Sunday, January 6, 2013

Pin the Pin, now make the make!

Well hello lovely bloggers and welcome to my first proper post of 2013.  I have been considering what direction my blog should take this year, after all I have pretty much stayed the same since I started blogging waaaaaay back then.  In fact I was having a little chat with my dear pal Miss Muggins about this and you know what? Miss Muggins was pondering the same notion too! 

Well, Miss Muggins who has been around the bloggersphere a long while too, and I brainstormed a few ideas and are currently hatching some fun things we can all have some fun with - we do hope you will join us!  I can't let the cat out of the bag just yet, but a few fun things will be rolled out in the coming months but in the meantime I want to throw you a challenge! 

First, I must ask you are you madly pinning away on your Pintrest boards?  Yes? Me too! In fact one board, my "I wanna make it" board is beginning to groan under the weight of fabulous ideas! The other day I had   to ask myself "Miss Prudence, when love are you EVER going to make something!".

Soooooo, here is the challenge! Each week we will make at least ONE idea we have Pinned.It can be a Pin of your choice or you can join me with my Pin. Embed the Pin you are going to trial on your blog, then later that week blog your version of the Pin ! Productive huh?  I will get busy and try and get my poor little luddite head around setting up a Mr Linky for next week, but until then, just leave a comment on my blog with your link so we can all follow you up and see what you have made! 

So without further ado, here is my Pin for the is a pretty easy idea but ever so clever!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy 2013!! Oh I am so excited and pumped about this year!! 2013 is going to be HUGE!!!  Are you planning a big year?

I am setting some BIG goals in my sights this year and I thought I might share them here on my blog, well where else would I share them!

I have set goals around various life directions and of course crafting rates highly!

Health and Fitness   2012 saw me butt out for good and on May 31st I will  clock up 12 months being a non smoker. So the next challenge is to reduce my size by 20%. I have already commenced with a Personal Trainer and the results have started to come in!  So big area here!

Family  I want us to have some adventures! I have a few things planned for my eldest boy and me but I want us all to make some good memories and have new shared experiences. I am also planning on getting some family photos done. 

Career Well it is back to the books this year. I plan to knock of at least 4 subjects from my Grad Dip in Alcohol and Other Drugs Studies.  My contract at a local council will end in August so I will need to find another job too!

Community  I like to do something each year that is civic minded - I have been involved with a community group called Citizen Advocacy for many years but this year I plan to raise funds for this group. I plan to raise enough for 10 swags!

Meals / Food 
I totally need to renew my efforts here.  I am going to set some goals around getting better variety of meals on the table and be organised on work days.  I want to change the way I view meal prep and have it stop being such a chore. I am going to try new things and maybe some exotic things too!

Lunch boxes : Lunch boxes for all! Healthy and variety and everyday! That's the goal.

Buy less and make more: I actually have never really set this as a goal - but 2013 sees me jumping on this bus! Buy locally, make more, give meaningfully.

Socially and Culturally: I plan to go to see more plays this year and at least 5 movies. I will read 4 books of one of those "must read" lists and attend a big glitzy, ritzy night! 

Now this brings to crafting and my home the list will be long my friends!

  1. knit Mr G a jumper
  2. knit me a cardigan
  3. learn how to knit cables 
  4. sew 2 winter skirts
  5. sew bags
  6. sew martha a dress
  7. make aprons
  8. make candles`
  9. make over my outdoor area
  10. garden 
  11. finish the quilt I started
  12. crochet a rug 
  13. make over my kitchen
  14. reclaim a buffet
  15. go on a craft camp
  16. make lavender ice cream
  17. sew 2 tops for me
  18. use a BIG chunk of my fabric stash
  19. make all my birthday cards and have them ready and waiting
  20. make some cushions

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

And so that was Christmas

Well the event has now come and gone, the trappings have been well and truly consumed or recycled!
 The New Year is here and i am feeling so very enthusiastic about 2013. After all 2012 was FABULOUS!

Before I get into the "2013" posts, I thought I might share some pics of our Christmas, I hope you all had a truly enjoyable Christmas time.

Mustardy Potatoes - I promise to share this recipe with you soon, so YUM!

Keeping the veggies simple - 

Ladybugs in the fridge! 

Holly and roses for the best centrepiece

One of the loveliest apsects of Christmas for me is setting a beautiful table

Tinsel mistletoe! Viva the 70's Christmas decorating style!

Polka dotted hostess apron!

My lovely mum and me