Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Looking backwards


Gruelling. In lots of ways that's the word that describes 2010 for me. An ugly sounding word for what turned out to be a year that went from bad to worse for us. It was a year where I had a real sense of its 'unfolding'...and every time it unfolded it revealed something else that was unwelcome. But it's also the year that I've most enjoyed writing this blog: the act of documenting my sewing and other bits of creativity that I've immersed myself in has been something that I've loved doing more than ever and looking back over the old posts from this year reminds me of how very many good bits there have been in between the things that have cast shadows over the year, for all though I mainly focus on sewing, when I scrolled back through the year, I found snapshots (photographed or written about) of baking, gluing, sticking, singing, friends, sunshiney weekends here in England, as well as Paris, and so many other good things. My favourite finds were all things that I'd forgotten had been a part of the year: photographing body shape messages with my children, making peanut butter fudge with my husband and almost exactly a year ago, when we sat in our candlelit igloo in the back garden.

Because a new year makes me want to look back briefly before carrying on, I used Pummelvision (who are quite, quite wonderful and also free) to make a video from my Flickr account, but it isn't just a video of 2010...it starts all the way back in 2007 when I first started blogging. There's a lot missing as so often I forget to update my Flickr stream...and actually, I haven't uploaded a thing since October, even though I've been sewing almost non-stop. But still, it's an odd feeling seeing so many of my sewing memories flash before me, many of them I'd forgotten about until watching them here.


My Pummelvision from Florence on Vimeo.

Wishing you a happy, fun-filled 2011,
Florence x

16 comments:

  1. I loved your igloo too! I am sorry to hear that 2010 was a tough year for you- here is to a happy and healthy 2011!

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  2. Hope 2011 will be better all round, Florence.

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  3. I think there are lots of us who will not be sorry to see the back of 2010. I've found real inspiration from reading your blog this year, and hope you have a happy and creative 2011 :)

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  4. Your blog is an inspiration to me and seeing all those photos in slide-show format was wonderful. So many beautiful and colorful projects! Wishing you all the best in 2011. - Suzanne

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  5. I am so sorry to read that you have had a tough year, Florence. You would never know it from your blog, perhaps that is why you enjoyed it so much

    Lots of comments here on you being an inspiration, you certainly are to me. It was reading your blog that showed me how much fun it can be and inspired me to start mine, thank you so much.

    I hope you will have lots of happiness this year to balance last

    xx

    c

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  6. OH that igloo!!!
    Between that and your early December sled pulling adventure I am jealous :)
    Happy new year, and I hope it's a better one for you.

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  7. There's a lot of us are glad to see the back of 2010 but as you mention there are always good times that people forget. Trust you have an inspirational 2011 and enjoy life to the full

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  8. I think everyone loved your igloo Florence. It was so very beautiful. I hope this year has only good things for you x

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  9. Happy 2011 - Loooove the video! Thanks for sharing this new tool with us.

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  10. Being fairly new to blogging, it was wonderful to see how much you have progressed from your video and gives me hope that I can progress too. Thanks for always giving me a well written, helpful and insightful read.

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  11. Oh Florence, here's hoping that 2011 will be filled with lots more happy memories. Kate x

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  12. This post has made me realise how short a time I've been reading your blog! I hadn't seen any of those linked posts. The beautiful igloo is one of the most magical things I've seen on the internet, ever! Did you have another one recently? I found the snow very un-sticky this time, maybe because it was so cold.
    p.s. I haven't noticed other Ninas commenting; I might be all 3 you thought you had! I'll henceforth try and remember to call myself Nina Y. And my sister LOVED the slouchy make-up bag, expressing shock and disbelief that I'd actually made it (which I suppose is a compliment!).

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  13. I'm so glad your blog has reminded you of the good stuff. Every now and again we go through bad patches, but there is almost always something good in there somewhere, and you seem to have the gift of finding it!

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  14. I loved watching your video, so many lovely things.

    The igloo was fantastic. I remember trying to make one as a child one year but only got as far as a wall about three feet high.

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  15. happy new year to you too, I also found 2010 gruelling and after each event shall we say I would think well thats it now time for good times but no rubbishing things kept happening. Oh well new year, this one can't be like last at all. Wishing you a happy 2011. Please keep blogging you've helped keep me a little bit sane this year.

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  16. You video reminded me that I made your peppermint hearts.

    Unfortunately here in the tropics it was too hot and humid for them stay hard once out of the fridge.

    So.... instead of giving them away I had to eat them all :-)

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Florence x

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