2016, The Year of Travel Indeed!

2016, The Year Of Travel

2016 has been a notoriously bad year, but thankfully when I look back it’s turned out to be a pretty good year for me personally.

This year we bought our first house after 9 months of ridiculous paperwork issues and we started renovations to turn it into our dream home, ripped down a wall and decided to turn our living/dining space into a massive American Diner style kitchen with a bar. I know, ambitious much?

2016 was also the year that I became co-captain of Etsy Team Leeds, our local team of Etsy sellers and got involved in organising craft fairs, meetings and events. This year we organised a kick-ass Etsy Made Local Christmas market with 7,000 shoppers through the door over two days.

In business, this year I made a huge investment and I bought my very own laser cutter. I arranged to meet with the guys at the showroom and chose my very first laser baby all by myself! We had the machine installed into our workspace outside and received full training in order to become laser cutting ninjas! It was VERY exciting and I can’t wait to use it to sample up a gazillion new designs in the new year.

I turned 30!!

2016 was the year I went on no less than 10 flights… in fact, most of those were in October alone! At the beginning of the year I declared it ‘The Year of Travel’ and for the most part I felt it had been a massive fail on the travel front, but as October rolled around it all changed – Stu and I jetted off to Cyprus for our late Summer holiday with the family; my dad, step mum, brother and my brother’s girlfriend as we have been holidaying together a lot in recent years and from then on I was invited on my very first press trip to Paris by Doncaster Airport and the following weekend I popped back over to the city of love to attend the European Captain Summit with Etsy and it was the first time I had left the country alone. Last, but by no means least, Stu surprised me for my 30th birthday by finally taking me to see some of Sicily with a trip to Catania (blog posts to follow!). I also visited Cumbria, Cornwall, Scarborough and Northumberland. The Year of Travel indeed!

2016, you weren’t too shabby so 2017 has a lot to live up to! I would, however, appreciate it if you would kill of less inspiring and talented icons next year? K, THXS.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Have a good one, whatever you’re doing, you lovely folks!

Loves x xx

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The Wonders of 2012; A Year in Review

JANUARY | Minaret treat us to their first gig in three years. Endless friends gather at a local pub while the band soundcheck. One of the best days of the year.
FEBRUARY | Exactly a year since my very first jewellery sale I have 220 sales on Etsy alone. Hundreds of pairs of earrings made. Lots of friendships formed, so many things learned.
MARCH | My oldest friend in the world gets married. I am bridesmaid alongside a loved school friend and a lovely new friend. I become a smidgen less cynical ;)


APRIL | I join as a new seller. I have no idea how amazing this is going to be for my business.
MAY | I go on tour with my girlies to visit sweet old friends and meet some awesome new ones. I see the sea for the first time in years. I discover Young Hines‘ music which will become the soundtrack to my year.
JUNE | My sort-of Step Brother and his family visit from the USA and I meet my brand new sort-of Step Nephew, Ben. I’m not usually crazy about babies, but he’s a total dude.


JULY | I take part in a fashion show with my family business’ label, Tweed & Country. It’s a great success and a lot of fun for standing in a muddy field!
AUGUST | I head to London with Boyfriend to see Blur in Hyde Park for part of the Olympics Closing Ceremony. I meet my bestest Etsy friend, Bex from Rebecca’s Emporium, for the first time in real life(!). Friends come from far and wide for our Mexican themed party. I get to hang out with a friend from the US and see him play with The Shins. I finally get to see one of my favourite bands live and in my own city too! August was a great month!
SEPTEMBER | I reveal my gorgeous new logo which takes my lil’ jewellery shop from hobby to serious business. I take a break and visit my Dad’s apartment in Cyprus with my Dad, Step Mum, Big Brother and Boyfriend and go parasailing!!

OCTOBER | Boyfriend and I celebrate our epic five year anniversary :)) I am asked to be featured in two craft magazines.
NOVEMBER | I get an unexpected visit from a very old friend from the US. We meet for the first time, despite knowing each other for 5 years. I write my very first guest blog post. I get spoiled for my birthday.
DECEMBER | My wee indie business takes off in ways I never could have imagined. I am overwhelmed. I am able to treat my family to special gifts for Christmas for the first time. I hope they know how much they mean to me <3

I hope you have a wonderful new year folks! Thanks for joining me in 2012 and I’ll see you all in 2013! Loves x xx

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