As I sit here surrounded by brown boxes and brown packing material, looking at empty walls and bare furniture, I can't tell you how good finishing this post felt. Such pleasure. Look, pretty things! Nice photos! Colour!
Like last year and the year before, around now I like to look back at the things I've made over these twelve months. It gives me such a sense of achievement and inspires me to make more and, importantly for me, make better. I've just been looking back over the collages from 2012 and 2013 and I'm surprised by how much my taste has changed, in terms of what I choose to make, who I make it for, and the sorts of colours I'm using. Creativity is a fluid and evolving thing and I'm sure 2015's round up will be different again.
January: a fimo bead necklace, a winter inspired crocheted cushion, a scarf for John and some hama bead coasters. February: a scarf for Angus and some more coasters. March: my winter embroidery, a pair of crocheted curtain tie backs and a peg bag. Lots of wool and scarves, definitely a wintry theme here.
April: I discover the joy that is crocheting zigzags in my filofax cover, I get seasonal with a quick Easter garland and an Easter wreath and crochet a chunky cowl. May: some plaited cord necklaces. Wow, May was a slow month! I blame Angus's birthday. June: a another crocheted cushion, this one for a friend, my spring stitches embroidery hoop and a map garland.
July: more crocheted curtain tie backs, for the spare room this time, and some crocheted washcloths for end of term teacher gifts. August: a month of holidays and most of my creativity was directed towards my embroidered holiday diary. It's packed away now and I miss looking at it. Continuing the beachy, holiday theme, I made a garland to add some colour to our boring mantel. September: the love affair with zigzag crochet continues with my chevron cowl, and a quick and easy fimo necklace which I wear absolutely loads. I'm just noticing how similar the colours are in these summer projects.
October: It all gets a bit autumnal now, with a pine cone garland and chevron wall hanging, and it feels funny to be finishing my Summer Stitches embroidery as the nights draw in. November: a beautiful (to make and to wear) shawl for my mother in law and a fun feather garland. December: I continue to be entranced by all things Alpine and mountain-y and make these jam jar tea light holders, plus a scarf for my father in law, and a fox and a doe for Angus and Bella. I am pleased to report that these are played with constantly and much loved.
I wonder what 2015 will bring in terms of making and creativity? I am excited to find out and suspect that decorating will feature heavily.
Happy new year you lovely, lovely lot. Thank you for being here and reading, and I am sorry I've not visited many of your blogs lately - I've either been packing or lying slumped under a pile of wrapping paper. I endeavor to do better next year. I hope 2015 brings you much happiness, creativity and peace.