Sunday, 2 April 2017

New Hobbyroom - Building the New Room

I finished!

That's what I would have said two months ago. Sadly I'm a horrible blogger, not that I expect anyone to read this blog. If for some magical reason someone are here, reading this, leave a comment telling me I've done a poor job at keeping this blog updated, maybe that will be the kick I need.

So, back to the room, but before I tell you about the new furniture let's take a quick look at the before pictures.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017

I tried to do the 2016 reading challenge by Popsugar, but I started late and the few months I had did not go as planned. This time I'm early, and this time I'll complete the challenge, hopefully before the summer.

In order to reach 300 books before my 30th birthday I need to read 102 books. How do I do it? Audiobooks. Libribvox, youtube or my own library, there are plenty of books ready to be listened to. I don't have issues listening to books while doing other things, like crafting, so that way I'm able to double up my productivity.

I already have a list full of books that will fit this challenge, but I won't add them before I've actually read them.

Monday, 9 January 2017

New Hobbyroom - Planning The New Room

Since I was young I always loved the thought of a dedicated hobby room filled with my lovely craft supplies, a room where I can sit and create and be inspired. When I bought my first house a few years ago I was finally able to get that room, and it has given me lots of joy so far.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of 2016

My original plan was to do a wrap up of 2016 at the end of that year, clearly that idea didn't work. Instead I spent the end of December playing games on my computer and fixing my stairs.

While 2016 wasn't as horrible I hope 2017 will be even better, at least if most things go as planned I will have a great year.

The good:
  • It was a great year for crafting. My goal was of course to open three etsy stores, sadly I only opened two but I did finish several things for all three stores. I haven't sold as much but it's not strange considering I've not focused on advertising.
  • I still have a year (slightly less than a year) before my 30 by 30 mini bucket list is due, and while there is no punishment if I do not finish it I still hope to cross out every goal before the end of this year.
  • There are so many ideas I have about things, currently I'm trying to figure out the best way to stay focused on my crafty side, my writing side and my family side.
The bad:
  • Still no day job. I'm still applying for jobs but the marked is hard, unless I want to move, or commute 4+ hours every day again. After commuting 5 hours for almost 3 years I want to cut that in half at least.
  • We are also without a car, making certain things harder, like buying groceries, visiting the doctor or even going to the few job interviews I've had. Luckily I now live in a town that has buses, and if I really need to go far I can rent a car, but that's quite expensive . If I do get a job we'll buy a car, but until then we're saving our income every month, meaning that every month we're able to get a slightly better car.

The ugly:
  • The doctors thought my 9 year old brother had cancer. Luckily they made a mistake and it wasn't so, but there were two weeks of stress (especially for my mother) while we waited for the doctor appointment so they could be certain.
  • And as we're on the topic of something as horrible as cancer, how can I not mention the deaths of great celebrities? I'm not the kind of person who will stand in a crowd and shout, but there are those I admire, and some of them are no longer with us. Here is a list of the ones that saddened me the most. Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Anton Yelichin, Leonard Cohen, Gene Wilder, and then the year ended with a bang as both Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds passed away in two days. These are all people I've enjoyed watching or listening to, and while a few were probably because of old age most should live at least another 20 years.
  • Still on the topic of cancer, one of my grand-father-in-law has cancer, but his heart is so bad that the cancer won't be what kills him. His wife died a few years ago and that affected my husband quite a bit, at least this time he's making an effort to contact him more often.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Christmas Riddle Hunt Party for Chidren

The week before Christmas I was running around with 7 kids, looking for riddles I hid outside for them to find. Once they reached the end they would find a treasure, or more like Santa's bag filled with candy, which they would enjoy while watching a Christmas movie.