Monday, 31 December 2012

Farewell 2012, you've been good to me!

With just the last few hours of 2012 remaining, I wanted to share some December goodies I received. I use the term 'received' loosely, as the first lot of goodies was a gift to myself.

Ohhh Lulu was having a sale and as a long-time fan of Sarah's delectable creations - my first ever purchase was back in 2011 - there was no way I could resist. These luxurious undies certainly got me into the festive spirit half way through December.

I then received a really thoughtful package from my Secret Santa, as organised by Kat. Whoever you are, thanks so much and I hope the recipient of my gift was equally pleased!


Aside from my awesomely early Christmas present – sewing room makeover – I only received one other stitching-related Christmas gift this year. But what a beauty she is...I want to take her everywhere with me!

Although you've already seen my stitching year in review, with 2012 rapidly slipping away I wanted to reminisce about some of the other cool things I was lucky enough to experience this year. There's no denying that 2012 has been very good to me indeed!

DISCOVERIES

I discovered the larger-than-life Fleetville Vintage Emporium, which I can't wait to explore again. And I struck gold in a local vintage shop, a rare occurrence.

LARGE-SCALE FUN

I admired the incredible Lionheart Project up close and personal during it's time in Leicester and I took part in a delightful spot of yarn bombing too.

MEETING YOU!

I had the absolute pleasure of meeting many of you in the flesh this year, which was such a treat! Meeting like-minded stitching fanatics is a truly wonderful experience and one I hope you all manage to take part in during 2013. There was the awesome Walthamstow meet-up in April (organised by the impressively efficient Claire), a more intimate affair in Birmingham in May (organised by the fun loving Winnie) and of course the November meet-up in Birmingham that was mine and Kat's first, and thankfully successful, organisational attempt.


I was also fortunate enough to take part in a couple of fun, yet educational gatherings. The first was at mine and saw larger-than-life Dibs teaching a number of us some cool millinery skills and the second was a fantastic session on bound buttonholes hosted by the talented and very patient Karen.

ONLINE COMMUNITY SPIRIT

Nothing quite compares to a blogger meet-up, but my second favourite 2012 experience has got to be the heart-warming online community spirit that comes with participating in a 'challenge'. The support and encouragement is so moving and I thoroughly enjoyed every single one I took part in - Debi's February Sew Grateful Week, Julia's March Mad Men Challenge, Tilly's March One Week, One Pattern and Zoe's Me-Made-May. 

I can only hope that 2013 will be as productive and as rewarding as 2012. I will do my best by kick-starting it with my most cherished make to date and the introduction of an exciting 8-week 'project' that I've been cooking up for a while. I hope you stay tuned for it, your ongoing support is the reason this blog still exists!

I hope you're all planning to welcome the New Year in style and surrounded by loved ones. See you on the other side!

19 comments:

  1. Wow, you've had a wonderful year Marie, I hope 2013 is as happy and productive for you. Looking forward to your exciting 'project' too ;) xx

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  2. ahh! They arrived within the year! :) thank goodness.

    I have to say, I am very inspired by the meet-ups you have posted about (and a little envious!). That is something that you inspire me to *try* to do in 2013 :)

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! The undies are just as gorgeous as I imagined, you're so talented...I love them! And I hope you get to meet up with some bloggers in 2013, I highly recommend it!

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  3. wow what a year you've had!! can't wait to find out more about your 'project' I'm all excited haha!!

    Happy new year hope you have a fabulously creative and exciting 2013 :)!!

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    1. Thank you Sarah, hope you have a fab 2013 too!

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  4. Yay, what a fun year! So excited for 2013 and your new project!!!!

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  5. What a fabulous year! Happy New Year to you!

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    1. Thank you and the same back at you ;o)

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  6. Such an exciting year! Can't wait to see what 2013 has in store :D

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    1. Indeed...and a few more blogger meet-ups!

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  8. Looks like you had a great 2012, and i hope 2013 is even better for you :) Happy new year!

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  9. Wow, you certainly had an incredible year! I'm jealous that you got to take part in a couple meet-ups! It's inspriring me to try to organize one in my area. Your blog is always an inspiration and I hope to see lots more from you in 2013!

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    1. Thanks Amy, I love your blog too! I hope you get to organise some meet-ups this year...they're so much fun!

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  10. My goodness, what a year you had! And what a lovely post to round it all up. I wish you a super fun and thoroughly productive 2013! Well done on the pattern cutting course, there'll be no stopping you creating your heart's desires! xxx

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