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Friday, 31 December 2010

Goodbye 2010, Hello 2011...

OK, lets get it out of the way first - I am really sorry that my blogging skills have left a little to be desired in 2010!   But, look on the bright side, there are only a few hours left so things have to get better, right!  So, I declare to one and all, I promise to be better at blogging in 2011 - yes, I realise this isn't exactly the hardest thing to achieve but it is a start....

Right then, now the unashamed grovelling is out of the way, hope you all had a great Christmas with family, friends and loved ones and don't now feel the impending guilt of over-indulgence.  After all, think of it as supporting the economy - the alcohol, chocolate and general, fattening foods economy that is!  

The snow was pretty to look at but I'm
begging you snow Gods - quit it now!
 I am delighted to announce that despite their best efforts, the snow Gods didn't ruin our celebrations as everyone was able to get to us in Kent to spend Christmas here. It was hit & miss for a while and never have I viewed so many live traffic webcams in my life to virtually travel the route from Yorkshire to Kent and check on the state of the roads.   As it turned out, when my brother and Mum travelled on Wednesday morning, it was the easiest and quickest journey here they had ever had!!

Even the shopping trip to the supermarket to collect Tarquin (the turkey) and other goodies went smoothly.  Normally it resembles something between shopping in a war zone and a third world country with empty shelves and trolley rage but the shelves were full and the customers seemed just grateful to be out of the house and able to stock up for Christmas dinner (which someone once described as just a normal roast dinner but with hats on - hmm, I'll get back to you on that one!)

Now all the family have returned home and hubby is trying to get back to some normal working patterns (even though most people don't seem to be returning to work until January) so it has gone from a full house to just me and the cats....  it is normal but really feels strange and quiet!

So New Year is upon us and I feel confident that it will be a great year.   I have decided to approach the new year with a positive outlook and plan to 'retire' some designs and introduce new ones so if you have requests of what you would like to see, please e-mail them to me at craft.studio@virgin.net

I am starting to fill in the calendar with events for 2011 and will update my online list as soon as I have confirmed dates.   Already it looks like 2011 will be busier than 2010 and that was pretty busy!!

So, I hope you all have a very Happy New Year and that all your dreams and wishes come true.    Maybe 2011 is the year I finally will win the lottery......   If I do, I'll certainly let you know!

Happy 2011 Everyone!


  1. Happy New Year to you both. Good plans for 2011. See you soon, well April probably!
    Joy x

  2. Happy New Year Ali, look forward to more blog posts:)


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    Have a great day,

  4. Oh gosh, your comments about taking a bite of sandwich...also not being able to sleep the night before a market...all of them really...all so familiar to me!! I got up a half hour earlier than I thought I should this past weekend, and it really helped. Helped me be sleepier all day...but actually we did leave on time for once.


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