Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013

As we start out a new year I wanted to say a quick cheerio with some of my favourite pictures from last year. I had planned to have a picture from each month but it turns out I didn’t take any pictures in March or April (it may be more likely that I’ve lost them!). Anyway, here are 10 of my favourite pictures from each month last year.

January Western HarbourJanuary: This was taken on a bright sunny January day and is of Edinburgh’s Western Harbour

February Pipes in BerlinFebruary: My friend and I took a short trip to Berlin in February where I took a picture of these great pink over ground pipes. What an amazing city, I can’t wait to go back but probably will wait for a warmer time of year…February is COLD!

May-Wedding CraftMay: My friends got married and had the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever been to. The bride and her family made almost all of the decorations, the groom provided the music and his mum made this gorgeous cake. It was a day to remember on the banks of Loch Fyne.

June- AmsterdamJune: Campbell & I visited Amsterdam in June witha group of friends. It’s a stunning city and I took this picture while on a boat tour. I love the colours and reflections.

July-Olympic PreparationsJuly: This month was all about Olympic preparations. This was the day that the Red Arrows flew over Edinburgh.

August-CreteAugust: Campbell and I went to visit my mother in Crete this month, here is a picture of him enjoying a beautiful sunset one evening.

September- Pedal For ScotlandSeptember: I cycled 50 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh and was very proud to get this medal. It was a great experience and one I hope to repeat this year.

October-Edinburgh CastleOctober: October (and November for that matter) saw the leaves turning and it was more beautiful than I remember seeing in a long time, the last few years the leaves have been frozen off or blown off before they can turn. Here is Edinburgh Castle at the start of this turn.

November-CairngormNovember: Here is Campbell enjoying the cosiness of his winter coat on the top of Cairngorm Mountain. We took the funicular railway up and enjoyed the views before having a fantastic hot chocolate.

December- ChristmasDecember: This was the festive season and to celebrate here is a picture of some of our tree decorations.

2012 was quite a year with it’s fair share of ups and downs. I’m looking forward immensely to 2013 and what exciting things it may hold.

 

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Santa is Coming!

People, Christmas is on Tuesday!! Why did nobody warn me? How on earth did it sneak up on me so quickly? Oh wait I know, it’s because despite my earlier declarations of getting an early start I actually only started one thing and then completely ignored the jingle bells until December. Now, I know many of you will be aware of this already but that is far too late to begin making Christmas presents for your friends and family! My grand handmade Christmas presents plan had to be rapidly downscaled. Instead of making handmade cards I bought some charity ones to give to friends and family and focussed solely on ensuring that everyone gets at least one handmade thing in their gift. For my Mum & her partner it was this crochet throw blanket,

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For my sister it was a very cute hat and mitten set (which I forgot to photograph before wrapping-raging!) and I’ll be forwarding her bike pannier bags once I actually finish them in the New Year. For my Dad and his wife, and all the inlaws I am making up Christmas hampers with lots of goodies in them including Cranberry Curd, Lemon Curd, Scottish Tablet, Peppermint Creams, Turkish Delight, Treacle Toffee, Honeycomb and Chocolate Truffles. These hampers ensure that my kitchen becomes a sweet smelling wee factory for a few days but they are always so well received I can’t not give them as gifts. This is the last of my Christmas making and I am happy to see that wee light at the end of the tunnel!

Cranberry Curd

Now, I’ve made a promise to myself that I will be better next year and that I’ll start making Christmas presents in October but we all know what happens to the best laid schemes! 
What did you guys do for your handmade Christmas gifts? I’m sure you were all much more organised than I was!

Sales!

After a very sad family time I was perked up by making my first Etsy sale! I didn’t expect this moment to be quite as exciting as it was but I was over the moon to think that somebody would pay money for something I made! I was beginning to get a bit downheartened that nothing was selling but this has re-energised me and I can’t wait for the next sale. I have a feeling this crafting thing is addictive! It should come with a warning!

Crochet Rose Rings- Blue, Gray, Green, Red, Orange. Handmade, FREE UK POSTAGERed, White and Gingham Love Heart Brooch. FREE UK POSTAGE

Shop Updates

I’ve finally gotten around to updating my shop and have just uploaded some sweet button jewellery. Don’t forget that until Tuesday you can get 15% off EVERYTHING with the code TALKT15. I’ve still to upload the cushions and some more collars from my stall but please keep your eyes peeled and I’ll update you when everything is on there. Apologies for everything coming in drips and drabs, I’m much better at making things than I am at photographing and listing them!

 

Festive Discounting!

So, for Take a Look Tuesday this week I decided to have a wee pre Christmas sale and for one week only, everything in my shop on Etsy will have 15% discount with code TALKT15. Don’t forget that as all of my items have free UK & Ireland postage this means there are some real bargains to be had!
I’ve also got some lovely items left over from the market at the weekend to add tonight.

 

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