As we close the book on 2016, I am taking a moment to reflect on what I have achieved this past year.
On a personal level – I raised my gorgeous son through Primary School (seems like yesterday I dropped him off in the classroom for kinder), my daughters are thriving through school and will graduate themselves next year, and despite some setbacks such as Heart Attacks (Dad), Back Surgery (Mum), and Stroke (Mother-in-Law), everyone in my family is healthy.
On a personal heath level I was blessed enough to finally get my thyroid taken out. Although the surgery was daunting, I was home within 48 hours, and have never felt better.
On a professional stitching level, this year has been amazing. I participated in the Melbourne Stitches and Craft Show, travelled around the countryside with Craft Alive doing shows in Tamworth, Orange and Wollongong, and had a wonderful time teaching in both Melbourne and Sydney. My gorgeous children are old enough now to want to join in with “the family business”, and each want to take turns coming and helping me out at shows (they love the credit card machine).
When I look back on the designs that I have created this year, there are a couple of highlights as well. I began the year with Emma’s Touch & Feel, which my beautiful daughter Emma and I made together. Emma came to me at the beginning of the year and in her beautiful lilting voice (Emma has Autism, and considers each word very carefully) told me that it was time she joined the family business. I love the Sewing Caddy, and stitched out many of these for gifts this Christmas to stitching friends, Vino has graced many a wine bottle cover this year, and the Periodic Alphabet was a huge hit as the teacher appreciation gifts.
My favourite two collections however would have to be the two that really stretched me to learn and practice new skills. The All Laced Up Collection has been a dream of mine for many years, and every time I have attempted to create lace, it has not worked for me. This year however, everything came together and I am so proud of these beautiful designs. Octavia Owl is my other favourite for this year, combining the art of design matching (which I believe with the advent of larger hoops we forget a little of), and a design that is both open and yet detailed. Octavia began as I had just upgraded my digitising software, and I was attempting to learn all of the new in’s and outs of the software. Being able to create something lovely whilst working through was a real personal achievement for me.
As I look back on 2016, it is with a smile on my face.
For 2017 I plan on many more craft shows to get out meeting more of you wonderful stitchers, more design collections, more cool new Stitch-a-ma-jigs, and hopefully, more inspiration for stitching.
Until next year, have a Stitchin’ Day.