5 Small Goals for Spring: Completed!

5 goals for spring: knittedbliss.com

In May, I established 5 Small Goals I set out to accomplish in Spring, even though I was getting a late start. I’m pleased to have accomplished all of them before the end of June! Although getting photos of them was trickier.

I did indeed try 3 new hairstyles (I actually tried 4, but only got photos of 2), although I’ve discovered getting photos of hairstyles is surprisingly difficult. Neither Guy nor I really know how to go about photographing the back of a head particularly well. Especially because if you are going to take photos of your hair, you have to do it as soon as you finish styling, otherwise it looks super disheveled and messy within about 45 minutes (maybe that’s just me?). One of the unphotographed ones was this cute and very easy braid  from a previous Pin Ups Friday post, which I will definitely be doing again.

Hair Collage| knittedbliss.com

The faux french braid was on this Pin Ups Friday post, as well. The bun with the red bobby pins was something I just sort of made up- I painted the bobby pins with nail polish, and I’ve seen several photos around the internet of people configuring them in interesting ways in their hair. So I thought I’d try it out! I do think it’s a fun detail, I would do it again.  Side note: painting bobby pins with nail polish is very addictive.

Cake Waffles| knittedbliss.com

I made waffle iron cakes! They were amazing! I highly recommend. It was a fun way to make little cakes, and everything seems more magical when you add rainbow sprinkles.

Experimenting with Purple Eye Makeup| knittedbliss.com

I have now not only tried purple eye make up, I love it! Again, this was hard to photograph, without looking very bizarre. I have a whole new respect for beauty bloggers who get such great shots of their make up all the time- it is not easy. I probably do this purple eye make up look about once a week now, and it feels really nice to use something other than my standard neutral browns for eyeshadow.

coffee cozy| knittedbliss.com

Coffee cozy- I made one! And I love the colours. This is the sneak peek, I’ll do a blog post talking about it in more detail very soon.

macrame plant holder| knittedbliss.com

As for the macrame, I made a simple macrame planter I had posted about on a previous Friday Pin Ups post, and I love how it turned out. It looks simple and modern.  I used the instructions that I featured on this previous Friday Pin Ups post.

And there you have it! I find these seasonal challenges to be a fun way to explore new things, and actually try out my favourite ideas from the Friday Pin Up posts. I know it’s the middle of July, but I wonder if it’s too late to start a 5 Small Things for Summer?


  1. Suzanne   •  

    Your dedication to evolving in crafts and your curiosity are inspiring. Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

  2. Elisabeth   •  

    Congrats on accomplishing your goals! It’s never too late to set more goals, even summer ones. Now you’ve got me thinking about some goals I could set for myself…

  3. miss agnes   •  

    Well done. Your hairdos look great, and I love the macrame planters. Macrame is on my goals list for summer, I might copy you and post mine too. It is so encouraging to tick the check box on something you have been planning to do for a while. Go for it !

  4. Loulou   •  

    Good for you! I really like everything in this post. The part about photographing the back of your head reminded me of a time that I did a fancy up-do and asked Nick to take pictures. He didn’t quite get what I meant when I asked him to take the back, and what I ended up with were several shots of my back-side, with the head completely cut off! By the time I noticed, the hair-do was taken apart. Got a good laugh from the shots though.

  5. Bekah   •  

    Congrats! Those hairstyles are really lovely!

    I do myself a birthday list every year – “X things before X age”… It is fun to set ourselves challenges to try new things!

  6. Wanda   •  

    I love your accomplishments, and I love the idea of 5 small goals! For some time, I’ve been doing seasonal goals based on the acronym SPICE (Spiritual Physical Intellectual Creative Emotional) – but very simple goals for each. My summer goals have been as follows:
    Spiritual – taking a long solitary walk in the woods, and finding a quiet spot to sit and meditate
    Physical – weekly upper body strengthening routine (about 20 min) to my usual running routine
    Intellectual – finishing Volume 4 of Proust
    Creative – foliage faces (check out Justina Blakeney if not familiar – really cool and simple!)
    Emotional – planning a couple afternoon activities for just me and my 2 young step-kids to do together

    It helps to keep them simple, of course, so that despite the work/life crunch that we all experience, these are activities I look forward to. And, I am sure you’ll come up with some lovely summer goals for yourself – it’s not too late!! 🙂

  7. AngelaH   •  

    It is never too late! Your little goal posts are making me want to do my own! My summer has already taken on a life of its own, but I’m going to try this in the fall. What a great way to motivate yourself to try new things!

  8. Serena   •  

    Those waffle iron cakes look great. I have done brownies in my waffle iron. More time consuming than in a pan, but I think this is my favourite way. Plus my waffle iron is heart shaped, so they are extra cute.

  9. Val   •  

    Love the hairdos, polished bobbies, purple shadow (awesome with your green eyes!) and looking forward to seeing more of the mug cozy! I keep a Pinterest board of my 2014 crafty goals but I’m finding it hard to reconcile my ideal amount of free time with reality, lol. Accomplishing all of your goals by June is impressive!

  10. Rililie   •  

    Wow…. this purple eyeshadow is just perfect for your gorgeous eye-colour!
    Purple brings the green out and makes your eyes shine!
    My eyes are kind of hazel and if I am in the mood for “greener” eyes I always use this or purple mascara, which does the trick (although less intense) while staying a little bit more discreet.
    It looks great with brown and bronze shadow….
    But on you I think that the purple shadow is just amazing!!!

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