Crafting 365 ~ Week 1

Making another go at Crafting 365 in 2021! It’s an idea based on an old Flickr group where you share a pic of your daily creativity adventures (remember Flickr ~ an awesome photo-sharing community before Instagram?! Such good times!) The idea is just to do SOMETHING crafty a day and build creativity ~ whether it’s a couple of rows of knitting, a whole dang blanket, s batch of cookies, or rainbowfying something or another.

I’ve attempted this a few times, but usually don’t chronicle my adventures very well. In fact, I actually started this blog to start sharing my daily craft adventures. Hoping this year I will get a LITTLE bit better at sharing! But unlike other years, I’m not putting any pressure on myself this year like I’ve done before. I spent weeks once making an outlined list of all the things I wanted to accomplish back in 2019, and that’s just… NOT happening! I’m here for a good time, not a tedious tear-filled time.

So here’s week ONE of 2021! I’d be happy to never knit a blanket or hat ever again, and little projects are much more my thing. I was feeling adding some excitement to my life, so I went with Pokemon-themed knitted softies, which I love them because they are so colourful. And I could continue them for a million years and never be done knitting Pokemon (there are over NINE-HUNDRED Pokemon now…!)

I also started journaling (another long-time goal!), finished almost two rows of last years’ Mood Blanket, and even baked some bagels. So, pretty good start hey 2021?!

My journal!

I have heard a lot of wonderful things about Moleskine and have always wanted one! They are very pricey but exceptional quality, and this years’ special edition includes some darling Maneki-neko (Japanese lucky cats!) so thought I’d treat myself! I made sure that the covers are made of synthetic material – not “mole skin” or leather.

This bagel recipe comes from Sally’s Baking Addiction! They are exceptionally easy and delicious.
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Hello 2021!

New Year’s Eve was a bit uneventful, and to be very honest, I hope yours was much the same this year! We can have a big party at the end of this thing (as long as we continue to stay safe :))

Sugar and I did a nice veggie stir fry and I promptly fell asleep at 8:30 after a long day of crazy end of year work. When we woke up, it was a brand new year.

HAPPY 2021!

I love new years. I love having the chance for a fresh start, to think about what is really special and what I really want to accomplish in the next 365 days!

Trying to keep my resolutions pretty simple this year as they should be low-stress actually achievable goals. So here we go 2021!:

  • Go vegan
  • Create more
  • Work on anxiety
  • Spend more time exploring outside
  • Take more photos
  • Keep a diary
  • Get organized and do a proper deep-clean of the house
  • Blog regularly
  • Add more colour to everything!
  • And of course, have more FUN!

Hope your year is ready to be filled with all sorts of goodness!

Fresh new calendar ready to be filled with cuteness!
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Goodbye 2020: My Year in Review!

Like everybody, 2020 has been one of the most challenging years of my life. We have had so much time to think, think some more, worry, feel, and learn about ourselves. I will admit that I have struggled a lot this year, but also experienced many great moments of joy and triumph. I thought I’d share some of the little happy bits from this year!

January: Knitted a lot, went thrifting a lot, and spent a lot of time outside of the house (a huge thing for me considering how anxious about leaving the house I usually am). It was a great, super refreshing new month to a new year.

February: Celebrated Sugar’s 2nd birthday, baked a cat cake, and threw a wild party with my family~ which would be the last get-together because of COVID to come…!

I also did my first big order of sugar cookies ~ a big batch of valentine’s conversation hearts.

March: Painted a striped wall in my living room

Then well, you know what happened! COVID hit and everything changed. Started working from home and Sugar became my suPURRvisor.

Wasn’t all that bad because it saved me a couple of hours on the bus each day and I got to catch up on a lot of tv at the same time. 😉

Animal Crossing New Horizons also came out in March which was the perfect distraction.

April: Learned to bake bread. And meringues. And cheesecake. And banana bread. And buns. There was a lot of baking going on!!

May: Things were a bit rough for me mentally because of work, so I started heading outside a lot more which was a lovely distraction!

June: Saw my parents and their dog Heidi for the first time since March! Heidi and Sugar admitted that they really missed each other as well (shh)!

July: Took some online classes which were a ton of fun, but a TON of work on top of working (way more than) full time. I met a ton of great people and learned a lot. But I was completely mentally and physically drained.

August: I took a math class (which was surprisingly… FUN) and then spent most of the time outside! There were a ton of deer around that I befriended.

September: Redecorated and finished painting and decorating my bedroom!

Got back into knitting and crafting again after a pretty draining summer!

And Autumn arrived!

October: Got ready for Thanksgiving, Halloween, did lots of relaxing, gaming, and knitting!

November: Spent a lot of time catching up on movies and tv (and avoiding the news…eek)!

December: Spent most of the month knitting gifts for Christmas, putting up the tree and decorations and of course more baking!!

And turned 31!!

And that was 2020 for me!! It was the craziest, somehow both the longest and shortest feeling year, with a lot of accomplishments.

Excited to make 2021 even better!

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I’ve Fallen into Thirty-One~derland!

It seems that I’ve drunk a potion and grown a bit since yesterday! Down this rabbit hole, everything is just a little wacky, whimsical, and not quite what it’s supposed to be!

You see, I’m thirty-one today! Hard to believe! When I was younger, I watched those thirty-something sitcom parents and thought being in your thirties meant the end of fun, and you were expected to wear a pressed suit and follow every rule to a tee. Honestly, THOSE thirties sound like a drag. I went a different way!

Instead here in my 31st year, I decided to bake an upside-down unbirthday cake and lick the spatulas, dance around the living room being judged by my cat, and taking a nap (pandemic lockdown or not, this is what I WANT to be doing)!

Perhaps this doesn’t look like thirty-one for most. But creating silly things, wearing bright dresses and pink and purple wigs, and jumping around my condo to some happy fun pop music IS thirty-one for me!

There are no rules for age so don’t be afraid to get older (whether you’re 13, 56, or 99)! It just means you have spent a lot more time doing what you love. The fact that some people don’t know how to have let others have fun means THEY might need to do a little growing up!

So bake a cake, make a little magic, dance around, play that game, take a nap! Life’s too short to be that beige, boring adult. Just be exciting adult you!

“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality” ~ Cheshire Cat

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