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Already a twelfth of the way through the year...

Where does the time go? When I was a kid those six weeks of summer seemed so long, now I'm older time seems to be moving ever faster. Too fast sometimes. This month I will turn 32, and I still feel like I'm not an adult.

Today will be a stitchy post, as that is what I have been doing. I've been splitting my time between different projects as the Beauty and the Beast stitch is ahead of schedule at the present time.

Here is where I am - you'll notice that while I worked almost mini square by mini square with the left hand side, I've been a bit random so far on the rest. It's funny how there looks like loads of gaps on the stitch, but on the pattern it seems somehow fuller.

I dug through my stash and found a couple of bookmark style pieces of aida. The first is for myself. I found an alphabet stitch online and used black to stitch a LOTR quote. I haven't finished yet, I want to do a background for it.

Here is the second one. I have decided to only show a part of it until it's done. As you can see there is a quote on there in different alphabet stitch (larger quote and vertical instead of horizontal). The background is going to be simple stripes of colour. Basically I'm trying to use up my part of my stash.
The other major piece which I'm going to be starting soon is the Heaven and Earth Designs middle earth map. As the first month of exercising and no fizzy drinks was a complete success (not even craving fizzy anymore) I bought the aida and threads I need for it as my treat. It cost a whopping £69 to get the threads (and that's at 40p a thread) and the aida is 40 inches by 50 inches!
Speaking of resolutions, here is my first month update.
1. No fizzy drinks - as I've said, I've now come to the point where I'm no longer craving them. Not only that, I don't feel as tired as I used to.
2. Exercise every day - still using my kettlebell every morning plus walking/cycling every day as well. I've not noticed too much of a difference weight wise yet (well, clothes fit wise - I don't weigh myself) but I do feel better in myself.
3. Save £250 - I've put that into my ISA so no problems there
4. Beauty and the Beast stitch - ahead of schedule as you can see above
5. First draft of one book - The Ghost Lights has begun! I'm sticking to 500 words a day as that worked for LAAC.


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