Where does the time go to? I often find myself asking this question when I become overwhelmed by things or realise that its nearly Christmas and I still have loads of stock to prep, let alone organise Christmas gifts for me to give! As such, my 30 before 30 challenge has slipped a little, as have the blog updates for it. But as today marks the 9 months to go stage I thought it important to update!
1.Own a sewing machine, - not yet although I’ve dropped hints about it being a 30th birthday present or a moving in present if i am fortunate enough to be a home owner next year
2.Learn to knit socks – Once the Christmas period is over I will pick up my knitting needles again.
3.Visit Buckingham Palace – Done!!!! I need to blog about it though, but Mum and I had a great time in September.
4.Swim in a lake or stand under a waterfall - I'm thinking this will be the Serpentine in Hyde Park unless someone can come up with another idea?
5.Own a home (the BIG challenge) – there have been developments with this but that's all I'm saying for now.
6.Be debt free except from a mortgage if Num 5 happens – I work on this each and every day.
7.Visit Dickens House – DONE!!! But it was a real disappointment, I will blog about this too.
8.Go to a soap making workshop - DONE!!!! And I'm now selling natural soap through my shop.
9.Learn to hang wall paper –I think there will be redecorating at my parents house soon and I will be helping, or maybe at my own home if it all happens!
10.Spend a night on the Norfolk Broads – Sort of DONE!! Just need to blog!
11.Learn to make pastry – Maybe in time for mince pies?
12.Learn the succession of kings and queens from William the Conqueror in 1066 – Um.....
13.Make and wear my own dress – I have an idea to make a dress to wear to dinner on my 30th birthday.
14.Read five books from my bookshelf - One down, four to go!
15.Have a make up lesson – DONE!!! Although I wasn’t all that impressed. I had a free session at Bobbi Brown which was educational and expensive.
16.Do something every day to make me smile – I might not journal anything, but I am aware of this and try to do something, if not more than one, every day. Having new people in your life makes smiling every day much easier.
17.Learn to change a car tyre – I'm still laughing about why I included this!
18.Be able to jog a mile without stopping - with my leg issues this is a BIG thing – Ive been getting back to the gym with my trainer and she is really helping me. I can use the cross trainer for 2 miles but not sure how I would go on the actual road!
19.Go to Rome or Sorrento – DONE!!! and it was AMAZING!!! I need to blog with photos though.
20.Sleep for 6.5+ hours sleep a night consistently – Some nights are good, others are bad, and some are unmentionable.
21.Visit Giant's Causeway – I hope to do this next year, maybe August bank holiday which is technically after my birthday, but thats ok so long as its booked before the big day.
22.Have a dinner party - This is the plan for my 30th birthday ideally in my own house.
23.Have Butterfly-Crafts mentioned in a newspaper or magazine – DONE!!!! – coverage of the craft fair in the local paper.
24.Sleep under the stars - I am an option in mind for this, watch this space.
25.Live as much of a handmade/homemade/economical life as possible - I am doing this as much as possible, even more so with Christmas approaching.
26.Begin to have the stamina, strength & body shape from pre-leg issues – the gym is definitely helping. I will never be a ‘gym bunny’ but I do feel much better to go after work and at the weekend for a little brain space. I really miss rowing but that’s off limits at the moment, one day though, one day.
27.Watch: Goodfellas, Casablanca (done), Dr Zhivago (done - yawn), Gone With the Wind (done), The Philadephia Story, A Street Car Named Desire (done - yawn), Ferri Beulers Day Off, Schindler's List, The Godfather (done) and Citizen Cane (done)
28.Go to a comedy club – I really want to get this one ticked off soon.
29.Finish my knitted patchwork blanket – Once the mega Christmas Fairs season is over I will pick my needles up again, I'm 8 squares down from a total of 91 plus edging.
30.Visit 15 exhibitions at museums and galleries – Well there was Handmade Tales at The Women’s Library, Afghanistan at The British Museum, Out of this world at the British Library, and Eadweard Muybridge at Tate Britain and a few others I've currently forgotten!
I am a paper crafter and supporter of all things handmade! I love to create cards for people but not only papercrafts I also like to sew, knit and make soap.
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