Plans for 2013

I know I’m a little late to this party, but that seems to be the way it is at the moment! Time is flying by so fast, I’m missing all sorts of things. For example, a very good friend had her birthday one month and five days ago (you know who you are!) and I’ve yet to send her her birthday parcel. She’s going to have a lovely late spring surprise at this rate! The daft thing is that I had almost everything I wanted to send ahead of time, and then the days got away from me and I didn’t do it. It’s OK, I do realise how rubbish I am!

So, plans for the remaining ten and a half months of the year include;

1. Holiday – don’t know where, don’t know when but we will have a change of scenery and see somewhere new this year!

2. Redecorate Sweetie’s room before she moves in. Her cot is in our room at the moment, and I think will be for a little while. We need to work out how to put up a curtain rail, as there is no space between the top of the window frame and the ceiling. I sorted out everything in her room this last week though so there’s no rubbish in there any more! However, I still need to decide on a room layout and colour scheme.

3. Get a new kitchen sink. We have one of those beige plastic kitchen sinks at the moment, and since we moved in I’ve wanted to swap it for a stainless steel one. I can’t dye yarn easily until I do, as it would wreck our current sink. Our plumber should be coming out to replace a radiator soon though, so I’ll ask him about it then.

4. Fitness – improve it! I was almost immobile during the last few months of my pregnancy last year, and then it took longer than last time for the pain to go away. On the whole things seem to be more or less back to normal now, so I’m very slowly improving my fitness levels. I aim to go out for walks more as the weather improves, and I always run up the stairs (except when I’m carrying the baby of course!). Baby steps, but it’s slowly slowly paying off.

5. Get my Etsy shop back up and running. I’m planning and working on items for my shop at the moment. I hope to go back to the craft market later in the Spring too, if they have room for me! But I want to revamp my stall completely, so I need to work on that for the next couple of months.

6. Enjoy my kids. They are all three of them growing and changing before my eyes, and I don’t want to miss a minute! Well, maybe the odd minute here or there to go to knit night or Wonderwool Wales, but you get the general gist!

So, these are my overall goals. I’ve got more specific ones, such as improving my baking, or certain projects I want to make. Hopefully I’ll find time to talk more about these as and when they happen.

Organisation for the New Year!

So, if you saw yesterday’s post, you’ll know that I managed quite a lot of crafty production last year. I would really like to get near the same amount this year, as I really enjoy all my various crafts, and I had a great sense of satisfaction at being able to present those I like best with hand made Christmas gifts. But, in order to achieve it, I will have to be organised.

On Ravelry, I’m in a few groups, including the Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup (I’m a Gryffindor!). Assignments are set for the various classes each month, and completed projects win points for your house, towards the goal of winning the house cup. And one of January’s assigments was pure genius. On Ravelry, there is a queuing facility where you can queue all the patterns that you’d like to do. I’ve half-heartedly used it before, but now, thanks to an assignment which demanded the queue organised, catalogued, tagged and in a working order, I’m set up with at least enough projects for a few months! Of course, it’s a work in progress and I dare say I’ll add more as I think of more to make, but it’s certainly made a good start on my goal of 2010 being a more organised year (notice I said goal, not resolution. The R word generally tends to be counter productive for me, so I’m ignoring it for this year. I figure that if you don’t meet a goal, it doesn’t sound as harsh as if you break a resolution!).

In the next couple of days I will have my first couple of completed projects of the year, which I will be sure to show you as and when they are achieved. But for now, I’d like to reiterate that I wish you all a very happy new year for 2010 full of lots of good things. I hope that this time next year you can all look back and have good memories of the year just ended.