Friday, 28 December 2018

A look back at 2018 ..... Part 1

Happy Friday ...... it is Friday isn't it?!

Well it's the 28th of December anyway, and we're almost at the end of another year.
I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas.  Did Santa bring you everything on your list?
We had a fabulous time ..... mostly spent in the company of family and friends.  The table was full again for Christmas dinner .......

As usual, we've all eaten far too much, and drank way too much of the bubbly stuff!  And I'm at that point now where I don't want to see another slice of turkey, a mince pie, or chocolate, until next Christmas!
I just hope I can still get in the dress I bought before the festive preparations began  ..... we have a wedding to go to in January!!!
OK .... maybe the diet can wait just a few more days.

Before we get started on the New Year preparations, it's time to take a look back at 2018.
WARNING!  This is probably going to be a long post ..... there's lots of photos.
So go on, grab yourself a mince pie, pour yourself a cuppa, or something a little stronger if you prefer, and get yourself comfy.
Let's have a look at some of my favourite projects from the last twelve months.
(If you missed the original blog posts, or if you just fancy another look, then click on the links and they'll take you to the relevant posts)

Let's go all the way back to JANUARY.
I started the year with a workshop.  We used simple stamping techniques, and made pretty little calendars.  This one is still sat in the kitchen ..... I love this sentiment from STAMPlorations

There's always a few birthday's in January, including the kids.  When I say 'kids' they are 26 and 28 ...... or 27 and 29 soon! (now that makes me feel old!) 
It was Lauren first ......

and then Chris ...... 

A brand new blog challenge started at the beginning of the year ...... Darnell's Twofer Card Challenge

Two different designs, for two different occasions, using the same stamps, stencils and/or dies. It's not always as easy as you think ..... but it is fun!

In to FEBRUARY .........
We moved house (again!) 
I joined a brand new Design Team ....... for Uniko Stencils

and we had snow on the island .......

We didn't have much, and it didn't stick around but, it was bitterly cold.  Even the fountains froze in town .....

photo taken by Graham Bell
and so did some of the waterfalls in the glens .....

photo taken by Ian Sharples 
Sweet Poppy Stencils were back on the TV, launching their new range of dies to match some of their fabulous stencil designs ..... these are so much fun

And one of my favourite challenge projects was this little Artist Trading Block ..... it's the same size as an Artist Trading Card but obviously thicker ...... and it's made out of wood!

On to MARCH ...... my birthday month.
More new releases from Sweet Poppy Stencils

The regular Blog Challenges ......

And chance to play along with another Twofer ......

Hubby and I had a little holiday in APRIL ..... we went to Sorrento on the beautiful Amalfi coast. It was the first time we'd been to this part of Italy but, it definitely won't be the last ...... we loved it!
Lots of nice wine and good food.  Warm sunshine and stunning scenery.  Pompeii was amazing and the island of Capri was simply beautiful.

On the craft front there was all the regular stuff ...... ATC's

Tags .....

and a few cards too ....

Next up ...... MAY,  Always a busy month.
We have the Isle of Man TT ....... two amazing weeks when the atmosphere on the island is simply buzzing.

It was nice to see John McGuinness back ..... not racing this year but .... working behind the bar in the brand new Trackside?!!

Just kidding!!!  He came to do the official opening, and he did pull the first pint! 

May was the start of an amazing summer that just went on and on.  Blue skies and glorious sunshine.
The BBQ was on nearly every night ........ and we got our hot tub!!   

Our best purchase this year I think ..... we were even in there on Christmas Day!!

Sorry, where were we?  Oh yes ..... May
There was the usual trip across to the UK with my crafty buddies, for one of the best craft shows of the year ..... Port Sunlight. We're already looking forward to the 2019 trip!

There were new releases from Uniko .....

and Sweet Poppy .....

and I was definitely going through a floral phase I think ..... for Craft Stamper 

the Uniko challenge .....

and my workshop ......

On to JUNE.
The end of another fabulous TT fortnight. The glorious weather just kept on going .... just look at that blue sky.  And there was also a royal visitor.  Prince William came over!

We had our annual family holiday ..... the Walmsley's were back in Bourton!

As always there was the regular monthly Blog challenges and DT commitments ......

Craft Stamper ...... using another favourite stencil from Uniko

Sweet Poppy ...... with the first of their Christmas designs

and Uniko ..... with more new stencils released

Well ....... that's the first half of the year done.  Well done, and thank you if you're still with me ..... I did say it could be a long post!
If you fancy taking a look back at the second half of the year, then join me on Monday for July through to December.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day and have a lovely weekend.
We're having a quiet night in this evening ....... with a movie I think.  I wonder if hubby fancies a take away.  I'm fed up with Christmas leftovers ...... and I'm definitely not in the mood for cooking!! 

Cheerio until next time .....


  1. I so enjoyed the post and thank you for your blog friendship in 2018 x

  2. A wonderful post Linda, full of your amazing creativity! Hugs, Anne xx

  3. A beautiful and creative year along with family fun outings. TFS Linda and Happy New Year. Hugs, Nancy

  4. A lovely recap Linda,
    Hope you had a lovely Christmas.
    Avril xx

  5. That was very fun, Linda, and flowed seamlessly from one adventure and inspiring work of art to the next! Thank you for the wonderful Twofer shoutout and I'm even the proud owner of that amazing blue floral number! May you have a year ahead that is every bit as fun, healthy, and adventurous as this year! You two definitely know how to have a good time!! Happy New Year! Hugs, Darnell


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