One little word: DO

image made with Rhonna Designs InstaGoals font

This year I was not going to pick a “word”.   Last year I picked one and didn’t share it since it was a more personal word (nothing creative/blog related) and it pretty much turned out terribly.  Not only did I not accomplish what I intended from the goal, things actually got worse.  So on Dec 31st this year I sat there cynical thinking it wasn’t even worth it to try.


Well then I started reading everyone’s “one word” on their IG feeds and blogs… and a weird thing happened… I got inspired.  I decided I wanted to try again this year. Try to be a little bit better than I was before.

So chalk one up to positive peer pressure.  I’m in.


This year however, my word has EVERYTHING to do with my blog and being creative. My word for this year is:


Image via: MaryKateMcDevitt

I’m a big thinker, I’ve got a million ideas running through my head at any given time, getting those ideas turned into actual finished projects is not always easy.  This blog helps, as it gives me accountability and a time line, but I’m still not where I want to be.


Like everyone else I’ve got dreams when it comes to my creative life.  None of them will come to fruition if I don’t DO something.

The last 3 months I’ve been sooo close to quitting blogging.  Being sick the entire month of December didn’t help things much.   A few things I saw happening in the “blogospere” were really bothering me.  Some days I felt like a chump, some days I felt jealous, some days I felt small and others I was just plain frustrated.  Other days I was absolutely elated and excited.   I couldn’t decide what to do.  Was I acting out of petty jealousy ? or was this something that I really didn’t want to do anymore?

I talked it over with my friends and realized that if you’re going to blog, you’ve got to be prepared for UP’s and DOWNS.  That’s just how it is.

This year instead of complaining, I’ve decided to start doing.  Give it a year, see where it goes and reevaluate.   But really DO. Get those things OFF of my “to do” list and onto the “ta DONE!” list.

So 2013…

Let’s DO this thing!

*note to self: print off all of the above images and put all over house* 



Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.


  1. Tracy H says

    Thank you. I need to just ” do” this year too! I’m not one to pick a word for the year but I do appreciate your post. I’m not a blogger and this past year is the first year that I have followed several. Yours is fairly new to me. It boggles my mind how people can be negative in their responses and I’m sorry for you who write your blogs. But keep your chin up and know its only a very few who may think that way. I am so inspired by you and thank you for being so willing to share your amazing talents! Blessings to you in 2013! Go out and Do!

  2. Beth says

    Do not be discouraged about blogging. Last year was a terrible year for me, but your blog was one of the bright spots! I have really enjoyed reading your posts.

  3. Teresa Block says

    I am so glad you are not going to quit blogging because I am selfish and your blog is my favorite….. always in the top five in any given week!
    “Do” is an excellent choice for 2013 and is almost worthy of a tattoo (almost!)
    Thank YOU for all you DO for us followers!

  4. says

    Melissa, I don’t know you, but I feel like I do because of your blog. I am always excited when I see you have written a post. You have inspired my creativity so many times. I made your “Sydney’s skirt” for MY Sydney and it got me hooked on sewing again. I made your reading pillows for my grandchildren’s November and December birthdays last year. I have made at least seven of your “his and hers baby quilts” for my grand nieces and nephews and two for my twin grandsons born last February. I have pinned your hankie burp cloths and vintage handkerchief quilt tutorials to use with my grandmother’s antique hankie collection I inherited. Your cute black apple dolls inspired me to try some of my own. Next on my list are your kindle keeper and the Ruby Lou bag. PLEASE don’t give up on blogging. I, for one, would miss you. And I have a feeling I wouldn’t be the only one…:)

  5. Lisa C says

    I have been a quilter about 18 months and discovered many blogs over the last year. I read them during my lunch hour. I honestly don’t read comments people write because that’s just not what interests me so I am heartbroken every time I read a blogger talk about negative comments/feedback, etc. (Not that you are specifically doing so here.) I just think you open your hearts, spend your time, share your knowledge, and just do so much for us that people need to understand that they won’t appreciate every post. If they don’t, click out of it! It’s so simple. Thank you (and so many others) for blogging. I have learned so much. I can follow most things but I’m not creative on my own so seeing what everyone else makes is such a treat. Thank you! I hope 2013 is wonderful for you!

  6. Kathleen OGrady says

    I love that positive thinking it is very addictive, thanks! I think your blog is awesome and I love checking on it everyday to see what wonderful creations you have made or what you are sharing with words. In saying that I think you are putting too much pressure on yourself (I do the same thing). Please keep blogging you add so much to many, many peoples lives that want to do what you are but can’t. I think you are so lucky when I see what you get to do every day, I want to do that, but at this time in my life I can’t (or am afraid to, most likely). I am sure there are rough moments but your doing a great job :)

  7. Denise says

    Please don’t ever stop blogging!!! Okay, I’m being totally selfish here, but I love your blog! I have made more projects from your blog than probably any other source. And I love your personality that comes through your posts. It must be so difficult to put yourself out there (your work, your sweat and tears, your SELF), and I’m sure it’s way more work behind the scenes than most of us can imagine. I also know that it is much harder to forget negative comments than it is to remember the positive ones. But please know that for every one of us who are taking the time to write something positive, there are probably dozens and dozens of people who agree with us. It’s human nature for people to send complaint vs. praise. Please know that you are doing great things and are brightening the day for many, many, MANY people out there with your creativity. Even for people who may not make a single project, they are having a mini-escape from their day when they look at your blog. I’m so glad your word is “DO”!!!!

  8. says

    So glad your decision is to keep blogging!! I love your blog and there isn’t another one just like yours. It is hard to not compare yourself to others in the blogging world but there is only one you and you are your best measuring stick!!

  9. Katrina Swanson says

    I know I’m being selfish, but I love your blog and would truly miss it. It is the only one I subscribe to and that speaks volumes about what I think of it. I understand about having doubts, especially when you put yourself out there for all to see (and judge). Your blog has been inspiring and delightful. I hope that you can ignore whatever negativity you have experienced, and know that for every one negative post, there’s hundreds of us who are so busy creating that we have not taken the time to write and say thank you for all you do. Thank you, THANK YOU for sharing your talent.

  10. says

    “do” is a great choice for your one little word… since i started my blog at the end of last year, i decided to participate in the one little word, as well… i chose focus… it’s the area that i need the most help with… i hope you continue to do what you enjoy… your blog is lovely!

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