I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I do wonder what 2016 is going to bring don't you.
I do know that there are to be five yes five babies born over the next five months. The first little man arrived just yesterday at 6.43am.
To start the year off I thought I would reflect over the past twelve months.
Over the past twelve months I have crocheted six baby blankets four of which have now been put to good use by their recipients. Elmer's Story-time blanket will be given to a lovely young man known as JJ when his new baby brother receives his baby blanket today. The young lady you see adorned in her Frozen blanket was the recipient of the three little aran jackets for Christmas. It was sometime since I had started and managed to complete any cross-stitch projects but this changed in 2015 when I set myself a challenge to at least complete one project. In fact I managed to complete three. I began with The Dark Sorceress which I started this time last year and completed in May 2015. I started The Fairy Queen in June and completed her around November having taken a break from August to September in order to start and complete the Quilters Cross-stitch for a friends birthday.
My second challenge was to revisit some of my favourite child hood reads. I enjoyed all twelve but The Secret Garden still remains my most favourite. There are undoubtedly many I have yet to read judging by your previous comments of your favourites such as Pippy Longstocking and Watership Down both I remember well still they may make an appearance during 2016 who knows.
My third and final challenge was to get back into the kitchen and make or bake something I hadn't made for a long time if at all. I really enjoyed this challenge and D quite liked having Delia Smith or Mary Berry in the kitchen.
I read some 85 books over the last twelve months these were my twelve personal favourites but there were many more that deserved to be included in that number. My overall favourite was Kristin Hannah's Winter Garden and if you've not read it I would highly recommend it.
So what of 2016?
No challenges set for this year but I have started the third and final cross-stitch in the series The Earth Goddess and already have others in mind so I think I can definitely say that I have my cross-stitching mojo back.
and the the first of the five baby blankets is completed with a second already on the hook for the 2016 arrivals and no doubt there will be more.
Today I have taken down the tree and all the decorations. Always a sense of sadness for me when Christmas comes to an end. These little fellows have been safely put away in hibernation until December 2016 and I know we say it every year but it will be here again before we know it.