Hands up who hasn't done a thing since Christmas? Yep. The past 7 days have been a complete blur for me, but a much needed blur. I really can't believe another year has passed as I sit down today to review the blog-worthy stuff that's gone down the past 12 months. If I'm honest, I'm a little disappointed I didn't go out and initiate more opportunities for myself, but my confidence has really only started to pick up within the past few weeks, so I'm trying to be less hard on myself.
2014 was the year I got pumped about getting my shit together and organised ...
In March I summarized my top 5 spring decluttering tips in a blog post that I still use to this day. I then got to nerd out about organisation with Sarah in print in Image Interiors & Living's August / September issue, then I shared my ten minute morning tidy here on the blog in August. Something I do this day religiously every morning.
Then in May of this year I met up with a long time cyber friend Maria [aka, Dinki Dots!] and we attended the first Blogtacular 2014 in London town. It was an exciting and equally exhausting day and a half and I'm so glad Maria didn't turn out to be a serial killer. I'm so very glad we decided to meet up as we got along even better in 'real life', sitting up way past our bedtime talking all sorts of nonsense. I can say I made a real friend with Maria.
In June I was asked by Lily to help take her and her husband Alan's online Mexican food shop and design their newly purchased shop. It was an absolute honour to be asked by such an awesome power couple to make Picado Mexican what it is today ...
... My heart still swells with pride [lame alert] when I think of Picado. I think of where we started, what we managed to achieve and not only how quickly we were able to give life to Picado, but we didn't want to strangle each other by the end of it all. That's how awesome Lily and Alan are. I couldn't have asked to work with a more awesome and inspiring couple.
The day after Picado opened, husband and I jetted off to Stockholm to chillax on our Baltic Cruise ...
... What I wouldn't give to be in either Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia or Latvia right now in the winter time. Insert heart-eye emoji here.
In August I was asked by my co-worker Avril to design a website for her to showcase her incredibly unique artwork ahead of her television debut ...
... What we came up with was a tailored and streamline site that highlighted Avril's mind boggling artwork, Avril Hutch Acrylic Artwork. You've seriously got to check out her artwork >> www.avrilhutch.com << Girl got mad skills.
This year I made a few DIYs and tutorials across a wide variety of skill levels and mediums ...
Some of my favourite DIYs this year were ...
- the Death Star globe I made for husband's birthday
- a tutorial on how to repair very worn [and haggard] rugs
- how to get bolder shelves on a budget
- my simple lamp shade upgrade
- the up/recycled cat scratching post I made from our old scratching post
- the DIY rescue kit for the unexpected guest, perfect for your spare bedroom
- this years edible ornaments that I made not once, but twice [because we're pigs]
I was also featured in some pretty damn exciting articles both online and in print this year ...
... First up, not necessarily me per se, but our fur babies Juniper and Toshi were featured in AO's favourite interior bloggers pets [thanks again Kimberly xx], I wrote for Image Interiors & Living, made my first appearance in a book, and most recently featured in the Sunday Times.
And the biggest change for me online this year was I finally bit the bullet and changed the name of my website from 'Hydrangea Girl' to 'The Interior DIYer' in November. I know it shouldn't make that much of a difference, but I already feel like I can take myself a bit more seriously. Just a bit.
Happy New Years Eve, homies! I hope you've had a great 2014 and already have your mind set on new goals or milestones for next year. I know I do as I didn't step out of my comfort zone as much as I'd like to have in 2014. But that's what new years resolutions are for, right? Guilt tripping yourself.