Seeing this video strikes a chord with me. I’ve been so caught up in fretting about money, when really it’s unimportant. My biggest goal for 2013, and in fact life from here, is to put this idea into practice. I left my job with the intention of doing the things I enjoy and have instead been worrying about where money will come from and what I will do without it – what a waste of valuable time and energy!
I was inspired by Amy’s post Setting Goals for 2013, I think mostly because I love to list everything I want to achieve, and I often don’t achieve it all! There’s been a lot of changes for me in 2012, and I’m still trying to figure out how to just do ‘life’ at the moment. Balance is tricky, I’m not certain on where I’m at or where I’m going and I’m adamant that I’m not going to get into a panic over it! So I’m focussing on goals that I feel will enrich my life a little, ones that will be fairly easy to achieve and be something I can look on positively, rather than feeling like a chore!
- Make a new recipe every week
I can get by in the kitchen, but I would never declare myself a cook. I tend to stick to the things my Mum taught me to do years ago, that I’ve done again and again, rather than trying out new ideas, so my goal is to make something completely new to me every week of the year. I’m very excited about this one, as I have countless cookbooks on my shelves that I rarely use, and there’s so many delicious recipes that get my mouth-watering! This goal might culminate in me going solo to make next year’s Christmas dinner, but I won’t hold myself to that just yet!
- Spend time outdoors
Since I ventured into my voluntary unemployment I have spent a lot of time crafting (I’m more familiar with knitting needles than I have ever been!) but not an awful lot of time doing much else. The idea with this goal is that I take the time to enjoy being outdoors. I used to be the kind of person that would feel physically unwell staying indoors for prolonged periods of time, but since spending so much of my time at home this does not seem to be the case. I’m a firm believer that fresh air leads to a fresh mind, and intend to be proactive in achieving this.
- Make an effort to learn new skills
It’s fair to say that I have taught myself a reasonable amount this year, but I intend to be more forward in learning new skills next year. I found a little pack of Christmas gift tags to make (from a craft magazine I bought last Christmas), which entailed cross-stitching small designs before attaching them to the labels. Instead of following the instructions I decided it looked too complicated and put them to one side – something I intend not to do in 2013! I think this goal also ties in with the recipe one, as I’m hoping that by the end of 2013 I can confidently say “I can cook”!
- Meet new people
Looking again at the subject of unemployment, and spending much of my time at home, I feel like I’m alienating myself from social situations and even becoming a bit of a hermit. By challenging myself to meet new people I plan to push myself more socially, and pursue my interests by finding like-minded people.
Here’s to making 2013 a positive, successful year!
I received an order recently for a child’s beret complete with pompom, which seems great, right? Well yes, until you realise that you’ve never made anything in child sizes and the last time you made a pompom you were about 10 years old! Cue a little panic and a bit of improvising…
I have a trusty pattern that I’ve been using to make adult berets for a few years, and was able to adjust it subtly and create a beret fit for a 5 year old fairly easily (on my second attempt!), which left only the pompom to do.
They are quite easy really, though more tedious than I remember as a child! Here’s a quick how-to:
You will need:
First, cut 2 cardboard rings, a little bigger than you want your pompom to be, and don’t forget the hole in the middle has to be big enough to pass you wool through!
Once you have enough layers for how thick you want your pompom to be, cut all around the edge between the two layers of card.
Next, take a long length of wool and pull it between the two layers of card, tying in a knot the hold the pompom together.
Quite easy really, why don’t you have a go? You could make them as baubles for the Christmas Tree!
A while ago I StumbledUpon Manmade’s DIY post for Typographic Gift Wrap. I loved the idea and definitely wanted to use it for my Christmas presents this year! As I saw the post back in October it’s been a bit of a wait, but I’m pleased now that I’ve finally done it!
Instead of using brown paper to wrap the presents I opted for gold paper that I had left over from last year – a little more luxurious, I must say! I also decided against using book pages, preferring the statement look I got from black on the gold.
I found the process was quite time consuming, but actually rather relaxing. I printed the letters on normal paper in my chosen font and cut them out. I then placed them face down on the card so I was drawing the letters backwards, which meant that when I did cut them out, any visible pencil marks would be on the back! All that was left then was to glue them into place!
I’m so pleased with the result – simple wrapping that still packs a visual punch!
One of the most fun things to do at Christmas time is to make the cake! You can have so much fun with the decoration and, in a bold move, we decided to create a gingerbread scene on top of our cake this year (we’ve never made gingerbread before!).
Here’s the finished product – it’s a little rough around the edges but we’re proud of it!
After making our Christmas wreath yesterday we were definitely in the Christmas spirit and couldn’t resist putting up the tree today! I always love getting out the decorations – there’s some that we’ve had for as long as I can remember, like the purple bows, and my favourite is the cutest little kitten sat in a Santa hat!
And here’s the finished product!
We do love a bit of homemade around here! We’re the kind of people that would much rather make something ourselves than buy it, so when it came to our Christmas wreath it was time to get the wire cutters ready for some serious crafting!
We chose a selection of leaves, flowers and berries along with gold pine cones and baubles that we found in Robert Dyas and our local bric-a-brac shop, and started with a polystyrene ring as a base.
It was just a case of sticking everything in somewhat evenly and filling in the gaps, but I have to say we’re so proud of the results!
Here’s hoping it withstands the winter weather!
When I decided to leave my job one of the things I wanted to do was sell online – the first thing I ever wanted to do was have my own vintage shop, and although that has developed into something focused more on handmade products, the idea has always been there. So I decided to bite the bullet and get on with it! It’s not much, but I’ve set up an account on ASOS marketplace selling vintage clothing and accessories, and I’ve gotta say I’m quite proud! Head on over to Jess Frances and let me know what you think!