Resolution #3: Expand my skills and keep on learning
This is somewhat an extension of Resolution #2. I've got the whole iPhone/iPad sleeve thing down pat. But anything more complex leaves me with butterflies in my tummy. So instead of shying away, this year I'm going to tackle more complicated projects. Whether or not these eventually end up as Hooby Groovy products, hmm well we'll see. Some might, some might not. But that's not the point of it. I'm doing this so that I can learn more technical skills and will expand my arsenal of can-do's.
I'm planning on devoting one day in each week to working on something that's not Hooby Groovy-related. A personal project, maybe something useful for home, or a piece of clothing, or a present for someone. The point is to go outside the box, be creative, do something new and learn, learn, learn.
In the past, I've managed to get a few opportunities to do something like this, but it always came as an interesting custom request from a Hooby Groovy customer. I love getting custom requests but these are admittedly too few to keep me constantly trying out something new, so I think this once a week plan is a good way to make sure I keep at it. And of course, I'll be sharing my creations here, successful or otherwise ;).
Here's something that I made recently for the wonderful Lydia. She recently got an Instax camera and wanted a Yoshi sleeve for it. I immediately thought of making a little camera bag so that she could carry her camera as well as spare film and it could be used as a pouch or by adding a strap, she could carry it around like a sling bag.
Figuring out the construction took me a good couple of days. In retrospect, I could have probably just looked up a pattern in a book or an online tutorial but I've discovered that I just don't learn stuff too well that way. It took me a failed prototype and a long contemplative shower (I'm a shower thinker) to get it right.
Well here it is: a Yoshi camera bag. It fits an Instax camera and 2 boxes of Instax film and has an outside pocket to store pens or Instax photos. There's also little hooks on the inside to attach a strap too. I wanted the straps on the inside in case Lydia didn't actually want to ever put straps on it, at least the hooks would be hidden and it would just look like a pouch.
I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out and I really loved the entire process of experimenting and figuring it out. I hope Lydia will enjoy it and that it fits into her day-to-day life! :)
Speaking of Instax cameras, they are super fun! I took mine on our recent trip abroad and now have so many little souvenirs of our trip. :)