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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

REVIEW : Creative Crafting from Aldi

You may or may not know that I love to crochet, knit and cross-stitch but it's been a while since I completed any large project so when I saw that Aldi had brought out a "Creative Crafting" range I got quite excited.  Their complete project boxes were the perfect way to get back into what used to be my favourite hobby. 

REVIEW : Creative Crafting from Aldi  - crochet kit make your own bear - 3D cross-stitch kit hearts

It's been available to order online or pick up in store from 20th September and I have been trying out the 'make your own bear' crochet kit and the 'hearts' 3D cross-stitch kit which are both available to buy for £3.99.

The great thing about these kits is that the come complete with all materials and even the stuffing to finish off your project.  I'm in the middle of both projects so keep an eye on my Instagram to see the finished results.  I have a couple of recommendations for the kits that I tried though:

  1. The crochet bear kit is NOT for beginners as you have to work in 'rounds' and increase/decrease stitches as you go.  Also, the crochet needle included is best being replaced by one of better quality (maybe an ergonomic one due to the need for a very small needle).  I suggest a #2 although well-versed crocheters will know. 
  2. The cross-stitch kit does not have a hoop supplied and I believe this is essential for small, intricate projects like this.  You will need a small hoop which can be purchased from any craft store and this will help steady the calico as you are stitching. This project has very clear instructions and pattern guides with an explanation and demonstration of the stitches required.  

Check out the full range from Aldi as they have an enormous selection of crafting supplies including yarn, fat quarters, rug making kits, felting kits and even a sewing machine. As we are coming into Winter, this is the perfect time to learn - or restart - a crafting hobby. 

Disclaimer : I was sent the two kits to review.  All opinions and recommendations are my own. For more information please view my disclosure policy