2013 Goals: February

I can’t believe it’s February already! That means it’s time to see how I did with my January goals. Turns out I actually got a few things done, which kinda surprised me…

  1. Paint my craft room (the new house comes complete with room for a craft room (woop, woop and woop again!), but it’s currently a kind of manky green colour which needs to go before I fill it with my junk craft stuff)
  2. Organise and photoshop my New Year’s Eve photos
  3. Join in with 52 Weeks of Happy
  4. Complete 2 items from my 101 Things list (ish). I did some of my regular monthly items but didn’t tick off anything new.
  5. Finish 5 snowflake blocks

I’m super happy about getting my craft room painted. It makes such a difference having got rid of the manky green colour and I can’t wait to get some pictures up of the change. I’m also pretty please I ticked off the snowflake blocks goal because as of Wednesday I only had 3 done so it was a bit of a race to the finish. But I got there and probably wouldn’t have done so if I hadn’t set myself that goal.

So on to February…

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  1. Tidy my craft room, unpack the remaining boxes and generally make it look pretty
  2. Finish 5 snowflake blocks and my chunky cowl
  3. Make cushions for the living room
  4. Complete two unstarted items from my 101 Things list
  5. Order the new radiator for the (not so) snug room so that it can start to live up to its name

52 weeks of happy: 4/52

A little late, but it’s time for some more happy photos…

Meatball recipe


Nice white walls


  • Having forgotten an ingredient for a planned recipe (yes, I meal plan – I like my lists!) I randomly picked this one for meatballs and a spicy sauce and it was ace. It’s totally on my must-make-in-the-future list…
  • Snow days. It had been snowing all morning at work so I went out at lunchtime to take pictures. I always forget to bring my camera to work when it’s snowy, but I finally remembered. Soooo pretty.
  • I finished painting my craft room! All the manky green is gone and in it’s place are lovely light, bright, white walls 🙂
  • An awesome weekend comprising a cake outing with my Mum (om nom nom) followed by successful jeans shopping (a huge victory), a Burn’s Night celebration in the evening (om nom nom again) followed by watching Scott Pilgrim vs The World for the first time (how have I not seen it before?!) followed  by seeing the Strictly Come Dancing live show in Glasgow (wow – those people can dance).

52 weeks of happy: 3/52

Time for more happy…





  • A Pandemic session with friends
  • Snow!! All light and fluffy and not-yet-slushy
  • Profiteroles to accompany the Pandemic session. Om nom nom!
  • An awesome housewarming present – Ninja matryoshka dolls. This is off the chart on the coolness scale!

52 weeks of happy: 2/52

Time for more happy…

Red and yellow tulip

Snowflake block

I'd rather still be in bed

New yarn

  • Red and yellow tulips. You can’t go wrong with a vase of tulips…
  • My first snowflake block in ages. It feels good to get going on my blanket again.
  • “I’d rather still be in bed”. So true! I’ve been eyeing up this picture for ages and found it at 50% off when I popped into town yesterday. Awesome 🙂
  • The first Crafty Club of 2013 with Sarah and Anna. It was good to catch up and be crafty. New yarn may have also been involved…

52 weeks of happy: 1/52

I came across 52 Weeks of Happy a week ago and think it’s an awesome idea for focusing on the high points of each week. I recently started logging one good thing a day and I think it’s helped me feel more positive as I’ve never failed to find something good to write down, even on days which have seemed pretty rubbish. So I think bloging four happy things a week is a way to have my happy in picture form!

So this week, four things that made me happy were:

New Year's Eve cocktails

Kitchen cupboard

Craft room

Young House Love book

  • Cocktails on New Year’s Eve. So green. So good.
  • Replacing a missing shelf in one of the kitchen cupboards. The supports were there, but the shelf wasn’t for whatever reason. I’m ridiculously happy about the new shelf – I think there was jumping up and down, clapping and possibly excited squealing when it went in!
  • Getting started on painting my craft room so that it no longer has manky green walls. That photo really doesn’t do the colour justice. It’s far more manky in real life. But the first coat is done (yay). I think it needs two more though (boo)…
  • Reading the Young House Love book I got for Christmas. If you haven’t found Young House Love then I would check it out- it’s an awesome place to spend some time.

2013 Goals: January

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I’ve come to the conclusion that new year’s resolutions and me don’t really work. I have no idea what my 2012 goals were and I suspect if I look back I didn’t do many/any of them, so I’ve decided to remain in blissful ignorance!

This year I’m going to try setting shorter term goals, so here’s my plan for January:

  1. Paint my craft room (the new house comes complete with room for a craft room (woop, woop and woop again!), but it’s currently a kind of manky green colour which needs to go before I fill it with my junk craft stuff)
  2. Organise and photoshop my New Year’s Eve photos
  3. Join in with 52 Weeks of Happy
  4. Complete 2 items from my 101 Things list
  5. Finish 5 snowflake blocks

I think that’s all pretty do-able. I just need to get on with the doing bit…

Happy New Year!

Here’s to an awesome 2013!


Recaptcha is driving me insane

AAAAAAAAARGH. And breathe.

I’m being driven round the bend by blogger’s recaptcha spam prevention c**p technology. If I want to comment on the majority of blogger blogs, I’m having to jump through a warped two word hoop to “prove that I’m not a robot”.

Any guesses what this says?


Or this?


Or how about this?


I spent 15 minutes just now trying to comment on a blog and failed miserably. The other night I even had to grapple with Hindi, pi and fractions. How, pray tell Mr Google, am I meant to enter that?

I am not a robot. But right now I’m not able to be a commenter on blogs either, and that sucks.

Week Off Work Week: Day 1

Yay it’s Monday and I’m on holiday 🙂 🙂 🙂 OH and I christened this Week Off Work Week back when we first booked the time off and it’s been loooong anticipated and much mispronounced (Work Off Week Work is my usual one).

As I’m at serious risk of spending all my time sneaking around and fireballing evil doers in Skyrim, I set myself a goal of doing something crafty every day.

Today’s fun was some girly crafty time with Anna and Sarah. We also had some male company in the form of Sarah’s super cute son Peter, who was a total cutie and even napped a bit to let us do some crafty stuff. First up was a bit of shopping for assorted crafty goodness followed by some making. As I’m in the frozen north there is zero precious little daylight at the moment so photos of said goodness and making will have to follow tomorrow. But it was a good day – the perfect start to Week Off Work Week!

Blog hopping

It’s been a bit quiet over here, but life has been a bit busy. My brother got married and as well as the wedding, there was the pre-pre-wedding dinner, the pre-wedding dinner and the post-wedding BBQ. So much fun but man was I stuffed after that lot! The wedding itself was lovely though. The sun shone (pretty impressive for Scotland) and there was lots of dancing, family and fun.

Lately I’ve not been doing much crafty stuff. I’ve been fairly focussed on houses (and houses for sale in particular) but I’m finally realising the market isn’t great and selling our flat is just not going to happen so there’s no point looking for something bigger.

So in the interests of trying to avoid house websites, I’ve been pinteresting. A. LOT and came across a couple of great blogs. {design seeds} and photo card boutique both take pictures and break out the main colours. I’m totally loving the way colours go together right now and these sites are providing loads of eye candy!

Here are some of my favs from {design seeds}:

And some from photo card boutique:

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