Hello there lovely Buttoneers! It’s almost Christmas!! I am very excited – I really am a big kid amongst the pretty, twinkling fairy lights and the decorating of the tree, not to mention the Christmas songs and films and festive socks (that one is for you Saree!) I am already getting a bit carried away! 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. To put on the brakes, sit in front of the telly or knit and sew just for me…maybe pull out some Christmas crafting that isn’t just for the blog or snuggle down under a thick fluffy blanket with a good book. All will be calm. All will be still. Well, a girl can dream can’t she!? 😉 I can guarantee I will be bouncing around in my festive pyjamas waiting to be able to tear open prezzies and fill my face with turkey! Who’s with me!?
Well, What a year! It has been Crazy Pants with capital letters this year.
I for one will be super-duper glad, with jingle bells on top, for the new year to come around, so we can all start a fresh and grab hold of a bit of hope and possibility again.
As you lovely Buttoneers know, this year was a tough year for us – I wrote all about it in my post ‘It’s Not You…It’s Me (And Why This Isn’t a Break Up)’ so rather than go over old ground, feel free to pop over and have a read.
All of the negativity and stress and anxiety led me to lose the hold I had on my life. It all sort of knocked my legs from under me and for a long while I worried that I had lost my mind, let alone my creativity! But, alas! The ice started to thaw, time became a healer, I found ways to cope better with situations and slowly but surely I found my way again. Bit by bit I started to blossom with ideas and excitement and love for what I do again. Hooray!
I learnt a lot about myself. I learnt a lot about people. I learnt about what was important to me and what was not.
I learnt that to just show up, to just sit at my desk and type or make or paint or sew, to just start…was, some days, enough.
I found out that my brain needs as much care as my body (and that honestly, both need to improve!) I found out that I really love what I do but also found that I shouldn’t overdo it. I found that I have a fire inside of me that lights up at the mention of art, craft, design and adventure. I found out that I am strong if I put my mind to it. 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.
I learnt that no matter what, I have a support network of family and friends (including my ever so patient and understanding, superhero fiancé) My favourites, behind me and I know that no matter how tough it gets, no matter what bad decisions I make, or however much I hibernate away, they are there, standing next to me, holding my hand.
After I was shook through the sieve this year, I learnt who the pure gems are. I learnt where and what and who my gold nuggets are…
That all said (and now I have got the soppy parts out of my system) I don’t think I did too bad this year, and considering the longer than planned hiatus in the summer, I am proud of what I have achieved.
I set myself a challenge at the very start of 2015 and through blood, sweat and tears in the early hours, I completed Create 28! Hooray! I am thrilled with all of my new products that I was able to launch into the Eliston Button Etsy Shop. I love them all but have a few favourites that I am itching to keep make again for myself!
This year was full of lovely new friends on here and on social media, particularly on Instagram.
It was full of new ventures, new horizons, new opportunities, new ideas. 2015 was full of making and blogging and adventures.
It was full of new connections and new excitement too. I feel like I am starting to find my feet a little bit more. Create 28 taught me what I love to make and how I love to make them. It taught me to be open to new plans and new products and to get myself out there and explore the possibilities. It taught me to not to take it all too seriously but not to slack off either. It taught me about balance.
Thank you to each and every one of you lovely Buttoneers. Thank you to every single one of you that is reading this post. Thank you to the subscribers. To the one-time readers (you really should sign up for updates and join the party!) Thank you for your kind words.
Thank you to the Pinterest pinners, re-pinners and followers (all 450,000 of you – yes really!! Wowee!) You blow my mind and knock my socks off! Thank you for building my confidence. For allowing me to find myself a little bit more each day. Thank you for pushing me to put it all out there and to take a leap. For jumping into my passions head first. Thank you for investing not just your money but your time into Eliston Button.
Thank you all for just being down right lovely. For helping me build up this blog brick by crafty little virtual brick. Thank you for helping grow this little creative space of handmade goodness. For supporting this tiny handmade business. Thank you for investing your hard earned money in my products – Every single individual order makes my day. Thank you for keeping this little crafty ship afloat on the adventurous seas and unknown horizons.
Thank you for sharing in my adventure. Thank you for coming along for the ride.
Without each and every one of you – I wouldn’t be able to pursue my dream and keep my crafty little heart and soul happy.
A new year ahead then eh? A new set of resolutions and lemon-fresh starts. New wishes and dreams and adventures.
Oh my, do I love a fresh canvas, a new palette of possibilities and a huge blank page to be filled with new memories.
I have lots of sparkling new ideas for the future of Eliston Button. I love blogging over here but I want to make more too, build up my Etsy Shop, take new leaps, try new crafts, learn new things. If I have learnt anything this year, it is that I need to take a step back when things get overwhelming, I need to look after myself and my mental health better (don’t we all!?) I need to take more time off, relax more, find more time to read and explore and try new things. I need to stop worrying about EVERYTHING!! (I am such a worrier and over-thinker and maybe slightly, possibly a bit of a perfectionist ;)) And if all else fails…I will take a nap!
I am excited to see where 2016 takes us. I hope we are happy, I hope we are well. I can’t ask for more than that for all of you too. I am excited to see where 2016 takes me and my little business. Speaking of which – Eliston Button is 2 years old on the 7th January!!! Whhhaaatt!!?? Crazy Pants!
I have so many hopes and dreams for you 2016, but above all, please be kind…
So, What are your plans for the holidays? Do you have any adventures planned? Maybe you have some new year’s resolutions? What was your favourite Eliston Button blog post this year? Which did you enjoy reading or crafting along to the most? I would love to hear all about it!
I will now be taking a break over the holidays here on the blog, but I will be still sharing behind-the-scenes and snippets of life over on Instagram and pinning all of the holiday cheer over on Pinterest!
Don’t forget to check out my last recommended postage dates and that cheeky Christmas promotion! The Eliston Button Etsy Shop will remain open over the Christmas period (so you can spend all of your Christmas money! 😉 Hooray!) I will still be posting out orders as long as the Post Office is open! See you next year my lovely Buttoneers!
Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea and a mince pie in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on and see you on the other side!