It’s cold outside, it’s dark way too early at night, there’s too much snow, and your skin hasn’t seen sunlight in months. Are you feeling the cabin fever yet? Thankfully, we have the best way to cure it! Plan the perfect crafting getaway weekend with all your girlfriends! Take a break from your responsibilities for a couple days, indulge in your favorite hobby, and get in some great relaxation time.

Location

Before you set to solidifying your getaway plans, you need to find a location. You want to find the perfect place to create; you can’t just pick some random cabin or Airbnb. You want a place with spacious rooms for sleeping and a large community room that comfortably fits everyone and their supplies. Individual, adjustable workspaces and flat surfaces are a great idea, as well as plenty of power outlets so everyone can plug in their sewing machines. What’s even better? Rooms with a view.

Amazing Food

Many retreat spaces provide meals for a fee, but if you’re heading to a cabin or other space, you’ll want to plan meals ahead of time. You will want to spend most of your time crafting and enjoying great conversation, not stuck in the kitchen cooking for a crowd. Choose items that can either be quickly thrown in the oven and heated up, or dishes that can be made ahead of time, like lasagna and casseroles.

Goals

Decide whether you and your friends will go to a specific retreat with instruction, or if you’ll all just take your current works in progress and work on your own projects. Try to make a goal for the retreat. Maybe you want to finish a project, because you’ve been starting project after project but can’t complete any. Or maybe you are looking to boost your creativity. Either way, it can be fun to make individual and group goals for the retreat.

Schedule

Make a schedule for activities so that the retreat stays organized. You don’t need to plan everything down to the minute, but having some sort of loose plan (times for meals, times for other group activities outside of crafting, etc.) will keep the retreat nice and organized.

The best news? We have the ultimate space for you and all your girlfriends! Learn more about Woodland Ridge Retreat and the current workshops we’re offering: https://woodlandridgeretreat.com/classes/

What’s your resolution for the New Year? How about making a resolution to finish up all of your sewing/quilting works in progress? It’ll set you up for an organized new year and it’ll take away any sort of anxiety you feel about unfinished projects piling up.

To begin tackling your WIPs, you must first gather all of them and get them in the same place. Make a list of what you all have, and try to figure out why you didn’t complete them in the first place. Maybe every time you look at the project, you realize you hate it. Maybe it’s no longer your style. Maybe you have blocks from a block of the month that you just can’t get yourself to finish sewing together. Perhaps you don’t feel like you have the skills to complete the project in the fashion you think it deserves. Or, maybe you just ran out of time and didn’t quite finish it and you also didn’t take the time to go back to it. Categorize the projects into four piles:

  1. Toss it
  2. Finish it
  3. Donate it
  4. Pay someone to finish it

Now that you’ve categorized your projects and gotten rid of the ones that you have no plans of finishing, it’s time to make a plan of attack. Organize the projects you intend to finish. Put each one in its own bag or box with all of the supplies needed to complete it. If it helps motivate you, press all of the fabric to make it look fresh. Decide the order in which you’ll complete the projects and impose deadlines on each of them. Start with the project that excites you most. It’ll help bring back your motivation. Stack your project right next to the sewing machine, ready to go. It’ll constantly be in your face that way, begging you to finish it. Then, all you have to do is sit down and start. Get it done.

If you’re still really struggling to complete a project, consider journaling about it to hopefully get to the heart of the issue and find out what’s holding you back. You might be struggling to gather the mental energy to finish. Free up your artistic energy by finishing up old projects so you can be creative for new projects.

Are you finishing up last-minute holiday gifts? Or trying to finish up your cold weather projects? We’ve got the ideas for quick projects that make great holiday gifts and perfect cozy projects that will keep you warm all winter.  

Wool Felt Ball Coasters

Did anyone on your list just buy a home or move into a new apartment? These cute wool felt ball coasters are easily made with just three supplies. For a more festive gift, choose holiday colors for the felt balls.

Blankets

Blankets make great gifts, and would you believe that you can make some great knit ones in less than an hour? With the right yarn, you definitely can! The super chunky yarn makes for an extra cozy blanket. When you follow this arm knit blanket tutorial, you’ll have a blanket for yourself or a loved one in no time.

https://thediymommy.com/how-to-make-an-arm-knit-blanket-in-less-than-an-hour-video/

Rugs

Rugs are great all year round, not just during the colder months. This pom pom rug is perfect if you have a lot of scrap yarn. It’s fairly easy to complete, as well, and you can have fun choosing different colors. It’s sure to feel much cozier on your feet than the cold hardwood floors in the winter.

Slippers

Slippers are perfect for the frigid temperatures. What’s even better is that you can make them using old sweaters! A few supplies and just a couple steps, and you’ll have cozy slippers for you or a friend.

http://drawingsunderthetable.blogspot.com/2013/10/upcycled-sweater-slipper-boots.html

Coffee Sleeves

You and your loved ones can use these all year round! Choose your favorite furry friend and grab some felt to make this quick project.

Hats

Hats make such a great gift for everyone on your list. You can even recycle an old sweater you no longer use and make it into a hat or two!

http://www.wellnesting.com/blog1/2015/2/2/how-to-make-a-hat-from-an-old-sweater