Wow, all I can say is 2016 was not what I expected. It began for me with a new job, which was nerve wracking but I have met some fantastic people along the way and been given opportunities to broaden my horizons. It also gave me a lot more time to indulge in my hobbies, something I’d been itching to do for ages. In February I decided to start this blog, it was something I’d been faffing about with in my head for ages but never got any further than the idea stage. Whilst sat in the dentist’s car park, my husband helped me to narrow down ideas for a name for my blog. I’m not sure that name will stay for 2017, but we will see what happens.
The rest of the year saw me getting a bit braver with my hobbies, venturing into allotmenteering and continuing to share my adventures with the world. My blog has introduced me to so many other bloggers, all of whom inspire me in different ways. Your comments have been so valuable and there have been many smiles and giggles along the way.
I thought I’d round up my year by sharing some of my favourite posts. My first post, Baskets of love, is special because I’d never written anything like it before and I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. Not only did I have to consider the mechanics of writing, I also had to get my head around using WordPress. I’m sure if I wrote it again now it would be slightly different, but I’m leaving it as it is as a reminder of where it all began.
The first post I wrote which seemed to attract a few comments was An Epic Fail!, the tale of how I managed to completely mess up my daughter’s birthday cake with less than 48 hours to go before her party. It hasn’t put me off baking forever, and I can laugh about it now!
The allotment led to several posts as it developed through the summer, although the most memorable for me was Secrets Of An Allotment Slug, since slugs were the bane of our lives for much of the summer! I’m hoping he doesn’t make such a grand reappearance next year.
One of my early tutorial posts, Heat Embossing on Glass, was a slow burner. However, over time it has been viewed quite a few times, with links from Pinterest and search engines being quite prolific in the tun up to Christmas. It makes me feel proud to think that other people might be inspired to try something, using a piece I’ve written to guide them, which is one of the reasons I started my blog.
Although not a single post, my A-Z of crochet was one of my biggest projects of the summer. It was really good for me to plan out posts well in advance and look more deeply into the art of crochet. I’m proud of the effort I put into it, although it taught me that a post a day was probably a bit ambitious for someone with a job and two children. A is For Amigurumi was the first post in that series and I whipped up the octopus in a very short space of time so it was ready to post that evening. (The octopus is still kicking about somewhere in the kids toy box!)
Something which I was really proud to post about was Sophie Won a Prize! I’d worked really hard on Sophie’s Garden and found the courage to enter it into our village show. It was a wonderful feeling to win a prize, and to know that I’d shared my work with a lot of other people. It certainly inspired me to keep going!
In the summer we bought a new caravan, which led to some fantastic family times (some more glamorous than others). Caravan Holidays With Kids-The Good, The Bad and The Downright Ugly details the whole experience, it’s not for the faint hearted!
One of the highlights of my year was a surprise trip to Yarndale. It was something I’d really wanted to do and the lovely Mr Craft organised it in secret, including finding willing relatives to look after the children. It was awesome, and very memorable (including the freezing cold camping experience!)
The impending festive season brought with it some great crafting opportunities, the most popular being Monkey and Duck’s jumpers. It was great to have the time to do more this year, and even though I didn’t achieve everything I wanted to, I certainly got more done than in previous years.
2016 has been a good one for me and my little family. I am looking forward to 2017, and to sharing it with all of my followers. There have been times I considered stopping blogging, but then when i look back on it now it’s like a diary of my crafting/gardening/family adventures, my own personal record of the crazy (and the sane) times, and so it will stay.
Wishing you all well for your New Year’s celebrations, and sending best wishes for 2017.