The new year is a perfect excuse to look back over the previous year, and it’s really useful to review what did and didn’t work well so you can do better in the coming year. It’s also really nice to remind yourself of everything you did, and especially all the things you achieved, so you can start the new year with confidence and a happy glowing feeling.
So here’s a summary of what I feel are my highlights from 2012:
I started the once a month promise and set myself the challenge of buying a handmade jewelry component once a month and then making something with them. I had a lot of fun trying to design a piece of jewelry with a random component each month and I’ll be quite sad once I’ve made my December piece and the challenge is over.
My favourite Once A Month Challenge piece!
I decided to give twitter another chance and discovered the awesomness that is tweetchats and then went on to host one myself! I love how many new friends and connections I’ve managed to make on twitter; there’s a whole community out there and I’m so pleased I joined it.
I carried on building on my skills in 2012 and tried out several new techniques including etching and chemical patinating. I also got a custom rubber stamp and started providing branded gift boxes with every order. I’m so happy with how much more professional they look now!
The results of my early etching experiments
I love custom work and I was fortunate in 2012 to make 2 custom wedding orders and a few other custom pieces. Some of that work hasn’t been shared here yet so I’ll be showing you that in the next few weeks!
Custom Wedding Headpiece
We moved house and, as a result, I got a lovely new studio space which is so much bigger than before. Shortly after that my husband took me on an amazing surprise vacation to Hawaii where I got in equal parts relaxation and inspiration, coming back with loads of new ideas!
Volcano at night time in Hawai’i
I am now selling my work in 2 San Francisco stores, Adorna Bella and Urban Bazaar. I know I didn’t actually tell you about Urban Bazaar because it happened not long before Christmas so I was too busy to get a post together.
Finally, it’s been a big year for me for blogging! I’m now a regular contributor on IAMTHELAB and also on Daft Crafts, as well as starting 2 new blogs which I’ll tell you about in more detail very, very soon!
How did your year shake out? Do you enjoy looking back or do you prefer to keep your eyes firmly ahead?