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New Year’s Resolutions-a review

July 1, 2013

AGES ago, well, 6 months ago, in true New Year style, I blogged some New Year’s resolutions. I thought that this halfway point through the year would be a good point to re-visit them and seem which of them, if any, I have achieved…!

  • Continue making, making do, mending, thrifting, re-loving…and BUYING NOTHING NEW!
    We’ve been doing pretty well at this I think. I may have gone slightly off track, but we are now firmly back on track, and full steam ahead!
  • Look carefully at the amount of rubbish we produce and try to reduce it (more on this to follow!)
    We took part in Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Rubbish Diet and Slimmed our Bin by more than 2/3. We have managed to maintain these levels, and just throw away about 2-3 carrier bags full every 2 weeks-not bad going!

  • Start up a ‘hip and happening’ W.I
    I got in touch with my local WI Federation and was planning to start doing some PR stuff towards this now-ish, but I have had to cry off. I just do not have the time or the energy to commit to it at the moment, and as much as I want it to happen, I can’t be the one to do it right now 🙁
  • Run some upcycling workshops
    Hurrah! I have done this, with some help from Emma from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, and also with Verity, my co-conspirator at Make It Better 🙂
  • Put on some kind of event for the Dress a Girl Around World Project-current thoughts are to try and get the local secondary school involved but I have no idea if they even have sewing machines-need to do some research!
    We’ve done TWO! At the first one we made 34 dresses, and at the second one, we made another 16 dresses, and 9 pairs of shorts.

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I have yet to persue the idea of getting the local secondary school involved, but Verity and I went to Wiltshire College a week or two ago, to make some dresses with some of their students, which I think  they really enjoyed.

  • Hold a Make Do and Mend Market-with stalls selling upcycled goodies, some vintage bits and pieces, a ‘give and take’ table, people on hand to offer advice on mending (clothes/bikes etc), some drop in crafting sessions, a book swap
    This hasn’t happened yet-perhaps a little too ambitious for now?
  • Have a Swish!
    We have one planned! Again, in conjunction with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, we are having Warminster’s very first Swish on the 12th July
  • Inspired by A year without supermarkets, I want to try and shop more locally. I am not sure we can commit to avoiding the supermarket for a whole year, but I think we could aim for doing a supermarket free month at some point in the year (someone needs to make sure they hold me to this!)
    Not done so well here. We have started getting all our fruit and veg from Riverford, which ensures we are eating seasonally, and organically, two things that are very important to me. Need to make a more concerted effort to support the local high street and market though.
  • I have loads of other ideas:
    Upcycle Exchange-DONE!

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Pop up shops/crafting sessions-Not yet
Craft cafe type thing-DONE!
Artisan markets in my local town-Not yet
A bookI’ve said I will , now I just need to actually do it!

Crikey! That’s pretty good going isn’t it?
And it’s only June.

No wonder I’m so knackered-may need to sleep for second half of the year now…

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  • Reply Zoe @ecothrifty July 3, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Wow you really have achieved a lot! You are very brave listing all your resolutions on here. I have a few things I would love to do and have no idea how to even get started on some of them so I am a bit scared to put them on my blog in case I actually have to then go and do them!

    • Reply Jen July 6, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Brave, or foolish Zoe..?!
      Sometimes, I do it to make myself do it..!

  • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo July 2, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Wow, what excellent progress youve made, as you say, now its time to pull back a little and focus on your nearest and dearest for a bit. Rest and recoup mate. :o)

    • Reply Jen July 6, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks Jo 🙂

  • Reply ♡eM July 2, 2013 at 3:25 am

    You’re amazing and you’ve been inspiring. Thank you!

    • Reply Jen July 6, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      You are very kind-thankyou!

  • Reply suth2 July 2, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Fantastic work. That is an impressive result.

    • Reply Jen July 6, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      Thankyou!

  • Reply Vivienne Downes (@VivienneDownes) July 1, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    The best of intentions don’t always materialize but you have achieved SO much when also running a house which is home to you, your hubby & 2 smalls, as well as blogging,& running off to London … sorry I mean attending the necessary social functions ! You are an example to all of us < 3

    • Reply Jen July 6, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks Vivienne 🙂

  • Reply booketta July 1, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    That’s great when you achieve your resolutions, what a sense of achievement! Well done 🙂

    • Reply Jen July 6, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks Jane!

  • Reply Antonia July 1, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Jen, I think you’ve done brilliantly. You are such a star for achieving all the amazing things you have done over the last year. Keep it up! X

    • Reply Jen July 6, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks Antonia, you are very kind!

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