31 December 2012

A Moment of Reflection...


Warning: This post contains a fair amount of gushing.

It's that time of year when, like many people, I look back over the past twelve months, reflect on what I've made of my time, and set goals for the new year. Dreaming on trains is a great way of gaining perspective, so that's exactly what I did yesterday, with a day trip out of London planned especially for that purpose. 

For me, 2012 has been... intense. Throughout the year, this blog has been a welcome constant in my life. The discipline of committing to writing two posts a week has kept me focused and grounded no matter what else has been going on in my life - both at times when I've felt blue and needed lifting, or times when I was on cloud nine and maybe needed bringing back down to earth a little :)

 
Favourite makes of 2012

Moreover, as well as keeping me focused, being part of the online maker movement has brought me SO MUCH JOY. The authenticity and unpredictability of blogs makes them so much more interesting to me than reading a lot of mainstream media. Looking at the beautiful things people make themselves brings me so much pleasure. I love the internet, y'all!

Favourite spam comment of 2012, man

And producing blog posts myself is soooo satisfying, bringing me just as much pleasure as making my own clothing. Tomorrow marks my three year blogiversary. I am so happy that three years ago I took a risk, clicked "publish" and began contributing to such a wonderful community.

So I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to all my readers who have supported me and spurred me on to keep up my blog. Your encouraging comments and emails really mean so much to me. And a big virtual hug to the other bloggers of the world who brighten my days with their creativity, wisdom and humour. You guys are the best :)


Most unexpected comment (which is actually quite cool)

And you make me want to make this blog better! I have some exciting (well, exciting for me at least) things up my proverbial (homemade) sleeve to share with you over the coming weeks. The first is a blog design makeover which will go live tomorrow to coincide with the new year. I hope you like it!



Wishing you all a very happy new year!

Love from Tilly xx

42 comments:

  1. I had a good laugh at these comments! Unexpected to say the least.. Thanks for sharing all this year with us, I'm looking forward to 2013 and the discoveries and surprises it will bring! I'll be back tomorrow to have a look at the blog makeover. Happy new year Tilly!

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  2. Hilarious comments! How exciting to see a blog makeover! Although I already think your blog is so pretty, so I'm intrigued to see how it can be improved!!! Sounds as though next year is going to be amazing for you, Tilly. Thanks for all your inspiration - you were one of the first sewing blogs I used to read, gasping at your wonderful creations and immaculate style.

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  3. Love the comments! I just wanted to say thanks - your OWOP week really motivated me as I had literally just started sewing and I wore my picnic blanket skirt so many times in the summer, I will definitely be making another. A very Happy New Year :)

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    1. That's great to know, thank you. And do show me when you make a second Picnic Blanket Skirt!

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  4. A moving and hilarious post at the same time Tilly! It's truly been a pleasure reading your blog, especially as yours was one of the very first I discovered over 2 years ago now...thanks so much for all the inspiration! Like Karen I can't imagine how you can improve this beautiful online space of yours, but I can't wait to see! I'm also very excited to find out what else is up your sleeve for 2013 ;o)

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    1. Aw thank you, Marie! I really appreciate how supportive you've been x

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  5. Wahay Tilly, I'm so pleased you've had a great year and that blogging and sewing has brought you so much pleasure during the difficult times. And I have to echo what Karen and Marie have said, thank YOU for the constant inspiration. It was your blog that spurred me on to start my own so I'm very grateful you took the plunge three years ago! Happy New Year. xx

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    1. Aw Jane, I still remember the first email you sent me. How lovely that blogging has given me a friend like you :)

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  6. hehe those were some great comments!

    Happy New year!

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  7. Happy new year!!


    p.s. I promise I didn't really spend ages trying to think of a cool/funny comment to rival the above as I failed. :)

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  8. I have been reading for a while, but first comment: like the others above, I want to thank you for all your hard work and making your blog a pleasure to read. I look forward to what you have in store for us in 2013! Have a safe and happy yew year!

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    1. Aw thank you. Happy new year to you too!

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  9. Yay, Happy New Year and Happy Blogiversary!

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  10. Brilliant comments, I bet you laughed for days about the second one!!

    you have such a lovely inspirational blog Tilly!
    keep it coming, hope you have a great 2013!!

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    1. I just had to save it and share it with you!

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  11. ooh - exciting! will keep my eyes peeled for the blog change :) Thanks for all the inspiration as I've begun my journey in dressmaking x

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    1. So glad you've found it inspiring!

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  12. Happy New Year, Tilly! I'm off to start my red dot New Look 6000, directly inspired by your navy dot one :)

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  13. Happy New Year and happy blogiversary! Looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeves in2013!

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    1. Happy new year to you too, Debi! Sounds like you have a wonderful year ahead x

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  14. I get so excited when people re-do their blog designs!! Mainly because I want to re-do mine at least 4 times a month haha! So I'll be living vicariously through you and your new blog design tomorrow ;) I've enjoyed reading your blog and I can't wait to see what you make in 2013! Happy New Year! xo

    Oh, one suggestion I have for you on the new blog, if possible, is to make comments with just a name/URL an option. I can't easily comment any way else.

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    1. Your blog is lovely as it is!

      I've emailed you about the reason for the comment options...

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  15. Happy new year and happy 3rd blogiversary! What an epic twelve months for you- it will be great to see where 2013 takes you :D

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  16. Looking forward to seeing your blog makeover and thank you for all the great blog posts you share. Happy New Year :)

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  17. Happy New Year and Happy Sewing!

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  18. Love the new design, and congratulations on your 3rd anniversary!

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  19. Happy New Year, Miss. Tilly! I adore the new blog look. I noticed it right away. (share your secrets with me please. my blog is booooooooring) Looking forward to all the new projects of the year and especially when we all chip in on Me Made May.

    --Margaret

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    1. Thank you so much! I like your blog - it's pretty.

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  20. I have that Cath Kidston sewing house. It's like a Mary Poppins bag :)

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  21. What a beautiful workspace. I have sewing table envy.

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