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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 362

Threaded together my stars, made a few more, strung them across the ceiling to finish off the hallway bunting. Now half hearts, half stars. Then I decided to make one of those tissue paper flowers like Kirstie was making in her Crafty Christmas show…






I can hardly believe there’s only 3 more days of this challenge, not sure how I’ll feel about it being over! There’s been thoughts of new challenges, I’d like to think I’ll stick with them like I’ve stuck with this! Still pondering what they’ll be and how (if at all) I might record them.

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.



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


Already planning some lovely creativity with this…. 🙂

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





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!


Day 352

The biscuit dough has a purpose! Tutor group voted for sparkly Christmas trees, and that’s what they are getting 🙂 might have to get some more of the edible sparkle…rolled the dough, sprinkled the glitter, cut the trees, and bake!

Also took a moment to see if I could fold the 5-pointed star I’ve seen about.




All 41 of them…


The star