Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My Look Back at 2009

JANUARY: was a quiet start to the year; I was in reflective mood and reminisced about the little shop that I used to run.

I also enjoyed a trip to the theatre to see Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat.

FEBRUARY: Saw the deepest snow falls for us for many years...but then we also saw the first few signs that spring was on the way too.

The snowfalls kept me busy inside though and I updated my on-line shop with 50 items.

MARCH: My in laws celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

I also managed some spring cleaning and an adventure in the attic!

APRIL: This was a busy one and involved a range of pursuits; including a spot of 'grannyfying' in our laundry room, I had some of my photos and a small article included in the delightful Love Pink book,

and we enjoyed a jam-packed Easter weekend too.

MAY: I announced the items I had made and would be taking to the V&H fair (a very long post! ;-)),

as well as some antique and vintage rose printed china that I struggled to part with! I also wrote a review of some of the corsages and hats from the 40's and 50's that I had owned over the years.

JUNE: I enjoyed a few days with my Mum when she came to stay after helping me at the May V&H fair.
And there were more flea finds discovered this month too.

JULY: Was a busy month with one of its highlights being my eldest daughter's graduation ceremony at Aberystwyth University.

Hubby and I built our little haven at the bottom of our garden. And I found time for a bit of thrifting. (Again!)

AUGUST: The family holiday to Brittany in France where we had the best time!

And I got to visit that rather fabulous little haberdashery in Dinan too! ;-))

SEPTEMBER: A day out to Hay on Wye was one of the highlights for September -
and having our home photographed for a magazine article was pretty special as well!

OCTOBER: A weekend to remember was a spur of the moment booking to our beloved Devon for hubby and I.
(And another of our days out to lovely Lacock earlier that month)

NOVEMBER: A festive V&H fair in Chipping Sodbury.
And having my 'Revamp it Challenge' piece featured in Artful Blogging magazine was something I was proud to be a part of.
DECEMBER: By far the biggest event for me this year...finally being in possession of the keys to my-shop-to-be...
after announcing my plans the month before.

I feel I really have gone full circle this year; after reminiscing about the shop I used to run back in 2003, I am now about to embark on a new and exciting chapter of my life. I shall soon be opening my doors to Nostalgia at Number 1 and hope that I haven't made a huge mistake! Its difficult to ignore reports by the media stating that the the New Year will be one of hardship for many, as more and more people have lost their jobs over the last 12 months and the financial crisis will bite ever harder... but I'll give it my best shot and try to prove them wrong!...that's all I can do...
I hope 2010 will be a good year for everyone and be the start of exciting times for all of those willing to fight.
And judging by how fast this year has flown by, it won't be too long before we shall all be reflecting on another year that has elapsed...I hope the new memories that you will have by the end of next year will be happy ones and that the year will be kind,
Niki x

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Counting the Blessings

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas...
Creating new memories of moments shared with loved-ones...

Good food and laughter and perhaps a tipple or two?!

And maybe a few special pressies were opened and savoured?

We blew the cobwebs away with a bracing walk around the village on Boxing Day...
with another roast dinner in the evening.
Then Sunday it was back to work and on with the painting once again...with a little help from my eldest daughter.
The painting is almost complete now. There will be fittings to install and general bits and bobs to finish and then I shall have the huge task of moving all my stock in. I have booked some exterior painters to renovate the outside of the shop for me, as from the 4th January, but that will be weather permitting...Brrr...
If I have time I shall return to my blog for a look back over 2009, like I did last year and to wish you all every happiness for 2010,
Niki x

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

A Very Merry Christmas to all who read my blog.

Thank you for all of your visits and the comments left over the last year - it means so much to me.
I hope that you and yours have a wonderful time over the festive break. Be happy, safe and warm.


Merry Christmas from our home to yours,
Niki x