2016 – A Year of Cake and Completions

Happy New Year!

I don’t know about you, but I’m slowly emerging from under the warm duvet of festivity into the chilly resolve of 2016.

While I wait for my blood double cream levels to reach equilibrium, here’s a quick overview of my (very) vague goals for this year.

Address the phone addiction

I’m suffering through an extended inability to pick up handwork and do it, which (I posit) is due to a rather alarming attachment to my phone. I’m planning on treating it like a desktop and moving towards it rather than keeping it with me around the house. Any hints and tips would be appreciated.

Finishing rather than starting

There are quite a lot of partially finished projects that are making me unhappy in their semi-finished state, so apart from two new things for Little Lion (birthday bunting to be put together before the end of March and her Hebrew name done before she moves out of our bedroom), I’m sticking to things that I’ve already started.

Hand quilted hamsa - Misericordia

Conveniently, this allows me to join Scrapiana in her hexie adventures, so that should jolly me along a little.

Paper pieced hexagons - Misericordia

Sit on the floor

My life as a Pilates teacher and my life as a hand embroiderer frequently come into difficulties. My movement brain knows I shouldn’t be sitting on the sofa hunched over my needle quite so much, so I’m trying to encourage more natural movement in the style of Katy Bowman (go read her, you’ll thank me) by sitting on the floor and wiggling my toes with abandon.

Writing on the floor - Misericordia

Get back to dancing

I need some challenging movement in my life, and if it’s set to music, so much the better.

Bake instead of buy

Extended searches for palm oil-free biscuits have led to the realisation that since we like baking and can control the ingredients we use, we should probably do more of it. Plus, if we do our mixing without mechanical assistance, we’ve practically used up a biscuit’s worth of energy before they’re even out of the oven.

3D gingerbread dinosaurs - Misericordia

So those are my goals for this year, have you got any? If not, can we persuade you to join us in making more cake?

Categories: Around the House, Art Tatin, The Work of My Hands, Uncategorized


  1. “if we do our mixing without mechanical assistance, we’ve practically used up a biscuit’s worth of energy before they’re even out of the oven.”
    Best. Thought. Ever.
    Woohoo! To be honest, I started baking last year and was shocked at how quick it can be. You can knock out a cake or biscuits in 10 mins. (And then eat them in seconds…)
    Off to read the Katy Bowman link, thank you. And happy new year!

    • Katy

      13 January, 2016 — 7:48 pm

      Glad to be of use!

      It’s funny how difficult it seems until you just get on and do it.

      We were stuck in the house poorly with no bread, and I was fretting about it until it occurred to me that there was no reason not to bake some, and voila! there were two loaves in time for our afternoon snack.

  2. Oh, yes. Liking those resolutions! The hexies are delightful – love the shirtings. My progress has been faltering slightly already, principally by an inability to locate all my suitable scraps, packed away when I moved recently – so I’m stuck with just plain calico at the moment which is proving uninspiring. So my attention keeps wandering… and, like a puppy on a leash, I keep trying to yank it back.

    Sitting on the floor – must do more of that. I used to all the time. And worked from the floor too, driving my husband mad as I’d leave all my workings scattered everywhere and the floor unnavigable.

    Baking instead of buying’s a very good thought. The dinosaur’s magnificent! A toy and edible treat in one. I’ve already flunked in my 2016 sourdough ambitions because my starter failing to start properly. But I’ll try again. We still have some Christmas cookie dough in the fridge, ready to slice and bake, so I will do that later.

    As for use of mobile phones… Umm. Yes. No comment. Just went to the Grayson Perry exhibition in Bath yesterday – it features a couple of mothers woefully distracted by their smartphones. Spirit of the age…

    Look forward to following your hexie/baking/floorsitting/phone-put-downing progress!

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