Here we are with a whole brand new year ahead of us, full of promise and potential for crafting and creating...it's so exciting! I'm bursting with bright ideas and inspiration, and my sketchbook is filling up with lists and doodles and designs.
I have to share two of my favourite makings over Christmas. The first is some mini-bunting I crocheted for my very special friend Kate, and I'm thrilled to see it hung over her kitchen window.
We share a healthy obsession with bunting, and think it should adorn just about everything!
And this is a mohair shawl I crocheted for my Grandmother's 95th birthday. Over the years she has crocheted hundreds of blankets for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren - in fact I still have the blanket she made for me when I was five, as well as a new one she made for me last year! I thought it was about time someone crocheted a special blanket for her.
I have this dear woman to thank for teaching me many life skills, including knitting and crochet!
During the brief spells of dry weather I have been tarting up my garden, adding a bit of colour amongst all the green. I am a bit addicted to geraniums, so lots of those are going in!
Are hanging baskets a sign of impending old age?
I had to have that wine-red geranium!
I hadn't realized how long my teenager has been away until I found all this growing on her car! I had better clean it up (she hates spiders), and take it for a run (the car not the spider) before she gets home...
Finally, a fun game I've decided to play every month or two is "What's On My Bedside Table?" I really do keep a lot of useful junk on that handy surface, and it seems to be quite a good way to see what my creative wee self is up to at any given time.
At the moment the immediate object to hand is my new 2012 diary, in which I am frantically jotting birthdays, school dates, things to do, ideas and general scribblings.
A few books I am reading, including The Big Book of Top Gear..., two coffee mugs with bits of crochet, a bottle of Anais Anais perfume, some toys belonging to various children, a crocheted scarf, and a bowl of Things-That-Belong-Elsewhere....
It will be interesting to see what's cluttering the table next time!
Happy New Year and Happy Crafting!