Looking Back at 2018

49319516_2039053276178084_273294060444188672_n2018 feels like it’s gone by in a flash, but as I think back to everything that has happened this year, there has been a lot going on.

The year started with some big decisions about returning to my day job; although I knew that I’d always return, and the rough timescales, submitting my formal confirmation on 1 January felt like a huge deal at the time. There were a lot of tears over the following days as I wondered if it was all going to be ok. My first blog post of the year was sharing Harper’s birth story, and the reaction was so positive. I wasn’t sure that it’s something you would all be interested in, but I was genuinely touched by all of the people who took the time not only to read it, but also to send such lovely messages.

Over the rest of the winter, things remained largely quiet on both the blog and business front, as I focused on spending as much time as possible with H. However, I did find some time to collaborate with Lucky Dip Club on one of their Fri-Yay surprises.

Over the Easter weekend, I rediscovered my love of baking when I attended a cake-decorating workshop with the Sparkling Spatula. Two layer cakes have since been made and decorated, and I am so glad that I took the time to learn a new skill.

hand decorated buttercream layer cake with buttercream roses and real flowers

April marked my return to work, and aside from some crafting and decorating a cake for H’s christening, the blog remained largely untouched. Come May, I was ready to get going and start writing again. I shared some of my makes for H’s christening including the all-important cake, and my first dressmaking project since becoming a Mum.

handmade yellow tilly freya jersey dress

June felt like a huge month; as well as attending one of my favourite events of the year, Blogtacular, I also launched a Kickstarter campaign. The Mama patch was the first step in getting my creative business up and running again, and to be honest, I was really out of my comfort zone. I learnt so much from that campaign, and cried with happiness when I met my target.

 

Blogtacular 2018, event photos
Photo courtesy of Blogtacular

 

July felt like a time for reflection on everything I’d done in June, as well as developing a sudden desire to sew three pairs of joggers during a super-hot summer. I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty smug now as there’s no way that I’d have had the time to sew them when the weather actually got cold.

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August was another month for learning new skills, as I took a brush-lettering workshop with Teri from the Lovely Drawer. It also marked me hitting publish on my 100th post, and after the positive reaction to my birth story, I felt that the time was now right to share something else personal. The story behind this very blog was published nervously on the 11 August, and I admittedly almost took it down a good few times that day. However, it felt good to be so open with my readers, and looking back I’m pleased I wrote it.

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Autumn brought another period of change for our family as Mr Makes returned this work, and we all had a new routine to deal with. Those first few weeks felt really tough, and there many tears all round, but we survived. I threw any of my spare energy into creating some new products, completely inspired by my participation in the Indie Rollercoaster members group. A trip to the Handmade Fair, and a chat with the wonderful Emma Jewell led me to launch a new range of products using my hand-lettering, my fabric pouches! I think these are my favourite products to date, and I’ve loved getting stuck into designing again.

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Autumn was also full of seasonal crafts, starting with Halloween fun at the Happy Fabric x Tea and Crafting event. I had a lot of fun playing with all the glittery vinyl! In the run-up to Christmas, I managed to sneak in a whole range of Christmas crafts, and I loved just making for fun again. I’ve been meaning to write a post doing a round up, but that will just have to wait for January.

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2018 has been a huge year for many reasons, and I’m ever so grateful to everyone who has taken the time to support the blog and/or my business. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my posts, comment, make a purchase, or just liked a photo on Instagram, it really means the world to me.

In terms of what lies ahead for 2019, that still remains a bit of a question mark, but for now I’ll settle for just reflecting on all the good stuff from this year.

Happy New Year!

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