Friday, 2 January 2015

LIFE: Last Year I ...

It's weird to think that 2014 is already last year. Hey I even struggle to think that 2000 rolled around 15 years ago. 2014 was a pretty awesome year, perhaps not so much for the blog, I've had my struggles with that, especially recently but personally, even with the insomnia and all the stress, it turned out pretty well. 

I'm taking inspiration from Dainty Squid's (a favorite blog of mine to read) visual documentation of the year - so here is mine, here was my 2014. 

Experienced and survived a polar vortex and the great flood 


Explored and fell more in love with Detroit and experience some of the awesome local food places the city has to offer - the Grand Trunk Pub, The Mercury Bar, McShanes, MexicanTown Bakery and Slows are all new favorites.


Went to my first basketball game, granted it was the Harlem Globetrotters, but still 


Re-found my passion for cross stitching and started designing some of my own pieces - from record players to VW Bugs and the Angel of the North




Finally explored the Eastern Market


Saw one of my favorite bands, Clairy Browne, live in Ann Arbor 


Saw random roadside attractions - like the worlds largest tire




Brought our very first house and tried to tame a garden, somewhat successfully 


Fell in love with purple buildings in Bay City







And you know what, that all probably sums up both me and my blog pretty well. I have high hopes for making 2015 super crafty, creative and green fingered in various ways and means.

Thanks to all of you - for all your supports, comments, likes, shares throughout the year. I hope you stick around and follow whatever adventures and things that come my way in the next year. I've realised in the last couple of months that this blog is never going to be big, it hurt a little, but in turn it makes you remember that for me, blogging is just a hobby, it's just a small part of who I am, that I shouldn't stress about it as much as I sometimes do. I can't glamourse living in Michigan, or make Detroit sound the most hip happening place, nor can I make the life of an expat sound incredible. But I can try and share what my life is all about and whatever makes me tick, even if that isn't always the most exciting hobbies and things that make up a person.

I wish you all the best as we start a brand new year. 

25 comments:

  1. Happy new year lovely, I hope 2015 is awesome for you x

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  2. What amazing photos - happy new year and I hope to read more lovely things from you in 2015.

    Lizzie Dripping

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  3. I can't believe 2014 is already last year either and don't get me started on the millennium being *gulp* fifteen years ago! Hope that 2015 is a truly amazing year for you. I can't wait to see what you get up to!
    Debi x

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    1. Urgh time is zapping by too quickly! This year marks 10 years since I first went to university, still feels like a couple of years ago!

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  4. I'm so glad I found your blog! I've really enjoyed reading about your adventures in my former homeland and I can't wait to see what the new year brings for you! Those cross stitch beetles are way too cute by the way.

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    1. Thank you - I actually kinda forget about stitching that cross stitch, even though it hangs on my wall you kind of stop really noticing them after a while!

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  5. I love how (starting at the Eastern Market photo) I kept saying "I remember this!" for each photo. I'm so glad that we met, I really enjoy reading your blog and getting to know you better. I hope you have a great 2015 and it's full of lots of fun and adventures :)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. Haha I know what you mean - going back through my blog and I was like, ooo I remember that happening and I'd forgotten about all the great places we'd eaten at in the last year too!

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  6. Happy new year! Looks like you had a good one - I love the cross stitching, the cars are super cute!

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    1. Thanks - I loved how that design came out, one of my favorites!

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  7. Happy New Year, good luck for 2015! Looks like you had a great year :)

    Bethan Likes

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  8. *notes down this great idea for my own blog...* I need to get started on my blog haha!


    Happy New Year to you! I've really missed chatting to you over the holidays. I can't wait to read more in the new year. You've had a great year, despite visa drama and what not. I hope 2015 brings you everything and more. More adventures, more crafts and hopefully some pretty spring time flowers!

    P.S You'll always be a big famous blogger in my eyes ;)

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    1. Haha you make me blush!

      Oh how I long for the spring flowers I will be honest, especially with the horridly chilly weather and the snow for this coming week. It can't get here quick enough! Kinda scary we've been in the house for six months already, flown by!

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    2. Really 6 months?! That's quite shocking... where does time go?!?

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  9. Lovely post each time I see your cross stitch posts I mean to go and get myself started, but then I pick up the knitting needles and forget all about it!

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    1. Haha sometimes i think about getting back into crocheting and then I see something I want to stitch, or remember all the things I want to stitch and it falls by the wayside. I really need to try and teach myself knitting though, that's a mission for this year!

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  10. Bloody brilliant year and I for one am extremely glad that 2014 was the year that I found this blog.

    Looking forward to 2015 - even if I can't keep my comments up with your posts!

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  11. Gorgeous photos. I've only just discovered your blog but this will help me delve into the archives.

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  12. Sounds like a great year. I've really enjoyed seeing your cross stitch. Hope your 2015 is off to a great start. :)

    Sara Bloo xo
    bloonstuff.com

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  13. Happy New Year!! I think you had a great year. I especially loved all your blog posts about the process of finding a house and moving. Congrats again on the house! Have a lovely 2015!
    Andreea Catsfika

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  14. Gorgeous pictures, your house looks so pretty! And the embroidery is amazing :)

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  15. Great photos and a happy (belated) 2015!
    That pumpkin is a work of art and the old house looks very Hocus Pocus...which is always a good thing.
    I feel like the massive tire also deserves a mention but words fail me.
    M x

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