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Goals for 2013

We’re a strange bunch when that New Year clock draws near to its goal, we go into overdrive with our own goals, dreams, aspirations and resolutions. And what of all these resolutions. I’ve been pondering how empty the blogosphere would be if we removed all the ‘New Year Resolutions’ conversations made in the last week. Resolutions? Not me but I do make and aim for goals continually, some of which I meet and others I don’t. I like to have too many goals because it leaves me room for more rather than getting to the end of my list and not knowing where to next.

Dictionary.com says (relevant meaning chosen from multiple meanings)

A Goal is the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end

Dreams are an aspiration; goal; aim: A trip to Europe is his dream.

Aspiration is 1. strong desire, longing, or aim; ambition: intellectual aspirations. 2. a goal or objective desired: The presidency is the traditional aspiration of young American boys.

And a Resolution is
3. the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc.

They all seem very similar to me. Before today I held a belief that I did not believe in New Year Resolutions but each January 1, I would formulate a list of things I wanted or intended to achieve that year. For as long as I remember I’ve always been a goal setter. I vaguely recall making lists while I was in upper primary school and clearly remember making goals during my high school years. I also remember that a great many of my goals were not achieved. It would often see me questioning the value and of course being hard on myself for not doing all that I planned. Now as I look back I see I was learning how to set realistic and achievable goals. It was in my early 20’s that it all came together for me. I had become a single mum with an 18 month little princess. My goals for that time actually started before then. My newfound circumstances were the result of wanting a better life, a life that a sweet, smart pretty little girl deserved. And so we embarked on our new life. They were difficult times but the optimist in me made it a good life, public pools, libraries, playgrounds, playing together & reading books, baking and gardening. Lots of debt, little money and at first no home. We started our new life together in emergency housing for the homeless. Each tenant was housed for 8 wks in which time they were expected to save the money required to rent in the private market. Most people stayed well over 3 months and some up to 6 months. Right up front I was told about the expected 8 wks plan to independent living but also not to worry if I didn’t make it in the time, as failure was common and because of the Christmas period I would be given extra time. Ahh, I’d been given a goal and I rose to the challenge. We moved into our own privately rented unit in the 9th week, Christmas period included. That Christmas I realised God was real when the Salvation Army left a box at my door and it contained every item from my shopping list I’d not been able to buy, right down to a can of soft drink for each of us. That was massive, I had stood in the supermarket crying as I’d tried to figure out what to leave behind only to receive it all plus more from strangers. My next goal was to pay out all my debt and save for a ‘brand new’ fridge and washing machine while I waited out the expected 6 months wait for state subsidised housing. And I did it! Moving into my new unit with my first ever new electrical items was a very proud and exciting day for me.

So now I’m saying goodbye to 16 years of marriage and making new goals again. This time the goals are helping keep me happy and focused. It’s not so much about the physical need but more about the process. It gives me something to plan and dream, it keeps me focused. Honestly, the last 3 months have been the most difficult in my entire life, more difficult than escaping a violent relationship, more difficult than starting out young with a baby girl but because of those past goals and lessons learned I know this time I can do it again. Looking back at all my past goals and the testimony of all God has done in my life shows me I can. I know getting bogged down thinking about how hard it is doesn’t help and lately I am guilty of having trouble remembering that fact. But time and time again Jesus lifts my spirit and I get back on track. No matter how often I fall He picks me up.

So for this January 2013 my goals are very simple but they are big for where I am at. They are enough to remind me where I’ve been, what I’ve achieved and where I’m going. They are enough to remind me of His working in my life and give me peace to just be – where I am today.

I’ve a perfect little 1 bedroom flat to settle into and put my stamp on. I’ve plans to make a patchwork rug for the floor. I’ve also committed to making 12 sewing items and declared it publicly over at Karen’s from didyoumakethat. I’m even going to put a bit more pressure on myself by promising to make a donation to charity if I fail. Maybe I’ll still make a donation if I achieve them as a means of celebration. And of course I’m going to get well and get a job. I’ve not worked since 2004 except for voluntary work in our church office which I loved. I’m looking forward to having a job I enjoy more than the prospect of increased income. So I have dreams and goals for 2013 but I still don’t think resolutions are for me!

So how about you are they different words, same meaning? I wonder if it depends on your world view, perspective and to some degree whether one is an optimist or pessimist.



Best day ever?

Hello friends, I’m feeling like a child wanting to tell everyone it’s my birthday. I want to tell the whole world how great the blogging world is. I made another NL6515 and it is exactly perfect. This wonderful blogging community changed my life by helping me to overcome something I’ve struggled with for 25 yrs: How to sew clothes that actually fit me. I’ve even inspired a friend who has never made clothes but quilts. No photos ATM though, I’m sitting in my nightie in bed but on the inside I’m jumping up and down squealing with delight. I’m hoping for a sunny day tomorrow to take photos and will then write a post. Unfortunately not everyone who’s blogs and comments I read will in turn read my posts but to those that do thank you sincerely for the contribution you make to our community and myself personally.

Now back to some quilting, I’m working on half square triangles.

Just a check list

Sorry for the boringness, (boringness, anything is possible) of this post. I’m feeling a little overwhelmed with the numbers of items I’ve been doing lately so I’m making a list as a genuine record/diary.

6 tablecloths for church ladies group
6 plus another 6 gift card pouches

2 embroidered lavender potpourri bags

Finished the embroidery section for a fabric quilted carry bag
Quilted the fabric for a carry bag for grand daughter no 3
Hemmed jeans for The Boy
1 Bedding Protector

It doesn’t seem so much now but it has kept me busy in a happy sort of way, no stress just pure relaxation.

Next up is 2 more bedding protectors for a customer. Finish the quilted carry bags. Make a winter style NL5615 My undiagnosed pain in my feet & wrists is still a problem but I am feeling a bit more settled because the specialist Dr is trying everything he can think of. I feel we have moved forward in this journey.

Hope you’re all keeping busy & happy


Psst, look at these

I stumbled across a fantastic web page and found this tutorial.


Yesterday I cut out 9, I tend to do that if it’s a really great idea. I finished one fully last night and several tonight. I’ve just got 3 for tomorrow. I love them, so cute and fine.

Perfect for gift cards or any small gift. Afterwards they could be used for a single bank ATM card on a key ring or for when you are racing into the shops with just your phone and a card, store business cards; And of course a keepsake.


Sorry about photo quality; I had to take these at night on the iPad so I could give them away next morning.


Excited to share that my ‘next’ went on to become 6 more pouches which I filled with chocolates. I had loads of trouble sewing the hair elastics in so I hand basted and then sewed them with a ball point needle. They went in easy as…


Dressed for Sewin

Here’s me dressed for sewing. Snipper scissors on rope idea complements of Karen over at didyoumakethat blog! Who got it from someone else who got it from someone else who got it from someone else. Us sewing folk love to share. Thank you everyone.


Have fun Sewin

How To Clean Your Iron

Recently I had to clean my iron – the inside! I read about a dirty iron messing a freshly made garment on Karen’s blog at didyoumakethat and decided to clean mine, photograph and put it up on my Blog, for those who have never done this before. Keeping the insides clean prevents the iron spitting all over you gorgeous garments.

I have two irons and decided to clean them both at the same time so you will see photos of both interchanged throughout this post.

Right let’s go.

You will need you iron, water to fill the iron, a metal pan like a saucepan or cake pan and an empty sink.

1. First fill your iron with water to the full mark.

2. Set the heat setting to the highest possible, which is usually cotton/linen and turn the steam off.

Iron set to Cotton/Linen.

3. Plug into your power point and switch it on. Leave it to heat for 5 mins.

4. While it is heating, go get your saucepan or metal pan and place into your sink. Leave the sink plug out.

5. When Iron has heated for 5 mins switch it off at the power point and unplug it.

6. Turn the steam setting to the fullest possible. If you have an iron with a cleaning function turn the steam switch to clean.

Iron settings and how to lay over metal pan.

7. Lie the iron down like when you are ironing, across the pan in the sink. (Photo above). You will need a metal pan so that it can cope with the hot water that will slowly drip out of the holes on the bottom of your iron. Be careful not to burn yourself and be careful to ensure the water does not drip onto you or anyone else.

8. Leave it laying there for 1/2 to 1 hr. Water will slowly drip out of the holes and with it will come all the dirt from the insides. (See picture below) Not all water will drip out, especially if it is really dirty like mine was.

It didn’t look that bad before I started; I promise! Hangs head in embarrassment.

  One of my irons was very very dirty and I had to do this cleaning process about 5 times -well actually I lost count! When it was really dirty not all of the water would drip out.

But it did come clean. This is what dripped out and lots more.

When you are happy with the iron and think it is clean enough, you will need to wipe the base of the iron with a soft moistened cleaning cloth. I forgot to get a photo but now those holes are all un-clogged.

Important notes:

(If you have a Self-Clean function the steam control button may be able to be removed. Do so after the water has finished dripping out)

(Some newer irons have a function that prevents water dripping out in certain situations. Hopefully if your iron has that function it will also have the Self-Clean function to enable the water will drip out).

If it doesn’t have the self clean function you may have trouble with cleaning in this manner but I do suggest you give it a go.

Please let me know how it works out for you.

Finished Object Quilt

hi all,

Yep you read right, I have a FO. yep, yep yep. I’m just a little happy…

It went together without a hitch, except for the 8 hrs I spent wasted unpicking a fancy stitch I tried which looked tacky when finished.  I will never use that stitch again, ever.

3 Owls

Quilt for my grand daughter

Now I’ve got to face that frog quilt but I just couldn’t do it – yet, so I’m sewing up a new blouse.

Hope you’re having a great weekend.