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We are two weeks into the new year and I’m already struggling with my resolutions. (no surprise there!) I’m also struggling with bad back pain from work. What is with my body lately? I swear something is always hurting enough to cause problems. :/
Sooo I’ve been trying to sort out the cause of that as well as focus on what makes me feel better, like stretching and heat and not standing and… anyway…

As far as hobby stuff goes, it’s been really helpful for me to set small goals to complete by the end of the day. I’ve found that it gives a nice feeling of accomplishment. So even with stupid pain, I’m still getting stuff done, yay!

First, I completed another trio of foal blankets:

These will be going up on my Etsy shop (which is re-open) sometime in the near future, so keep an eye out if you’re interested.

I’ve gotten a few saddle pad orders done, including an updated Hogwarts-inspired one:

I also managed to solve the “I-have-no-room-cause-I-have-too-many-horses” problem, (for the time being) by switching the hobby closet of doom’s shelf with a big plastic one, leaving the small one free for moar ponies.

My goal of making a piece of tack every month isn’t going well at all, but that’s because I can’t decide what to make. I’ve got two and a half weeks left, aghhhh!

But I am working on a few new blog posts, the first of which is very wordy so it’s been taking a while. Also, last month I started putting together a hobby resources page, which I made visible around the new year. I’m still adding to it so if you have any suggestions, feel free to mention them!

I think that’s it. Now I’ll go clear off my desk and try to figure out what tack piece to make. Maybe.

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A brand new year is right around the corner. I don’t know about you, but 2017 went by incredibly fast. It wasn’t a bad year, but I’m finding it hard to look back or reflect on it. Perhaps that means I should just focus on looking ahead?

Every January I like to come up with a list of goals or resolutions to keep throughout the year. Actually keeping them is a different story, but I do try, and that must count for something.

Personal resolutions are well, personal, but hobby goals? Let’s see, what were they last year again…?

Last year I wanted to “strictly limit new herd members” and that turned out to be a spectacular FAIL, especially in the last few months.

“They followed me home – can I keep them??”

Managing my time better and staying on top of bookkeeping was another goal that also didn’t go according to plan. Now I have a big mess to go through before tax season, YAY! Good job, Nichelle.

However, I did make a lot of tack this year, (and made a small dent in my hardware stash!) which is always a hobby goal. A lot of the motivation for that came from participating in NMTM in April, where I put together an in-hand set for my Woodbridge resin.

That led to several bridles and halters in addition to sewn pieces like saddle pads and blankets.

I did manage to keep up with the weekly-ish blogging, put together several tutorials and started a massive barn project.

Stall in progress

So I guess the goals I managed to keep balanced out the ones I didn’t. Maybe?

Now that 2018 is almost here, I’ve been trying to come up with some new ones.

The first is to focus more on my Etsy shop. I’ve been toying with the idea of releasing some patterns + instructions for some pieces I don’t sell often, like saddlebags. Would there be any interest in that?

Another is to try and complete one tack project, like a bridle or saddle or anything involving leather, per month.

Or maybe FINISH THIS THING

And, as always, keep blogging!

What about you? Do you have any goals or hobby resolutions for the new year?

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