We've come a long, long way together....
It's kind of corny to do that whole self-reflection thing on New Years Eve, but it's also inevitable. I've had quite a rollercoaster year ... but one of the main reasons I'm writing this little blog is that I wanted to say a big thank-you to everyone's support and encouragement, from those little fb or instagram likes and shares to those people who have bought off me or mentored me on the journey. You are numerous and special to me.
I can't quite believe that I set up my website just over a year ago - 12,000 hits later and I'm pretty staggered by people's interest in my clay addiction. So thank-you once again for contributing to this.
You'll be happy to know I'm not going to real of a list of achievements (yawn) as I think the pictures do a good job themselves. I just wanted to share with you my behind-the-scenes support - my family, who are a constant sounding board for ideas, and the things that make me tick... Exercise and getting out in the fresh air keep me grounded. And, it's these everyday ordinary things - going for a family walk in the fresh air are all moments that we should cherish and celebrate.
This blog is also a response to the successful blogger, Fran, from at fallfordiy who asked today about people's resolutions for next year. My first is more separation of my work and home life. Thankfully in 2015 my family will no longer have to put up with delicate work-in-progress vessels or boxes of stock littering the house; so the nerf-wars can continue happily as I'll be moving into a new studio. It's still not complete, but it's getting there... There'll be more news of that next year...
I have loads of new exciting projects that I want to get my teeth into, which include developing a lighting, range, some wall-art and experimenting more with glazes to achieve those jewel-like and such pretty finishes.
But, thankfully it's not all work, work, work for 2015. I already have some fantastic trips lined up which will keep me sane and my creativity levels topped up. And after doing my wreath workshop prior to Christmas I want to do more 'making' workshops, just for fun. I've already started a little this year, but I have really enjoyed starting to play with my camera and joining in with the supportive Instagram community. It's a really rewarding hobby.
So what have you got planned for 2015? Ordinary, extraordinary - let's hear about it. Fatboy Slim sums it up perfectly for me 'We've come a long, long way together...' Happy 2015. Hope it's epic!
Festive foliage for your front door.
I have wanted to make my own wreath for a good couple of years, and this year I was inspired by the Instagrammer, @aquietstyle, who posted up a beautiful tutorial to give it a go. However I still needed a little hand-holding and was delighted to learn that the florist Pollen Floral Jay was running a workshop in Harborne.
I dragged along a friend to this amazing new venue - The Boston Tea Party, Harborne. So, we made wreaths, drank mulled cider and listened to some great live music in this great cafe, which has such friendly staff and some perfect alfresco spots for the summer aswell. And there was fabulous cake after too....
There are lots of tutorials out there about how to make a wreath, so I won't be duplicating too much detail here. I just wanted to share a few pictures of a very fun evening, as I was so happy with the result!
We obviously started with a festive drink. :) Then we wrapped the moss around a stiff wire frame; and then added a variety of foliage with moss pins, but you could easily carry on wrapping it too. This greenery could easily be foraged but included ivy, eucalyptus and rosemary; other herbs could work just as well. And then we added some accents. What I really liked about this florist was her choice of pretty, delicate flowers and berries - suited my style perfectly.
And it now has pride of place of my front door! Just need to get cracking with last-minute shopping....
Merry Christmas folks!