This time of year I can't help but be reflective. A blog is a great way to remind you what you have done, I had forgotten some of the things I've been up to!
You've probably seen a hundred of these types of posts but hopefully like me you enjoy reading them, so here is my look back over the last 12 months and my blog's highlights from 2014....
New Craft of 2014 ~ Crochet
One of my New Year Resolutions for 2014 was to learn to Crochet and I am hooked! Excuse the pun, but I am addicted and I now always have a crochet project on the go. At first I didn't think I would ever get my head around it but after a few weeks of perseverance I started to understand what I was doing and more importantly enjoy it, now there is no stopping me!
I started the year as one of the new co-hosts on the #CraftBlogClub which has been a lot of fun and a great opportunity to get to know other crafters and bloggers and I have to say we are a great bunch!
I always look forward to our weekly chats but I equally enjoy the challenges too.
|Challenges ~ Relove Me / Spring Clean Swap / Winter Challenge part 1 and part 2|
We've discussed some useful topics and I've shared some of these top tips from the chats....
Selling your crafts
Blogging Hints and tips
Photography hints and tips
and I got to meet my lovely co hosts
|Not such a great picture of me on the left! Emma is in the middle and Katie is on the right|
Out and About
I made sure I got out of the craft den to meet other creative folk and attended small business conferences. It has been lovely to meet and learn from other small business owners and meet virtual friends in reality.
One of the highlights had to be when David Cameron unexpectedly turned up to the Home Business Conference! No matter what your political views are, I still think it is pretty cool to have the Prime Minster turn up to speak at a conference I was attending.
In July I ran a Photography season. This included the first guest post on my blog from a professional offering hints and tips and I made my debut as a guest blogger over on Frugally Peachy showing you how to make a light tent.
The Year of the Craft Fair
I have attended a lot of craft fairs this year to find the right ones for me....
(click on the images to read more about them)
|New Milton Spring Craft Fair - The first fair of 2014|
|My first time at Harpenden|
|Another first at Little Fox, Rickmansworth|
|Back at the Little Fox and New Milton craft fairs in Autumn|
|Christmas Craft Fairs|
It was a mixed bag of success but I am pleased for the experiences as I know which ones to return to next year. Expect me back at The Little Fox in Rickmansworth and I've already booked New Milton for April and October. I hope there will be more in Royston and Radlett too.
Also the Year of Celebrations
The year was full of celebrations, I celebrated the first full year of being fizzi~jayne full time, fizzi~jayne makes turned 2 and my blog turned 1....
....and you told me what you love about my blog and what you would like to read more of in my survey. I am so grateful for everyone who took the time to complete this survey and leave lovely comments which were really motivating. It's good to know that there are people out there reading my blog and enjoying it. THANK YOU!!
The Most Popular Blog Post this Year was....
.... Christmas Card Peg and String Tutorial
You can check out other popular posts from my blog in the side bar *points to the right* (if you are reading the web version).
Right, that's it for 2014, I hope you have enjoyed my highlights.
What were your best bits of 2014? If you have shared them on your blog leave a link below so I can check them out....
Thank you to all my readers and supporters of my blog, I am so grateful for you all popping by to read my ramblings and I hope you will continue to enjoy what I have planned for next year!
Wishing you all health and happiness for 2015!
Happy New Year