Nineteen for 19

I really enjoyed my Eighteen for 18 challenge, I found it did help me keep focused on what I’m making, without getting stressy if it didn’t happen! It’s taken me a little while to compose my list for this year, it’s got to be potentially achievable but still a challenge, a fine balance!

  • 1 scrap quilt; my scrap boxes are bulging so I desperately need to do something with them. I’ve found a pattern which I could just make a few blocks every so often.
  • 2 Tutorials; I know this was down for last year, but I’ve had several requests for one on my stitch journal.
  • 3 Sessions a week in the garden; This worked so well last year it’s going in again. It doesn’t matter how long I’m out there, three lots of ten minutes is half an hour! Invariable once I get out there I’m out for much longer. It made a huge difference to the garden this year. I’ve promised my OH to open the garden in the summer to raise money for the Soldiers Charity, so I’ve got something to aim for!
  • 4 workshops; I like learning new techniques or ideas and a day workshop is ideal. They could be run by WI or one of the fabric shops, I’ve just sent an e-mail to Fabbadashery to see if they still have places on two of their workshops in the summer.
  • 5 Presents; I like making presents and this will hopefully encourage me to make a few more.
  • 6 Quilts; This may seem a lot, but I’ve a baby quilt to make this month, the Splendid Sampler quilt and the Spring Wreath quilt will hopefully be finished by the summer as will Down the Rabbit Hole and I’ve got two or three kits for wall hangings…
  • 7 New Patterns; I still have an embarrassing number of patterns I’ve never sewn!
  • 8 Kits; I’m a bit of a sucker for kits at shows, despite sewing quite a number last year my kit box doesn’t seem to be getting any emptier!
  • 9 Mini Embroideries; My Embroiderers Guild is starting a new Travelling Sketchbook this month so I’ll have a good excuse for stitching simple little embroideries.
  • 10 Things! There’s quite a few things I want to sew such as a new handbag, wallet, fabric baskets, a rug, sewing mat, a rabbit!….I thought I’d bundle them all together under ‘things’!!
  • 11 Cross-stitch Smalls; I like stitching these and they are perfect projects for keeping in my handbag for any opportune moment for a bit of sewing.
Jardin Privee
  • 12 Pages in my book; I’ve a new project I want to start which I’ve been planning for a while. When we cleared my mum’s house I kept all her embroideries, cross-stitch, bobbin lace, several unfinished. I want to make them into a textile book, both to keep them safe and also hopefully for my mum to enjoy.
  • 13 clothes made; my wardrobe is getting a bit bare now, I do need to make some more everyday outfits, tops, skirts and trousers.
  • 14 Drawers organised; this is on-going from last year as I’m not very good at keeping them organised!
  • 15 minutes tidying at the end of each sewing session (like nearly every evening!) I’m hoping this will help me keep my sewing room tidier and therefore easier to work in! At the moment I put stuff down and lose it!
  • 16 Books; I love reading but I have got a bit out of the habit. One problem is finding a time that will fit in, it also doesn’t help that when I get into a book, I really get into it, my perfect way to read a good book is to start mid morning and just read it to the end! My OH reads at bedtime which I’ve always resisted as it’s in 15-20 minute slots, but that’s better than nothing. At the moment I’m reading The Golden Thread, a fascinating book.
  • 17 blogs a month; this shouldn’t be a problem, though I’m not doing the weekly photo challenge this year, just the monthly one, so that’s 4-5 less a month.
  • 18 Walks; We’re just planning our next big walk, we’re doing the Cleveland Way in June, walking from Helmsley to Saltburn and then down to Whitby, over 8 days. we will walk the final 30 miles over the summer to complete the walk to Filey. We’ll need lots of practise walks again to get our stamina up.
  • 19 Splendid Sampler Blocks. I’ve made about twenty so far, I’ve got the book so I need to get organised to make enough for a throw, maybe 49 or 64.

I think that will keep me busy for a while! Quite a few things overlap, like scrap quilts, quilts and presents, patterns and clothes or kits and cross-stitch, so it’s not as huge a list as it may seem at first! Time will tell…

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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25 Responses to Nineteen for 19

  1. Kath Bower says:

    I have recently found your blog. Itโ€™s certainly an inspiring read. I love this cross stitch pattern you use with the bobbins and scissors. Is it a named chart? Regards Kath

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  2. Roseann Freeman says:

    An you tell us about your Traveling Sketchbook? What is this? Thank you!

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Hi Roseann, we each start with a sketchbook, A5 size, cover it and chose a theme, my first one was on mountains. Each month we swop our books with someone else, usually in a circle of swops. They embroider something to go in your book on your chosen theme. Simialarly I will embroider something to go in everyone else’s book, one per month. It’s a good way of pushing your limits with embroidery as you have to think of something to fit a theme, last time I had astronomy, mythical beasts, under the microscope…! At the end of the year you get your sketchbook back hopefully full of embroideries from your friends.


  3. tialys says:

    Wow, 17 blog posts a month ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I can’t keep up with some of you more prolific bloggers – I always try to read them all but it’s hard to comment every time when there’s so many – I hope you’ll forgive me.

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  4. Your photos are great. I think I will take your idea of getting out in the garden more. Mine isn’t anything like yours, but it will look LOTS better than this year. Your quilts are adorable.

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  5. Pauline says:

    I love reading your blogs, so my challenge this year is to leave a reply. I enjoy making lists and spent time last week reflecting on my makes from 2018 and making plans for this years projects.

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  6. Thimberlina says:

    Gosh! Youโ€™re going to be busy, as usual! Are you planning to retire๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ™€x

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  7. nanacathy2 says:

    What a super list of goals. The very best of luck. I have to absolutely commend your walking route as you will be in my neck of the woods.

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  8. jaya says:

    I admire your skill, patience, energy…You! ๐Ÿ˜€ Wishing you all the best for 2019.

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  9. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    An admirable list of challenges. After all you accomplished last year I have no doubt you will succeed. I will be here to cheer you on.

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  10. Catherine says:

    Another busy year! I look forward to all it brings. I like the idea of 15 minutes of tidying each session. Certainly something I should take on board!

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  11. wybrow1966 says:

    17 blogs a week is some going – I don’t think that I could find the time or anything to talk about! The garden is definitely worth showing for charity, it looks lovely. Like you, I am a sucker for a sewing kit – but very rarely tidy up (so 15 minutes is amazing).

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  12. Another busy year planned already, I am trying this 19 for 19 to see how much I can actually achieve. Hope you find it fun ….
    Tidying up is a rarity!

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  13. anne54 says:

    Your list certainly confirms what a passionate sewer you are! They all sound like such fun things to do, except maybe the organising drawers one. However, you will feel very chuffed when you have 14 drawers sorted and tidied โ˜บ๏ธ. It sounds like you are going to have another fun and productive year. i see that your Etsy store/website didn’t make it on. Are you still mulling that over?

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  14. prue batten says:

    I’m exhausted reading this! But so excited about watching the outcome. Way to go, Margaret!

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  15. That ia a great list. I did 16 for 16 and 17 for 17 – great motivators.
    3 garden sessions a week – that’s the one for me. I’ll aim for 20 mins each.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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  16. Anne says:

    I’m doing 19 for ’19! Ha! Not the same one. I’d have said you’re a glutton for punishment – but you managed it last year. Mine is 19 items in the year – perhaps manageable for me. Your plans are fantastic and I love reading your blog though I don’t always comment.
    If you need a companion for any of your classes, let me know!

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks Anne, I’ve booked two classes at Fabbadashery, but they’re both embroidery ones, not sure that you’re into that kind of stitching! Are you coming down for Sew Dewsbury? I’ve requested the day off, so fingers crossed!


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