Sunday, 1 January 2012

2011 Review

I thought I would do a small review of my blog for 2011.  I see from several of the blogs that I follow that bloggers use it as a way to showcase their favourites from the previous year.

I have only been blogging since early autumn and really must thank Hazel of My Crafty Outlook for the help she has given me along the way.  I really don't know how she blogs so many cards and enters them for so many challenges along the way.

I have decided to pick my top 4 items this year; one for each of the crafty hobbies that I have.

Sheffield Park autumn 2011
I love walking in Sheffield Park at any time of year; it is always so peaceful.  I can sit and relax and take in the scenery and listen to the birds sing and maybe even hear a steam train over on the Bluebell Railway closeby.

A friend on the Crafts by Carolyn Forum sent me some samples when she was doing some cuts from her Memory Box die.  I just love the way I could put four of them round a square and it left the space for the greeting.

Whilst I enjoy doing cross stitch and other forms of embroidery I do enjoy doing blackwork the most, particularly if I am combining both black and gold.  I love this pin cushion so much that I cannot bear using it and getting it dirty.  It sits safely in my work box so I see it every time I open the box and it never fails to amaze me how something so simple can be so effective in its design.

Matinee Jacket
Finally, a matinee jacket that I knitted for my new little granddaughter born in early November.  I am so blessed to have two little granddaughters in this country and next year am looking forward to a new grandchild, although tinged a little with sadness as my son and his wife, who are expecting the baby, live in Hawaii.

It is difficult to find the time for all my crafting and also find time to take part in my other hobbies and voluntary work, so I find I tend to sit and knit small items for babies and toddlers.  I get a lot of my wool from Recycling groups in the surrounding area and then knit and crochet items for Kids Company.  I usually take a large consignment of knitting to their offices twice a year.


  1. I love your Sheffield park photo. It looks so calm and beautiful. I love the other things you have reminded us of too.
    I hope you have a very happy new year.

  2. I love all your photos :)I do a lot of cross stitch, but I also really enjoy blackstitch too, I have a black and gold needlecase hanging on my work stand, I will try to find (or take!) a photo to share :)
    I do a 'review' on my blog for me really as a reminder of the things I have got up to in the previous 12 months, it is a good reminder! I can also use photos that maybe were not up to much, but which I personally enjoy for one reason or another. It is nice to know that other people enjoy looking at them too. Happy New Year to you :) x

  3. It has been my pleasure to help you, Liz (although I don't think I really have done anything much - sitting here red-faced at your lovely comments - thank you) - great to see your review of the year - love the choices you made. Happy crafting for 2012 x


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