In July, Hayden and I moved into our home and it was certainly a blank canvas. I've done a lot already to make it look a bit more personal to us but there is still a lot to be done. I think when we first moved in, I expected to have it perfect within a few months but I soon realised that wasn't how building a home works. It's a long process and probably something that will never be 'finished' so it should be important to have fun doing it.
|The flat as it was|
|Cross-stitched Dreamcatcher for August Challenge|
|A huge selection of goodies for Mother's Day Afternoon Tea|
|An Easter Bunny Egg Holder|
|October's Challenge - An Autumn Embellished Cardigan for Hayden|
|My recent baking photo is a lot more inviting than January's photo (top) and a picture of last year's gift tags versus a sharper photo of this years (bottom)|
'Find some interesting ways to record the year' - I wanted to find some ways to keep memories of the year so I would be able to show Hayden when she was a little older. I looked a lot of different ideas and decided on a couple. I've kept a doodle-type diary everyday- some pages are a lot less interesting than others'
I also did Photo-a-day for 6 months or so (following Fat Mum Slim's prompts) and participating in that, as well as seeing pictures from other participants, is one of the things that has developed my photography skills.
|Pop of Colour|
'Read more' - Yeah, you can definitely mark this as a fail. I suck.
'Set up a Facebook page or an online shop' - I still do want to sell the stuff I make- eventually. I've decided it's so important to hone my craft skills and really take the time to learn and experiment so I can find the direction I want to go in. So I have no plans to do this in the immediate future.
'Use Happier regularly' - Yeah, no. I can be a fickle beast, especially when it's phone apps versus photos for memory space...
'Keep baking and hopefully get better at it' - This one I have definitely stuck to! I have made a lot of cakes and biscuits over 2014, some have been a wash out but generally I would say I've developed, especially in my presentation. When I remember the cakes I made last Christmas and compare them to this years Christmas bakes, there's a definite improvement - not just visually but also in taste.
And if you've been here before, you'll notice the blog has a bit of new look for the new year - hope you like!
I'm going to spend the next few days thinking about if I want to make any 2015 resolutions and, if so, what I want them to be...
Until then, have a happy New Year!