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Month 12

As always, December has been full to the max with projects being wrapped up (mostly for Christmas). There’s been baking, knitting and sewing. 

The month began with finishing a project from the month before (a very familiar scenario this year) knitted wrist warmers which had been requested as a birthday gift. 

   

Then some Christmas gifts. Prettified notice boards, lined zipper pouches and pencil cases. 

   

  

 For the first time I felt I  might need my own actual Christmas stocking. After seeing many in shops, I decided to make one…

   It was happily filled with delightful gifts from Father Christmas!
Our pre-Christmas Christmas weekend with friends (a tradition of almost a decade now!) meant baking biscuits for creative decoration, and the adults taking way more time than the children colouring in!

 This wasn’t the only biscuit making, there were three other batches of Christmas biscuits.  

  There were also chocolate muffins and chocolate fudge made with my help by excellent mini bakers, we were so busy I missed the photos though!

A last minute visit to the sewing shop for some necessities (!!) meant the purchase of a little fabric suitable for making a Christmas gift for a three year old…but I lacked inspiration as to what, until I found this pattern for a bunny from Purl Soho in NY. It seemed very well received!

   
  He’s been nicknamed ‘Wonky’ by me!

Finally finished today, another wood project using the last of the wood gathered on our Scottish adventure. Inspired by something seen on Pinterest. Hanging up at last, until tomorrow when all the decorations shall be taken down until next year…

   
   

A small photographic moment ahead of a cycle ride.  

  And now I’m busy knitting a neck warmer, even this evening whilst enjoying a small NYE snifter 😊.  

 In 2016, I’m thinking of making a dress every month…I’ll let you know how I get on 😉. 

  

Month 11

I’m so proud that I’ve continued on my creative journey throughout this year. I think I can genuinely say that creativity has become a habit. One which needs nurturing, but a good habit to keep. The month started with a long journey home from the Lake District. There’s been ribbon tree making with sticks gathered from Scottish woods. The plum and bramble vodkas have been decanted into bottles. More sticks have been turned into a hanging Christmas tree ready to decorate. Christmas tree hanging decorations sewn and embroidered for gifts. Finally I’ve molded and now decorated some air dry clay bowls inspired by this post. Mine, though, are somewhat neon. 

   
       

   
   

   
       

I think the pink and gold are my favourites, closely followed by the yellow! Something about neon really makes me smile. 

December will bring more sewing projects, bound to be making some fudge and baking some Christmas biscuits. There’s a birthday cake to be baked for one birthday and finally completing these for a sixth birthday next weekend!

  

Day 365 +1

Time to reflect on the journey – WordPress kindly furnished me with a summary of my year – showing me the infographics and so on which illustrate my year. I am so proud that I managed to stick with it – even on the days where I could barely breathe for tiredness – a little doodle, a small moment made a difference to me. I didn’t talk much with people about the project, it had enough meaning, weight and challenge just held close to myself. Mentioned now and again – I’m not sure people necessarily understood the commitment, the intent or the effort involved in keeping going. Talking about it today, the question posed – would I continue. The answer, well, of course. Creativity had been an integral part of life even before the challenge – though certainly not as formally or determinedly as this challenge made it. Perhaps it may not involve something literally every day – but the creativity will continue, it cannot help but continue. Into this next year though, I think there will be new challenges. More of those in a moment.

I’ve created with food, paper, yarn, fabric, iPad, iPhone, paper, pencils, pens. Made clothes for me, clothes for small peeps. Home decorations, decorations for others. Baked cakes, made sweets, preserved fruit – sharing this manna with an appreciative few. Shared creative ideas and taught family, friends and students new skills. Watched my nieces and godchildren be influenced and want to create. Written and received letters. I’ve learnt new skills and honed old. I’ve made and remade when making didn’t quite work. Most important I think is that I’ve committed to the completion of a project for myself, and seen it through from one end to the other. Not for my work, my career; not for family or friends; not for financial gain or necessity – it’s been completed for me, for my well-being.

On to this year then…there’s a few things on my mind:

  1. January plank challenge – plank every day for as long as possible
  2. 12 dresses in 12 months (or items of clothing, for me, for others…)
  3. House jobs – redecorating, sorting, all *that* stuff
  4. Picking up a violin again…

Meanwhile to maintain the everyday creativity as far as possible (nothing so far today, but if I try deliberately not to do anything I may get itchy fingers and just have to do something!), including writing letters regularly not just to nieces but to other friends and family. Using up my yarn stash (and really not buying any more until everything I already have it used up!) and my fabric stash – including actually making things from all the pieces of fabric I have purchased due to falling in love with the patterns – I have to get past the fear that it might not end well!

Either way – I’m fairly certain this will be the last post on this blog (unless I end up blogging whatever challenges I aim to rise to this year – in which case there’s a chance there might a post here directing peeps to the new one!). In the meanwhile – thank you to everyone who has visited, liked, commented; it has meant a great deal to me as the year has progressed to know others have been sharing a little of my journey and from an awesome diversity of countries too!

The countries from which people have visited.
The countries from which people have visited.

Day 359

Christmas Day you say? Indeed, but still time for a little creativity…thinking about a star garland to hang permanently in the hallway at home! That will have to wait until I return there though! It’s been a stunning day, including a lovely walk beside the sea. Merry Christmas people, I hope you find blessings this holiday season and into the coming year. May the light shine upon you.

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Made a Christmas list this year, including this lovely item, thank you Mum!

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Already planning some lovely creativity with this…. 🙂

Day 357

Christmas baking whilst nieces 2&4 did tidying this morning. Biscuits are Nigella’s butter cut-out cookies. A little added ginger and cinnamon, substituted half the caster sugar for soft dark brown sugar. Perfect. Even left them a whole block of dough in the freezer for another day!

Did a little alteration on the pom-pom garland, stitching them to a whipped chain. Also stitched the ends of the headband together! All these finishing bits 🙂

Niece no. 2 has decided to stick some of her stars back to back with a little hanging loop to give to friends she’ll see tomorrow. Great idea I think. Spread the creative joy!IMG_2685.JPG

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Day 356

Hanging out with nieces 2&4. Today niece 2 has become intrigued with making the stars, the globes have been turned into bunting for her room, the stars are the next project – though she’s running out of hanging space!

I, meanwhile, have been making a pompom garland with m’new pompom makers! I like. Also finishing up the headband/ear warmer gift from yesterday. Pattern from Ravelry. I’ve knitted it as mentioned yesterday using Adriafil angora, it’s used just a little less than a 25g ball, knit on 5.5mm needles as it’s for a 6/7yr old. Also finished it at 19 stitches across, rather than 21. I like it, I may have to make further in the original chunky as gifts for grown up peeps.

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Day 355

A ‘mini-Christmas’ today with bro, sis-in-law and nieces 2&4 in my honour! We’ve had roast dinner and they’ve had their gifts from me and I have been spoiled with lovely gifts from them! This followed by an afternoon of the nieces using some of their gifts to immediately make and write me a thank you note each before mastering the art of the origami globe. Niece no. 2 has grown quite obsessed, she plans to turn her haul into bunting for her room!

I, meanwhile, have been making more stars, and teaching sis-in-law how, before starting a little headband project (a Ravelry pattern I’ll link to tomorrow…) for one of the small bods I shall be spending Christmas Day with. Yarn is Adriafil Angora, I am reliably informed is ethically sourced.IMG_0029-0.JPG

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Day 354

A day of organising and visiting and good people! I’ve caught up with my oldest friend for a short while this afternoon, setting the world to rights and checking out her latest crochet project, I’ve got her hooked 😉

This was a brief visit on the way to my brother and family, involving a rapid dinner and then a trip to see Paddington, followed by dessert! By the time we’ve arrived home my inspiration was another crack at this star the same one I tried the other day. It seems a little easier in the heavier stock I used tonight, I may make some more tomorrow as tree decorations!

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