Eighteen for 18

Last year a couple of blogs I follow were doing ’17 for 17′, lots of little (and big) things to aim for over the year. I liked the way it include non sewing and lifestyle aims as well and a monthly post helps to see how you’re doing.

So, here’s my eighteen for 2018…

  • 1 Etsy store opened; I’d love to be able to get a little income from my sewing, just got to make sure it stays a pleasure!
  • 2 Tutorials; I’ve been thinking about this for ages, hopefully listing it will give me the kick I need!
  • 3 Sessions a week in the garden; I’ve been very careful not to make a time on this, in the winter I might only manage 10 minutes, but all those minutes will add up to help me get on top of my garden.
  • 4 Quilts; I’ve one to make for a wedding in March, my Down the Rabbit hole quilt to finish, a wall hanging kit and I really need to start using my scraps!
  • 5 Craftsy Classes; I’ve quilting, embroidery and sewing classes just waiting to be watched…
  • 6 New Patterns; I’m embarrassed just how many patterns I have that I have never actually used!
  • 7 Kits stitched; I always fall for kits at the various shows I go to, I have a box of them waiting to be stitched!
  • 8 Pages in my stitch sampler book; I’d like to get more done but I’m trying to be realistic!
  • 9 Pounds Lost!!! I’d like to lose a lot more than 9lb but that will be a start!
  • 10 Mini Embroideries; some of these will be for the travelling sketchbooks, others for a fabric book I have planned. I’ve really enjoyed the embroidery work last year so I want to do some more.Robin Embroidery
  • 11 Letters to friends; I used to be a big letter writer, then a long came facebook and e-mails, but it just isn’t the same. I still have letters I received from friends when I was in my teens and twenties. I’m going to make an effort to write to friends again.
  • 12 Boxes or Drawers sorted in sewing room; my sewing room needs a serious sort out, I’m going to tackle it box by box!
  • 13 New Recipes; after years of cooking for a family it’s easy to get into a rut with cooking, this will give me new ideas for meals.
  • 14 Less Lengths in my stash! I know, I’ve been trying to reduce my stash for years, but this year it might just happen!! I’ve just counted and I’ve got about 60 lengths!
  • 15 Posts a month; There are months when I post this number and more, but there are also months when I post a lot less, this will hopefully even things out a bit.
  • 16 cross-stitch smalls; over the last few months I’ve quite got into little cross-stitch items, I rather like the idea of having a seasonal display. 16 may sound a lot, but it’s only just over one a month!A Christmas dachshund and a cute pug in cross-stitch
  • 17 items of clothing made. This is quite a tough one as I do think 17 is a lot, I also know that my wardrobe is getting depleted and it will also help with no.14! I have the fabric and the patterns, I just need to organise myself and do more dress-making.
  • 18 Walks; my daughter thinks this is a lot, but my OH and I want to start going for a ‘proper’ walk once a month, it will be good both from a fitness point of view, but also just spending more time together will be good. My friend and I need to get some practice walks too in for our long distance walk this year, St Cuthberts Way in September.

So, that’s my aims for 2018, it may seem a lot but some things may tackle several posts, like making clothes with fabric from my stash with a new pattern could count for three different aims.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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21 Responses to Eighteen for 18

  1. Clare says:

    Dear Crafty Creek – I admire all your ambitions except one – you really do not need to lose weight!!

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  2. Donnalee says:

    Thise all sound very ambitious, but if you enjoy them that’s great–it just adds a structure to the fun you hope to have! I have been admiring your particular colour scheme for Rabbit Hole all along and have not had a chance to tell you so until now. Happy new year!

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  3. nanacathy2 says:

    The very best of luck, and with all that walking the 9lbs will be a doddle. I enjoyed doing these for three years but am not doing it this year. It is lovely that I shall have your posts to look forward too.

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  4. Laura says:

    That’s a great list! I haven’t taken the time to reflect and consider what I want to accomplish in the new year. I do know a few things that I would like to do…just need to sit down and actually make a list!

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  5. I’m really looking forward to sitting back and seeing how folks progress with their 18 for 2018 lists. I like the way you have chosen things that can be combined and I wish you luck.

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  6. katechiconi says:

    All excellent goals! Can I help you with some of them? Join us for ScrapHappy day on 15th of each month and show something made with scraps, whilst at the same time increasing your blogging by a post a month AND working towards another quilt?

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  7. MrsCraft says:

    Best of luck achieving these, they all seem sensible and realistic but fun!

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  8. ccmercer1982 says:

    Great goals for the year! I look forward to reading about how you get on with them ☺️

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  9. tialys says:

    Sounds like you are going to have a very busy year. I think 18 walks sounds much more achievable than 17 garments made but I suppose it depends on the nature of the walks πŸ˜‰
    I meant to offer when you mentioned it before but just ask if you need any help/advice with Etsy. I have had a shop on there since 2010 and have three in total – although I haven’t reopened them yet after my Christmas break. thetialys@gmail.com

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  10. Hey there. These look like great goals, and i hope you enjoy working on them through the year. I keep hearing people talking about travelling sketchbooks, and was wondering how people can get involved with them?

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  11. I love your goal list!! It is fun to see someone else with a wide variety of interests. I plan to do more exercise too, and gardening has been an interest for a long time. Quilting and handwork, reading and cooking, life is sweet!!

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  12. Catherine says:

    What a great list! And a great balance of pushing yourself and β€˜doable’. I’m looking forward to following along!

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  13. KerryCan says:

    It all sounds really ambitious to me but what the heck? If you’re going to set goals, you might as well reach for the stars! Good luck!


  14. Kaelyn says:

    Worthy goals! Good luck with all of them!


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