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5 personal goals for August

by Clare Mansell
5 personal goals for August

Today is the start of summer leave for this family. It’s Theo’s last day of regular scheduled nursery and also coincidentally Jim’s last day working in London. The two of them have between now and 7th September at home which means a month together as a family and a great chance to get a few projects done. As well as a boring list of DIY jobs I also have a list of projects for us over the summer and I thought by sharing them in a post with you there might be more of a chance of us actually focusing on getting them done…


(1) Painting… everything!

I could almost write an entire post just about the painting projects we have lined up to do, but I’ll try and condense them into one point! There are two chest of drawers and one wardrobe which need to be made over with Annie Sloan paint (a job I really enjoy.) Our kitchen needs to be completely repainted (a very long overdue job as it’s the only room in the house that hasn’t been done) an outside wall by the garage needs a makeover and if we have time I’d like to repaint my cabin in the garden which we white washed the inside of last year.

Morris Traveller in Old English white

(2) Getting Maggie on the road

We take delivery of our new car next week, which sounds rather grand, but she’s actually a 46 year-old Morris Traveller. Although we are now her legal owners, Jim and I have actually never seen her in the flesh and had to rely on my parents to give her the once over. Apparently she’s basically in good condition, but needs a bit of tuning after being off the road for six months and a few modifications like the addition of seat belts on the back seats. My dad has a good knowledge of cars and will be teaching Jim and I how to maintain Maggie (as she’s known!) so we can keep her on the road.


(3) Booking a last minute holiday

I’m sure we aren’t the only ones desperately looking round for a bargain last minute trip? The weather over the last few weeks has made me feel like we are in danger of missing out on summer entirely, so we are on the quest to find an uncomplicated sunshine break. Somewhere a short flight away with a pool, a beach and some sunshine would suit us perfectly. If you are looking for similar and find somewhere before we do, please let me know!


(4) Creating a beautiful lawn

Our garden is still looking a little sad after the building work last year and the turf we planted in the spring. We’ve got lots of weeds and bald patches in the lawn. I know from past experience that it wouldn’t take a huge amount of time to make a big difference so we’ll be getting out the lawn seed, compost, feeder and moss killer to try and transform our grass before Theo’s 4th birthday party at the end of the month.

solids quilt

(5) Working on quilts

I’ve got two quilt projects on the go, both of which are for me for once! I’d love to spend some time finishing them during in August without rushing. I’m going to try out a new method of basting the first one which will save me from crawling around on the floor (not good when you are six months pregnant!) and I think I will spend some money having the second one long-arm quilted. I’ve only gone down that route twice before, but I think it’s worth the investment for quilts that you intend to use a lot.

(6) PS…

A sixth August project was born whilst I was in the middle of writing this post and it’s something for everyone to get involved in. I’ll reveal more about it tomorrow….


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Carie July 31, 2015 - 7:11 am

when I was little my parents’ car was a Morris 1000 Traveller, pale blue and one of the last ever made. It was such a sweet little car even if we did once have to be rescued by a tractor because the exhaust had fallen off! As for sunshine And holidays we have a ferry booked and we’re going to drive until it gets sunny!!

Nancy July 31, 2015 - 11:05 am

Ahhh – a month to accomplish jobs. I have been off this past week and since the weather in Halifax has been nothing short of awful, I have been taking care of a long list of deferred items – including cleaning out our closet, (3 bags from that alone), having the Energy Efficient folks re-audit our house after insulation was blown into the attic… It has been satisfying and since I am not sitting in a wet tent, it feels quite lovely. We had my grandmothers car which I drove – an Austin Cambridge with tail fins. It was 19 years old when it died – Canada is not kind to cars and the rust eventually kills them.

Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations August 1, 2015 - 7:08 am

Oh! I LOVE your new car!! Feeling quite envious right now! Think I need to bite the bullet with Annie Sloan paint… Haven’t given it a go yet!

Donna August 2, 2015 - 10:06 pm

I am loving all your projects! I have so much on the go I think I should give myself a time frame and write a post like this, it may help me manage it all a bit better x


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