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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?


I was going to write a post looking back on my New Year’s resolutions from last year, but apparently I didn’t make any.

Seriously hand embroidery - Misericordia 2012

I know people are a bit down on resolutions, but I kind of like them. It’s a bit like a list that has a 12 month deadline and as long as you aren’t too specific or over-enthusiastic then they can give your memory a wee jog as to where you were at the end of the previous year.

So, here are mine:

  1. Make myself a regular feature at Edinburgh craft fairs. It’s rare that someone will buy something from me as an impulse purchase, so I need to be more visible so that I’m there when they’re ready to buy or commission something.
  2. Contact more press outlets so I can get my work seen more widely. (This is terrifying…)
  3. (Updated as of 24th December) Don’t delete my website at 10pm on Christmas Eve in an attempt to tidy up. (The Lovely Young Man lived up to his name and found it again..)

How about you? Do you make New Year’s resolutions (or delete things at inappropriate times)? If you’re feeling brave, you could even post your resolutions or deletions!

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