Eighteen for 18

It’s the first day of February already, so how have I done in the first month of my Eighteen for 18 challenge…

  • 1 Etsy store opened; Nothing done but have been thinking!!
  • 2 Tutorials; None as yet.
  • 3 Sessions a week in the garden; This is working really well, I keep telling myself to just go out for 10 minutes, invariably it turns into 20 or 30 minutes (except today when it was flipping freezing!!) I usually manage to fill a feed bag with weeds and dead stuff. The garden is looking noticeably better for a little bit of attention and I’ve noticed all the bulbs appearing.#postcardfromgibfridayphoto
  • 4 Quilts; Nothing finished but I’m progressing fairly well on my Down the Rabbithole quilt and I’ve nearly finished a bright and colourful Kaffe Fassett quilt which is for a wedding in March, and here’s a quick peep of the final layout!Kaffe Fassett Quilt Radiant quilt pattern
  • 5 Craftsy Classes; I’m waiting until after my holiday!
  • 6 New Patterns; Not managed any this month
  • 7 Kits stitched;Β Β None, but I’ll probably take one or two on holiday.
  • 8 Pages in my stitch sampler book; I stitched one page on Chevron stitch.TAST stitch sampler, Chevron stitch
  • 9 Pounds Lost!!! Depending what mood the scales are in I’ve lost about 4lb, I’m happy with that, February should be better as we give up alcohol for the month, I know a lot of people do Sober October or a dry January, but 1st January I’m still in festive mood…and anyway February is shorter!!!
  • 10 Mini Embroideries; Two completed; The travelling sketchbook is still going round in our Embroiderers Guild, so I stitched a daisy in a stained glass window for a book on William Morris. I also embroidered a postcard of Catbells for a quilt block for the Signed, Tealed & Delivered quilt. 

  • 11 Letters to friends; None as yet, overdue writing one post Christmas, so I’ll try and do that this weekend.
  • 12 Boxes or Drawers sorted in sewing room; Yesterday I sorted out my button box, it’s been a big jumble up to now, not easy trying to determine how many of a certain button is in there. I used safety pins to hold little buttons together and perle thread for the bigger ones. I’ve tied matching buttons together, but all the odd ones I’ve linked together by colour, so if I just want an odd dark blue button I can find them!…and no I have no idea why I have so many plain cream buttons!! I’d already got some little jars for craft mixes of buttons and vintage pearl buttons. My button jar is organised πŸ™‚Organising my button box
  • 13 New Recipes; I tried a recipe from the Hairy Bikers Diet book, chicken with chorizo sausage, very nice!
  • 14 Less Lengths in my stash! One less from the coatigan I made and I haven’t bought any!
  • 15 Posts a month; I manage 20 this month, a busy time!
  • 16 cross-stitch smalls; Two, just!! I made the January Joyful World pillow and finally finished a snowdrop that had been sat in my workbox for about 30 years!!
  • 17 items of clothing made.; I finished the Coatigan which I started during a sew-a-long day with my daughter Helen.Coatigan
  • 18 Walks; We just managed to get a walk in, though it was touch and go! Our aim is to walk on a Sunday at least once each month but the weeks went by with various commitments and it came to last Sunday, our final chance and it was wet and miserable. However we decided to brave the weather and had a short walk on Otley Chevin, probably only about 3 miles, but we did it!!

So not a bad start to the year, just got to keep it up!


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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14 Responses to Eighteen for 18

  1. claire93 says:

    you’re off to a brilliant start and that wedding quilt is stunning!


  2. tialys says:

    You’ve done very well in one month but I have to report, as my dry January has come to an end, that I put on a pound 😦 Still back to the wine tomorrow evening so the weight should come back off πŸ™‚

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  3. Gosh, it’s many years since I walked on the Chevin… feels like a lifetime ago… I bet it was a bit chilly up there. You seem to be making good progress across the board. I too have found myself trying to do a little bit in the garden regularly and it really does make a difference.

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  4. Trisha says:

    You’re off to a good start with your goals

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  5. anne54 says:

    Great start!. The January and lily cushions are so sweet and your coatigan looks like you could snuggle right into it. I’ve just finished a dry January (with only a few missteps) and am looking forward to my first official drink tonight ☺️

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    A great January Margaret, and you have inspired me. The next nice day (above 50) I am going out to do some sorting in the vegetable garden. We did well cleaning up last fall, but there is still plenty to do, and once March hits, we need to be ready to plant peas and sunflowers.🌻🌱

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  7. katechiconi says:

    A good start. Australia is looking forward to receiving you, and I bet you’re looking forward to your trip, not least because once the quilt’s gone, there’ll be suitcase space for shopping πŸ˜‰ You can get some of your walking in here as the weather’s definitely warmer than at home, and you’re travelling through some amazing scenery.

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  8. Catherine says:

    A very positive start! What a great way to realise all the things you’ve achieved in a month

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  9. Looks fun! I love sorting buttons and your sorting makes me want to go resort my button box and jar! You got a lot of stuff done – congrats!

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  10. KerryCan says:

    You did great! The coatigan is very attractive and all the stitching looks lovely. I am still a little hung up on the Hairy Biker Diet book . . . not sure a recipe from that would be appetizing to me . . .

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  11. nanacathy2 says:

    My gosh you have done so well this month. I like the idea of aiming for ten minutes in the garden. I was out for an hour this week chopping back ivy, but have so much more to do. I love the coat so very pretty.

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  12. Wow, that is a lot of goals!! That coat is really interesting. It is too cold to garden much here now either.

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  13. Emma says:

    I love that coat! Well done on your goals πŸ™‚

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  14. wow, look at you go! I look forward to seeing your stats next month

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