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17 For 2017-November Update

In November, I did a few things that weren’t on my list of goals for the year, including my first craft fair and starting a new (permanent!) job, but I haven’t even thought about my ‘real’ goals until today. I have a feeling that progress may not have been exactly great, since my attention was diverted elsewhere.

17 cupboards/drawers/storage areas sorted (18)

I did A LOT of filing of bits of paper. I hate bits of paper, I’m never sure how long to keep them, or whether they even need to be kept half of the time. I have a kind of system, involving box files and a once a year sort out. (I know, I know, I should do it more often. I think I’ve actually sorted paperwork twice this year, go me!)

16 new recipes tried (15)

I made barbecue shredded chicken in the slow cooker, it was quite nice for a change from pork and went well with wedges and salad.

15 minutes per day on household admin

Erm, kind of. I am getting better at putting events into my phone calendar, which means that most of the time people have the right things and get collected at the right time. I didn’t read the electric and gas meters and got a snotty email about having to have an estimate. I’m normally pretty good but I have been going to work and getting home in the dark, so didn’t fancy battling the mammoth spiders that live in the meter boxes by torch light. Other than that I’m on top of it all.

14 blog posts per month

Only 12 blog posts in November. To be honest, though, I spent most of the month on craft fair prep and that is hardly riveting stuff to write about!

13 tutorial posts in the year (9)

I’m counting my post about amigurumi hats here, as it was a pattern and tutorial.

12 frugal things

I haven’t been very frugal at all, as we have replaced a lot of broken things that had been waiting until I got my first pay slip. Not major things, but they all added up. Mr C and I both got new coats. We got good deals at a local outlet, and mine is way warmer than my old one. We’ve also done a lot of Christmas shopping, and Mr C gets staff discount so we went to his work to buy a few bits and pieces on 20% day. That on top of 3 for 2 got some fairly substantial savings.

11 photos of the whole family (3)

Nothing else this month, we’d better aim for some Christmas photos.

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

Kind of, I have definitely tried harder.

9 crochet projects completed (19)

I made loads of tiny things for the craft fair, too many to count!

8 times more spent setting up photos than takng them

I got a twinkly tree to show off my Christmas decorations, and it worked really nicely with a white background.

7 patterns written (4)

I wrote a (very short) pattern for snowman hats and for mini holly. We’ve all got to start somewhere!

6 new places visited (11)

No more visits this month.

5 outings with friends organised (7)

We had a lovely day together at a friend’s house, we should do it more often!

4 cards made per month

I made one, the less said about cards the better!

3 seasons of harvesting on the allotment

Not long to go until I harvest some parsnips for Christmas lunch!

2 workouts per week

Nothing here, my attention has really been focused on getting things ready for the craft fair and I was making or doing admin for it in every spare minute this month.

1 Slimming World Target certificate

I didn’t gain or lose this month really, I’d like to do well in the next couple of weeks though.

0 unnecessary craft purchases

Again, I’ve only bought things needed for planned projects.

My plan for December is to make it to the end of the month without melting down or making myself skint to try and keep up with all of the Christmas trends. Also, if I manage to keep the family on track with their various events (nativity x 2, Christmas parties for the various clubs they go to etc. etc.) then I will be giving myself a pat on the back and a glass of Baileys.

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17 thoughts on “17 For 2017-November Update

  1. Quote from your post… “. . . the less said about cards the better!” …. I actually laughed out loud and did something I never do … I snorted! I NEVER snort. It’s so unladylike, and yet, here you are, making me snort at 11.55pm on a Sunday evening!
    I’m not sure if I should go and sit in the naughty corner, or if you should for making me do it!
    LOLOLOL.
    Fabulous post Mrs. Craft. I shall go to sleep with a big smile on my face.
    Sending big hugs, lots of squidges and a bucket of love ~ Cobs. xxx

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    1. Sorry about that, lol. I’ll add a snort warning if I write anything like that again to prepare you 😂 Not much point mincing your words when you’ve not done what you hoped to! Happy Monday to you x

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  2. Good job! It’s interesting how you don’t consider yourself having been frugal and then you go on to describe the discounts you got on the things you bought. Sounds like frugality to me! There is no such thing as an “unnecessary craft purchase.” All the craft purchases are totally necessary! They’re necessary for the future things you create with them!

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    1. Thanks, we do try to make careful choices. I think I may be edging towards having too much craft stuff at the minute, there isn’t a lot of room for storage here. I definitely consider whether or not I will use most of my crafty buys though.

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