Podcast of The Week: The Very Serious Crafts Podcast

I just recently got into listening to podcasts and like anything that I get into I am obsessed.  It has only been a couple of days but I have hankered down and listened to so much.  The first on what is becoming a long list of favourites is  The Very Serious Crafts Podcast   I heard about this podcast ages ago because I have been a follower of  Red Handled Scissors  for quite awhile and Haley of course has mentioned it.  So as soon as I finally downloaded a podcast app it was one of the first ones that I looked for and it has been my first podcast binge. While I had not been exposed to the other two contributors in this podcast prior to listening, Mollie of  Wild Olive  and Heidi of  Hands Occupied  I am quickly becoming a huge fan of both.  While I myself am not a very serious crafter reading about other peoples crafting has always been helpful for getting my own creative ideas flowing.   Turns out that listening to other people discuss crafts, their processes, new gadgets etc is a hu

The 100 Day Project

 I was listening to a craft podcast this morning and they were talking about The 100 Day Project, which I have heard about before but not really been motivated to do anything myself.  This year though I am interested in doing more of the things that I love and I thought that joining in on this would be great motivation. So the next 100 Day Project starts on January 31, 2021.  Which works great for me as it gives me the month to get into the habit before the pressure is on.  For my 100 Day project I am going to crochet, not a new specific project but I would like to go through all the projects I have laying around my house that are started and not finished and hopefully finish them. So starting on January 31, please tune in on Instagram  and watch my daily progress.  Instagram not your thing?  I will post weekly updates here on the blog.   I am excited for this, I have a scarf, two blankets and a sweater on the go on the moment, some of which have been in progress for quite sometime.  B

Friendly Fill-Ins

  Time for the Friendly Fill-Ins.  Ellen of 15andmeowing  came up with the first two sentences and Lorianne of  Four-Legged Furballs  came up with the second two. If you didn’t do a post for them, you can also answer in the comment section. Thank you to all who participate. Don’t forget to add your link to the hop so everyone can visit you. The link is open until Wednesday night. 1. My focus word for 2021 is ___________________. 2. I didn't get to ____________ this year, but I hope to in 2021. 3. The year 2020 taught me _________. 4. _________ is one of my biggest goals for 2021. My answers: 1. My focus word for 2021 is time.  It is my goal this year to make the best of my time. 2. I didn't get to read as much as I wanted to in 2020, but I hope to in 2021. 3. The year 2020 taught me that I actually do enjoy being around other people.  I might feel awkward and out of place but I miss being around my friends who acknowledge that and invite me out to hang out with them anyways. 4.

Happy New Year

 Wow, I feel like it has been a long time since I have ventured into this space.  It was a rough year for everyone and I personally could not find the desire to put my thoughts out into the world.  I want to change that this year, we were talking to Cat this morning about the importance of practice to improve at things and I felt that, if I want to be good at blogging, I need to get here and blog more, maybe not every day but at least once a week. This year I have no new resolutions, I don't want to set my ambitions higher than I will be able to go but I do have some small general goals, write more, move more, craft more, read more and study more.  There are only so many hours in the day but I want to maximize my use of them this year to do more of the things that I enjoy. Do you have goals for this year? Here's a New Year's Eve selfie from me just to reestablish what I look like.  

A to Z Challenge 2020: A

The word that came up for A this year was anniversary and that is perfect because this year in May will mark 9 years for Mike and I.  Meeting Mike and having the joy of having someone in my life who shares all of my favourite things and is always there to support my crazy ideas has meant the world to me. Whether it is dressing up with me for conventions or waking up at insane hours in the morning to go do 5ks he is always there for me and it makes me feel like the luckiest person in the world.  I look forward to the next 9 years and beyond. Are you celebrating an anniversary this year?

Goals Going Into My Last Year In My 30's

Next week, next Wednesday to be exact, I turn 39.  Which I feel a lot of pressure for as it will be the last year I have before I turn 40 and with everything that is going on in the world right now I realize how much more that there is that I want to get done before I turn 40. My health has been causing me problems this year and my doctor has recommended that I lose a little weight to help.  This is really high on my list for the coming year as I do not want to go into my 40's having preventable health issues.  Also on my list, as always is continued learning, as the current situation in the world had sharply shown me this year you never know what is going to happen and I want to make sure that I have something to fall back on should the worst happen. Being home all day, everyday has help me see how much time I really do have that is free and I waste doing things that bring me little to no pleasure.  I have spent some time today working on my novel that I started many years a

A to Z Challenge 2020 Theme

It has been a while since I have been here on the blog but I decided that since I was home and unable to do much else I would throw down for the A to Z Challenge this year.  I know that I have tried specific themes in the past, usually reading related but themes very much seem to hold me back. This year my theme is random, literally, I went to and put in the letters and picked the first word that came up.  It has made for an interesting list, one that has come up with a lot of topics for posts that will hopefully inspire myself writing them and anyone reading them this year. I know that we are all going through varying degrees of tough times right now but we need to find the bright spots when and where we can. I look forward to reading everyone's blogs in April. Melissa