Hi everyone out there in blog land and to all my blogging friends.
This is my first blog of 2015
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that Father Christmas bought you everything on your Christmas lists and may be even a few surprises.
I received some lovely gifts including lots more books to add to the bookshelf a few have already found their way onto my Winter reads.
My good friend Lou bought me 'The Great Christmas Knit Off' by Alexandra Brown which I started on New Years Eve I am already a good proportion of the way through.
Having some time off over the holidays has certainly given me time to relax and unwind and enjoy time to do a lot of reading as well as quite a lot of crafting.
Last year was my first year at taking on big crochet projects. I have been a knitter for 40+ years but crochet is still relatively new to me.
I have however started on a new project just before Christmas which is for a very special birthday very soon. So more about that later.
I so enjoyed my challenges last year that I have set myself some new ones for 2015. This idea came from Jo from Through the Keyhole and she has already been busy setting her challenges for 2015.
I've set myself three challenges for this year.
I used to bake a lot when the big kids were at home but now there is just the three of us I don't seem to bother so much these days. I have some lovely cookery books containing lots of wonderful recipes. So my first challenge is to once a month bake or make something I've not made before. This will encourage me to get the cookery books off the shelf give them a dusting and find some interesting things to make for me and D on a weekend when I have more time
Last year I set myself to read books that I read at school some of which I liked and others I loathed. I still think my favourite is 'To Kill A Mockingbird'. So my second challenge is to read some of the books I read as a child and those that I shared with the children. My first read is going to be 'The Secret Garden'. Not only was this one of my favourites as a child it was and still is one of my daughter's favourites.
And so to my third and final challenge. I used to do a lot of Cross stitch and I have several around the cottage. I haven't started any new projects for some considerable time. Having helped a colleague at work start her first ever cross stitch and making up a kit for another colleague for Christmas, reminded me how much enjoyment I got out of stitching away, especially when there is nothing much to watch on TV. So I have started 'The Dark Sourceress'
Isn't she a beauty. I do tend to like slightly unusual things and she is just my cup of tea.
As I will be back at work from tomorrow my time will be limited but my 'Cross stitch Sundays' are back. I will do crocheting and knitting on and off during the week time permitting but Sundays will be reserved for my Cross stitch whether it be for 10 minutes or 1 hour or all day, I will then update you at the end of each month as to how far I have got which will hopefully give me the incentive to keep going and as she is from a set of three if I complete the Dark Sorceress then I will just move onto one of the others. That should keep me busy for the next twelve months.
How about you have you set yourselves any targets or challenges for 2015?