Friday, December 31, 2010

End



Is it just me, or is the end of a year always tinged with a smidgeon of melancholy? I always find it to be a funny old time. 2010 has proven itself to be a little on the tricky side for this Myrtleandeunice. There’s been a bit of standing in grown-up shoes to be done. There’s a waft or two of regret and sadness. Overwhelmingly, though, I am mindful that it has been a year blessed with great fortune: family, love, health.



I’ve been sitting indulgently at the computer, doing an inventory of the stuff I made this year. That’s one truckload of crafty therapy. I am delighted to reflect on quite some making of mischief, winging-it moments, mistakes and twenty bazillion learning curves.



Above all, there’s a tonne of heart and soul thrown in to all this lot. I look at each and every image and there’s an attached recollection surrounding a happening or a holiday or a celebration or an I-remember-where-I-was-stitching-that! All of this making represents little spring boards for memories of ordinary and not-so ordinary moments that have filled this year and make up another 365 days of a life lived.



I reckon I’m ready now. For a 2011 packed with inevitable ups and downs and roundabouts and loved ones and joys and hopes and tears and, well, living. Wishing the happiest of New Years to you, lovely peeps. May it be filled with all of your nicest dreams.



I’m off to play with my family and bask in the summer. I’ll see you on the flip side. Let’s see if we can’t get a little 2011 crafty mischief happening, eh?

51 comments:

Tas said...

I think I face the end of the year with a touch of resignation- the same way I approach my birthdays these days. "Well, another year gone. Where the heck did that go?"
What an amazing collection of craftiness you have presented there.
Crafting in 2011? Bring it on, baby! Happy Hew Year, lovie!

teddybearswednesday said...

I totally agree about the tinge of melancholy at the end of each year, and I dunno, it seems more pronounced this year to me.
2010 wasn't a great year for a lot of people. Maybe that has something to do with it. Mine was pretty difficult but also some really special and wonderfuls things happened. Like meeting you, was pretty darn super
I'm loving this post and also revisiting all the wonderful
creations of M&E from the year.
SO as I realise the length of this comment already, I say HAPPY NEW YEAR gorgeous!! And hope 2011 is a real corker for you xo

Nikki said...

What a fabulous round-up! Glad to see that the yoga-doing hot giraffe made it into the wall of memories.

Happiest of happies to you, Mrs M&E, and I hope you have lots of ordinary, walking-in-comfy (not grown up) shoes time in 2011.

PaisleyJade said...

It's amazing looking at all the things we actually make isn't it - have a wonderful 2011!!

spectacularfairywren said...

Thanks for all of your lovely thoughts and images through the year. And esp thanks for the dead blowie...

june at noon said...

So many gorgeous photos! You've surely had a fantastic year, crafty-speaking, and I can't wait to see what's up your sleeve for the next!

Maggie said...

wow, I can't believe you fit so much in! It's a big call, but looking back you're my favourite crafter of 2010. So much awesome and varied stuff you did, too cool. I'm looking forward to more Myrtle and Eunice aceness next year :)
Happy New Year!

Andi said...

Happy new year lovely crafty friend!

gretchenmist said...

happy new year!! love your photos :)

One Flew Over said...

A Happy New Year to you Tan!

I hope 2011 is filled with as much craftiness as 2010, enjoy the ride x

CurlyPops said...

Isn't it amazing how the craft that you were working on at the time brings back the memory of the moment or the event where it happened?
I hope you have a super wonderful 2011 filled with toilet paper roll creations!

Bird Bath said...

what a productive year you have had! I have so enjoyed watching you create so many wonderful projects - and there have been many smiles when reading your comments and blog. Cheers and Happy New Year.

Stomper Girl said...

Happy New Year Tania and to your family too. Your crafty genius is inspiring and impressive, as is your output.

librarygirl said...

Lovely post darl - you write as well as you sew! and craft! and everything. Happy NY,
xxx

Kylie said...

So many amazing projects Tania! Well done you and good on you too for putting them all together like this. I still have a very special love of your crocheted leaves :) Happy new things! Kx

OohLookBel said...

Great roundup and reminder of all the beautiful (and meaningful) things you made this year. Have a happy new year!

Michelle said...

Hope the new year brings lots of wonderful things for the whole Myrtle and Eunice clan, and as much variety in your crafting as 2010 did.

Sophie Isobel Designs said...

What a wonderful year! Very inspiring indeed! Happy New Years to you!
Sophie x

Wendy Sice said...

Your images are super-inspiring and remind me that these holidays are for getting my craft on! Have a good one! xx

margaret said...

I've throughly enjoyed your Blog throughout this year! Love the photo mosaic! all the best for a great start to the New Year! M

Posie Patchwork said...

Enjoy your new year Tania girl, i think as we get older there is more to mix up, with parents getting older, children growing up, more crafty options . . . so Happy New Year & here's to more crafty goodness in 2011. Love Posie

rachelmp said...

A lovely post, and all the happiness for the new year too

nikkishell said...

Happy new year to you lady!

leslie said...

damn those adult shoes, i've had to wear them too much this year, pinchy and uncomfortable and just plain not nice. happy 2011 to you, looking forward to seeing what crafty mischief you get up to this year. x

Angus In Northcote said...

Top Sixteen!

Hope '11 is full of crafty goodness, the odd bit of decent work for the Mr and Mrs and NO LOSS OF EXTERNAL BODY PARTS!

My security word is balfutz which is Germanic in origin and describes the feeling of dread one experiences just before something rather good happens unexpectedly.

"her levels of balfutz were high which ironically boded well for the future."

The issue with balfutz, of course, is it may just be simple dread. One can never tell until examining the feeling with 20/20 hindsight.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Ahem... nice to see the return of Angus from Northcote and his wise words of wisdom.

I think I realised reading this post that at the end of the year I am looking forward with excitement rather than looking back at what was, which describes so much about me.... suffice to say I did my round up like this a week or so ago- because the year was already over for me. I like New Years, the newness of it, the freshness of beginnings and all those opportunities waiting to be grabbed enthusiastically.
Wishing you a fantastical 2011, full of great stuff. xx

sooz said...

Rock on to 2011! I am putting the melancholy to one side and leaping towards the light. I'll see you there!

Lauren said...

And a Happy New Year to you, fabulous woman! Wishing you lovely sunny days ahead. x

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Row after row of amazing creations ..... what a year you've had , and I'm expecting great things of 2011!
Meanwhile , we wish each and every Myrtle & Eunice a very happy , healthy and fun-filled New Year!

Kimbeau said...

Thanks for your wisdom and the tea towels, Tania. All the best for 2011.
Hayley's mum.X

Tanya said...

I love the sound of crafty mischief! Happy 2011 Tania.

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

I just love these mosaics, in terms of craftiness, what an amazing year you've had. Wishing you a year filled with less need for "craft therapy" and much more for pure "crafting bliss". xxx

Kaylovesvintage said...

wishing you a sparkling 2011
and some time for a swap with me

noflik nifelje said...

What a beautfull blog you've got! I wish you a beautifull and creative 2011! greetings Petra
www.nofliknifelje.blogspot.com

flowerpress said...

Wow! Did you look at all that great fabulous stuff you made! You are amazing!!!
I am letting the New Year wash over me and trying not to be too sentimental about hanging with my gang.

Mel said...

Man my M&E radar is way off. Not one but THREE posts since the promised bloggy break and I missed 'em all with not even the slightest feeling in me waters! And then as if that weren't bad enough I was vaguely considering doing a little mosaic of my own crafty therapy from 2010 but seeing your not one but FIVE mosaics of awesomeness ... well I may just need to reconsider! Seriously though, thanks for another year of all out belly laughs, drool-worthy photographs and crafty inspiration. And now don't you dare go on any sort of extended leave just as I'm considering a comeback!!

Sandrine said...

Wishing a easier, healthy happy and crafty 2011 Tania.Thank you for those lovely mosaics, what a great picture of your cleverness!X

Amanda said...

You have a way with everything...I always feel inspired when I visit your spot. Thanks for sharing your wit and talent with us. Much Love..And Happy New Year

Cathy {tinniegirl} said...

No melancholy here. I love new year, i love the freshness of it, the feeling of possibility and optimism.

Happy New Year T. Hope 2011 is wonderful for you and your tribe.

Love your photo collages.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

It has been such a joy to visit Myrtle and Eunice during 2010 - so much creative fun going on here. I love your entertaining style and look forward to seeing what you get up to 2011! Enjoy your summer break with the kids.

62cherry said...

JOY! xx

perchesinthesoul said...

Your craft round-up looks wonderful! Happy wishes for your new year :)

The Thrifty Fox said...

Just found your blog, what fun!! Its great to have discovered a blog that is not only inspirational but really witty!!

Duyvken said...

What a beautiful roundup, you have had a very creative year, my dear!

Lauren said...

oh I see a photo of my pin cushion! That has been so excellent! :) Happy New Year to you and your family! xx

jolijou said...

Happy New Year my dear!! WOW, what a round-up! I can' wait too see all the mischief you have in store for 2011!!
x andrea

heather said...

that made me happy an inspired. happy 1/11/11 tomorrow, among all the other days of this new year too, of course!!!! your embroidery craft work is my favorite i think. the craft heart and the fly, even though it gives me the willies. that is probably why i love it. so funny and good and black. oh, and the chicken. yes. i am definitely into the embroidery the most. but i love it all, with the bits of red are so good about keeping in the mix.

quirky granola girl said...

that is an impressive craft round up for the year.

but really, i came here today to check where you lived in Australia. i don't know what to say about the flooding and devastation. i hope it eases soon and i hope that people can help take care of each other.

wishing you health and safety.

Kaylovesvintage said...

busy bee....

Madeline said...

I'm so behind on blog reading and world news. Just came to check in. Hope you and your loved ones are safe and dry!

Umatji said...

oh I know what you mean but actually we were pretty glad to see the back of it and have planned a '2010 - that year was a f**cker party' - want to come!
xx