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In which I absolutely definitely do not resolve upon anything


…But may make a few plans.

Space for the Butterflies

Happy New Year!

I’m not really one for New Year’s Resolutions. For starters there’s always far too much chocolate still in the house for any form of diet/gym intention to have any meaningful impact (I’ve eaten two salted caramels while I’ve been writing this), and for another (as if that wasn’t enough) January is quite grey, damp and chilly enough without having to add to the pervading gloom by donning the proverbial hair shirt.

No, I shall eat, drink and be merry, at least until it’s time to go back to work.

But there are some things that I’m excited about for this year, and a few intentions to hold onto as the days and weeks scamper away until we find ourselves back here again with another new year stretching out before us.

We’ve planned a holiday in the summer with all my family which I very much hope will be sunny, and know will be lots of fun; I’m off to Blogtacular in May which will be awesome because (a) it’s going to be amazing and (b) I’m going to get to meet up with Mandy (yippee); and then my birthday coincides with Britmums again which makes it always a wonderful weekend.

I can’t wait for our inaugural Siblings photos on the 10th; it’s such a lovely idea of Lucy’s and a natural compliment to Me and Mine. 2014 was never going to be a year of fewer photographs but this is just the excuse I need to take even more!

And with the bookcases now groaning under a few lovely Christmas presents I’ve every intention to keep What We’re Reading on a Tuesday. The Pinterest board is turning into such a fabulous baby and toddler book list so thank you to anyone who’s ever contributed.

And as for the intentions, well this one is going to sound awfully New Years Resolution ish but it isn’t I promise; I want to have a proper sort out of our house.

Spring must be in the air because this sort of nesting is spectacularly uncharacteristic. The truth is that H and I, while far from hoarders, have a lot of hobbies, and hobbies come with stuff. We have a lot of stuff. The girls have possibly even more stuff, and we could all do with a little less. It’s one of those jobs that gets put off in favour of basic house tidiness and cleaning but I think it needs doing sooner rather than later. And as my wardrobe has a good selection of clothes that post babies are highly unlikely to fit me again, and we have two shelves of videos but no device that plays a video in the house, I think I know where I’m going to start.

The second sort of ties in with the first. When Elma arrived what had been my sewing/knitting/quilting room became her nursery and my desk, sewing machine and bits and bobs moved in with H’s art to share the studio. I’ve loved the evenings we’ve spent sat together chatting away between the purr of the sewing machine, especially in the summer when it gets the evening light. So one intention for this year is to spend more studio time; more knitting, sewing and creating for me, and more painting for H – it’s a multivitamin for both of us.

But more than that (and this is where the strange urge to tidy comes in again), I want to make more of it; to make the studio our retreat from daily life; a place that is soothing and inspiring and not the general dumping ground for things we need to put somewhere including three inner tubes from wrapping paper, a train set and Kitty’s wellies. I think we probably need to just bite the bullet and sort out some proper storage. This is all sounding worryingly grown up isn’t it!

For the girls, my intention is that they should thrive. It might mean skipping out on the housework because it’s a beautiful afternoon, or recognising that what they really need is to curl up on the sofa and watch a film rather than do a crafty project that I’ve planned. I want to concentrate on being in tune with them, and always trying to be the Mama that I want to be, parenting with gentleness and respect. It’s not always going to work, I’m only human after all, and that’s OK, but there’s nothing wrong in aiming for the stars.

And as for this little corner of the Internet, 2013 was the year of the big shift to self hosted, and that was quite enough big change to last me a while, but I don’t want to stand still; there are little tweaks and bits and bobs to add and move around and change from a purely visual point of view. But most of all my intention is to be here; to write, in the only way I know how, and to take as many pictures as my computer’s memory card can stomach.

2014 promises to be no less of a whirlwind than 2013, and so if I were to choose one word to sum up all of my plans for the year it would be “Centred”. A little self-help book I know, but I mean that I want to be focused on what really matters to us, and act accordingly, to be the calm at the eye of the storm.

And you never know, this may even be the year when I finally buy that drawer divider!