Last January I set myself eighteen challenges to do in 2018, they were a mixture of sewing, quilting, embroidery and general lifestyle ones. I really enjoyed having something to aim for, especially as I didn’t stress or beat myself up if a challenge clearly wasn’t going to happen! I achieved a lot of my aims and it does help to visualise my progress over the year. I achieved quite a lot!…
- 1 Etsy Store Opened; This hasn’t quite materialised but it is still on my to do list! I’ve spent most of the year hovering between a self hosted site and Etsy, there is so much conflicting advice out there! I think I’m settling on starting with an Etsy store, see what sells and what doesn’t, I can always move to my own site at a later date. Just got to get myself organised!
- 2 Tutorials written; This hasn’t happened either, although I do have one half written, it’s not as easy as it looks! I’ve had a few requests for instructions on how I made my stitch sampler, so hopefully I’ll write that up soon.
- 3 Sessions a Week in the Garden; Success! This was one of my most successful challenges, not necessarily because I stuck to it rigidly all year, I have drifted a bit in the last couple of months, but because it worked so well. Particularly for the first few months of the year just getting out for a short spell three times a week gave me a head start as well as some fresh air. Even if it was only 10 minutes, that’s half an hour a week I wouldn’t otherwise have done. I going to keep this challenge ongoing!
- 4 Quilts; Completed! I’m including my Down the Rabbit hole quilt in this as the top was such a major undertaking, it can be another finish when I finally quilt it! Feel the Sunshine was the first quilt of the year, it now lives in sunny Australia. The peacock was a practice piece for free-motion quilting and my hummingbird quilt was a present for my niece.7
- 5 Craftsy Classes; complete! I just managed to watch five, finishing the last one over Christmas. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and length of the classes, several hours of instructions. I still have an embroidery one to watch. I found when Craftsy had their free sessions it made nice ‘background’ listening when I was sewing, rather than having to sit and concentrate on the computer.
- 6 New Patterns; complete; I actually managed to sew seven new patterns this year, including the two dresses I made over Christmas, I still have quite a few unused patterns in my stash though!
- 7 Kits Stitched; complete! I made two more kits up in December, with my little chamomile cross-stitch and the scissor fob, making nine kits altogether, I still seem to have a rather large box of kits waiting to be made up though!
- 8 Pages for my Stitch Sampler; Complete! This has got to be one of my favourite finishes of the year, I stitched eight double page spreads and made it up into a little book, I’m pretty proud of this one!
- 9 Pounds Lost; Well this is another one that went by the wayside!
- 10 Mini Embroideries; Complete! I like doing these little embroideries, it helps to push my design skills as most of them are my own creations.
- 11 Letters to friends; No letter writing this month, so my tally remains at five, not as many as I hoped, but five more than I would have otherwise written!
- 12 Boxes or Drawers sorted in my Sewing Room; Complete! I’ve had a few good sort outs this year, though my sewing room doesn’t necessarily look any tidier!
- 13 New Recipes; I tried ten new ones over the year, not bad!
- 14 less lengths in my stash! Complete – I think! I’ve used another four lengths this month with two cardigans and two dresses…and I only bought one length! I’ve lost count on this one a bit, I also can’t remember if it was meant to be 14 lengths used, or 14 less off the total number! My stash has definately reduced so I’m calling this a success!
- 15 Posts a month complete! ; I managed 23 posts in December, I’ve just checked my stats and I published 264 posts over the year, so a good average of around 20 a month!
- 16 cross-stitch smalls; Complete! I’ve really enjoyed making these. There’s 19 photos here and at least two or three more I couldn’t quickly find a photo of!
- 17 Items of Clothing; success! I didn’t quite make 17 but with the dresses and cardigan I made this month I did make 14 new things for my wardrobe over the year. That’s over one a month so I’m happy with that and calling it a success if not completed!
- 18 walks; complete! My walk from Melrose to Lindisfarne tipped me over the target and I’ve done a couple of walks since. Next year we’re walking part of the Cleveland Way in June, so I need to get some practice walks in again soon!
So that’s my final tally for 2018, I completed ten challenges, another four I counted as a success, so there’s only four I didn’t manage. I’m happy with that! There’s a few things I made which didn’t fit into any challenge, I’ve just done a quick tally and I made a total of sixty items! Yes, even I’m surprised, no wonder the house never looks tidy!
Another tally I did was the amount of thread I used over the year, this is very much a guestimate as I started and finished with various half reels of thread, but counting the empties I’ve used 5150m of thread, it will be interesting to compare with another year.
I haven’t quite worked out my challenges for 2019 yet, but in the meantime I wish everyone a Happy New Year 🙂