the shape of things to come

A couple of weeks ago, before we put the decorations up, I had a mass clear-out in preparation for making space for the belongings of a New Little Person, and found the whole thing pretty therapeutic. I spent the time throwing out the physical rubbish, and mentally throwing out the rubbish bits of 2011, while simultaneously planning a few changes for 2012.

There’s something rather promising about the start of a new year, the idea that nothing from before that point counts, and as if by magic at the stroke of midnight you can just erase all your bad habits – which you obviously can’t, but there’s nothing wrong with having a go. By the end of the day, I had two things: a very tidy lounge (minus a workspace, but with a nice new cosy corner), and a list of things I want to achieve in 2012.

1. I absolutely, definitely, 100% will master the art of knitting. By this time next year, I aim to be cable-ing with the best of them.

2. I will spend far more time doing, and less time procrastinating. Be it the cleaning, or finishing a project, I will Get It Done.

3. I will be more consistent with my ethical and environmental efforts.

4. I will read the books I’ve always planned to read – Austin to Dickens, Fitzgerald to Collins, I’m going to work my way through the lot.

5. I will make budgets and stick to them. Probably. Ahem.

6. I will put more effort into finding writing work, rather than sitting slumped in front of Eastenders at the end of the day.

7. I will work my way through my overflowing basket of half-finished craft projects, and actually get them done. The Boy will have his patchwork wall-hanging, and my Mum will have her lavender bags.

8. I will cook more, make more use of batch cooking, and eat far less convenience food and takeaways.

I also just want to take the opportunity to say thank you for all your lovely comments and followings throughout the year, since the humble beginnings of Owl and Accordion. I still can’t believe so many of you log on so frequently – aim number 9 is to produce far more regular content for you all!

Happy New Year, lovelies. See you on the other side!


  1. Annarack
    January 1, 2012 / 12:24 am

    I love all the items in this room and the colours are just wonderful. I can imagine sitting in that chair with a cup of tea and blanket. So so cosy.p.s. This is my first comment on someones blog post this new year. Happy New Year!!!

  2. Michelle
    January 1, 2012 / 10:58 am

    I love a good clean out. Looks like a good and ambitious list of things to do. Best of luck! And happy new year.

  3. mother of purl
    January 1, 2012 / 3:50 pm

    You did a great job- it's looking so sweet and cozy. Happy 2012- an exciting year ahead for you. xx

  4. Juliab
    January 3, 2012 / 9:52 am

    Good luck with all your plans for 2012. Good on you for having the clear out before Xmas – I am clearing out over January and hoping for an extremely tidy house by the end of it – dream on! x

  5. Eleni
    January 5, 2012 / 4:29 pm

    Noble aspirations, one and all! This year I plan to (absolutely, definitively, permanently) pay off my debts, go on holiday by myself, and de-clutter my space a bit. Once the decorations come down I always get slightly addicted to that Tidying Up feeling 🙂

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