Wednesday, 6 January 2010

New Year's Resolutions

Now I'm not usually one to bother with new year's resolutions but there are a few things I'd like to achieve this year, so here goes:

1: Get Crafty Jemima up and running. This one obviously is my priority. I have a few things left to do like sort out a new bank account, finish the business plan and make plenty of stock before I can officially start selling, so I'd better get busy!

2: Stay organized. I'm not going to be able to do any of this without being organized and tidy (yikes!). I need to find a place in my sewing room for everything and keep everything in it's place. I'm also going to have to work out a weekly routine and stick to it as best I can. Yikes again!!

3: Write to my Grandmother. It's something I always intend to do, but never get round to doing / posting. She says she would prefer to get a letter than a phone call, so I shall write to my Gran on the last Sunday of every month, scouts honour (Yes I actually was a Scout - well Cub Scout anyway)!

4: Be more colourful. The things I make are colourful but never the things I wear. For Christmas I got a few colourful hats, scarves and shawls so I thought I'd take my lead from them and jazz up the wardrobe a bit.

5: Bake. Now I'm pretty good in the kitchen, but there are a few things I've always wanted to make and never have. I want to be able to bake my own bread, to make Irish soda bread and to bake a carrot cake. I usually bake what everyone else likes - hence never having made a carrot cake - so it usually ends up being something chocolate flavoured, which I'm really not that keen on. Also I need to bake more frequently instead of buying rubbish with god knows what added to the recipe so that they last for months and months.

6: Take more photographs. Looking back over the past few years it's pathetic the amount of photographs I've taken. I only really get the camera out for special occasions, and then only if nobody else has one. So when I eventually buy my snazzy new camera I shall be snapping galore - promise!

7: Make things for me. I never ever make things to keep for myself. I either feel guilty about spending the money or taking the time to make something to keep when I could be selling it or giving it as a present. But I have a list of things that I want to make - some practical and some indulgent. I can't wait to start now!!

8: Finish reading books. Last year I started The Constant Gardener, Atonement, Lucky, and A Thousand Splendid Suns, all books I wanted to read, but didn't finish one of them. Mind you I did finish several others, but I've got to stop starting books before I finish the one before!

9: Take more time for me. That's another thing I feel completely guilty about. I spent the last year thinking that if I'm not making something then I'm wasting time, but I cannot dedicate every minute of the day to crafting or I'll start to get sick of it. I'm going to have to keep to designated working hours if I want to have the time to take long baths, to read for a while before going to sleep and go out for a drink with friends once in a while.

10: Learn something new. I'm undecided as to what I want to do yet, but it will probably be something practical. I'm one of those people who hates spending money on something I could do/make for myself. I quite fancy trying to make soap, or maybe some form of makeup? We'll see.

There we are - we'll see how I get on! This year's resolutions are ones that I actually want to do and should enjoy doing, so I should manage them without too much bother. Fingers crossed!


  1. I was just reading your New Year's Resolutions list and had to comment on the 'Write to my Grandmother' bit. I used to write to my Gran (she died over 10 years ago now) and I still have all her letters and they nearly all start with a moan that it took me too long to write back last time!! We all laugh about it now when we get together but I'm really glad I did write. I remember always being very busy living in London and having to force myself to make time, I love reading all her letters now, I can imagine her sitting in her chair moaning about this and that!

    Love the rest of your list, I didn't do one but have list envy now.

  2. Yeah my sister used to write to my Nan when she was alive and I've always regretted not doing it too. I usually phone my Gran but now she's in her 80s she says she'd prefer a letter so that she can re-read it. She doesn't remember everything that I've told her first time. I have a newspaper clipping to send to her of my craft stall so I'm gonna need to write to her soon and send that along with it.


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