Time for a progress report:
I have been on a few walks but none for more than an hour yet. The incessant wind and rain has not helped.
15 handmade cards
14 items in my Etsy shop
My first item: a white wig
I was trying out a new pattern and this one came up a little big for anyone wanting to where it as a Chemo Cap, so I am selling it a bit cheaper than it will be sold when I have the pattern created to perfection.
It would be fine on a head with hair, or on a man who wanted to wear it for fancy dress – the ghost of a Jane Austen character perhaps?!
13 different types of bead
I am going to swap this with 10 swims as I have now joined a Leisure Club so swims should be easier. And 13 different types of beads was always going to be a bit of a stretch
I have tried one sort of bead as seen on You Tube using plastic bottles, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01x5SKNMPpg
but sadly it didn’t work for me, maybe it would work with thinner plastic – more experimenting needed.
12 garden posts
I just squeaked it in yesterday, click here to see it.
I have not made one myself but I am very proud to show you a bag that I helped Miss E to make as a Christmas present. She chose all the fabrics and made all the design decisions. I was her studio assistant, helping with a few techniques. We both learnt a lot. She became very confident on the sewing machine and I am now able to leave her to get on with machine stitching by herself.
I am upgrading the Swim total to the 13 slot as now that I have joined Highlands End Leisure Club I know it is going to be very achievable.
The wonderful spin-off is that I can take guests and so these swims have become social events as well.
9 pieces of textile art
I’m excited and nervous about this. I will be using some precious vintage material given to me many years ago. I have booked into a 3 day textile art workshop in March, hopefully this will give me the inspiration and courage I need.
8 mornings sorting and storing
I have decided that a morning is 4 hours – say 9am til 1pm
After a couple of false starts I have managed one morning.
Elusive Trope suggested I put some dates in the diary for painting – a great idea.
So I have booked myself on a Lino Cut workshop with friend and artist Hugh Dunford Wood in February in Lyme Regis. It’s easier to fix something away from home – so often other things crop up if I try to set aside time here. I know Lino-Cuts are not exactly paintings, but I’m thinking I can stretch my ‘7’ to include any form of picture I make. In my mind I will create a collage which will include painting and lino-cut prints – we’ll see where the inspiration of the workshop takes me.
6 bus rides
I have downloaded the local bus timetables, and wait for clearer weather.
5 new forms of exercise
I’m most thrilled, excited and proud of this one!
a) I have joined a Belly Dancing class on Thursday evenings HaHaHaHahahaha!!!!!! Hilarious! My grandchildren giggled uncontrollably when I told them and went around the room doing what they thought bellydancing might look like shouting out “A belly dancing Granny????!!!!!!” and then rolling on the floor laughing.
b) I tried a session of Pilates. I’m sure it did me good coz – oh! the aches next day!
c) One session of Dance a Day. I found this regular group on a Dorset Dance website. I did enjoy the session, but it was more about stretching and moving quite slowly. I want more of a workout.
d) A 5 minute walk away in our village hall, there is a one hour class every Monday that mixes dance, zumba, aerobics and pilates. Perfect way to start my week! Love it!
So already I have tried 4 out of 5 new forms of exercise. Well done me!
4 new patterns
A pattern for bobble hats is likely to be the first.
I need one every morning after belly dancing! It really seems to worry my lower back with all that circling and thrusting! I love it though, it is such a laugh.
I’ve booked a massage in February – oh how I am looking forward to it.
2 ways to help refugees
I have been doing some research and linked in with Bridport Unitarian Chapel, who took a group to Calais for 3 days this January.
I have also been in touch with Lee Godwin who takes blankets to refugees and we are looking at dates to see if I can go with her on one of her trips – I’ll keep you posted.
I have had ‘Meet me under the Ombu Tree’ by Santa Montefiore sitting on my bookshelf for a few years. I’ve read and liked her books before. Just can’t find the right time for reading it though – maybe I will have to wait until I go on holiday. I think my reading time nowadays is spent reading blogs – which I love!
Do you know about http://www.librivox.org.
I heard about it on a BBC Radio4 programme, it is a free app, volunteers read all sorts of books, really there is a massive selection – I might try that.
0 beads bought
I drove past a new bead shop in my local town without stopping! Gosh that was hard!
Lots of ZEROs, but I feel I have made a good start.
It’s not too late to make a list – What would you have as your number 16?