Tuesday, January 7, 2014
On The Beetle Shack in 2014
Each year this blog has bought me more joy and satisfaction that I could ever have imagined. It's given me a creative outlet, a community and a really great reason to sit on my bum and be idle, which is something I really enjoy.
This year, I've got some exciting projects lined up to make sure this little blog is filled with interesting content. Of course it'll still be filled with directionless rambling from yours truly, but you know, from time to time I'll drop a bombshell of better-than-mediocre. Here's an idea about what's in store;
THE FAMILY HOME PROJECT - Each month during 2014 we'll be taking a tour of a creative family home. The homes of writers and crafters and artists and bloggers. Interesting homes filled with love and hidden clutter. Stay tuned for the first instalment. You'll be taking a walk through the home of a writer/photographer/blogger and mumma.
THE ARTIST SERIES - The Artist Series will continue during 2014. This series is about recognising and celebrating the creatives among us. It's about shedding a tiny bit of Beetle Shack light on contemporary artists, illustrators, designers, stylists and print makers. Each month you'll see a new header at the top of this blog, a header created by a feature artist especially for The Beetle Shack. 2013 saw me completely humbled by the response to the project with some people who I really admire (okay, okay- idolise) agreeing to come on board.
THE GARDENING COLUMN - Last year Dave wrote the occasional post about our kitchen garden… and then we had Elke and the wheels fell off, the gardening column disappeared and we all ate macca's for the rest of the year.* This year, we're going to try again. Between Dave and I, we'll be writing about our garden, our home raised meat and what we're using our fresh, seasonal produce to cook. We'll be sharing recipes for relishes, preserves and dinners. It'll be boring, but you can handle it.
THE CRAFT CORNER - That's right, we're going to get our craft on. Out of all of the projects happening here at The Beetle Shack during 2014, this is the one i'm most excited about! A regular guest contributor will be coming on board (I'll introduce you later in the month, though I suspect you may already know her) to keep us creatively inspired. I'll also be working with a bunch of my talented friends to produce some fun tutorials on crochet, embroidery, fine arts and all things crafty. Ouch, it's going to be fun!
So, what do you think?
Anyways, that's enough looking forward. How about right now? I'm going to sit down with my good looking, good cooking husband, a dhal and a cider.
Life's good friends.