Well we are once again at the end of another year, and I have to admit this has definitely had it’s ups and downs so time for a quick reflection leading onto the next challenges of 2012.
The most obvious ‘high’ this year was marrying my fabulous husband in the most amazing day despite the Yorkshire rain. Make no mistake there were plenty of creative tears leading up to the wedding with my ambitious list of handmade items including 100 pom poms, felt flowers in teapots for all the tables, 100 wedding favours including decorated cups, felt biscuit magnets and handmade teabags with mints in as the place names not to mention our table plan, 50+ metres of bunting and many more. But, without this I would not be looking back so fondly and thinking about the next part of my handmade adventure in 2012… watch this space!
Then there was the amazing honeymoon, which was an experience of a lifetime, and we certainly needed it after the effort that went into our wedding day. From Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi we met some amazing people and saw so many incredible sights but for me the biggest inspiration was the fantastic hand batik fabric which was the kick-start to my new range of baby booties. Hopefully these will feature heavily in my creativeness and shops of 2012.
It’s also been another year of injuries for me, nothing new some of you who know me might say but even I have had more than my fair share for one year! I often believe that everything happens for a reason even if we don’t know it at the time and I think this is the case when I trapped a nerve early in the year and ended up in a&e in the middle of the night when I collapsed getting out of bed. I didn’t know it at the time but had it not been for that pesky nerve and being referred to my physio I would never have realised how many problems my original broken hip and surgery were now causing me and that I am osteopenic and have the bones of an 80 year old! The last few months have been traumatic and yet more major surgery to remove the original metalwork, break my leg and remove some bone and add more metal work has not been easy but it has meant more time to concentrate on creative things whilst stuck on the sofa unable to move. So keep an eye out in 2012 as my new ideas hopefully come to fruition.
The first month of my new year will involve finishing my sketchbook project, as I swear the pages are ever growing, no matter how much I do it seems never-ending! I’m getting there, and am really pleased with the progress I have made so far which has been inspired by the best part of 2011 – getting married. There will be plenty of pictures posted over the next month as the deadline is 31 Jan – wish me luck.
Finally, with my husband almost losing his job in the public sector and me being on statutory sick pay I have realised that it is about time I started treating Accidentalvix as a business rather than a hobby. Just because I am working around my full-time job doesn’t mean that I can’t try and make a realistic profit from the evenings and weekend hours I put in. So, I guess that means lots of hard work and challenges lie ahead but 2012 has to be an improvement on 2011 even if it doesn’t involve marrying my superstar dj.
I hope you all have a happy and prosperous 2012, see you next year!