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…Winter blog post last week, you will know how much I love this time of year…but most of all I love Christmas! I love the magic of it all. I love the gathering of my people all together for that one day, all safe and in one place and together.
As Christmases pass and Christmases change, as people come and people go – the one constant is that we come together no matter what and just be together. We are unashamedly ourselves. We are children again; no matter how old you are when those presents land in your lap.
We are calm and frantic and excited all at the same time. We are thoughtful and we remember. We hold each other close and we hold on tight.
As Christmases pass and Christmases change, one thing that never changes is how thankful I am for those around me and how much warmth and love is spread. We make the most of what we have and never for one minute take it for granted. They are my people and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
More than anything this year though, I will be super glad of a little break. To be around family and friends. To just stop for a while and soak it all in.
I will be super glad to put on the brakes, sit in front of Christmas telly, eat all of the festive food and worry about it all next year! I will be super glad to breathe a little, relax and go on adventures! To take some time out to revive the creative juices ready for next year. To be ready, steady, go-get-em-teddy to attempt to complete my Create 30 blog challenge before June! Ahhh! One step at a time…
I always like to sit down at this time of year and reflect over the year just gone. Buuuut…This year has been pretty crazy pants right!? If not personally for each of you, then globally. This little corner of the blogosphere will never be a political place. It will never become a place for war or hate, but I think we can all agree that 2016 can meet up with my personal 2015 and go to hell. I hope that 2017 is full of hope and joy and peace. I hope that people come together and support and love harder than ever before. I am hopeful for 2017 and I feel I haven’t said that in a really long time! As some of you know, we had one hell of a year last year and this year took a lot of patience, of waiting for things to happen and holding on to the hope that things would get better. It was the year of repair. The year of getting back on the horses and learning to ride them again. The year of building ourselves back up and trying again, and again all the while never letting it become who we are because, we are more than what happened to us.
The mountains and valleys of this year have made me stronger and wiser and I feel like for the first time in forever, I know who I am a little bit more. I know what I love to do and what I don’t love to do. I know my limits and know when I need to add a little self-care to my day-to-day.
I know that however many times people tell you that there will be a silver lining – I will never believe them until the moment the sun shines through a tiny crack and slowly brightens the way.
I know that I can make it – after all, I’ve come this far! I am so looking forward to the New Year. To fresh new starts and clean, blank pages. For new planners and new calendars and new opportunities. For out with the old and in with the new. I’m looking forward to moving forward with a smile that we made it, with a nod to lessons learnt. To starting out with a bit more hope and possibility again (even if it’s only for a short while!) To I’m looking Forward. Full Stop. Capital ‘F’.
Before I sat down to write this post, I looked back on what I had written in previous years and something that I had written waaaayyy back still resides inside me now. It essentially is how I feel at the end of every year and I wanted to share it all over again because I really believe that it will be valuable to hold on to every year, through dark and light alike…
“I learnt…That I can get through the toughest of times if I just remember to turn on the light (Thanks to J.K.Rowling for that one) I found that people can be horrendous and spiteful and terrorise others BUT, that if you look closely you can sift out the good ones, you can spot the real ones, the ones who are full of love and happiness and have huge hearts. They are my people. I want to be in that tribe.”
It is so true. My tribe hold my hand even if they aren’t stood next to me. They love and support and cheer me on when I need it the most (and sometimes when I deserve it the least) and I can’t thank them enough. I am so grateful to have them and am so looking forward to spending Christmas with them (You are with me in heart Charlie Bear!)
I have so much to tell you all and so much to share about my year. For now though, I am taking a break over the Christmas holidays and coming back in the New Year to Eliston Button’s 3rd Birthday! Can you believe that I have been sat tippy-tappying away on this little blog for 3 whole years now! Blimey! I feel like it was just yesterday that I held by breath and pressed that first ‘publish’ button and launched Eliston Button into the world. At the same time, I look back on those first two years and see how much I have grown and learnt. I am so proud of it all. So, keep your eyes peeled for that post next year and I have some really exciting news to share too! Eeek!
My last recommended Christmas postage dates are now gone but, as I have mentioned in previous posts, 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.
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 Insta stories (It is so weird hearing your own voice isn’t it!?) for liking my Facebook posts and pinning from my Pinterest boards (all 441,000 of you!! – Whaaaaatttt!!??) 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.
So here we are, on the cusp of fairy lights and wrapping paper everywhere, at the start of digging out the elasticated waist trousers for comfy eating and the beginnings of the wonderful magic of it all.
Merry Christmas to all you lovely Buttoneers and I hope you all have a happy, healthy (and handmade!) New Year! I will be back here on the blog in January but you can be sure to find me over on Instagram over the Holidays – I would love for you to come and say hello! Also, if you want to stay up-to-date with this little creative corner of the blogosphere, remember to subscribe to this blog and become a Buttoneer to get blog post updates straight to your inbox so you don’t miss a thing! (It’s free!)
Are you all ready for Christmas? Have you got all of the presents wrapped and under the tree? I am sooooo unorganised and need to get my wrap on to some festive tunes this evening! What is your favourite thing about the holiday season? Do you have any resolutions or wishes for next year? I would love to hear all about it!
Until next time, meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!
Above all else, stay safe, have adventures, soak up the magic, hug your loved ones and eat a lot of cake…oh and 2017…Please be kind – See you on the other side!