2013 Year in Review

2013 Year in Review

Happy New Year! This is my 2013 year in review post. I have been blogging for four years and now have four of these collages up on my wall in my craft room. It’s great inspiration for me to see a highlight of what I have achieved and the areas that I have favoured each year.

2013 was a big year for yarn, knitting and crochet. It kicked off with a ripple-along crochet blanket, african flower cushion, a knitted Noro blanket and then clothes and jumpers for the kids. Later in the year I was focusing on creating craft items for the school fete which really took up a lot of my time. It was well worth it though with the stall raising over $1,800 for the school.

We decided to have a year free of kids parties so not as many cakes but the thong cake was a bit of fun for my husband (no not that type of thong!). Then I designed and created one of my favourite cakes ever a mermaid Blythe doll cake.

I can’t believe we have been at our acreage nearly 2 years now, living in the city is already a distant memory. Sometimes I think I miss it and then I drive to Sydney and realise I don’t at all! We’ve had a big year for our animals with a new bunny, baby goats and 30 odd chicks. Our alpacas were shorn for the first time recently so now I need to make the time to spin their fleece.

If you’re interested in previous year in review posts to see what I’ve created over the last four years you can find them here –20102011 and 2012.

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving lovely comments which make it all worthwhile. I look forward to sharing more of my crafts and growing creatively this year.

So here’s to a fabulous 2014!!


  • Lianne

    What a great year! I have only just started reading your blog and noticed that you have a spinning wheel. I got one as a surprise from my husband for Christmas and I have no idea on how to spin but is very keen to learn and was wondering if you could recommend any books, classes or websites that might help. I live on Lake Macquarie, central coast nsw.

    • Lorelei

      Hi Lianne, Thanks for your message. I believe that the best way to learn spinning is to see someone do it in person. I was struggling on my own with books and online until I went and had a lesson in Sydney (http://www.petlins.com). Alas it was was a bit far for me to travel and so didn’t keep it up and then when I sat down to spin I couldn’t do it very well. This year I’m going to join a local spinning and weaving guild (http://www.nsweave.org.au/link/guild.html) and I would recommend you do the same. I was going to visit last year but the day they met didn’t suit me. There should be one in your area and they will be able to answer all you questions and let you know where to purchase supplies etc. Best of luck with it, what a lovely gift. I have 2 beautiful big bags of wool from my alpacas that I very excited to spin. May 2014 be a big year for spinning!

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