Crafty Crafty Make Make

I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW. I haven’t blogged for five months, so sue me. Moving on…

I have now completed NINE WHOLE CHALLENGES!
…but I only have TWO MONTHS LEFT to do the other TWENTY ONE.
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Update: 111 days in

Time for a quick update on the 27 remaining challenges.

The Good

Make your own dress – as I don’t own a sewing machine and can’t even stitch a button I’m putting myself in the hands of the experts at Manchester’s Junk Shop. They run beginners dressmaking courses in the Northern Quarter, I’m booked in for a weekend in September.

Stand up on a surf board – dates are in the diary for a trip to Abersoch with Richard and co in October.

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The foolish and wicked practice

“The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.” — George Washington

I can’t believe it’s been over 100 days since I began these challenges. And I’ve only completed two. I am so far behind.

Today, however, that doesn’t matter because here’s another one to knock off the list – I have successfully given up swearing for 100 days! By which I mean, I have drastically cut down on the amount of swearing I usually do for 100 days! Fuck yeah!

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It’s been an age since I last posted. All of my good intentions melted away in the heat of work/holidays/the new series of Game of Thrones, and I am now woefully behind on both the blog and the challenges. Oops.

Back on track now though and with renewed vigour because I HAVE COMPLETED MY FIRST CHALLENGE! And here’s the photographic evidence to prove it:

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Update: week 1

It’s been a busy old week. I felt like I’d made LOADS of progress on the challenges but I just looked at the full list again and realised how much there is to get through. Yikes. Still, some progress made…


Horse riding is REALLY painful the day after you’ve done it. And it’s also bloody hard. Kat and I went to Wythenshawe Riding Stables on Saturday for my first equestrian experience. I was queasily sceptical before we arrived but due to my nervousness around horses the people at the stables paired me up with Charlie, a ridiculously placid horse who they usually give to (and I quote) “the kids from the special school” because of his stoic and unflappable nature. Charlie was ace.

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On to the home stretch. Without further ado…

  1. Stop Swearing for 100 Days

Wtf. This will probably be the hardest of all of the challenges to actually stick to. I get very sweary sometimes, especially at work (and at home… and amongst friends… and when I’m alone…) so I am destined to fail on an almost daily basis. Lucy and I have reached a compromise and set me a penalty to encourage me along the right path – 50p to charity for every f/s/c-bomb to pass my lips. Some lucky charity is going to make a f*king mint this spring.

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A triple bill of family challenges to kick off the final 10.

  1. Enter a Photography Competition

This whole 30x30x30 challenge seemed to throw my Mum into a bit of a stress. She sent me numerous messages bemoaning the fact that she had thought of too many options and couldn’t choose between them. For a while I was worried she was going to challenge me to start going to church again (hello, lapsed Catholicism) but luckily for me she’s come up with a corker. I have to take a photograph (any genre is acceptable) and enter it into a photography competition before the end of the year. And in true Mum-style she’ll then get it framed so I have ‘something to remember the year by’. Brilliant. Thanks Mum!

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  1. Write a Children’s Story

I really love that a lot of the people who’ve set me challenges have said that they’d like to be involved in the carrying-out of them. The truly brilliant Ben, one of my nearest and dearest, is one such. His challenge is for me to write two short stories for children, to which he will contribute a third and some illustrations. What a really, really lovely way to collaborate with friends.

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I have all 30 challenges! It’s been 3 months of pestering and prodding a bunch of extremely busy people and I am oddly chuffed to have got this far. I’d like to say that the hard part is over but…

  1. Create a Graphic Novel

I’m really excited about this one. Hannah, my wonderful zoo-lady and best Manchester pal, has set me this challenge. It’s something I don’t know much about, I’ve only ever read a couple of graphic novels in my life and I can’t draw for toffee but I’m excited to delve in, explore a new art form and get creative. And I know a couple of Manchester guys who will definitely point me in the direction of some research material. Ol and Al, I’m looking at you.

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