Goodness Gracious me! It doesn’t seem possible that it was 2007 that I wrote my first tentative post, and followed up with my first recorded finished project…
I’ve spent the last couple of days scrolling through all the posts and collecting images from each year. (And saying to myself…’was it THAT long ago?…how time flies…sigh’) It’s been quite a good indicator of my changing interests and how things have developed. My first year was quite transitional. I started our local Knit and Stitch group, Higgins arrived, I made my first forays into dyeing and discovered the delights of a good compact digital camera with lots of photos of the garden, flowers and nature.
The following year I discovered the rainbow loveliness to found at a budget price with Stylecraft yarn. Got my felting needles out again after a bit of a lull after graduating and my new studio was built.
There was a lot needlefelting in 2011. I had a stall at the Pickn’Mix Makers Market and took part in Open Studios for the first time…
Big things happened in 2012. We had a lovely family wedding, Open Studios again and I discovered the Planet Penny cotton and opened my little online shop. I wrote my first patterns and got invited to few exciting events.
2013 was more of the same, with some needlefelting workshops to run into the bargain, and a new Art Trail for Open Studios…
And this year, with a new member of family and lots of other plans, is shaping up quite nicely too!
But what has made it all so special is you. All you out there who visit, and comment and sign up to follow. Who leave comforting messages when things are difficult and encouraging remarks .
Writing this blog has meant I’ve met up with like minded people, and also been in touch with people from the other end of of the country and the other side of the world. It’s an amazing privilege, and a lot of fun!
So I’m planning a very special thank you.
I’m going to create a Box of Delights and fill it with the essence of what Planet Penny is all about. Little bits and pieces of everything I do. So there will be some yarn and fabric, ribbons and bindings, beads and buttons, ooh, all sorts of small bits of loveliness!
I’m going to be putting the box together over the next couple of weeks and sharing it so you can see what will be inside. I’m really looking forward to it!
And then? I’m going to give it away…to one of you.
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to take part. Maybe say something about yourself, about what you do, why you visit Planet Penny (maybe you come to play with Higgins!) The only stipulation is that it’s a)non-offensive and b)it’s not of the ‘me,me, pick me’ variety (you have to do a little work!)
I’ll do the draw when I’ve filled the box, and no, I don’t know how big the box is yet! And it’s open to everyone. If you have a standard postal service in your country I will send it there if your name come out of the hat!
I’m off to the studio now to start looking through all the goodies I have stored in boxes, tins and baskets, and hopefully a by-product of the Box of Delights will be a tidy studio. (Well, I can dream!)
See you soon…x