cotton and trying to source materials that were made ethically, rather than mass-produced in sweat shops.
  • Choosing materials that are kind to animals. I’m a vegan crafter, and a big part of veganism for me is about kindness. I choose not to craft with new animal products, because I don’t want my crafting to hurt animals any more than I want it to harm people or the planet.
  • Use my crafting to spread kindness. Right now, so much of my crafting is focused on this babe. I’ve been making things for the nursery and toys for him to enjoy, and this year I want to spread that further. Maybe that means making some pieces to donate to auctions for causes I care about or to a crafty charity? We’ll see where it goes!

Of course, there are a million different words that you could use as your motto for 2013, and I would love to hear yours! Are you choosing a guiding word or motto for 2013, or do you have any other crafty new year’s resolution sorted out? I’d love to hear your crafty plans for this year in the comments!

Image Credit: Remixed Creative Commons photo by Takashi




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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



7 Responses to What’s your crafty new year’s resolution?

  1. Jen says:

    I started My Make Do and Mend Year, making, mending, making do, thrifting, and buying nothing new in September, and will be continuing! Here are some of my other resolutions in my quest for a more sustainable life. http://mymakedoandmendyear.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/resolving/
    Wishing you all the best with all the fun and excitement that will come with your new baby :)

  2. Kate says:

    Oh goodness! Can I have several? To open and market a shop, to further develop my skills, to source more ethical materials and to participate in an exhibition…

    Wow, I should probably get working!

  3. Pingback: New Years Resolution: Getting Organized | Glue and Glitter

  4. Jane Lewis says:

    Sometimes it does matter what’s on the outside!

    My daughter and I had the idea for this while my granddaughter was sick and we noticed how much she enjoyed playing with the boxes that came with the gifts people sent. We’ve designed over sized sticker kits that are crafty, eco-friendly and a whimsical response to repurposing used boxes. Our resolution is to share our solution to repair our environment, nurse children’s imagination and heal their bodies. 20% of profits are donated to medical research into childhood cancers.
    Thank you for your support.

  5. Jane Lewis says:

    I like “kindness” being the word to remember 2013. Kindness heals. My resolution is to launch a business called LuvABox . The sticker kits nurse children’s imagination and restore our environment by repurposing used and new boxes.

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