I've been looking back on my last two years of blogging (it's my blog birthday today) I did write several posts some months before on another blog which I transferred to this one. It took a while for me to be 'found' by other bloggers and didn't think I had the wherewithal or the confidence to carry on. So it was January that it all kicked off so to speak. Anyway I digress. What I've realised is that in the early days I was so awe inspired with the loveliness of other bloggers' wonderful crafting projects that I leapt straight in at the deep end and tried to emulate them. You know me I cannot resist a glossy magazine with all those wonderful makes on the front and found plenty of ideas.
Bearing in mind that I've never really crafted in my life - in actual fact I really didn't enjoy it - I found myself quietly in the background crocheting granny squares (which quite often ended up in some very odd shapes indeed) although I did make a rather nice pram blanket for my newest grand daughter even though I do say so myself; quilting (didn't really get on with this at all), paper crafts and all manner of things. I was actually kitting myself out (at some expense I may add) with all the paraphernalia that goes with said crafts - quilting tools, cutting mats, jelly rolls, crochet hooks, yarn (although back in the day we called it wool and now I'm really showing my age). Then there was the fabric (material) for making bunting and various knick knacks and of course the card and paper for the paper crafting, not forgetting the variety of embellishments needed to complete the cards, decorations etc.
It didn't stop there! OH NO - I was then on a mission to search out vintage (old) bone china tea sets and pieces of furniture to "do up" from the thrift (junk) shops and charity shops and looking out for books and bargains that I'd seen others doing. I mean just how many tea sets can a girl keep in her already jam packed, bulging cupboards? I was on a roll. What was I doing?
Not any more though! I've decided to be just me. What you see is what you get. Don't get me wrong I LOVE seeing others' makes and am very envious of their patience and the hard work they put into their projects. Quite frankly I did quite enjoy doing some of the things I made. BUT enough is enough. Apart from getting stressed out with all the crafting I was wasn't actually doing very well, I simply didn't have room to put my stash anywhere, let alone those magazines. John would see me looking at them in the supermarket and groan "what are you making now?" he'd say.
So, when I say its a new me - that's what I mean. I'm just going to stick to what I know best and continue with my love of photography, a bit of sketching, a bit of baking and maybe a couple of other things I have up my sleeve.
I'll leave you with a breath of Spring - these beautiful Hyacinths were given to me ten days ago and were just an inch high. I've had to tie them up with string now as they keep falling over!
See you all again soon and have a great weekend