What are you going to do with yourself this year? We’re halfway through January, hands up who has a plan…

I have tried so hard, on so many occasions, to Get My Shit Together, and back in December I decided to stop trying to pull myself up by my own shoestrings (laces, bootstraps, whatever you call them) and get some help.  Not boring, corporate, pull-yourself-together ‘self help’ books, or well-meaning ‘this amazing woman manages four children, her elderly parents, her own law business, a petting zoo and a homeless charity – she’ll show you how you can too!’ websites (gods, do they make you sick? They make me sick) – no, I wanted something more… me. Check this out. I mean seriously, Check. This. Out.

2014v2-buy-table-printed-headerPretty hippy, yeah? Perfect. And let me tell you, it is uh-maze-ing. I love it!  Check out Leonie’s website for more about her, and about how this workbook works.  I spent the Christmas hols curled up with this book and a stack of coloured pens, and I worked out what had gone right, and wrong, in 2014.  What I wanted to carry forwards, and what I wanted to leave behind. I scribbled and drew and coloured in, and I now know what I need to do this year, what I want to do this year, and how I can make those things happen in Real Life. And I am planning my week in advance, which means it’s easier to stick to (I woke up in a fug this morning, but have still completed all my to-dos because I didn’t have to think about what they were, I just did as past-me told me to :) )

This covers my business (woohoo!) and just life (again, woohoo!), and makes sure you stop to review how you’re doing at the end of every month. It’s like a gorgeous rainbow kick up the arse. Or something.  So far this year, having and *using* this book has meant I have regular space in my diary for fun stuff (what luxury!), I have signed up to learn Danish (having spent the last four+ years meaning to do so), I have submitted “art” to an exhibition (as opposed to leaving the browser tab open to remind me, until such time as I can close it again because I’ve missed the deadline), and hey look at me! I’m writing a blog post!

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My “100 Things To Do In 2015″ is great, because I’ve never set myself such a challenge before – I usually just think ‘oh that’d be nice, one day’ and never do it. I’m only up to 58 so far, but that’s OK, I’m sure I’ll think of more. It ranges from ‘Take my daughter to Copenhagen’ to ‘Drink a White Russian’ (because Dude) to ‘Clean the damn windows’, but I’m really looking forward to having fun with it :)  Go on, what would you put on such a list?

Happy 2015 everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas/festive period. Winter isn’t over yet, not by a long way, so I thought to cheer you up in these cold months I would encourage you to come and follow me on Instagram, where I promise to post lots of nice pictures of Stuff for you to look at.  Brainpower not required, just eyes to look at pretty things with.

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Sparkly messy bookshelf. I love Christmas :)

Christmas is EXCITING, and your decorations should reflect that. New in my Etsy shop this week: scrap-fabric hearts, big and small :)

Christmas hearts

Well I got a nasty surprise last week, when I checked my stock and found that the mildew we’ve been fighting round the house had got inside a sealed plastic box and taken up residence on my embroideries. And all my sock monsters smell damp, too :(  So, that knocks any Christmas fairs on the head, unless I get a run of extra hours and manage to go on a mad making binge. But, things can be washed, and reframed, so it’s not a total disaster. Sigh.

On the up side, I have a batch of Christmas decorations all ready to go up on Etsy. I’ll keep you posted :)

Well, I missed last Monday’s ‘update on last week’s crafting’ because I was away, so sorry about that. I was away making things, but I was making things out of food, so it was a bit different.

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Homity Pie anyone?

But one thing that happened while I was away, was that the second of my large wall hangings successfully traversed the Channel to arrive with its new owners in Belgium. More details on the ‘making of’ later, but for now… The Summer Tree:

Summer tree wall hanging

It doesn’t really have a big crease on one side, that’s just the way the wind caught it. I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out :)

Been playing around with paper this week, just for a change. Handmade card I’m signed up for the Paperphilia ‘Paperlove Challenge’ this month, which is full of daily papery crafty fun things to do. Including, how to make an origami heart!  Anyhoo, to keep up with my love of surprising friends and strangers alike with ‘random things in the post’, I got an old Spanish/English dictionary, and my letter stamps, and made a few cards. Whaddya reckon?

Whenever I finish a sewing project, I always have lots of end bits of embroidery threads left over. Because I’m a complete magpie and unable to throw anything away, I hoard these in my ‘sewing kit’ (an old first aid kit box – always gets a few raised eyebrows when I’m stitching in public!), and use them up on my practice samplers. This is my current sampler, I’m all about filling stitches this time round.

Sampler

And here’s a close-up of what I tried out this weekend – the fine and delicate art of picking any colour and doing lots of straight stitches in a marked space. Really tricky. Not.

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This doesn’t seem to have reduced the volume of my thread stash in any way, but I’ll keep working on it!

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