Here are the targets I set myself for 2016, inspired by Cathy at Nanacathy
16 WALKS (of more than an hour)
15 done, 1 to go
Walk 14. Bere Regis
Walk15. Lewesdon Hill
15 HANDMADE GREETINGS CARDS
12 done, 3 to go
14 NEW ITEMS IN MY ETSY SHOP
9 done, 5 to go
Added a hot pink flick wig
11 done, 2 to go.
12 GARDEN POSTS
6 done, 6 to go.
The garden has had to take more of a back seat than I would have liked.
11 HAND MADE TOTE BAGS
I’m really surprised about not having made even one bag! I knew 11 was ambitious but…….
10 TYPES OF HANDMADE BEADS
7 done, 3 to go
Several attempts this month at some You Tube demos, but nothing that produced usable beads.
9 PIECES OF TEXTILE ART (started)
6 started, 3 to go
My goal is to create a textile book for each of my grandchildren and one for me. I have been using some African prints to create covers and pages for my 3 grandsons. I am loving this textile project as anything goes and I can try out all sorts of ideas. Lots of components have been made and I’m excited to see where this will take me in 2017.
8 MORNINGS of SORTING and STORING
6 done, 2 to go.
Trying to sort out all my different craft projects into some sort of order is an impossible job. As fast as I sort one area another becomes chaotic – I give in!
7 PAINTINGS (or other pieces of art)
5 done, 2 to go
Collected from the Thames foreshore, the pieces are fixed with Sugru – it works I’m so delighted!
6 BUS RIDES using my Bus Pass
2 done, 4 to go
I’m so disappointed I didn’t get to do these rides, I had such plans.
5 NEW TYPES OF EXERCISE TRIED
4 done, 1 to go
No new ones this month. So far I have tried Pilates, Belly Dancing, a Dance Class, a Zumba-like class. I enjoyed Belly Dancing the most.
4 NEW PATTERNS for my ETSY SHOP
1 done 3 to go
At last! I have put a pattern on Etsy (and Ravelry and Craftsy)
1 done, 2 to go
2 WAYS TO HELP REFUGEES
My darling daughter, as a birthday present to me made a donation to one of the charities I support – I was SO thrilled with that present. It so perfectly hit the spot!❤
I also collected items of clothing and blankets to be sent to Syria, loaded up my car, one dark and stormy morning,and took them to a lovely woman an hour away who sorts, boxes, weighs and labels items ready for them to be loaded on containers for Syria.
It is not as much as I would like to do but it is something.
1 NOVEL READ
Hurray! ‘Enchanted August’ by Brenda Bowen got me there.
0 BEADS BOUGHT
In September the year seemed to stretch ahead, now suddenly it’s December and I know I will miss many of my targets – however it has remained a great motivator and a way of checking in with what I really do want to do.
I feel truly blessed to have 3 children (with partners), 8 grandchildren, 2 siblings, 5 nieces and nephews, and an 88 year old Mum and this takes up more time than I account for in my expectations of myself and what I want to achieve in my own personal arena. My family take precedence and other things fit round them, I wouldn’t have it any other way. However there is a need to keep this in good balance. As I get older, and so does everyone else, the tableau of priorities changes on a daily basis, flexibility is the key – life happens.
I’m thinking carefully about 17 for 2017!
To recharge my batteries I will be taking a month’s retreat soon and so will not be reviewing 16 for 16 at the end of December. Blog posts will be at a minimum until late January as I go into hibernation in the quiet of the year.