No desk from me today I thought I would show you what I have been working on in secret for Christmas, after a quick roundup of my year.
Well, 2013 has finally come to an end and naturally one thinks of reflection.
2013 brought many changes and taught me a lot.
Jan - March were hard as I was ill through RA and exhaustion due to long, hard hours at work.
I finally collapsed and was signed off to recover.
That was when I learnt I needed to sort my work/life balance and remembering that I have a chronic disease and I need to look after my health.
April saw the sudden death of my father. As a real daddy's girl this was a total shock and took several months to actually come to grips with the fact that I wasn't going to see him again. He taught me crafting and I found it hard to craft-the one thing I used to help me survive.
Before I knew it, the summer had come and gone and September was here and my brothers wedding. He met his wife, Zoe, in Ecuador where they both lived for 3 years before moving back to London. It was the most beautiful day, complete with a volcano wedding cake that actually smoked!!
October-December saw me in hospital having an operation on my ankle and then the long recovery (having RA means I have a compromised immune system and take longer to heal....however, I have NO patience and this means I try to do things before I am fit enough!!!).
Then Christmas was here!! This year we were determined to do it differently so that we would have different memories so hubby, mum and I went to a local Indian restaurant and had christmas lunch there!! We are all veggie so it made it much easier, and it was a very different day, but still enjoyable. In fact I could get used to not having to do the food shop, cook and not having to do the washing up!!
I wanted to make a special present for my mum-after everything she has been through this year.
So, I made my first ever quilt!
I decided to make this in December!! Not exactly the cleverest idea ever I must admit. I followed the Jelly Roll 2 hour challenge to make the top (it took me longer though) and 2 days later (alright, one of those days was a VERY long day) I had a quilt!
It was worth the time and expense (now I know why quilts cost so much, even the raw materials were expensive) just to see the smile on my mum's face that day.
So this year has taught me a couple of things. Firstly balance. I need to ensure I find balance in my life (I think that will be my word for 2014) and secondly if it doesn't need to be done perfectly or by me then delegate or don't do it!!
I hope during the times of reflection that 2013 taught you something and I wish you all the very best for 2014 and beyond.