Do you realise I've been writing this here blog for six years now?
January 2nd 2009 I sat down and started rambling and sharing with who ever happened to stop by to read or even to say hello.
Today's post is my end of year catch up.
A collage run through 2014 before we begin 2015.
I loved looking back over the last years photos and all the memories captured in them.
I hope you do too.
Regular readers of my blog will know how much I love to be creative.
I get an absolute thrill out of looking at colour and print. Being in a yarn store, fabric store and most especially hunting for vintage fabric make me most happy of all.
I'm drawn to textile arts mostly so this is a collection of all sorts of makes from felt brooches, to patchwork, to embroidery.
I also love tidying up our home and renovating the bits I find at the car boot, in charity shops and at fleamarkets.
This year I've felt the urge to take my dressmaking skills one step further.
I didn't watch the first Great British Sewing Bee, but was absolutely hooked on the second one.
From here on I challenged myself to develop my skills more. I wanted to learn to draft patterns and attempt things I hadn't done before.
Miss Millie asked me to apply for a place in the Sewing Bee for this coming year.
I thought no way would I cope under the pressure of the time constraints so I didn't.
She asked again and this time I thought why not, it's be great fun and I could learn so much more.
I applied, but sadly I wasn't lucky enough to get in.
There's always other years to try again.
Dressmaking is a boon when like me you're too tall to fit most of the dresses in the shops.
I'm the wrong shape for most of the vintage dresses I love too so making my own has certainly expanded my wardrobe favourably.
This year I want to have a go at making trousers. I last tried that when I was at University so I imagine they were pretty awful.
Sitting anywhere crafts are always of the yarny type.
Crochet things generally get finished as this is quicker for me. Knitted things are a bit hit and miss as to whether they'll get finished or not.
I did finish a pink cardigan this year mind you of which I'm most proud. I'm just a slow but tidy knitter and that's how it is. Hats and mittens tend to get finished so maybe I should stick to them.
My last collage for 2014 is a collection of lovely days. Places we've been, things we've seen and just happiness. I realise now I forgot to put Alfie Blue, Lily, Pip and Olly in here too.
Starting the year with a wonderful but freezing visit to Duxford and ending on an equally chilly Cromer Pier for the Christmas Show.
There then, that's my end of year review. 2014 all wrapped up and on to the new.
This year I've a project planned in memory of Vanessa which will also hopefully raise money for a chosen mental health charity.
I'm trying a new approach to food, mainly to try and be more economic.
I really want to start running those workshops I've talked about for so long.
I've a meet up with some lovely IG/blog mates planned.
Oh and so much more. I do like the sense of new goals and ideas for the coming year.
My main wish though is to Laugh so much more.
Worries and the stresses of life have stopped a lot of the laughter and so we made sure we relaxed this Christmas and the fun and laugher has been wonderful.
Happy New Year to you all.