Happy New year! I hope your celebrations were everything you wanted them to be, whether it was seeing the new year in with friends, family, or friends that are family, a crazy fun party, or quietly hanging out and watching the ball drop. We stayed in with Jackson, had some yummy seafood, and watched the ball drop on tv. I think I would like to be in Times Square for the New Year celebration just once (even thought it looks absolutely nuts)!
Looking back on 2018, the best decision I made was to leave my job and start a rug hooking business. Working in an office eight hours a day, then rushing home to find time to do what I really loved was draining. I know this is what I should be doing, and this year is going to be even more wonderful! Now I hate “resolutions”. I’ve never been able to keep even one, so I’ve decided to borrow something from a favorite blogger of mine, Mavis Butterfield of www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com The first of a new year, she sets her goals for the year, then once a week lets us know where she is on those goals. I LOVE THAT! This year, she encourages everyone to dream big, and that’s what I’m going to do! Set goals, make myself accountable, and make 2019 really great! So, here goes, my 2019 goals!
Try a new rug hooking technique once a month
I am a creature of habit, and once firmly entrenched in one way of doing something, have a hard time leaving that “box”. I learned primitive rug hooking watching YouTube vids, reading blogs, and listening to podcasts, and limited my searches to primitive and wool. Well, there’s a whole world of ways to rug hook as well as materials to hook with, and I’m diving in! Now primitive rug hooking is always my first love, but bright colors and silky materials are calling my name!
Make one recipe from The Great British Bake Off once a week.
I am addicted to this show! https://thegreatbritishbakeoff.co.uk/ I’ve watched all the seasons they have on Netflix, and every time I visit our local supermarket bakery department, I am checking for “soggy bottoms” and “limp meringue”. Mary Berry has since left the show, but Paul Hollywood (yep, that’s his actual last name) is still judging along with Prue Leith. The hosts are also new on the last season available on Netflix. So, I will order caster sugar from Amazon and get to baking!
3. Schedule monthly classes as well as open hooking days.
My first “Learn to be a Rug Hooker” class was a great success! Four new hookers came to my house two Saturdays in a row to learn rug hooking and create something really beautiful. This year, there will be classes for rug hooking, punch needle, making your own goosefeather tree, as well as open hooking days. Unfortunately, my house is a bit small, so I will find a bigger place and start scheduling!
So, for the past three years, I’ve kept bees. It’s a wonderful hobby, and discovering what those little creatures do is amazing. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to keep even one hive alive through winter and after losing two hives at the end of Fall, I thought about chucking in the towel. Then hubby gave me my Christmas present….a gift certificate to Mann Lake for two packages of bees! So, wavering done, decision made. I’ll preorder my bees this week, and pick up should be some time in April.
5. Have a monthly clean out
We have lived in our house for a little over 26 years. Raised two wonderful kids into great human beings and had multiple pets. All that living makes for a lot of stuff, and I tend to save EVERYTHING! I’m also a flea market junkie, love secondhand and thrift stores and hit yard sales all. the. time. Well, it’s time to do some cleaning out. I’ll pick a room or even a theme, and sell or give away what we don’t need anymore.
Last year was a no-go for gardening. Too much on my plate, just didn’t have the time. This year, the beds are ready and I’m going to fill them with veggies, herbs, and flowers. I would like to start as much as I can from seed, so the kitchen table will be taken over for a bit in a couple of months. We also have a double rock wall in the backyard that needs a lot of attention. It’s total shade, so planting there is going to be a challenge.
7. Top Secret Goal for Raven’s Gate Primitives
This last goal is a “dream big or go home” goal, a “create a vision board” kind of goal. I’m going to keep it a secret for now, but will document updates as they happen. It’s a decision I made in the last couple of months, and am pretty excited about it!
So that’s it, a manageable list of goals for 2019 that I’m super excited about! I am going to print out my list and hang it up in my studio to keep motivated. This is already a great year!
So that’s it….a manageable list I think.
I think that’s a good, manageable list of goals.