Goals, goals, goals

We are more than half way through the year, time has no mercy and the year is fading fast.
I thought it was a good time to revisit my crafting goals, not really the best idea as even though I have accomplished quite a lot, I’m nowhere near completing my always growing list of goals. It may just be the fact that I keep getting side tracked and adding to it.

Maybe lists are not the best thing when it comes to creating, isn’t it all about the freedom of art, doing what takes your fancy, doing what makes your creative energy flow.
Well I’m pretty good at giving in to a pattern that jumps off the page, calling my name, over and over until my willpower crumbles as I rush to find the perfect yarn, the right size hook and a little time to make the instructions come alive in front of my eyes. πŸ‘€

You maybe able to see that I’ve been rather good at letting those intriguing patterns win.
In turn my goal list has doubled in size and I’m nowhere near completing my goals, I’m giving it a good shot though. 😝

Will I get all ticked off?

What do think, will I crack it or will I fail miserably?

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My crafting goals for 2017.

Faith’s blanket – Aster. πŸ‘πŸ»

Cassie – black and white Aster πŸ‘πŸ»

Mint coffee Mandala cushion for my room πŸ‘πŸ»

Sam’s blanket – Carousel Blanket. (Wip)

Marly-Kate’s blanket – Nuts about squares (wip) πŸ‘πŸ»

Two Aster blankets which are orders.

Cable blanket (wip)

Finish mum’s two blankets – granny squares πŸ‘πŸ» and mandala madness.

Sophie loves Lillia Bjorn winter blanket – Scheepjes garnet, moon stone, Corundum Rudy, Crystal Quartz, Enstatite, Tourmaline and smokey quartz. (Wip)

Sophie Universe with a twist – Scheepjes crystal quartz.

Sunny Mandala cushion – mixed colours πŸ‘πŸ»

Stardust Melodies cal Afghan – scheepjes softfun in Ecru – for Rich. πŸ‘πŸ»

A day at the grand bazaar (black and white). πŸ‘πŸ»

Atlanticus- greens and blues . πŸ‘πŸ»

Labyinth Mandala Pillow – Scheepjes stonewashed in Black Onyx and Crystal Quartz.

4 cushions – Spanish Mandala (one side), Mint coffee Mandala extended (other side) – (wip)

Mandala number 5 wall hanging. For hoggers πŸ‘πŸ»

Celtic cushions – for Rich πŸ‘πŸ»

A splash of colour to this increasingly grey world.

When it comes to creating afghan’s I tend to stick to what I’m use to and use colours from my safety zone, I think everyone is good at staying safely inside the lines of comfort.
Last week I came across an Afghan pattern that I’ve wanted to make for a while now but just haven’t got around to ordering the yarn pack and making it. The colour palette was based on a black background which makes the other colours pop making a striking blanket.
Working with black has to be one of my favourites but boy its a pain in the ass especially if you are crafting in low light, lately I have been trying to stay away from it for that reason alone.
I decide to bite the bullet and buy this gorgeous yarn pack until I noticed a new colour combo had been brought out.
It’s totally different from what I’m use to, the colours are far from my comfort zone but it somehow just called to me, with one click its was in my basket, a few clicks later, it was brought and paid for, not yet received or even dispatched but soon I will have happy mail at my door and a challenge at my fingertips.
I’m really excited if I’m honest but a little nervous about learning if my mindset of habit will take over the unusual will to use lots of colour. Time will tell.
Yesterday I decided to test myself and I picked 6 colours, some that I haven’t used before, mainly pastels from my stash of favourite yarn and started a new project, I know, I know I shouldn’t have, I have so many works in progress which I have promised myself that I would solely work on in August, not the best start hey, lol πŸ˜‚
It’s funny how colour can change the simplest of patterns, making it stand tall against the norm.
I’m not sure how long this mindset or adventure with colour will last, if I’ll be happy with the outcome or if I will ever finish the projects but for now I’m pretty happy that I’m opening up my mind to the possibilities of colour. And maybe just maybe, colour may flood my life in other ways.

House to home

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Home Goals for 2017

Build fitted cupboards including desk in my baby cousins room bedroom. (Started yesterday)

Finish decorating his room

Build extra cupboard in Marly-Kate’s room.
Move radiator to different position.

Build fitted cupboards in my room.
Decorate.

Finish the half done garden.
Decking in front of craft room/office
Build a raised fish pond.
Raise flower boards to level of decking.
Make a small patio area at side of the house for those spring and summer morning coffees.
Finish the sleeper steps to the patio to be area.

Finally have our dinning room table made.

And if I have any time left
Build/make the chill out area in the old utility room with loads of storage.

I best get busy. 😝

Letting our stories loose on the world

imageBlog – why???
We blog because we have something to say, whether it is personal, commercial, or otherwise. It could be kind of therapy, a job, a passion, inspiration, it can be anything you dream it to be.
With blogging, we let our stories loose on the world.
We put ourselves out there to be measured against others and we take responsibility for our point of view.
Sometimes we all get stuck for new, good ideas and worst of all, we think of the perfect blog while drifting off to sleep but it’s gone in the morning. (I must remember to have a note-book by the side of my bed)

Often I hear a piece of music, some lyrics that touch your soul, and my heart sets alight and creativity fills my soul and I imagine something breathtaking.
This feeling, moment in time is the beginning of my next adventure/blog post. The creation unfolding in front of my eyes.
The page becomes mine, my mind is whirling with magical ideas, not just in writing/blogging but in so many different ways, creating, work, life.
These feelings are the beauty of life.
We are writing our stories with every action, movement, feeling. We are making something wonderful . We are leaving memories in people’s hearts.
We are alive, we have passion, we are our own legacy.

Dare to jump

imageToday is a new day.. a new beginning.
You have been given this day to use as you please. You can waste it or you can use it for something worthwhile.
Either way, what you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. You can’t always wait for the perfect time, because there may be no such thing. Sometimes you must dare to jump.
It is only possible to live happily ever after on a daily basis because life, fate may have other plans for you so laziness and procrastination may appear attractive, but action leads to happiness, or go along way towards it.
Great challenges make life interesting… overcoming them makes life meaningful.
When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever. In its place will be something that you have left behind.
Let it be something worthwhile… something you are thankful for.

This is it

imageSimple and complicated…
Change or stay…
Escape or find the true happiness…
The pleasure of simple things…This is it…!

No matter how much we plan, we can never predict what future will bring. Trying to exercise too much control can just lead to frustration, in addition to frustrating the people around you.

Since you never know what the future will bring, it’s futile to try to control events. Instead of attempting to control the outcome of events, learn to relax and enjoy the journey. Letting go of the need to control will give you more freedom to live in the moment. By planning less, you’ll be more open to unforeseen opportunities that come your way.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still have goals, but that your focus shifts from the ends to the means.
Because life is forever changing and evolving, and you are evolving along with it, you will never reach a point of perfect simplicity and endless happiness. (Ok, maybe for a short time, I had it once 😒)
But each moment you spend on the path to simplicity does have the potential to bring more serenity and happiness into your life.