Thursday, 5 June 2014

32! Woohoo!

I turned 32 this week which feels a bit weird because I'd kind of forgotten that I wasn't 32 already. It's been such a busy year it feels like it can't possibly just be 12 months since I turned 31.

In the past year...

...  My new book, Super-Cute Felt Animals was published (yay!).

...  I decided to stop selling handmade things to focus on designing and writing and blogging, and since then I've worked on a whole bunch of exciting, interesting, fun and challenging freelance projects for books, magazines and websites (lots of which I am still dying to tell you guys about as soon as I'm allowed to). This has been a bit stressful at times (deadlines, aargh) and has made blogging more of a challenge as I'm often working on things I'm not allowed to share, but overall it's been hugely enjoyable and a very welcome change after years of repetetive "production-line" sewing.

...  I went on my first solo holiday ever (awesome) and my first trip abroad since my mid-teens (also awesome - remind me to actually blog about it sometime!)

... I made what may be one of my best decisions ever and started getting out of my studio for Nice Days Out, having cuppas with fellow crafters and bloggers, meeting up with old friends, and visiting parks, museums, art galleries, exhibitions, historic buildings, craft fairs, and more.

... Oh, and my sister got married! (It was lovely. I cried.)

30 was a hard year for me, it's great to look back at 31 and think "yup, that was a good one". Fingers crossed I'll be able to say the same this time next year.

I'm continuing to add to my photo-a-year collage, and have picked this (slightly-blurry-but-who-cares) photo to represent me at 31: a pre-wedding selfie.


 And here's all 32 years :)

 

20 comments:

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

Buon Compleanno!!!!!
xxxxxx Ale

Emily Boyd said...

Happy Birthday!

I know exactly how you feel about not quite knowing how old you are at any one time. I turned 29 at the weekend but every time someone asked me how old I was last year, I kept having to correct myself from 29 back to 28. So I'll be (a hastily corrected) 30 before too long.

There's no good reason I can't keep my own age in my head, but I can't seem too.

Congratulations on the book and again many happy returns. Have a lovely birthday week!

Emily x

Jane Shaw said...

Well done you. Only 32 though I am almost 43 time does fly.

julie said...

Happy Birthday, Laura! xoxo

Lily said...

Oh wow, so brave of you to talk about age... I turned ** in March! but I could only whisper it to you privately ))
Lovely, moving post&collage, thank you for sharing ))

Fiona (fizzi~jayne) said...

Happy Birthday!! and what a fabulous year you've had! Love the collage, nice idea. xx

ei! kumpel said...

Happy Birthday Laura, hope you have a fantastic day. What an amazing photo collection! x margarida

Kathi said...

Happy Birthday, Laura! Hope you had a lovely piece of cake and cuppa to celebrate!! This is going to be a fabulous year for you- Enjoy!!

Pili said...

Feliz cumpleaños!!!! You are lovely and I love all the things you made.

bairozan said...

Happy belated birthday! You're an accomplished and successful artist and entrepreneur, that's a lot for 32. Enjoy life!

Тюльпанечка said...

Happy birthday, Laura!!!
С днём рождения, Лаура!!!

Carin Cullen said...

Happy birthday! Hope you've had a great day! I have to stop and think how old I am these days, it doesn't slip off the tongue like it used to (I'm 42 in a couple of weeks)

Lisa said...

Best happy birthday wishes to you.
Lisa x

Fran said...

Happy birthday! What great achievements this year :-)

Silvia LGD (Little Green Doll) said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

Charlotte said...

spectacular ponytail at age 8! Happy birthday x

Xenia said...

Happy birthday!

Amy Roberts said...

Happy birthday! Glad to know I'm not the only one who forgets how old I am!

Such a great start to the year and it's only halfway through :)

Rebecca Greco said...

Happy birthday! It sounds like an amazing year and I hope this coming year is even better! I love your compilation of photos, so adorable!!

BugsandFishes said...

Thanks so much for all the birthday wishes! xxx

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