Sunday, 4 January 2015

Bobo Bun's 2014

Blinking heck. 
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.


  1. so much colour to love and drool over....full of life thats what you are darling BB!
    see you soonest
    D x

  2. What a brilliant year! I always love reading your posts - you manage to sound so real. Does that make sense? Positive without airbrushing away the negatives.

    Happy New Year to you and yours. I look forward to what you get up to in 2015.

  3. Wonderful Collages. I have to say that this christmas has been one of the bestest christmases in our household. There have been many stresses in my past year and It has truly made me appreciate the time spent with the people, family that care.

  4. Happy New Year to you and your family, Lisa. What a wonderful collection of photographs. It's so nice to look back at everything that has been achieved in the past year. Your photographs are so gloriously colourful. Hope 2015 is a good one for you x

  5. What gorgeous photos encapsulating all we love most about your blog. I'd certainly go for it with the workshops. I love running mine, sharing creativity is so positive.
    Happy 2015 x

  6. I have plans to become much better at dress making this year too. And to banish the beige. xx

  7. Hello Lisa
    Just popped by and stumbled across all of your wonderful makes from last year. Looking forward to following along in 2015, Kate,

  8. Lisa my lovely, I've enjoyed your blog so much, since the beginning. Really interested in your workshop idea. Is there a link to that grey scarf, I think I might've missed that post somehow.

  9. A lovely review. Looking forward to reading more in 2015. Best wishes to you and all your family.

  10. Nice to be able to look around and see what was acheived and what just was. 2015 awaits with all things yet to be. Have a great one!

  11. Lovely colourful post, Lisa. Yes, a good time to take stock. I am heavily into textiles, but MILES away from dressmaking, I just cannot do it. But my challenge this year will be gardening; I've always grown herbs, but I am moving on to salads and greens and tomatoes - all in my little Square Foot Garden which is exciting me lots! So, each to her own and the best of luck to all of us!! Lx

  12. Happy Blogaversary!! I look forward to reading more from you in the coming days, weeks, months and years! xx

  13. Hello Lisa - Happy New Year to you. What a treat these mosaics are. Your crochet is so colourful and your dressmaking and choice of vintage fabrics as joyous as ever. I do hope 2015 has lots of lovely things in store for you. Emma x

  14. Laughter is a great tonic and always gets me through. Congratulations on 6 years of blogging.
    A marathon effort.
    Happy New Year.
    Jacqui xx

  15. Congratulations on your blogging milestone, I love your colourful collages! Looking forward to meeting up very soon and once again, Happy New Year!
    Penny x

  16. What a lovely colourful post and a lovely colourful year!
    I too have similar goals....but not the trousers, I made a pair once, sat down in them and can guess the rest!
    PS What on earth was Claudia thinking of? You are a star and will win hands down, don't give up! X

  17. So I need to be wishing you a Happy New Year and a Happy Bloggy Birthday rolled into one!

    And a 'better luck next time' re. The Sewing Bee.

  18. Such an amazing collection of work last year, a happy new year, I've loved reading your posts, and congratulations on six years worth of inspiration! x

  19. It's always good to reflex on the past year, it goes so fast sometimes we forget what we've achieved. Your makes are beautiful :) x

  20. Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog and I'm your newest follower! I really enjoyed your collages full of wonderful, inspiring, colorful things! I'm going to look them all over again. I'm going to add your blog to my roll so I won't miss even one of your posts. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  21. Here's to a year of lots of laughter, loads of giggles and plenty of fun. Its just what I need too, I am fed up with worrying and thinking what if. Lovely pictures :) xx

  22. Have only just discovered your blog and my I love what you do. So much of what you say resonates, crochet faster than knitting so stick mainly to that, wanting to crack on more with sewing ( I even bought an overlocker towards the end of the year) wanting to laugh more, aiming to be more food economical this year too. Cannot wait to keep popping back. May 2015 be everything you wish for.


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