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Monthly Blog & Personal Goals : : January 2017

It’s a new month and a new year. Yay! Happy New Year everyone!

I will be posting this smaller blog and personal goals every month. I also have some larger goals for the entire year but I will share those at another time.

Blog and Personal Goals for January 2017

Blog Goals

  1. Update 5 old posts for SEO and Pinterest (and adding in affiliate links). I’m going to start with the posts that are the most viewed then move to any that might be relevant to any upcoming holidays.
  2. Create a landing page. I started one in the past but never finished it.
  3. Schedule old posts to share on social media using Buffer.
  4. Write 6-8 posts
  5. Post more frequently on IG (I’m working up to posting 3x week). I need to carve out some time to take and edit photos.
  6. Create one tutorial

Personal Goals

  1. Limit my FB surfing to 15-20 minutes per day. It is so easy to get sucked in for way longer than I planned.
  2. Plan meals for the week the Saturday before (or even the Friday before). Try to include more veggies, and at least one meatless supper per week.
  3. Exercise more. It’s hard to incorporate a workout right now, I’d prefer to work out first thing in the morning but I don’t really want to wake up at 5am. For this month, my goal will be 15 minutes of cardio per day and doing some light weights 3x a week for 15 minutes. I want to focus on my arms and belly, (and thighs while I’m at it). I also eventually want to do yoga once per week but I think I will work the yoga in next month.
  4. Stop drinking pop! I need to find an alternative. Water gets boring after a while and I drink those bottles of juice way quicker than a bottle of pop, so juice is not much better.
  5. Comment on three blogs per week. I read lots of blogs but I don’t leave comments too often. I’ll change that!
  6. Meet up with a friend. I work weekends and during the week and find it really hard to find time to get together with friends and get time with my kids as well.

That’s it for this month! I think I’m going to print these out and stick them on the fridge as a reminder to myself.

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Sunday Lately #105

Sunday Lately #105 : : It’s a New Year

Sunday Lately is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe which is led by Angelica, Meaghan, Nicole, and Katy.
Every week we share what’s happening in our lives using the prompts. Technically we’re supposed to share every week but most of the time I start my post but don’t get it finished until the next Sunday is up so nothing winds up being posted. Ha! I’m hoping to play along better this year. 😉
Sunday Lately #105
Picking
Up the mess that Christmas leaves behind. We did better this year. We had no choice considering our finances, haha. But even so, the girls weren’t overwhelmed with too many presents from the whole family so the picking up didn’t take too long. Lots of boxes to go in the recycling bin and of course for the first time ever the Recycling truck passed by before 7am (they normally only get to our street around 4pm!). We’ll borrowing our neighbours recycling bin until the next pickup in two weeks.
Telling
You all that I’m planning to cut back on blog tours and such this year. I like hosting tours but working full-time doesn’t leave much time for sewing and blogging and hosting. And hosting tours doesn’t pay so I have to work. :) Also I’m going to be pickier on the tours I participate in. I like them when they’re more open and free and not restricted to a specific pattern or designer (because of the lack of time it’s easier on me when it’s less restrictive for some reason). I hope to get back to hosting a tour from time to time but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.
Debating

Changing up the blog. Right now I’m not doing much sewing. I’m mostly working and spending 2.5 hours commuting to work daily on public transportation so I’m doing lots and lots of reading. I think I’ll be sharing a little more of the books I read and life type things and hopefully incorporate some sewing and kids crafts from time to time as well. But at the same time I kind of want to keep it mainly sewing and craft related. Hmm..

Mixing

Up dough. Every time I make a batch of bread, I think to myself “Why don’t I do this more often? It’s so easy!” But then I don’t. I need to change that. Homemade bread is so good! (And even mixing and kneading by hand is easy and oddly relaxing).

Humming

“I’m the littlest Christmas tree! Ho ho ho! Hee hee hee!” My 6-year-old had her first Christmas concert at school and performed that song with her class. The song is stuck in my head after listening to her singing it for weeks on end! Silly Bean was fantastic btw. She is so shy at school the teacher is always saying how during oral presentations she turns bright red and talks so quietly no one can hear her and during class she sits quietly and never says a word. (Hmm sounds familiar) But here she was during the song singing along being on point with all the movements. Out of roughly 30 kids there were five others who were also dancing along the entire time, but she really was the star of her group! I was expecting her to be like some of the kids who were kind of shell-shocked being in front of the strangers

(And you know what? I still would have been proud of her in that situation too for standing up in front of all the people watching. There’s no way you’d get me to go up on stage and dance to a song in front of strangers). 

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One Thimble Issue 13: Felt Kawaii Ornaments

So I absolutely positively LOVE working with felt. I also LOVE ornaments and little cute things.

So when I saw the cute Kawaii ornaments in the newest issue of One Thimble magazine (affiliate link), I couldn’t resist.

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Unfortunately, I’ve been working tons and I’m never home when the light is good so my photos are horrible. But they really are super cute.

There are 8 designs: popsicle, ice cream cone, cupcake, watermelon, rainbow, planet, star and sun. Originally I was going to make the 4 non-food ones but couldn’t resist the ice cream cone and watermelon so plans changed.

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I changed things up a little bit. The instructions recommend using brads for the eyes and cutting out felt mouths, but as you can see I decided to embroider the mouth and eyes on. I didn’t have any brads and no time to get to the craft store and decided I would just embroider the whole face. It takes a little bit longer but not much. I traced the shape of the eyes and the bottom edge of the mouth onto Sulky Water Soluble Stabilizer (affiliate link) and placed it on the top shape where I wanted the face. Then followed manufacturer’s

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I forgot to get a picture of the back of the ice cream cone, but I turned that one into a hair clip. It’s actually clipped to the Christmas tree for the picture. I cut two little slits in the back piece of the cone and slid an alligator clip in. See the how to do it in my tutorial for a kitty cat hairclip here. Edited to add: The pattern has instructions for making hairclips as well but using a different method than what I did. I sewed up the medium size shapes and the smaller size would probably suit hairclips better, but for the cone it’s not bad. I wish I was able to get a picture of it worn as well, but unfortunately as I said earlier it’s dark when I get home from work so pictures don’t look great.

There are also instructions on sewing the felt shapes as bookmarks, pencil toppers, hairclips, or brooches too. My girls want a bunch of Kawaii shapes for hanging in their room but first I want to try out the pencil toppers. I think they’d be cute little gifts. Can’t use them as stocking stuffers because my daughters would know I sewed them but maybe for party gifts.

 

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11/10 Pattern Revolution, Beri Bee Designs, The Sew and Tell Project, SewSophieLynn
11/11 Create 3.5, GAAFMACHINE
11/12 Tales of a Tester, Little Cumquat, Call Ajaire
11/13 Happy Okapi, Sunflower Seams, Stitches by Laura
11/14 Made by Sara, Candice Ayala, Filles a Maman
11/15 House of Estrela, Snickerdoodle Stew, Swoodson Says
11/16 The Lady and the Gents, Lulu & Celeste, Pear Berry Lane
11/17 Finn’s Door, Blue Wren Handmade, Once Upon a Sewing Machine, Just Add Fabric

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Twig + Tale Blog Tour

Wild Things coat pattern by Twig + Tale sewn by Lulu and Celeste

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I have to say I was super excited to be taking part in this tour. For real! Not only is this a re-branding tour for the newly re-named Twig + Tale (formerly Big Little patterns), but we later found out that fabric would be provided for by the amazing Art Gallery fabrics! I ♥ Art Gallery Fabrics! Unfortunately I don’t buy it often enough but when I do get my hands on some I just want to spend the whole day petting it. Continue reading “Twig + Tale Blog Tour”

Q4: Finish-A-Long Proposed Projects

I’m joining the Finish-A-Long for the last quarter of 2016! I had wanted to take part earlier but missed out on entering Q2 and then forgot to enter for Q3.

Here is my list of makes to complete:

  1. Sotnos top for Silly Bean.
  2. Grandpa cardigan (for me): fabric is picked and pattern printed.
  3. Cat costume for Silly Bean. Need to finish the cat tail and make some ears.
  4. Day Tripper top for me: Pieces are cut, just needs sewing.
  5. Convertible Clutch x4 for craft fair. Pattern printed and fabric picked!
  6. Lil Cutie Pouches x10 for craft fair. Fabric picked!
  7. Half Circle zippered pouch x10 for craft fair. Pattern printed, fabric picked!
  8. Gym bag for Silly Bean. It’s nearly complete.
  9. Knitting Project bags x10? for craft fair. Fabric picked.
  10. Knotty Bag x2 for craft fair. Pattern printed, fabric picked.
  11. Little Long Stocking doll pattern x2 (for girls for Christmas). Pattern printed, some fabric picked.
  12. Zierstoff SISSI skirt for Silly Bean. It’s nearly complete. I messed up on the construction and have to unpick, the skirt turned into a tube and not a skirt, haha.
  13. 10 sets of felt coasters for craft fair (like pic below). Felt and fabric for inner cotton circles is chosen.
  14. 20 key fobs for craft fair. Fabric is picked.

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