Crafty Ideas Elma Exploring Family Kitty Knitting Pause for Thought Quilting

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!

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  • Mandycharlie 01/01/2014 at 5:30 pm

    Happy New Year!

    Whenever I’ve needed to sort out storage in a practical way, I’ve found Ikea Billy Bookcases and a few wicker baskets or pretty cardboard boxes (also sold at the dreaded Ikea) to be a dream come true. You can kit out a room at low cost and sort it all out. Have fun !

    • Carie 01/01/2014 at 8:39 pm

      We’ve got quite a few Billy bookcases all over the rest of the house but I think we need something a bit sturdier to take the weight of the paints – possibly lots and lots of Expedit. Whatever the solution, a trip to IKEA is in our future!

  • suzanne3childrenandit 01/01/2014 at 6:33 pm

    This is a lovely post. I have loads of resolves and things I’m planning for 2014, the list is growing by the hour! I feel another post coming on….! Happy 2014 🙂 x

    • Carie 01/01/2014 at 8:55 pm

      I think that’s it isn’t it – once you start thinking of the things that you want to do it kind of opens the floodgates and you think of more and more and more!

  • Laurenne (@thismummy) 01/01/2014 at 7:39 pm

    Lovely post Carie.

    You studio evenings sound lovely, I must dig out my sewing machine, it has been so long I doubt I can even remember how to use it!

    Me and my hubby are similar in that we share an office that is the bottom floor of our house (both work from home), instead of being nice to work in though it just because a massive dumping ground for any crap that comes into the house or we have nowhere else for. We really must sort it too, in fact I’ve blogged my resolution to do so today too!

    L x

    • Carie 01/01/2014 at 9:01 pm

      I think it’s really easy for it to become the place we put things out of the way of the girls, but it’s stopping us from using it to relax and unwind which is really rather silly. Plus if I have to dig through half a mountain of stuff to get to the sewing machine it doesn’t take a genius to work out that I’m not going to get as much sewing done. Fingers crossed I can actually make good on this plan!

  • Katie 01/01/2014 at 8:02 pm

    Happy New Year Carie – great goals 🙂 a sort out is so cathartic and i so need to do that too, we have way too many toys! x

    • Carie 01/01/2014 at 9:04 pm

      Oh we do too – all of them lovely though which makes it harder – I just need to find some sort of storage rotation plan so that they aren’t all out at once, and then swap them in and out so that they seem new and exciting whenever we hit a lull or the weather gets really bad!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 01/01/2014 at 9:56 pm

    Happy New Year, and they sound like great plans to me! x

    • Carie 01/01/2014 at 11:23 pm

      Now all I have to do is pull them off – hopefully having said them out loud will give me some accountability!

  • Dean 02/01/2014 at 9:32 am

    How exciting! Looks like you’re all set for 2014 already. I used to make New Year’s Resolutions but of course like most people, didn’t get to follow through. I have some in my head though, does that count? 🙂 Happy New Year by the way!

    • Carie 02/01/2014 at 10:13 am

      It definitely counts! Intention is at least half of it!

  • Lucy 02/01/2014 at 1:55 pm

    I never make resolutions for new year either, but instead prefer plans or challenges. Me and Mine was last years and we saw how well that turned out. All my plans for this year involve photos (new projects all over the show where that’s concerned) and generally making memories with my family. I like setting myself challenges that I know I’ll want to achieve and actually stand some chance of completing. Good luck with all yours, glad to see Siblings in there, I’m so excited about it. x

    • Carie 02/01/2014 at 10:21 pm

      Well Me and Mine was a very excellent New Year’s plan so I’ve no doubt that your plans for this year will be very exciting, and I’m so looking forward to Siblings – I just need to find a really good photo now!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 02/01/2014 at 9:21 pm

    My main goal this year is to do with being more positive about everything, it’s not really anything to do with it being a new year though as I’d started already! There are lots of little things that I would like to change but I know I won’t stick to, things like trying to make sure there isn’t a pile of dirty washing on my bathroom floor! I’m looking forward to Blogtacular too, I didn’t get to attend any blogging conferences last year as J was too little. Happy New Year! x

    • Carie 02/01/2014 at 10:25 pm

      Oh wonderful, we’ll have to try to meet up at Blogtacular – I am so looking forward to it!

  • Alexandra Mercer 05/01/2014 at 12:22 pm

    Skipping housework in order for your girls to thrive? Sounds like an excellent plan to me! 🙂 #ShareItSundays

    • Carie 05/01/2014 at 8:50 pm

      It’s definitely going to be an easy one to stick to I think!

  • Jo & Bump! (@carsonsmummy) 05/01/2014 at 1:16 pm

    I would love to take your resolutions and make them my own haha! #AfterMyOwnHeart!

    All the best xcx

    PS Following thanks to Oh So Amelia Linky, would really appreciate a follow back, if you really wouldn’t mind 🙂 xx

    • Carie 05/01/2014 at 8:55 pm

      Thank you, and you’re welcome to borrow them!

  • Colette 06/01/2014 at 12:30 pm

    The whole left over festive food does make the weight loss thing tricky doesn’t it! We used it as an excuse to eat a ot of chocolate last night to “get it out of the way” haha

    • Carie 06/01/2014 at 11:34 pm

      Oh that sounds like a plan!!