2013 was a year of rather proud moments for me along with a few lows but hey thats life isn't it...but there is one that has been scribbled right at the top of the list in big fat capital letters, one that popped onto my doormat yesterday afternoon, one that rounded up the year nicely a most wonderful spread in Country Living Magazine.
I am rather proud of this achievement because I have wished it for so long, not because I want to see myself in a magazine, not because I want to revel or show off or crave any kind of limelight but because I wanted to give something back, I wanted to inspire folks like others have inspired me. To read an article and go grab my paint brush straight away or shift stuff about my abode so it pleases the eye. A tonic when I needed a fresh view, which when you work and spend a lot of time at home can often bring all creative thought to a grinding halt.
Over the years Country Living has inspired me each month as I flipped its pages, it has introduced me to all sorts of things that I may never have stumbled across. Stories of makers, farmers, rural issues and various whatnot kept me enthralled but I always felt that much of it was out of reach and not truly obtainable for those of us with normal household budgets, a monthly juggling of finances and decided on whose school shoes could last another month...I mean how many of us have a coach house that we can turn into a studio. This is the reason I wanted to share my success in a magazine that has played a part in inspiring my journey.
What I hope is that folks will read my article and ponder my pictures and believe that they can if they so wish grab a bit of inspiration and pottle around their own homes for very few pennies. Do what you want to do and stop worrying about all the moaners and procrastinators around you (I include myself in that group when I'm in one of those moods!)
So my goals for 2014 are to shove out any negative influences that whitter on in my ear and smack that eject button pushing them out of my life and roll with it. We all choose what path we want to take, I am going to knuckle down get my books written and on their way, change my house about at every opportunity, finally sort my garden out...this year I promise myself, continue my battle to reduce my darn pills ( this involves eating a potato before bed...more on that later) and potter through each day.
So on that note here are my wonderful pictures styled by the fabulous Caro and snapped by the equally lovely Cath and a huge thanks also to Sue who wrote the tale and I think got over the essence of my everyday crazy. So go buy the magazine thats out on 3rd Jan cause as my pictures are crappity crap....
I would also like to say a big fat thank you to all those that share their homes, makes, this and that usually for nowt cause you lot constantly ignite a spark, that often becomes a crazy idea and usually involves my boys shifting stuff about.
So here's to 2014 and lets hope its a ruddy good year....x