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It’s that time again, the time of year where I make all of my new year’s resolutions. This is my third year doing one of these and I think I have some fun/challenging stuff in store, and of course I will be updating you guys on the progress. You can click here to see how I did on my 27 before 28, didn’t quite make them all, but I did better than I did the year before so we’ll call it a win. Without further ado, my 28 before 29!
Create more original content for my blog
- Get my braces off – So much for done in 2 years, we are now creeping up on 3 with no end in sight
Fur Baby Fundraiser
- Pink Hair – My boss wouldn’t go for it, but Andy did buy me a pink wig
12 new cake recipes
Brown Sugar Cupcakes
Chocolate Ooey Gooey Butter Cake
Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes
Chocolate Chip Raspberry Cupcakes
White Chocolate Cupcakes with Truffle Filling
Cherry Almond Cupcake
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cupcakes
Dark Chocolate Blood Orange Cupcakes
Random acts of kindness– at least one a month! Try 10 new restaurants
Savannah Moon Baking Co.
The Flying Monk
Mom & Dad’s
Miccosukee Root Cellar
Chop House on the Bricks
Sunny Pointe Cafe
- Plant a herb garden – I bought a mint plant…it’s still alive, but I don’t think it counts.
Learn 8 embroidery stitchesI learned a blanket stitch and crocheted a small blanket. Create a logo
- New Tattoo – the two times I tried to go things didn’t work out
Have tea in Savannah See a play in Asheville Visit Looking Glass Falls Go to the Zoo Mini vacation somewhere I’ve never been Use my Instagram account
- Make a quilt – Didn’t happen, not even close
Get more comfortable using my new photography equipment Organize my office
- Make a dress – bought a pattern, cut the pieces and that’s as far as it went
Banish the Beige – Paint the Hallway
- Banish the Beige – Paint the Master Bathroom – after painting the hallway we decided to postpone all other painting endeavors for the time being.
- Banish the Beige – Paint the Guestroom – same thing that happened to painting the bathroom
Embrace snail mail– I sent more, but not as much as I had hoped to. Complete the 30 day squat challenge Work on my personal growth with the ladies of Whole Soul Lab Design and order a custom tshirt
Image from here.
According to my friend Verhanika, it is the week of the new moon, which can leave one feeling contemplative and finding it hard to focus. Sounds so much better than distracted and moody. I feel so bad for Andy when I get like this. Poor guy, works all day and then has to come home to an overly dramatic wife that recognizes that she is being a bit ridiculous, but just can’t seem to stop. I guess knowing that I am being dramatic is a step in the right direction. And according to GI Joe, knowing is half the battle, so maybe even more than a single step in the right direction. Unless there are only two steps to the whole process and then it really would be a single step to be at half way. Usually there are more, 10 or 12 steps, but I digress. I’ve been working on a list of things I’d like to try this summer, not goal per se , but something hanging out on the edge of my “to do” list. Sun printing is one of them, and fortunately for me Terrain has not only a kit available but a tutorial.
What You’ll Need
Cotton sun printing kit
Leaves, petals, or cuttings from the garden
Water for rinsing the fabric
1. Gather your favorite botanical specimens. We used sprigs of ferns and fresh leaves.
2. Arrange your specimens on the cotton in your desired pattern or design. Place the cotton fabric in the sun for 10-15 minutes. Be sure to have your arrangement thought out ahead of time and try to work quickly, as the image begins to process as soon as the fabric is exposed to light.
3. Remove your botanicals from the cotton.
4. Rinse fabric in water until the water runs clear.
5. Allow to dry– remember that the image will continue to process even after it’s dry! Try hanging on a strand of twine as a banner as shown above, draping as bunting on the porch, or snipping into pennants for a festive addition to summer décor.
Tutorial and supplies from Terrain.
Last year, I decided to make a list of personal goals for myself, my 26 before turning 27. It was the first time I had made a tangible list of things that I wanted to learn/accomplish in a specific amount of time. It ended up being quite the interesting process. I quickly checked off some list items, realized that I actually wasn’t all the interested in others (Red Lipstick Wednesday & Mastering the Smokey Eye), and actually failed to check off 5 of them. But I am really proud of what I did get done, and I have decided to continue the tradition another year. My 27 before I turn 28. A few of the uncompleted items from my last list made their way on to this years list, but there are plenty of new things and I can’t wait to get started.
1. Learn to french braid my hair – cut my hair off, no longer an option….
2. Make french macaroons
3. Get my passport
4. Learn to make biscuits from scratch
5. Learn to make pie crust from scratch – two types: regular and vegan
6. Learn to make bread from scratch
7. Eat vegan two days a week – Instead of a completely vegan twice a week we integrated more vegan meals throughout the week.
8. Go to Seattle
9. Travel outside of the US
10. Learn 10 new embroidery stitches
– cross stitch
– back stitch
*I embroidered a set of pillow cases for my aunt using these two stitches and it took so long that I decided I was done embroidering for a while.
11. Launch my Etsy shop – finally
*To much going on work/family wise, but we are getting closer
12. Make/can orange marmalade
*This was going to be for a gift, and I found another project that I wanted to do more.
13. Create terrariums for the mantle in the living room– not enough light, so potted succulents for the new livingroom shelves instead
14. Try 10 new restaurants
Aliki Beach Cafe
Portage Bay Cafe
The Paisley Cafe
15. Make a quilt
*forgot about this one until it was to late
16. Make a dress
*haven’t found the right pattern
17. Create a reading nook
18. Finish my office/guestroom
19. Go to a paint your pet night at Painting with a Twist
20. Watch all three Matrix movies – for Andy-Really it was only two of three, but Andy gave me a very detailed plot summery of the third movie and said that it wasn’t worth watching.
21. Have tea in Savannah
22. Plant a lavender plant
23. Have a girls crafting weekend
24. Start and keep a photo diaryInstagram
25. Go down two pants sizes
*I only managed one
26. Read Food in Jars and try food preservation
27. Reveal new blog design
Image from here.
25 was a really big year for me, got married, bought a house, adopted the naughtiest orange kitten ever…. But as Andy and I were discussing the “what’s next” of our life together, mostly when we want to have kids, I kept coming up with things that I wanted to accomplish before we take the next step. Being the awesome husband that he is, Andy suggested that we shelve the baby talk for a year-ish, so we can get in shape financially and emotionally. He also suggested that I take some time to come up with specific goals and make a timeline for when I want to accomplish everything. So here it is, my goals for the next year. 26 things I want to accomplish before or by the time I turn 27.
Make and keep a weekly schedule
- Learn how to french braid my hair – tried a few times, but only ended up with knots in my hair. Will try again next year when my hair is longer.
Go antiquing once a month*Was not budget friendly…
Create business cards Try 12 new restaurantsMarie Livingston’s
Cluster & Hops
The Melting Pot
Coosh’s Cajun Cafe
Jonah’s Fish & Grits
Wild Greens Cafe
- Launch my Etsy site – Ran out of time/money, moved to next year
Learn to use liquid liner
- Make myself a dress – Forgot
- Lose 30lbs – Probably lost 30 pounds all together, but it has pretty much been lose 5 lbs, gain 5lbs, lose 2 lbs, gain 3lbs….
Post on my blog 6 days a week Learn how to make french Learn to make frosting and cake from scratch. PINK HAIR PURPLE HAIR
- Travel outside of the US – We had to come up with $7000 to remove “dangerous” trees from or yard, so there really wasn’t the resources for travel.
Master the smokey eye
Find a perfume that Andy and I both like Yoga twice a week Plant an herb garden Road trip
Red Lipstick Wednesday Define my personal style, donate everything else to charity Celebrate one of the big holidays in the new house Try candy making Have a monthly adventure
- Be more visible in my blog – still working up to having my picture taken
Do a sketch every day Savannah trip with Andy
Some of these things are obviously more serious than others, but I think it’s important to include a few small easier to achieve goals to keep from feeling like things aren’t getting done. And don’t worry, i’ll keep you guys in the loop.
Image from here.