While we were in the UK, Maisy and Buzz stayed at a local doggy daycare! They absolutely LOVE going there and are always so tired when they come home. Every few days the place we take them uploads photos of the dogs playing onto Facebook, which is great, especially when we are in a different country. Here are a few photos from their stay; notice how they gradually get dirtier! 😀 Luckily, they are bathed every week & they had a trim before they came back home. 🙂
After our Green Cards were approved back in June (yey us!), we knew that we wanted to start looking at houses. As much as we had liked our apartment, we were getting to the stage where we felt very restricted and watched. The dogs had no immediate place to run around together and I did feel a little awkward heading out with them first thing in my pyjamas, because let’s face it…not everyone gets dressed as soon as they wake up! 🙂 In addition to this, renting was just killing us. It’s so expensive to rent and there’s nothing that we get to keep as the end result.
For over a month now I’ve only been blogging via Sunday Sevens. I do love Sunday Sevens as it does allow me to keep my blog active, but it’s not what I wanted this blog to be about. I think I’ve had a spate of writer’s block! It’s almost like I’ve been putting off blogging about other things as I know that I haven’t written about sewing for A VERY LONG TIME! This week I’ve reminded myself that I made this blog to share sewing projects but also to document my lifestyle. You may notice that my header has changed slightly in the hope that I won’t worry about blogging about other things. My main ‘worry’ was that someone would visit my blog and think that it would be primarily focused on sewing, and they would actually find a lot of non-sewing related posts. I’ve changed my mindset to think… “Why am I worrying?…it’s my blog!
Threads = sewing
Bobbins = other bits & bobs (yes, I know that bobbins also = sewing but just don’t think about that part!
Despite having a few lazy days in January, I feel like I’ve actually had a productive month. My goals were met with ‘mostly’ success AND I’ve also managed to work out at least 3 times each week, which wasn’t on my original plan for January!
Let’s have a look at the goals I set in January:
I FINISHED THE WESTIE CROSS STITCH! WOOOOOHOOOO!!! Now I just need to decide what to do with it. 🙂
I also finished the vintage dress, repaired the doggy car seat and attempted the crate mat covers….that still counts, right?! The only thing I didn’t manage was the quilters coasters for our living room.
Finished All The Light We Cannot See and I’m half way through The Man In The High Castle.
We worked really hard on saving money in January and I feel like we’ve made a great start to the year. We didn’t even splurge on Amazon.:-)
I managed at least 2 dog walks everyday, not three everyday but I’m happy with what I did manage with them.
I didn’t start the crochet blanket at all – the only one of my goals that I didn’t meet!
I sat down last week to review the goals that I set for myself in December and realised that even though I only set four small goals, I was probably a little ambitious given the Christmas season, my parents coming to stay, us taking a holiday & getting a new puppy! With that being said, this post is quite a short one as I didn’t really make that much progress on the goals set in December!
Goals for January:
- I’m almost finished with one more colour on the Westie cross stitch! I’ve not included a photo this time around as you really can’t see the colour progress!
2. The vintage dress didn’t get finished in December so that remains on my list of makes. I also need to repair a doggy car seat, make covers for dog crate mats & make some coasters for our living room using the fabric I received in my #stitchingsanta present.
A new year means a ‘new year’ post of course. I’ve already read lots of resolution, goal & list posts and I must admit that I really enjoy reading them. I find it so interesting to see how people evaluate their lives and review them to move forward in the following year.
The last year was the first full year where I blogged from January to December. I’ve really loved every minute of it. When I started blogging, I originally thought that my blog would be based on sewing and travelling; however, i’ve found that my Sunday Sevens and monthly goals posts have added more of a broader lifestyle theme to the blog with sewing running through too. I’ve also enjoyed reviewing a few products here and there, and I do feel like I’ve only chosen things to review that I like rather than whatever is available out there.