2014 DIY goals

My 2014 DIY goals are not as ambitious as some that I have had in the past, but I feel it is important to have goals. If you don’t have a plan how do you measure success? How do you give yourself a road map to follow, if you don’t have goals, then you are being reactive instead of proactive. I don’t mean to blindly follow my 2014 DIY goals but I want to open up some more possibilities.

In 2014, I want to do more refashioning  and sewing and less shopping, not that I do a whole lot of clothes shopping. I also want to do more beadwork this year than I did in 2013. I have made some


Hutch that I had painted and then  I decoupaged it with oilcloth cut outs.

pretty fabulous things in the past.  I’ve also had some pretty spectacular craft and cooking fails and some stuff in between. However, the key is to keep trying.


Seed bead  and Czech fire-polish bead necklace I designed 15 years ago

The key is to keep trying. Even when I fail, I learn something.

My energy is limited due to the chemo. I finally put my sewing machine away today because I just don’t have the energy to see a sewing project through to the end.

I’m also suffering from chemo brain,it’s a real thing, you can look it up. My short term memory is sporadic, Husband says that I get confused easily.

I’ve really noticed it in a top that I have been crocheting. It’s a bunch of octagons in a daisy pattern, it’s from this Leisure Arts booklet, pictured in the inset photo at the top. For some reason, I keep attaching the motifs in the wrong places. I feel like I am going backwards. Finally, I have decided to make the back and front and then attach the sleeves. The pattern has you start at the back, continue with the sleeves and then do the front. You end up with a cross. Then  you simply need to sew the side seams together. I also realized that it isn’t going to fit well as they designed it. Normally, I would have figured this out ages ago. So my plan is to do the front and back as shown, then add another row of motifs on the side which is where I am wider than average, not in the front. That way I don’t end up with a ridiculously deep neckline. After I sew the sides together, I will add the sleeves.

See, I have already digressed from my theme. This post was supposed to be about my 2014 DIY goals. Which I present to you now.

  1. Make jewelry, especially new earrings
  2. Finish painting the bedroom
  3. Finish redecorating the dining room
  4. Refashion or sew new clothes instead of buying new-used clothes from tianguis (flea market) okay.
  5. Write at least 3 new stories.
  6. Edit the stories that I have already written.
  7. Look for opportunities to be creative and use them.
  8. Organize my craft room
  9. Do more things for myself.

How about you? Do you set goals for yourself? Do you see failures as opportunities to learn what works or does the possibility of failing stop you from even trying?



About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Hi Teresa, Glad to hear you are doing better. Saw your note about making earrings. I have started a new hobby, too, of making earrings and I am really enjoying it! I hope to see some of your creations soon.

    Take care.

  2. Hi, hope all is going well and the new year is treating you nicely.

  3. Yes I do set goals and I too wrote about them today. Funny how this date: December 31st, brings out the philosopher in us… Happy New Year to you and Husband… I admire you so much

  4. Goals? None for me. If I started setting goals, I would discover that my trademark “practically perfect in every way in this best of all possible worlds” would be a lie rather than just an ironic twist. So, like an aging prize fighter, I will keep fighting each new opponent who is placed in my ring — and hope that my own TKO is not soon on the horizon.

    I hope you have a great new year.

    • Steve,
      I love that phrase but am too lazy to put in the practice to have it come trippingly off my tongue.

      I hope you have an unexpectedly wonderful New Year! (it has to be unexpected since you refuse to plan….)


  5. My goal this year is to build the pizza oven at the Ashtabula house-I’ve had the bricks so long, they might have the right to vote. And you stay well.

    • Norm,
      A pizza oven! How cool, I have been carrying around the Sunset plans for their adobe pizza oven for ages. I’m sure that now that you have started thinking about it, you will have it done this year.

      2014 the Year of Incredible Pizza at Norm’s house!


  6. Hola Theresa,

    It’s great that you are focusing on non-health goals. But your number one goal needs to be to get healthy again, which I’m 100% confident that you’ll do.

    I’m working on my goals for 2014. One of the important ones is to become more connected to my current friends, and to make some new friends. Now that I’m working at home, it’s very easy to become somewhat socially withdrawn, and I need to avoid that. And of course, I need to get in better shape. I haven’t waited for the new year to do that, though, having started to jog and exercise a couple of weeks ago. I just need to keep up the momentum.

    And I also need to do my long-postponed road trip to Mexico. I’m working on a post for that, so no details now.

    I’m wishing you the best in 2014, and rooting for you to get better ASAP!


    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where we think blogging is a great way to connect with new, interesting people.

    • Hi Kim,
      I am in remission (my understanding is that they never say you are cancer free but use the word remission instead). My mental fatigue etc stems from the chemo treatment that I am undergoing to shut the door on any stray cells that broke off during surgery or when I had the staph infection.

      The Herceptin (HER2 treatment) is to prevent any recurrence. Or at least that is the way I understand what is going on. My understanding of the process is ongoing and ever changing.

      I am taking a lot of supplements, eating in as healthy a manner as I know how, and now I also have to start exercising. The other thing I started doing again is sun bathing, I have been neglecting my vitamin D and need to start getting more via sunshine

      Working at home is hard, it’s too easy to not know when to stop. Also those office relationships aren’t available either. It would be hard to get exercise in Boston, though my good friend, Carol, who lives there swims everyday at the gym. She is doing better than me. I am not even dipping my toes in the water!

      I can’t wait to read about your road trip. It’s one of the best parts of reading other people’s blogs, visiting new places vicariously.


      • I’m thrilled you are officially cancer-free. So I’ll amend my wishes, and wish you a speedy trip through chemo.

        As for my road trip, I can hardly wait to actually do it, LOL… seems like one thing after another keeps getting in the way.

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