Saturday, 2 January 2016

This Week: 2015

So there we have it; 2015 is done and dusted, and we are embarking into the new year! Despite only just getting the chance to upload my This Week features, I have managed to stick to the project for the whole year, as intended, and am really proud of myself! And what a year it's been...

I have worked in many different locations across the country, and made lots of new friends in doing so. I have stayed away a lot on my own, which is something that I would have never managed just a few years ago, so that makes me really proud. I have cooked and baked, and tried new foods. I have gardened, and started trying to make a mark on our outdoor space. I have read 18 books! I have watched an eclipse (ok, it was on tv but it was cloudy here when it happened!), been to a baby shower, and met the baby that it was for! I took my first trip to Scotland, and visited Edinburgh and Stirling. I have loved, laughed, and cried! Best of all though, I have achieved all of these things with my amazing boyfriend by my side, and the wonderful presence of my friends and family. You are all here in some shape or form in this collage! So I thank you all for making 2015 such a special year, and look forward to making 2016 just as special! And yes, I fully intend to continue this collage project into the new year, and hopefully end up with another lovely (and massive) collage to represent the next 52 weeks and all that will take place!

Week 52

Christmas!

24th - 31st December

From left to right: Merry Christmas, awesome gloves make an awesome present, walking on the beach at Sandbanks, very proud of my roast dinner, using my Kindle reading light for the first time, Boxing Day with the family, my wonderful Christmas presents from Dave, cracking on with one of the pages in my colouring book, and Happy New Year from us!

Week 51

Last minute preparation, and time to start relaxing!

17th - 24th December

From left to right: yummy food for a yummy little boy, chilling out with Gizmo, more pressies for Ruben, our lovely spinning Santa candle is out and doing it's thing, wrapping one of Dave's Dad's presents in loads of different layers of paper, I was on autopilot and forgot that we now have a driveway, sitting inside and wrapping present while it rains outside, pizza with Kelly and Chris, and the last present has been wrapped!

Week 50

The proper start of Christmas!

10th - 17th December

From left to right: my lovely swap parcel from Kittypinkstars Lucha Club, lights and snow on the stairs, work on our driveway is almost finished, packaging presents for Dave's Gran, putting up the Christmas tree, my adorable Christmas card from Dave, work uniform is now red (very festive!), one of the gorgeous lace decorations that Dave's parents bought for us in Italy, and I won a 10% discount in Marks & Spencers Pass the Parcel!

Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy New Year - Christmas Wreath!

Happy New Year everyone! And what better way to welcome in January, and the year of 2016, than by finishing my Christmas wreath. Yes, after Christmas haha!


I started this project on the 19th October, which gave me loads of time to get it finished before Christmas. But me being me, it didn't get completed until today, due to spending time wrapping presents, reading, and on my latest obsession - colouring! I'm not too bothered though, and it can have it's debut for next Christmas!

Details!

I made my wreath using the Christmas Wreath pattern by Lucy of Attic24. Her finished wreath is ridiculously pretty and super colourful! I went for a slightly more toned down version but still love it. All of the yarn is Sirdar Crofter DK, in various colours, and I made the stars using Lucy's Teeny Tiny Stars pattern! Everything else has been purchased or gifted! Included on my wreath are:
  • Wooden snowflakes (Hobbycraft)
  • Jinglebells (Hobbycraft)
  • Wooden beads (Hobbycraft)
  • Ricrac ribbon in yellow and blue (Hobbycraft)
  • Snowflake ribbon (Hobbycraft)
  • Gold ribbon (Hobbycraft)
  • Giant button (free gift with Simply Crochet Magazine)
  • Gingerbread men (Poundbury Garden Centre)
  • Clothes peg lady (handmade by my very clever Mum!)
  • Crocheted stars by yours truly
I bought enough stuff and made enough stars to cover the whole wreath, but as I was pinning it all on, I decided I quite liked being able to see the gradient of the yarn on the body, so opted to add two clusters of embellishments, instead of covering all over like Lucy did in her original pattern.

I'm really pleased with the outcome! And glad that I have finally finished it - it can now go in the loft with the rest of the Christmas decorations, until next year haha! I'm now excited to get started on my projects for the new year! There are so many things that I want to make (surprise surprise) so let's see if I can actually get a big pile finished by the end of 2016!

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas - sorry I have been quieter recently, and haven't been uploading my This Week collages. The last few of those will be uploaded in a little while! I will definitely be posting more and being much more active now that the chaos of Christmas has finished. Love and hugs all around!