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So Begins The New Year

And so begins the the New Year. This year’s plans have a few tricks up it’s sleeve for me.

This will be my first year joining the Year of Making project courtesy of Kim Werker’s invite and her ebook on the subject based on last years participation and her first year of doing this. Simply, I “make” something every day of the year and document it attaching the hashtag #yearofmaking . It’s a disciplinary practice that hopefully will be cumulative and teach me how to be reliable and to show up creatively for myself. Fiona is busy on Shalavee.com

Any form of making effort is accepted. Kim says this about her first year making,”As for my creative life, #yearofmaking certainly had a profound effect on pretty much everything. I’ve become a maker in my fullest understanding of the word. My commitment to tinkering, experimenting and trying new things has left me feeling downright capable”. If you remember, ole’ Kim was the one I traveled to inner DC to meet for the talk on creativity at the Smithsonian. She’s a credible witness for a life of craftiness.

buttermilk biscuit on Shalavee.com

So today was day one of my year of making and I made buttermilk biscuits. These are a mainstay for many of our breakfasts especially when we’ve got sausage. And these were exceptional. I took the idea from Sheri Silver of Donuts, Dresses, and Dirt to use frozen butter along with my buttermilk. And they were scrumptious, the crust was slightly brown and crunchy.

camelia blossom on shalavee.com

And then, after first breakfast, hobbit style we attended a second breakfast spread at our Fellowship. A brunch to raise money for the Hefer Project, a charitable organization which, among many things, can aid in buying an animal for a community in a third world country thereby providing food and/or revenue to them. The event was low key and a chance to spend a little more time with the tree. camelia blossom on shalavee.com

These beautiful Winter blooming Camelias grow right outside the sanctuary.

Upon arriving home, Mark went down in the basement and, with the aid of his friend Paul, replaced the defective element in the hot water heater and now we have our 80 gallon tank of all hot water back. So again, all’s well that ends well. Especially when it’s turkey chili with large quantities of veggies in it. And the very last of the buttermilk went to the accompanying cornbread.I wish you pretty flowers, creative spurts, and good eating this weekend.

10 Responses to “So Begins The New Year”

  1. I really love the sound of making something every day. I am not sure if I would stick to it for an entire year. Those biscuits look yummy. Happy making !

    • Shalagh says:

      I think we all make way more than we give ourselves credit for Druime. We make sense and we make laughter and write words on our blogs and make our children who they are. Not all these things are something we would give ourselves credit for but I think this exercise will make me more aware of what I do produce creatively. Thank you for the comments!!! I hope you are inspired too.
      Love,
      Shalagh

  2. Sue says:

    Holy Cow! the year of making is an inspiration! Have ordered the book for myself and it strikes me that, although I technically “make stuff” all the time, this is an invitation to think more presently about the making process, to not take it for granted and certainly celebrate it a bit.
    thank you! and damn(!) those biscuits looked really good.I have used the frozen butter technique myself for a blueberry scones recipe that is super good.

    • Shalagh says:

      You are one of the most creative souls I know. And you hit the nail on the head with the being cognizant of your daily creativity. Because I believe now that it’s not only the creative process but giving and getting credit for the activity as well. Thank you for joining me in spirit.
      Love Ya’ Much,
      Shalagh

  3. michelle says:

    I love eamon’s robe!!!!!!

    and the buttermilk biscuit recipe tip!!!!!!!!!!!!

    and all the other stuff too ! lol

    can’t wait to use the biscuit tip…

    good on ya mate!

    • Shalagh says:

      I’m so glad to hear from you. Been thinking about you. I hope you had a lovely Christmas and a Merry New Year. My biscuits were sooo good Michelle. Hope to talk to you soon.
      Love,
      Shalagh

  4. What a great idea! It sounds like a big commitment, but I can see from the comments that a certain amount of it is recognising that we already make a lot and celebrating and reflecting on that! Have you tried arm-knitting Shalagh? You can knit a whole scarf in about half an hour using just your arms, no needles. Hope you have a great 2015!

    • Shalagh says:

      Oh I’m so glad you came through Vanessa-Jane. Yes, my friend Sue hit the nail on the head. That we probably not giving ourselves the credit for the stuff we do make/create. And how about blog posts? I’m making those thrice weekly but since I have to, I discount them I think. Funny that you mention knotting since the gal who prompted the Year of Making for me is a knitter. I’m not much for that now but who knows about a date in my golden years when I may pick it up. I have a gut feeling that both of us will have good years!!!
      Love Ya’,
      Shalagh

  5. Jennifer says:

    A whole year, every day? I am in awe. I look forward to seeing your handiwork!

    • Shalagh says:

      You knew it was coming when I declared that creativity was the only way I could see my way to my future. Abundance and opportunity will only visit if the road is paved with happy making projects. I am looking forward to seeing what I’ve given myself permission to do too! Thank you!
      Love,
      Shalagh

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