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17 for 2017-End of January Progress

We are now one month into 2017, and it seems to have flown by. We’ve been plagued by the usual winter illnesses, which has slowed progress somewhat. However, having these goals has given me a real focus for the times when I haven’t been taking out shares in Calpol and disinfecting everything in sight.

17 cupboards/drawers/storage areas sorted

Our house seems to feel more and more cluttered and I’m sure we don’t even need half of it. Drawers bursting at the seams with leads for mobile phones which we no longer have, cupboards with coats the children wore two winters ago, a half pack of mini dominoes from pre millennium Christmas crackers, you get the picture. One step at a time seems to be a good approach here!

This is probably the most successful so far-I’ve sorted 5 cupboards and drawers and it has been very satisfying! Lots of junk rehomed or binned and no longer clogging up my house. The things I have sorted have also been organised in a more logical manner so that they can be easily located when they are required.

16 new recipes tried

I’m not an enthusiastic cook really, or an especially good one. However, practice makes perfect (or at least a hopeful slight improvement). In order to achieve my slimming goals I think I need to keep things fresh by trying new recipes, whether that is for family main meals or a twist on my packed lunches. Blogs and magazines will be my friend here!

Not bad! We’ve tried campfire stew (Slimming World style), which has gone down well, and I’ve made a couple of other things in the slow cooker. Bolognese has been a real hit and I tried something else earlier in the month and I can’t remember what it was. We also made burger in a bowl, another Slimming World recipe. There’s plenty more we can try, the plan is to keep using the slow cooker lots as it suits our busy lives at the moment.

15 minutes per day on household admin

Please don’t think I’m  a slob, I already do chores! This is on top of what I already do, I just think 15 minutes of clearing/sorting areas that seem to attract clutter, such as the kitchen worktop, will prevent me from having to have massive tidying and sorting splurges. Just an area a day, or an extra mini tidy up before bed, scanning and checking that things are in the right places will hopefully help the house to run more smoothly. (Especially on school days when there are letters to be returned, money to be put in envelopes etc.)

This is one that I haven’t quite achieved, but i have improved my organisation on school days. I just haven’t quite achieved the tidy up of random messy ares before bed every day. One to work on in February!

14 blog posts per month

It sounds ambitious on the surface, but looking at my stats for the months where my blog has performed best it seems that posting fairly regularly is the way forward. Updating this each month will count as one so that’s only 13 more each month!

I wrote 15 posts in January, I’m pretty pleased with that. I just need to keep up the momentum and keep planning ahead to ensure that I have ‘good’ content.

13 tutorial posts in the year

This follows on from my last target, and my tutorials so far seem to be the most popular posts so it makes sense to continue. At least if I know I want to publish one I can plan it further in advance. I’m not sure whether I will stick to one craft e.g. crochet or a variety, i guess we will see as the year goes on.

I’ve managed 3 tutorials so far, and really enjoyed writing them, which bodes well for reaching this target over the course of the year.

12 frugal things

Whether I use leftovers wisely, make the most of buying bargain items (that I will use and that I need!), or do a spot of upcycling, I want to try and live a bit more frugally so that should work dry up in the summer we are well prepared.

i’ve tried to make meals in the slow cooker to last 2 days quite a few times which has saved money. We also picked up some good bargains on shoes at a local shopping outlet which had offers on. (2 pairs of slipper s and 2 pairs of wellies for the children for just £10-we got their current size and next size up, putting them away for when they grow.) This is a target which will develop as opportunities arise. I think part of it may involve trading things we have for things we’d like, for example swapping eggs for vegetables with out neighbour.

11 photos of the whole family

I seem to be really good at avoiding being in photos, which is quite sad. I’m going to make more of an effort to make sure the 4 of us are captured on camera more times this year! (Hopefully losing weight will make me a bit happier to be in the photos too.)

We haven’t managed one of us all yet, though Mr C did capture the children and I together when we visited Isaac newton’s house.

10 comments/likes/both on other blog posts per day

I really value the comments and likes on my posts, and I follow an awful lot of brilliant blogs which I need to make more of an effort to read and comment on.

I think I do this most days; if I miss a day I tend to make up for it. I could still do more, perhaps i need to make time during the day as I tend to read blogs at bed time and fall asleep before I’ve read as much as I’d like to.

9 crochet projects completed

Well, it had to be included somewhere! I haven’t aimed for 1 a month as some projects I have planned are quite large.

I’ve completed one, that’s not bad so far. Another one is a good way along the path to completion and the others are yet to be decided.

8 times more spent setting up photos than taking them

Random, and probably tricky to take literally, but I do need to work on my photography. I’ve mentioned it before, and it’s something I still want to get better at. ‘Santa’ ( via Amazon) bought me a light box so I should be able to get better quality (less yellow) photos during the winter of my smaller projects. All I need to do now is figure out Mr Craft’s camera!

I’ve used my light box a lot, but not really mastered Mr C’s camera. I think it’s because it takes me so long to set up and it’s easier to use my mobile phone. I have put more effort in to trying to get the lighting better though, even if it’s not perfect.

7 patterns written

This is another area I’d like to develop more. I’m not sure how this one will pan out, but I have enjoyed the mental challenge of figuring out what I want to achieve and how I can do it.

I’ve not done anything towards this yet, I just haven’t found the right kind of inspiration. It’ll come.

6 new places visited

We do like to get out and about, though I suspect more progress will be made with this one on holiday as we’ve been to most of the local attractions several times. It’s always good to find a new place to explore, and we have National Trust and Wildlife Trust membership. One of the places I know I want to see is Donna Nook in November when the baby seals are born.

We’ve been to one (one and a half if you count the fact that we explored the parkland at Belton House, which we hadn’t done before). We will be returning to Isaac Newton’s house at some point as it was so interesting. We’ve got some plans for days out this month already so plenty of chance to go to even more new places.

5 outings with friends organised

Although we are in regular contact, I don’t see my friends nearly enough. It is challenging with distance, work and children being factors involved in organising a meet up. I shall definitely be making more of an effort, too often I think about sorting things and then get distracted and completely forget.

Thus is a miserable fail so far, must do better!

4 cards made per month

I am so disorganised, half of the time the glue is still drying when I write in a card. I need to make a list of birthdays and make 4 cards per month so I’ve always got a stash ready. Of course, I also need to keep track of where these are so I can find them when I need them!

Another fail, but I have some ideas for cards for my stash, which is more than I had a few days ago. I’ve been making them up as I need them really, when what I should do is make a few more ahead of time.

3 seasons of harvesting on the allotment

This year I want to keep my harvest going for longer, for example having early varieties of carrot, cabbages ready for late autumn/winter and parsnips waiting to be dug up for Christmas lunch. It will take a bit of planning, and we will have to stagger planting a bit more than last year, and of course we cannot control pests and the weather, but we can try our best. I also want to plant some heirloom varieties, depending on seed availability.

This is in the planning stage, bust we have discussed what we would like to grow and organised a few swaps with our neighbour, who runs the local allotment association and has also been able to source a few things very cheaply for us.

2 workouts per week

Ideally it would be 3, but I have to be realistic given the amount of other things I have on. I have been doing 2 a week since September so I am aiming to keep that going and do more when I can.

I’ve managed at least one a week around all the illnesses (some of which affected me too!) I’m going to up my game this month.

1 Slimming World Target certificate

This is a biggie, but I’ve already lost 1.5 stone out of the 4 I wanted to lose so I’m on a mission to make this my year. Ideally I will achieve it before the summer so I can treat myself to a couple of nice outfits.

I’ve lost the weight I gained over Christmas and am trying hard to focus on making further progress. Hopefully this is still achievable.

0 unnecessary craft purchases

I added the unnecessary clause as some purchases are needed to get the best from a project, e.g. buying the same type of yarn when you run out near the end. However, I do need to use up some of my stash. Basic supplies like double sided tape are ok, but if I have something that will do the job then I will make do, as I really do need to declutter and reduce the space I use to store craft items. Hopefully my other little goals will help me with this!

One word, whoops! However, I have spent very little and considered my purchases more carefully. Mr C bought me a crochet magazine which came with a free unicorn tape measure. It is now one of my most treasured crafting items! I’ve probably spent about £8 this month so that’s not bad.

How are you getting on with your New Year’s resolutions? Are you taking part in 17 for 2017? How’s it going?

35 thoughts on “17 for 2017-End of January Progress

  1. Very impressive! I wonder about the number of patterns written / published. I don’t know if setting a strict number would be a good idea for me, but maybe it will be for you, depending on your goals. Maybe on that one, if you aren’t thinking of becoming a pattern writing superstar, you could go easy on yourself if you don’t do 7. Or maybe you can double dip and count some instructions you write on your blog as a “pattern” – like your cool tutorial on closing up the triangle spaces on a ripple afghan. I’d count that as a pattern. There are patterns with as few as five lines of instructions. Your afghan closing tutorial has many more than that and some helpful photos. It’s TOTALLY A PATTERN. 🙂 In my current attitude about patterns it counts, anyway.

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    1. That’s a good idea, thanks! I tend to write patterns as a need arises, for example when my daughter’s doll needed a hat. I’m hoping a little inspiration may strike, 7 patterns is a little aspirational! I think working on large projects which dominate my crafting time also inhibits my ‘playing with yarn’ experiments. I’ll find a balance between it all. Thanks for the comment, it’s certainly got me thinking. 😊

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  2. A pretty successful month, I love reading about your crochet projects and tutorials (even though I can’t crochet). Monthly updates make you realise just how far you’ve come. Keep up the good work xx

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  3. My resolution was to get at least one of my finished cross stitch pieces framed each month – I don’t mean take them to the framers – I mean the diy kind of getting them done. So far I have sorted out two pieces to be framed and two frames that will fit them, but alas they are still on the table awaiting me finding the will to make a start – I hate lacing lol.

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