Ambitions for 2017

I hope you are still going strong with your New Year’s resolutions as we approach the end of January. I hesitate to call mine “New Year’s” resolutions per se since they mostly just happened to coincide with the beginning of the year, but there are just so many things I want to accomplish in the coming months! New DiY projects, a lengthy reading list, personal wellness goals, and – as always – a never-ending “life” to-do list. On to the fun parts though!


I bought this retro sewing table last year that I intend to paint and use as a corner table. I have also gathered several things to place in the same corner and have a really cute theme in mind. I plan to give new life to at least one kitschy secondhand figurine by painting it to match. Right now though it’s all just a pile of miscellany glaring at me from the corner.

UPDATE!  I completed the table and the figurine painting!

I’ve also been itching to try my hand at hoop art. Have you heard of it? You take one of those quilter’s/embroidery hoops, fill it with a fabric you love, and treat it as a blank canvas. There are endless options but I have decided to re-purpose one of my favorite old t-shirts for this project. It is too threadbare to wear anymore and I want to give it new life.

Lastly, I saw this gorgeous pillow in Anthropologie (aka my favorite store) last year when I went, but of course it cost like $80! They had a napkin in the same pattern, so I decided to buy it instead and make my own pillow. However, I do not sew, so that will be interesting. . . .


Though my reading list could fill its own book,  for the immediate future it includes:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, which I received as a Christmas gift and am currently reading. I am on book four of the chronological storyline, Prince Caspian. 
  • A Song of Ice and Fire  series by George R.R. Martin, though I will probably read one here and there. I devoured book one, A Game of Thrones, over the holidays and I am eager to continue the series.
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one that I did not enjoy in school, but cannot remember exactly why!  I would like to give this classic a second chance.
  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald appeals to me both as a break from my standard choices (being nonfiction) and I do so enjoy nature reading.
  • The Gunslinger (Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King is one that I have heard praised for a long time and I want to read it before the movie debuts later this year.

Other Stuff

FOOD – I am embarking on a health and weight-loss journey and as a result I may not share as many recipes.  In general, I have tried to take a “whole foods” approach to life for a while now by eating and preparing as many things from scratch and from their raw, whole states as possible.  I have taken that to the next level and with that and other changes, I am feeling great!

GAMING – I am currently catching up in WoW.  I received the Legion expansion for Christmas and am finally where I have the time to play it.  However, I am really, really enjoying Overwatch at the moment, so I am not making much progress in it.  I have been experimenting with characters that I have not played much in the past and am having a blast.

ADVENTURES – I hope to have a few adventures this year as well as do a lot more secondhand shopping.  The thrifting itself always seems to spawn fun DiY projects.

WRITING – The biggest thing of all though is that I have begun to write my book.  There are actual, written passages.  Unbelievable!  It is just a wisp of a thing at the moment, but I am so thrilled to be making some progress.

We will see what the year holds.  I feel like it will be a good one for me and I hope it is for you and yours as well.

Cheers!  <3 Luci

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