Apologies for being a little slow with the seasonal well wishes and New Year proclamations. I’ve been busy trying something new. I made a book.

I’ve made books before but never a hard cover, hand stitched book. I actually began the project in mid-September but it took until this year to finish. It’s just that — I was trying something I’ve never done before and I felt a little intimidated.

This project isn’t a bold new action. It’s not something that will change the world. There will only be one copy and it’s for a friend. It’s just a book… with a shiny cover. So, why am I writing about this?


  • I developed a new set of skills using both familiar and new tools
  • I learned a lot
  • I solved a few problems
  • I explored something I’ve always been interested in
  • I put my heart into the work

Making this particular book was very important for me and for my friend.  Now it’s done. It’s far from perfect, but then

Perfect is the enemy of the good / Strive for excellence, not perfection

… wise words to live by.

And so whatever it is for you, give it a try this year… and then try something else. Be adventurous and be bold. Do something that stretches your abilities. Do something you’ve never done before and put your heart into it. There’s no better time than now.

Happy New Year!

p.s. Thanks to Cheryl-Ann Webster for the photos.