Quest46 – Update #5

It’s been six months since my Quest46 started.  {If you’re new to my blog, Quest46 is a group of 46 goals I gave myself for the next 365 days (or 273 as of today).  You can read about it here.}

Observations after six months:

  • I’m at the halfway point!  Where did the time go????
  • When you ACTUALLY work on projects, they get done!
  • Giving myself permission to change things up is okay.
  • Opportunities come into our lives for reasons.  And crafting opportunities are glittery gifts from angels.  You just can’t say no. 😉
  • Using my blog series to accomplish some of my Quest46 goals is working out quite well.

I’ve written the entire list along with current progress.

1. Memorize Psalm 91.  Continuing to memorize.  I have the first ten verses under my belt.  I need to be more consistent with this.  I read the verse every day, but I don’t take concerted time every day to memorize.  I need to step up my game here.
2. Lose the rest of my weight and increase my fitness.  I’ve stalled in my weight loss, but am still exercising by walking the dogs and doing strength and stretching exercises.  I had a setback with my foot issue and thankfully I didn’t gain any weight during that time.  I’ve started counting calories just to make sure I’m doing everything I can to lose the weight.  It’s a constant battle.
3. Find and implement new ways to honor Mike daily.  I’ve been working at finding ways to make his life a little easier.
4. Make albums for each dog.   Have the albums and the pictures all sorted.  It was a challenge decided which ones to use.  Now I need to finish these babies.
5. Crochet a Ripple Blanket.  I’m making really good progress and hope to be done by June 10th.  I had the date wrong so I have an extra couple of weeks.  Yea!!  It’s a gift.
6. Plant a vegetable garden.  Spring has passed and I think I’m going to plant an herb container garden this year and work on a vegetable garden next year.  We’ve still got the pavers to finish and I’m not sure I’ll get them done in time to have a vegetable garden.
7. Journal 52.  Plodding along with this.  I’ll have a blog post in the next month with my pages.
8. Read 24 new books.  Have read 12 books so far.    The God Ask (done), Manage Your Day to Day (done), Handmade Market Place, Lore of Running, Outlander #1, The Pilgrim’s Progress, Yarn to Go, Jock of the Bushveld, Dear Mr. Knightly, How to be the Leader of the Pack, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals, Lady Susan, The Scent of Water: Grace for Every Kind of Broken, White Fang, Unbroken (done), Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Platform, The Go-Getter, The Artist’s Way, Yes Please (done), Scary Close (done), Aunt Dimity’s Death (done), Platform (done), Death of a Snob (done), Death of a Perfect Wife (done), Death of an Outsider (done), The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (done), Undone (done),
9. Make a scarf for Margaret.  Here’s the pattern, still working away. I’m not entirely sure when it will be done, but it will be before November 24, 2015.
10. Make birthday cards for family and friends.  Finished November, December and January, February, March, April and May.  Working on June and July.
11. Send two “thinking of you gifts” every month.  Gift #1 done, Gift #2 done, Gifts #3-11 done.
12. Complete 6 online classes.  Still need to do this.  First one scheduled for June 1, 2015.
13. Start a 5 year – daily, one-line journal.  Started, love it, still doing it.
14. Learn how to make paper.  Probably during the summer.
15. Make Christmas stockings.  This is one of those Christmas one’s that will be for next year.  Don’t worry, the doggies will still get plenty of treats ;-).
16. Learn 12 new recipes.  #1 complete.  Pumpkin Pie (low carb)  #2 complete.  Creme Brulee (low carb)  #3 complete.  Broccoli, Ham, Mozzarella Egg Bake
17. Learn how to weave.  I learned very basic weaving this month and loved it.
18. Record 12 card making video tutorials.  Start this in the summer.  Dabbling with the idea of making this a series.  Just dabbling.
19. Make a smaller soap box and make different scented soaps every month.  Made a soap box out of cardboard and made my first batch of the year.  Lavender Rose. Yummmmm…
20. Paint Kitchen Cabinets.  Looking to do this in June, 2015.
21. Learn how to dye with natural ingredients.  Waiting for fall.
22. Work 52 items off “My Todo’s” Board on Pinterest. Completed 66.  #1 I made paper beads using old books, bead cores and Utee Ultra Thick Embossing Resin.  #2   I made dog collars for a friend’s dog.  #3  Homemade Soft Scrub Cleaner #4  Made Valentine heart wreath with dyed coffee filters.  #5   Made homemade mosquito repellent.  Smelled good, but didn’t work.  #6   Made dog chew toys.  These were super popular.  In my {Make Madness} blog series, I checked off 31 items. In my {DIY From Scratch} blog series, I checked off 29 items.
23. Make mini-albums of dogs for Christmas presents.  I’ve changed my mind again.  I’m back to the mini-album idea and doing it for next year.
24. Make Mike a Dr. Who Quilt.  Have cut the panels, downloaded the patterns and found my embroidery hoops.  Next up, embroidery!
25. Start a fairy garden.  Going to wait for fall.  Started a Pinterest board to curate ideas.
26. Paint patio furniture.  Scheduled for July, 2015.
27. Plant a cutting garden.  SI’ve decided to put this off until Spring, 2016.  Have been taking care of an Aloe plant my neighbor gave me, but aren’t going to have the time this go round.
28. Make dog biscuit gift bags for Christmas.  This was going to be a Valentine gift, but that didn’t happen.  I’m switching back to Christmas 2015 because I found some cute containers when I was organizing my craft room. Still don’t think the dogs will mind.
29. Complete all the achievements of the 7 Minute Workout.  Started this and loving it.
30. Beat my time in the Urban Cow Half Marathon.  This is definitely going to have to wait until I get my foot sorted out.  I now know that I have bone spurs on my ankle and arthritis in one of the joints.  Not the time to start running.  I’m continuing with my walking and other exercises, but my running dreams will have to wait.
31. Finish Central Park Hoodie.  Found the project, but I’m waiting until I’m done with Margaret’s scarf and the Ripple Blanket to start this.
32. Read through the Bible. 1 chapter per day.  Started this on January 1, 2015. Up to Numbers 29.
33. Make birds for wall tree.  The first birds will appear on the Valentine’s tree.  Post to come.  The birds have arrived!!!  18 of them.  Check them out.
34. Declutter and decorate Master Bedroom.  Started decluttering using the method found in the book “The life-changing magic of tidying up” by Marie Kondo.
35. Make Cloth Art Journal.  Scheduled for the summer.
36. Learn to knit socks.  Found the pattern and the class.  Will wait until Central Park Hoodie is finished (31).
37. Work on Project Life every week.  Trying to carve out Sunday afternoons for this and not being very successful.  I’m already a month behind, but I’ve been keeping track of journaling throughout the week.
38. Transcribe Da’s tapes.  Started listening to them, but need to carve out focused time to take notes.  In the meantime, my mom wanted them transferred to cd’s and she’s been listening to them and taking notes.  Hhmmmm…
39. Make dog beds. Came up with a better plan for my Etsy shop.  They’re now a ‘Made To Order’ item so now I’m prepping the material, but waiting for the order before I make the beds.  This new system is saving me time and potentially supplies. Donated a bed to a pet rescue for an auction.
40. Pray for my nieces and nephews.  Everyday.  I’m really enjoying this.
41. Add a new item every month to Etsy shop to build variety and inventory.  This area is woefully lacking.  I have great intentions, but seem to run out of time.  Need to flip my priorities.
42. Put together a team for the local SPCA Doggie Dash in June.  Not going to happen this year. 
43. Photo-a-day using the Collect App.  Love this app.  Here’s December, 2014, January, February, March and April 2015.




February 2015





April in Photos

44. Read Pride and Prejudice.  Will begin this in the new year.
45. Knit 1 square per week for Knit-a-square. I have 12 finished.  Should have 24 finished.  Got some knittin’ to do.
46. Be a better blogger and blog-reader. Post consistently. Comment regularly.  Work on this everyday.  Really pleased with my {31 Days of Cards} Series, my {Make Madness} Series, my {DIY From Scratch} Series and my {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word} Series.

Until next time,



Ellie Mindy


We’re halfway done?  Where has the time gone?


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2 Responses to Quest46 – Update #5

  1. I am not sure how I missed the start of this journey of yours but I am so inspired to do something similar myself! I love how you are giving yourself lots of grace on the things that are not happening as scheduled. That is the thing that keeps me from making real New Years Resolution lists. I usually have a theme or idea, but a real list seems to bog me down. Your post has me thinking otherwise now… Thanks for sharing your progress!

    • gracieed says:

      Thanks so much. There’s certainly been a lot of learning along the way ;-). Of course there’s a part of me that wants to accomplish everything on the list, but I also know that life throws curve balls and some of my ideas are ridiculously huge. I still want to try, though. I don’t want my “someday” ideas to turn into never. I’m pleased you’re inspired to try this yourself. It’s important to keep the list in front of you everyday; I always surprised by how many items I completely forget I wrote down. I’d love to see your list if you do this. I’m fascinated by the goals of others.

I look forward to your thoughts

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