Sunday, January 6, 2013

Habits & Goals

No resolutions this year but there are some goals-
Goals – not necessarily all this year!
1…… Finish at least a couple of UFO’s
2……Take a Learn to Draw Class
3……Get all my TAST stitches done
4……Let go of the fear and let the creative side take over
and some Bad Habits that need to be broken-
There is one bad habit I have conquered last year.  Since I was a small girl I have always chewed my fingernails.  I know, yuk, yuk yuk!  Gross!  As a child I was very shy and very self conscious about my very thick glasses.  Of course it didn’t help that I was teased mercilessly by the other kids at school. This made me very nervy and I just chewed and chewed. Fifty odd (very odd) years later on our Western trip last year, I found that my fingernails grew because I wasn’t chewing!!  You are always dirty when you’re camping out in the bush, so even I couldn’t bring myself to chew.  So….. haven’t chewed since.  HURRAY!
1……Stop starting new projects before finishing old
2……Stop hoarding and buying art stuff that goes into the cupboard to just dream about
3……Stop getting on this bloody computer so often and make some limits.
Well, there you have it, I have exposed publicly.
Journal from Marleen 2012Journal pages from Marleen 2012
My friend, Marleen, gave me this journal for Christmas.  Inside it has a type of recycled paper and some of the pages in the back are graph paper.  This should be really handy for doing some designing.  I love it!
So, I am designating this book to creative ideas.  Thank you, Marleen.
Levi's quilt
One of my loopy sister in laws (sorry Cath, but you know you are :  -)) has a beautiful Australian chocolate mist cat called Levi.  In amongst all her old clothing was this very 80’s, very ugly denim skirt.  I suggested we cut it up and make a little snuggle rug for Levi.  Something he can scratch the billyo out of if he likes!  It is backed with the black velvety ‘stuff’ you see here in the windows of the front.  Cathy loved it hope Levi does too!
Cathy on board
Here is Cathy aboard her partner’s boat back in November.  Love ya Cath!
Plum pudding mixPlum Pudding Ready
A really random photo, but this is the plum pudding I made for Christmas and it was my best ever!!
Forgot to take an after cooking photo but it was quite spectacular!
Also made a new dessert which everyone agrees will become a family tradition.
It is from the pre Christmas edition of “Delicious” magazine. Cold Rice Pudding with Hot Cherry Sauce.  Out of this wooooorld.
Rice Pudding Xmas 2012Fresh Cherries for sauce 2012


margaret said...

some good ideas there Dianne for the new year. Finishing UFO`s is always good, I did it years ago one new year and do not have many these days, I do have one piece of hardanger no sorry two but that is about all apart form things finished but not made into anything yet.
Great news with finger nails, are they now long and painted?
Lets hope the scratching pad stops the cat from scratching where he shouldn`t! Will await to see what you do in your journal.

Marilyn said...

Some great goals there, Di, both dos and donts. The rcipe sounds good so I googled it and found it. Yum !!!


Hello My Dear Friend DI. Loved reading your DOs and DON'T for the New Year. There is 3 I would try to do too. Reduce the time on the Bloody Computer, Finish at least a couple of UFOs and Stop starting New Projects hmmmmmmmmmmmm I think I already have blown that one. LOL Love the recycled Levi blanket. I love anything recycled. vbg I look forward to reading about your adventures in this New Year. Hugs Judy

Radka said...

All I can say : good luck!
I don't make resolutions any more, I just take it as it comes :-)) There is nothing wrong with starting a new project before finishing the previous one, it shows that you have a creative mind!
Best wishes for 2013!!!

Suztats said...

Hi Di! Nice to have some plans and goals. Well done on the no-nail-biting! Perhaps you should treat yourself and get a manicure!
Have fun with your journal!

shirley said...

Will have to try to help keep you up to your goalsfor this year Di. A couple of sewing days should help with the Tast Stitches.
I know your cooking is always delicious. Sorry i missed out on the xmas pud.

Marilyn C said...

Your goals sound good, good luck with them, but we all need goals to help us achieve things and get results.

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Hi Di,
Happy New Year 2013!
Now that the holidays are over I can get back to my normal routine! :)
Hope that your sewing room/studio is all organized thanks to the help of your dear friend, Shirley. :)

All the best in the New Year and hope you can fulfill your goals.


Linda said...

Great post Di. Love your journal, and I really think Levi's quilt is super. Your desserts look pretty neat as well. Happy New Year to you, and hope you enjoy that air conditioning in your sewing room. I've been slack on the computer because the office has no duct for the cool air.........drat. Take care.