As we slowly roll into 2018 I wanted to do a quick post to reflect on the last year and share with you some of the highlights and my favourite things that happened to me last year!! I am hoping to share a little bit more about myself, my life and things I do so I hope you enjoy learning a little more about me in the process..
Here is what happened in 2017!!
1. Spending time with family!
Anyone who knows me, knows that family is the most important thing in the world to me! There isn’t many of us, but we are scattered around the world a little – Latvia, UK and Isle of Man!! I cherish every minute with the family and every time we meet it is extra special! We visited Latvia in July!
My beautiful sister and her fiance Ricky.
And we also had visitors in the Isle of Man over the festive period!
2. Amara Interior Awards
This must be the absolute highlight of the year (for my blog)! I was so nervous, excited and happy I honestly could not tell you how proud I was of my little blog that day!! I also got to meet so many wonderful people, enjoy the celebrations, get a fabulous goodie bag and spend some time with my sister! Oh, and I also conquered my fear and did my first ever interview on camera (thanks to my sister and a fair amount of gin cocktails !!)
Image Courtesy if IBA (http://www.interiorblogawards.com/)
3. Meeting New People
Last year I had the opportunity to meet some amazing people, from people I have admired for years to these like-minded bloggers and talented, beautiful and creative souls!!! Read more about Amara Interior Awards in my post and to see who I met at the Handmade Fair, go see this post!
We normally do a fair bit of travelling over the year but as we were doing lots of work on the house, we didn’t really have a holiday last year… We did however travel to Latvia, Wimbledon, Liverpool, London, Surrey and Kingston-upon-Thames.
5. Working with Amazing Brands & Features in a Magazine
I cannot express how important it is to build great relationships with brands! I am proud to have worked with many great companies over the last year. This allows me to keep this blog going!!
I am also happy to have made it into my favourite magazine several times over the last year!
6. My Friend’s Wedding
My friend got married in May and it was a fantastic day!!! I also made her a handmade gift, which you can see here! PS>>> I take orders!! 🙂
7. Handmade Fair
I finally got the chance to attend Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair in September! I even wrote a whole post about my amazing experience!
8. Re-discovering my Love for Painting and Art
With so much going on in my life, I forgot how much I actually loved to paint.. Last year I created several paintings for our house and also donated some to the local hospital. Shaun got me an easel for Christmas so there are no excuses now… More paintings will be coming my way.. I don’t claim to be the next Van Gogh or Frida Kahlo, BUT I really really REALLY enjoy doing it!!