Friday, 2 January 2015

Happy New Year!

It seems I've lost a month. My blogging mojo has completely gone. I'm hoping I'll find my voice in 2015 although maybe I need to change the format of my blog to feel at one with it again. Mainly I've been hanging out on Flickr (yes I'm still persevering with the format everyone else seems to hate.) and Instagram.

I hope that in 2015 I'll get back into sewing properly and will have lots more projects to show you. I'm yet to finish Chief's Christmas quilt. I stopped rushing at it when I discovered that Chief would be unable to spend Christmas with me as I'd hoped. Just over a week before Christmas Chief was diagnosed with a chest infection. Despite the antibiotics this turned to pneumonia (with tonsillitis for added fun!?). He's been lucky to stay out of hospital. He's still on antibiotics now. I have no idea when I'll be able to see him as he was taken ill up in Middlesbrough - hundreds of miles away from me.  We will have Christmas again when we finally do get together. I am just thankful it hasn't been any worse. His brother had his own health drama's and the outcome has been far more serious.

Cushion top piecing done
I hope to turn this into a cushion cover very soon.

2014 wasn't an altogether bad year for me. Although I do feel I lost touch with the sewing community.  I went for large chunks of time when I didn't really do much making and it seems so much harder to connect these days without the flickr groups to rally us. I know swaps go on over on IG but I've never managed to get my head around these so far. Or maybe I've just not been tempted by a swap for another mini quilt. Maybe I need a swap for some other small sewn item?

Anyway, I did manage to record 110 different birds via the bird track app on my phone. No small thing given I'm not a dedicated bird watcher and live in a county that has limited habitats with which to spot a variety of birds.

Gannets at Bempton Cliffs 
I loved seeing the gannets at Bempton Cliffs

I also found that as 2014 came to an end I had read 39 books!  I'm also signed up to go to the world bookcrossing convention in spring. It just happens to be in my home city of Oxford.

Really looking forward to discovering more great reads in 2015

I'm also loving continuing my journey with my camera.  I didn't miss a day of my project 365 over on flickr and the 2014 memory book has shaped up to a staggering 188 pages. Previous books barely have touched a 100 pages!

I <3 Blurb books!
Looking forward to getting 2014 Blurb book published.

I'm thinking at the very least I'd try and pop in at least weekly to the blog to update you with 10 things. A list of things I've done that week. You know places been, books read and things made.

I'm not signing up to a fabric fast this year as last year I signed up in January for a 6 month fast and  I did it but regretted several fabric designs I missed out on through being good. (I'm thinking of those blythe confetti dots and some Liberty Hello Kitty.) I do want to focus on using up my stash before buying so I'll try and keep a tally on what goes in and out. I have fabric on order from 2014 purchases. I'm hoping to not just buy in 2015 because I want it!

Happy New Year! And here's to a fabulous 2015!


  1. it takes time to keep up with everything!... so lets hope 2015 gives you plenty of time to play x ... and health for both of you xx

  2. I hope the chief is better soon.
    I've lost blogging mojo too. So many blogs seems to have become too commercialised and the sense of community seems to have gone too. I know others who feel the same so perhaps those of us who aren't into it to promote a business should start blogging again and build up the community of people just in it for fun.

  3. all the best for a better year x

  4. Hope Chief feels better soon so that you can catch up on delayed Christmas! Happy new year :o)

  5. Happy New Year! I hope Chief is better soon and you can have your Christmas xx

  6. I'm looking forward to seeing your finished cushion cover :) I hope you and Chief get to meet up very soon! There's been so much yucky illness around. I hope 2015 brings you all better health and lots of happiness :)

  7. Hope your guy gets better soon. Illness in a loved one with them far away always makes me a bit helpless and sad feeling.
    I am trying to get my blogging legs back too. I hardly ever read them anymore either. I miss the encouragement that used to come from it too. Flikr just kills me right now. I guess I need to try again

  8. I hope Chief gets better soon and you can spend some time together, with both of you healthy! Ten things once a week sounds like a good blogging plan...I may join some point! Take care xx

  9. Happy New Year and best wishes for 2015. Sorry Chief was unwell, I had that 20 odd years ago and it takes a while to bounce back. Like yourself I read a lot, but unlike yourself I have no idea how many books I read, so I've joined the 52 book challenge. 1 down, 51 to go! I have always enjoyed reading your blog, and hope to continue doing so! x

  10. I lost touch too so let's get back to this together. Your first photo is stunning - will make a perfect cushion cover!

  11. Happy New Year, hope you get to see Chief soon. You outread me, I managed just 24 but that's 7 more than 2013. Can I add you to Goodreads?

  12. Sorry that Chief was ill, hoping he is much better very soon. I still use flickr as much as I used to but I guess it's mainly for storing photo's and keeping up with my bee. Hope 2015 is a great year for you.


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