Happy New Year! I sincerely hope you have enjoyed taking a break form the norm and celebrating a time to spend with those closest to you.
It feels like a long time since I have sat down in front of my laptop for any length of time, and certainly since I wrote a blog post, but I am sure it won’t take long to get back into the groove. Switching off completely for a week over Christmas was certainly the break was needed before getting stuck into this year’s projects.
It was a funny old year, with a great deal of change and tough decisions to be made, so in many ways I was grateful to put the last full stop on 2017. However it was also a significant year for me, a reminder that life is too precious to waste. Spending the festive period curled up with a book in a barn conversion set in the dramatic landscape of North Wales was the perfect place to recharge a set of drained batteries. Beach walks and hill climbs broke up the lazy days with powerful bursts of life affirming energy.
Mr Bee also made a start on plans to turn our gorgeous green van into a camper, which of course I have enjoyed being involved in and am really enthusiastic about. But now I am back, and after a whirlwind of celebrations around the New Year, I have been reorganising the hive, and it is looking very different. I have been delighted to have been able to re-home a lot of my donated fabric with fellow recyclers and have other bits earmarked for other individuals, who I know will put them to good use.
I have moved out much of the shelving and re-ordered all the materials that I want to keep, my sewing machine is still set up expectantly in one corner. But nestled in the far corner, now sits a rather sweet seventies writing desk that I picked up in a charity shop during a stop off in Llandudno, as we made our way back to the Midlands. This is where I will be spending many winter evening over the next few months, working away on a project that has been on the back burner for a significant amount of time now.
I just needed to do a bit of creative streamlining to make sure I had the capacity to give it my full focus, and I am almost there. It has been totally liberating clearing out things I have had hanging around for years, just in case they were useful for a future upcycling project, and it feels amazing to have closed the door on 2017.
Here’s to a new year full of new adventures!
Until next week