Monday, January 2, 2012

2011 in pics

Happy New Year!! I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and new year! At this time of year I always like to look back on the last 12 months and have a little review.  It makes you remember all the (hopefully!) nice things that have happened and what you've achieved.

At the start of this year, I relaunched the Patchwork Harmony website which I hope is now much easier to use, looks prettier, and I hope you've liked some of the new items we've had this year.
In March a friend and I took a lovely day trip to Hastings, on the hunt for junk! One shop that we found which I wish was a bit closer to me is Butlers Emporium (2nd pic)... see more pics here
Another month, another south coast town to explore! This time, the other half and I took a little drive to Rye.  We ate ice cream in the sun and sat on the beach, in April! Again, another fab place to go if you love a junk shop or two! Plus lots of pretty houses and cobbled streets to explore.... see more pics here
 April also seen the Royal Wedding, what a great day! We had a few friends round, ate lots of British food and drank Pimms! The sun even shone for us and for Kate and William! :) See the project for making mini bunting and flags here
 April was the month of long weekend's in 2011, so we also managed a lovely day to see the bluebell woods in Surrey.... stunning.

 The 2nd half of 2011 was looking busy so we took a little break to Santorini....

I even managed to find an antique shop! oh yes! 

Straight back from hols and we held our first event with Y.E.S! London to raise money for Dress for Success London.... I faced one of my fears of speaking in public, although can't say it got me over those fears!
 In August I took a little trip to Glasgow and visited a friend in her lovely flat, we did a LOT of car booting and junk shops that weekend, as you can see from our haul! (some of which are on my shop website) see more pics of my friends flat here
 At the start of October I turned 30, and went for a lovely weekend of pampering in Suffolk.... I was spoilt rotten! and no trip away in Britain is complete without a good junk shop rummage (of course!) and a cream tea!

I don't think I've ever worked as hard as I did in the last 4 months of the year.  I had an idea earlier in the year, and at the end of August, with lots of support from some amazing creative people, I decided to go for it and launch an online magazine. At the end of October, 91 Magazine went live.  I was overwhelmed by the support, and was truly touched by so many lovely comments, and the turn out to my little launch party! Thank you again, and I'm working on Issue 2 as we speak, so I hope you will come back at the start of Feb for the next installment!

 In November, we held our 2nd event with Y.E.S! London, the Merry Magpie Christmas Boutique, with 17 stallholders, where we raised just under £300 for Dress for Success.  thanks again to all our lovely stallholders! :)  more pics here

 And after a crazy few months, we took ourselves off for a little day trip over to Bruges! Only 60 miles from Calais it really is a lovely place to visit to get yourself in the Christmas mood!
 So there you have it, my highlights of 2011! Its been a busy one, but looking back on its been a pretty great year! And thank you to everyone who stops by to read my blog, I do hope I can post more in 2012. Blogging is where it all started for me, and through it I've meet some fab people, found lots of great little businesses and I can say I now feel satisfied creatively, which was the goal right from the start! :) Thank you readers, and here's to a fantastic 2012! xxx


  1. Wonderful pics! happy new year. Kx

  2. Hi Caroline! What lovely photos - it was nice to recap with you - you've had an eventful and creative year! I've been watching through 2011 and it I'm looking forward to seeing more in 2012. Happy New Year and best wishes for the months ahead. Sophiex

  3. Just found your blog and magazine through decor8 and everything is just so lovely! The magazine is amazing and a real achievement, it's definitly something I would like to do in the future and can't wait for the new issue!x

  4. Looks like you've had a great year! I love the Royal wedding snaps!

  5. What a year you had! (At least 2 years worth I say!) Here's hoping 2012 is even better... and looking forward to the next instalment of 91 magazine. (The royal wedding pics are brill btw!)


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