Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year! : The 3 Things I'm Hoping to Do in 2016

Hi everyone,


Happy New Year! 


Last year, I posted about some of my New Year's "resolutions", and it was fun to look back at them this week. I wanted to:
~ be on time
~ get back into blogging
~ keep working on "pretty-fying" our home
~ practice being more mindful and grateful.  

I would say that I haven't exactly gotten better about being early to things, but I haven't been late, either... that counts, right? ;)  Otherwise, I think it's safe to say I've done the others.  I have worked hard to add more decor to our home, and did some painting, too.  This kind of goes hand in hand with blogging, which I've done quite a bit of, and some of that has been related to sharing different seasonal or holiday-related decor or projects.  These things have, in turned, resulted in me loving our home more, being happy with how things look, and having fun being creative. 

Additionally, I've worked on practicing being more mindful.  This is a more difficult thing to "assess", but I have been doing some more photography, which I tend to do when I'm paying more attention to what's around me. Does that make any sense?  I feel like when I stop to notice the little things, I slow down a little and appreciate those things. 

For 2016, I don't know that I really have any organized resolutions, but I have a few things I'm hoping to do...

1. Learn to, and practice sewing/embroidery: We have a sewing machine that I have used...once... and it would probably be good to learn to use it so I can do so more regularly! I have all of these projects pinned on Pinterest, and ideas of things to make, but I need to hone my skills a bit first.  For Christmas, Rich got me a couple of Hazel and Ruby's Crafternoon projects (specifically, this and this), to support me in learning to do these things. He just gets me. :) 

                                         

Rich also surprised me with this beautiful Purl Solo & Egg Press 4 Seasons of Embroidery kit (shop link here), which I am so excited about!  Basically it has patterns to embroider a fall, winter, spring, and summer tree.  It also includes transfer patterns for a basic woodgrain, as well as wood grain letters and numbers.  I really want to figure out how to get started before heading back to school, so that I can work on it bit by bit in the evenings when I need to just relax a bit.  I'll report back!


2. Get outside more! I am always so happy when we go on a hike, go to play tennis, go kayaking, snowshoeing, etc. but  I find that unless we schedule it in, it hardly happens.  We walk Lucy all the time, but I want to do other things more often, too! We live in such a pretty area, it feels like a crime not to get outside more than we do. 




3. I'm hoping to continue to grow this little project of mine, and am kicking it off with a new url! This blog can officially be found now at pineapplesandpolkadots.com and I'm pretty excited about that! This year, I'm hoping to keep on posting more regularly, and sharing some new recipes and projects.  It's been so fun to meet new people and make connections with you all. Thanks so much for following along!

What are you hoping to accomplish in 2016? Anything new you want to learn or try? 

Cheers to a new year!
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