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Tuesday Treat

Run Zombies

One thing I love about the New Year is the possibility of the things that are to come. It’s like starting from scratch. It doesn’t matter what happened last year, what you failed to achieve, you’ve got another go at it. This is why resolutions are so important, whether you keep them beyond or January or not. They help reset your frame of mind & hopefully some will stick enough to improve your day-to-day life. This year, I’m hoping for a healthier balance. To that end, I’m following a new running programme, Zombies, Run!

Run Zombies

I needed to get back in the habit of running regularly & am in the middle of week 3 of the 5k training. I’m also doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred everyday throughout January, no matter how much my calves hurt or lazy I feel.

The reason? Exercise makes me feel better, even more so when I don’t want to do it. I get a real sense of achievement, my body feels stronger, I feel more in control of things (which, for a control freak, is quite important), I have more energy and I know I’m doing myself a ton of good.

Why is this important? Because if I had my way, I’d sit on the sofa all day, eating chocolate and cake and drinking full fat chai. But that’s not good for anyone. And because I done too much sitting and not enough moving over the last 18 months, my body & general wellbeing has had enough. So my Tuesday Treat, and even my daily treat throughout January, is to run, shred and generally push myself further and move!

Check back in February to see how I get on! Will I have completed the 30 Day Shred? Will I have been chased by zombies?! Hope so!

Crafty Resolutions – Half Way

Polly Pullover

At the start of the year, like a lot of people, I made some resolutions so I thought it would be good to see how much I’ve achieved & what I have left to do before the end of the year comes around.

1. Knit a pair of socks. I’ve managed to do this & plan to knit more. I want to knit a pair in the round so that’s my next sock challenge.

2. Knit myself a matching hat, scarf and gloves set. I’m a third of the way with this one, having knitted a lovely hat. I plan to alter the pattern from the hat & use it to start off the hat & the gloves.

3. Knit myself a jumper. I have just completed the neck area on my Polly Pullover & hope to finish it within the next two weeks! In addition to this, I have knitted a snood too so I will be super warm come Winter!

4. Make Mollie Makes kits. I have about three kits left to do & have enjoyed using the ribbon that came with a few different copies. Fab!

5. Scrapbooking. This isn’t something I’ve been doing regularly, partly because the work in the garden has been quite sporadic due to the weather. I’ve taken a few pictures so just need to sit down for an afternoon & get on with it.

6. Write my own knitting pattern. Done! I’ve written 3 now, though only published one. Is Polly Pulloverit worth putting them on Ravelry? Not sure if they’re good enough!

7. Make more silver jewellery. I did quite a bit of this in preparation for the Bake-Off but haven’t done much since. I’ve got a few things that I want to make so just need to schedule it in!

8. Sew more. Can’t say I’ve done much more sewing really, although I’d really like to make myself a few new clothes. I’ve got an idea for a skirt so will have to get on with that!

9. Make candles. I did do this & it was great fun. I’ve got some wax left over & I’ve got a container in mind so am going to make a few more.

10. Bake healthier cakes. To be honest, I haven’t done much baking recently. As I work on my own, unless I eat all the cakes myself, it’s not really worth baking a batch. But I’m happy to eat cakes when I go out!

11. Get organised. Still working on this one!

12Make time for craft! I am much better at this one, as I knit most evenings & don’t feel guilty about spending time during the day knitting or crafting.

It’s been quite useful to reflect on how I’m getting on, especially as I know what I want to do, craft wise. I just need to get on with it now!

 

Crafty Resolutions 2012

Tea Cosy

Despite working less since July, I still haven’t managed to get enough craft in my life. So I’m setting myself some crafty resolutions. I plan to check back & update every month or so and hope that I can cross some of them off. Hopefully I’ll have them all crossed off by the end of 2012. So here goes…

1. Knit a pair of socks. I really want to do this. I can’t explain why but I have a real desire to make myself some warm & snugly socks. I’ve just got some DPN’s and plenty of wool so this will be my first project.

2. Knit myself a matching hat, scarf and gloves set. I have a real love of wool & this canCrafty Resolutions be seen in the variety of winter gloves, hats and scarves that I have. However, none of them match. This bothers me immensely! So I plan to knit my own. I’ve already got the wool but I imagine it’ll take me until next winter before I’ve completed them!

3. Knit myself a jumper. I am not particularly confident that my knitting skills are up to this but I want to give it a go. I know there are loads of patterns out there but if anyone has a recommendation of a plain jumper pattern, I’d love to have it.

4. Make Mollie Makes kits. I love Mollie Makes. I wait until I have some quiet time before I sit down & read it. I love the free kits but I’ve only ever made one – the phone cover, which I gave to my sister. I want to make them all! So my aim is to make one a month, maybe even two so that I can catch up on the backlog!

5. Scrapbooking. The garden WILL get a makeover this year, honest. I want to document the transformation by doing something I’ve never done before & that’s scrapbooking. Any tips will be gratefully received.

6. Write my own knitting pattern. There are so many amazing patterns out there but sometimes I struggle to find one that fits what I want to make so I’d like to make my own.

7. Make more silver jewellery. Out of the crafts I currently do, this is the one I do least. The main reason is that I’m a neat freak & can’t keep my silver making stuff out so I rarely get down to it. I don’t go to silver group every week because I can’t always afford it. But I need to make a more concerted effort!

8. Sew more. I love my sewing machine but I’m still a beginner so need to spend more time using it. I have a few ideas of items I’d like to make so I’d better get busy! I’ve also got a cool sewing kit that I’d like to complete. It’ll make some awesome owls that would look great on my desk!

9. Make candles. I got a kit for my birthday and haven’t used it yet. I know some lovely people who would like some candles so I need to get busy with this one asap.

Tea Cosy10. Bake healthier cakes. I recently had a cholesterol test. It’s slightly higher than it should be so I need to cut down on bad fats. Therefore I need to find healthy ways to have cakes & chocolates. There’s no way I’m cutting them out!

11. Get organised. I’m one of the most organised people I know. But when it comes to making things in time to give others, or awareness of how close holidays are, I seem to be completely lost. I need to start preparing for Christmas in the summer if I want to make all the presents, cards, cakes etc. And not leave them all to the last minute like I did this year…and the year before…and the year before that! Oops!

12. Make time for craft! I’m not too great at balancing my time. I’ll do all my work, tidy & clean the house before doing craft. Sometimes this doesn’t leave enough time to do craft. I should probably spend less time on Pinterest but I often see that as creative thinking time. I need to allocate time each week, no matter how little, to craft so that I can achieve these resolutions.

I am also doing the usual – eat less fatty stuff, eat more veg, get off my bum more; be more thrifty; sort the garden & finish off the little jobs in the house; learn from my mistakes etc etc. But most of all I want to do more craft because craft makes me happy and isn’t that worth spending time on? x

What are your resolutions? Are you having any crafty ones? I’d love to hear what they are.