Sunday, 8 January 2012

A Proper List - with numbers and everything!

As I've been going about my business this week, it struck me that my last post may have been a little incomplete: I said I liked making lists and making new years resolutions but then I didn't actually share them all with you! I've been reading lots of other blogs lately and have been inspired to write all of my ambitions down. Because I've put them into words it may help me to realise them, but at the very least I will be able to look back at the end of the year to see how I have done.

(As a caveat to this extensive list can I just say that I hate to sit still at any time, but more importantly, my ambition always far exceeds what time I have!)

So, here goes: (the first two I covered in my last post, so forgive me for repeating myself)

1.) I will run the London Marathon in April 2012 - I'm running on behalf of ARC, (Antenatal Results and Choices) a small charity who give support and information to expectant and bereaved parents throughout and after the antenatal screening and testing process. I will write more about why I choose this charity in particular at a later date, but I want to raise as much money as I can to help them with their valuable work.

2.) I want to move This is Wiss onto the next stage. I have been really encouraged by all the feedback and sales I have made since launching This is Wiss last year. And although I really enjoyed selling on a market stall, I don't feel like I've found the right place just yet. I want to explore other physical markets as well as starting to sell online so I'll be taking a little study leave for a couple of months before returning in March.

3.) I'd like to learn some new skills. Since joining Twitter I have discovered just how many great places run creative workshops and classes. I also like the social aspect of taking a class and crafting alongside like-minded people. The only problem is what to choose! I'd like to try Screen Printing, or learn to Crochet, or make a quilt or even how to Forage!

4.) I'd like to do some good. Being able to make stuff seems to be a good skill, and one that can be put to good use for others. Church groups often organise knitting circles to make baby blankets or clothes for the needy. I'm not religious at all but I like the idea all the same.

I found out about Project Linus through Twitter, and was excited to discover there is a UK branch, with reps all over the country. I love the concept that a handmade blanket can bring security and comfort to ill or traumatised babies, kids and teenagers, and having seen first-hand how much Wiss loves and relies on his 'Crumpet', I can completely relate to it.

5.) I want to blog more regularly. Not much more to say about this one except just do it!

6.) I want to start and finish my two (huge) cross stitch projects! I bought a fantastic Emily Peacock 'Think Happy Thoughts' kit for myself this Christmas, and when my husband told me he liked this I had to buy that too. I wonder if they'll both be hanging on our walls by the end of the year?!

7.) I want to make more clothes for Wiss. I have really enjoyed learning to sew, and taking part in online events such as the Kids Clothes Week Challenge. I get such a great feeling when I see Wiss wearing something that I've made for him (and I'm sure that a time will come when he won't want to wear anything his Mum has made!)

8.) I want to get the photo album up-to-date. I love getting photos developed, even in this almost completely digital age, however I have been very slack of late in putting them into the album. I think I am (gulp) 4 years behind!!! It's like the Never-Ending Story because I am always taking taking more pictures but I need to narrow the gap.

and finally...

9.) I want to listen to more music. I used to listen to albums all the time but in the last few years I seem to listen to the radio instead. That's all well and good but I am getting bored with the same songs played on air by the same artists. Seeing as I will be spending lots of time either running or at the sewing machine it seems like the perfect time to get back into albums. I've got Mumford & Sons and Kasabian lined up but would welcome any recommendations you may have?

Well, there it all is. In black and white. Let's see what the year brings! Sorry it's been such a wordy post, but I'd love to know what your resolutions are too.


  1. Hi Angela, I am a little in awe of your list. Even if you only do a few of the things on it you will have done really well. I wish you all the best with it, especially for the marathon, what an achievement just to be in it!

    As for music, if you like Mumford and Sons I think Fleet Foxes might go down well. I am loving Florence and the Machine's new album, as well as Noel Gallagher's solo. I also really like Bombay Bicycle Club. I was actully thinking of adding a 'Music to Sew to' section on my blog so pop over if you need any other ideas! x

  2. Reading on from Beth's comment above, I think you'd really like Bon Iver too, and also Wild Beasts. Both of them amongst my favourite bands. And Metronomy are pretty cool too.

    Good luck with all of your 2012 goals x x

  3. Thanks for your comments. I know my list is definitely aiming high but I do like challenges!

    Great recommendations for new music too. I will check out all of them and get on over to your blog, Beth to read your post on Music to Sew To.


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