Sunday, 31 March 2013

My Month in Numbers 2013: March

Hello, hello.

I should probably begin my summary of this month's noteable numbers with a mention of the clocks going forward one hour last night [and then subsequent counting up of all the clocks in the house to check they've all been changed] and also ... the number of Easter eggs consumed so far: but that's only 2 tiny ones.

So if you're in a sleep-deprived and/or chocolate-induced, stupor today ... just sit back and do a spot of gentle number crunching with me and the Pinterest board containing everyone else's contributions so far.

Starting with ...

5 = the number of posts I've published, so far, in my Push-Up Bra Blogging series. [If you missed any, catch the full list here.] And there's 8 left to go over a total of 6 weeks.

3 = the number of special guest posts scheduled. 1 already published with the remaining 2 to come in the next fortnight.

£500 = the fund raising target I've set over on my Just Giving page where I'm hoping to convert the free content of the e-course ... into support for the Save the Children fund.

29% = how much of my target has been reached ... so far. [I took the screenshot on Friday 29th but it's gone up since then. Hurrah!]
As I'm one third of the way through the series I was hoping to have reached at least one third of the target ... so ...

could you - my ever-faithful Month in Numbers bloggers help me out too?
  • If I pin your MinN post today [or over the coming month] would you consider making a small donation? £1 / $1 / 1Euro ... just a token ... to help me on my way? Please?
  • If you're in the UK you can text the code PUBB88 plus £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.
  • However ... anyone from anywhere can donate online via card / Paypal. THANK YOU!! 
*Edited @ 14:53 to update* thanks to a total of 20 donations [not including my own] I'm now up to 39%! Thank you so much ... and, everyone else ... please keep the donations coming.

30 = the number of packets of Roast Beef Monster Munch I completed since January. [Note how I chose the word 'completed' over the more honest 'greedily inhaled'? That's my inner spin-doctor at work there.]

If you remember my January Month in Numbers post you'll recall how I was gifted a full box of the snacks on my birthday and now all that's left is ... an empty box plus the scrapbook page I made about them!

In my defence I didn't eat all 30 on my own. I did share [some of] them with James. 

[Which isn't the same as saying 'I didn't want to eat all 30' or I couldn't have managed to eat all 30'.  I easily could have! And then some!]

8 = the number of us who travelled to a cottage high up on the North Yorkshire dales for 3 [and a bit] days of food, fun and crafting.

Here's one of the views we had:
The sky over Wharfedale [I think][I know it's the sky. It's the Wharfedale bit I'm not sure on.]
But here's the view I saw more of:
My place at the table. Sticky tape, scissors, tea. The essentials. 
500 pieces = the size of the jigsaw we tried to complete while at the cottage:
One of my friends had a great idea to begin a jigsaw and leave it in a communal area of the cottage where we could all contribute a little bit on our way between rooms ... or when we wanted a break from sitting at the crafting table.

But, even if we'd had time to try to get that pesky sky pieced together ... we'd never actually have been able to have dropped all 500 pieces in place because ....

"Min 8 pieces missing" = the warning note left on the box by previous guests:
But we really should have updated that figure for the next guests because I think that note was a touch outdated. There were certainly more than a 'Min of 8 pieces missing'!

[And, no, we had not stolen any to use on our craft projects!]

3 out of 5 = the number of Saturdays in the month which I spent crafting with [give or take a few] the same set of friends.
  • The first was at the cottage then,
  • 7 days later we met again for the crop ...
  •  then 14 days after that we met up again for a workshop.
At this rate people are going to start getting the idea that we all actually like each other ...

14 = the number of us gathered to learn Kate Crane-style art journaling at a workshop. Which, appropriately enough, was taught by ... Kate Crane. [It really would have been rude if anyone else taught Kate Crane style journaling wouldn't it?]
I think we're all in this photo [except me behind the camera].
  • Kate managed to safely travel up to us despite all the snowfall in her town
  • Susan - who travelled down from Scotland over 2 days made it in one piece too! 
  • ... there was a lovely homemade lunch courtesy of  the workshop organiser [and my friend] 3DJean .... and ... 
  • ... I only got ink on the things I intended to get ink on! 
So I'm calling all those things the signs of a successful day! 

And finally:

12:53 - 13:53 = the very specific time slot during which I could anticipate the delivery of a lovely new top!
Fortunately for 'Richie' my Interlink Express driver ... he arrived at 13:09, well within the predicted time.

I wonder if he gets a bonus?


OK then ... if you're just happy to read along ... thanks! I hope it was mildly diverting for you. But ... if you're joining in then it's now over to you ... usual rules apply:

If you write a post and want to leave a link for myself and others to visit and/or pin please bear in mind the shared aspect.
  • When you swing by my blog to drop off a link to your Month in Numbers post - please leave a comment for me while you're there. Not because I'm needy ... but because it feels fair. Reciprocal.
  • Please link to my blog in your post. As much as I'd like to think that everyone who reads your blog already knows what 'My Month in Numbers' means... the truth is, they don't. So unless you explain where the idea comes from and how your readers can join you in doing the same next month, they are none the wiser.
  • Please take time at some point in the month to visit and comment on a few of the other posts too.

I've been working on something both fun and Month in Numbers-related recently which I hope to be able to share before next month's round-up .... so watch this space ...

Until then, happy April to you. If there's any fooling going on may you always be the fool-er and not the fool-ee.

Julie :-)


  1. Spotted myself and I am determined to do MIN this month. So there may be another comment about being 1 hour late. Happy Easter x

  2. Wow what a busy creative month you've had Julie x
    It's great to craft with friends isn't ti x
    Hope you reach your fundraising target.
    Here is my month in numbers.

  3. Great set of numbers!
    Mine includes a zebra ...

  4. Here is My Month In Numbers -

  5. Love the time you had to create with others. A 500 piecer in a weekend is a daunting task but it was nice of a former puzzler to leave the note about the missing pieces! Jumping over to donate in a second. My month in numbers is up

  6. sounds like some fabulous crafting this month

    my list is here

  7. It seems there were quite a few craft retreats going on last month! I love how you always find some unusual numbers - like your predicted delivery time! - and I'm so pleased your over a third of the way to your total. Here are my numbers

  8. What a great crafty month for you Julie. My MiN is here

  9. That looks like a great workshop and interestingly (to me anyway!) I know 2 other people that attended.
    My daughter was most envious of your monster box of Monster Munch in her favourite flavour.
    My MIN is here
    and I'll be back to check out your 'push up' series and of course make a donation to a worthy cause :o)

  10. Love the highly specific delivery time! The best I ever get is a 4 hour window when it might happen.

    My month is here

  11. How much crafty fun! It´s lovely to see you enjoy your time with friends. *hungry after reading about the 30 packets of Monster Munch*

    Here are my March numbers:

  12. Lucky you, having plenty of crafty time this month and that very specific delivery time made me chuckle. I don't think we have Monster Munches down here, but maybe I'm wrong. I clicked through to your post in January but the description on the pack did not entice me, are they really good?

    I am joining in again this month:

  13. Hey Julie and gang. Great month, sounds like fun going away to Craft, I think I am going to plan something like this with my craft friends! :)

    Hope to see you by my MIN

    Have a lovely April and consider yourself sponsored. Only wish I could give more but already sponsored so many events and it's only the 3rd of the month :( sorry X

  14. Another great MIN - yes March certainly seems to be a good month for crafting events!!

    Here are my numbers -

  15. Looks like a fun month. I had a planning session with a friend about a crafty getting ideas!
    Got mine up finally! Better late than never...Yay!

    Now off to visit some blogs!

  16. Golly. that's a lot of happy munching :). And lovely to hear you've had such a great time with inky crafty like-minded friends! My Month in Numbers is late (sorry@!) but here:

  17. Finally I have my numbers up on my blog.

    Now off to look at everyone post

  18. Oh Julie I forgot to say that you always have fabulous numbers and this month is just great too.

  19. I enjoyed reading your numbers this month especially the ones about your scrappy weekend! I just posted mine (better late than never) on my blog:


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