Hello lovely Buttoneers! I can’t believe we are at the last blog post of the year! WE MADE IT!! Hooray! If you read my For the Love of…Christmas blog post earlier this week, you will know how much I love this time of year but I am soooo ready to take a break over the holidays to recharge the creative batteries and power up again for the New Year.
I am really looking forward to taking a break this year. It’s been a full on year and I’m ready to sit down, pyjamas on and sip a cup of tea in front of Christmas telly, rather than having far too many tabs open in my brain about orders and blogging and social media whilst crafting like a crazy lady to keep up with sprout orders! Phew! I’m exhausted and as usual at this time of year, I am feeling a bit burnt out so a break has come at a really great time.
I’m like a big kid at Christmas. I love to get swept up in the magic and fairy lights and fuzzy warm feelings you get when you all come together and exchange gifts and eat aaaalllll the festive food!
I can never sleep on Christmas Eve from the excited anticipation and can’t wait to throw myself headfirst into the festivities in the morning!
One of my most vivid memories of Christmas Eve as a child (but definitely old enough to know better!) was sneaking out of bed and tip-toeing to the window to peek out, desperately searching the stars for one that looked like a sleigh. I was eager to hear the sound of jingle bells on the roof and the soft thuds of footsteps on the slate roof tiles. Mum always told us that Father Christmas always gave the presents to Dad in the porch and Dad put them under the tree for him, as not to scare us with the thought of a strange man entering our house via the chimney (and in hindsight to cover their backs just in case they were caught placing them around the tree!)
Yet, I still imagined Rudolf along with Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner, and Blitzen all sat up on the roof, eating the carrots I placed outside for them on a festive plate…
I always think of this on Christmas Eve and always make sure I glance out of the window before crawling into bed…you know…just in case…
I still can’t quite believe that the next time we chat we will be in 2018! It still sounds quite futuristic doesn’t it?
Maybe, because as a child of the 90’s, I always think that 10 years ago was the first decade of the 2000’s, even though I know that was my teens – wow I sound old! Haha!
In the New Year, I will be rounding up the past year when I am back in the studio in January, when my little bloggity-blog turns 4! Can you believe it!? I seriously cannot believe that I have been writing this blog for four whole years through blog challenges like 27 Before 27, Create 28 and Create 30, through not one, but two house moves and a whole lot of life stuff and work stuff. Wooo-eeee!
Actually re-reading that, I feel like maybe I’m just in total denial about the amount of years that pass – Aren’t we all though?
Thank you to everyone that supported Eliston Button this year – From the bottom of my crafty little, button-filled heart – Thank you for believing in me and my little creative biz, thank you so following my adventure and for investing, not only my Etsy shop, but your time to read my blog posts and Instagram chatters, for watching my first YouTube video(!) (It is so weird hearing your own voice isn’t it!?) for liking my Facebook posts, Tweeting my Twitter posts and pinning from my Pinterest boards. Thank you all for keeping this little crafty ship afloat on the adventurous seas and unknown horizons. Thank you for sharing in my adventure and for coming along for the ride.
As for 2018, well I am hopeful. I am looking forward to fresh starts and clean slates. I am looking forward to blank pages and new days to fill. I am looking forward to exciting new opportunities and wonderful new adventures. We shall see.
It is the beginning of anything we want. Our hopes and dreams are at the edges of our fingertips and now it’s time to chase them. A fresh new abundance of opportunities. 365 fresh new days and fresh new chances. How exciting!
One of my all-time favourite quotes by F. Scott Fitzgerald really resonates at this time of year. It is so true and so real and hits you right in the thinking cap…
“For what it’s worth… it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you’ve never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start over again.”
Fill the New Year with smiles, laughter, sparkles and magic. Fill it with adventure, hope, opportunity and life. I hope in 2018 we all grab life by the horns and buckaroo through each day and each month, holding on tight to the saddle but being brave enough to let go once in a while. I hope we can throw our arms in the air, laugh with reckless abandon and lasso our hopes and our wishes. I hope 2018 is full of happiness and health and above all love…
Before I head off to grab a mince pie and breathe a sigh of relief that I am all caught up with my work, before I tackle the unfinished Christmas decorations and the mountain of presents that need wrapping…
The Eliston Button Etsy shop will remain open over the holiday period (so you can spend your Christmas pennies or shop for those difficult January birthdays!) and the little doses of handmade goodness will be shipped out as soon as the Post Offices are open again. I will email out personal shipping dates to anyone who orders before the New Year so you are kept up to date.
I will be taking a break over the holiday season from this blog and social media so that I can soak up all the magic and spend time with the people around me without my face in my phone. As much as I love social media, it will be so nice to really be in the moment and not worry about what to post or what everyone else is doing while I pig out on too many chocolates and mini sausage rolls!
I hope you all have the most wonderful of Christmases, the happiest of holidays and the most fabulous of New Year’s…
Above all else, stay safe, have adventures, soak up the magic, hug your loved ones and eat a lot of festive food…oh and 2018…Please be kind…I’ll see you on the other side!
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Until next time, meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!