Thursday 22 November 2012

A Year in the Life...

Hey Everyone,

Can you believe I've been blogging for exactly a year???
I know right? Where has the time gone...

I was going through my old posts last night in order to write up this post and some of them are so, so  cringe worthy!!!!
But its a journey, this blogging trip I'm on and you have to start somewhere and improve and learn as you go.

So in saying that...I decided to chronicle my year with you all - in pictures.....

My very first post was the Mini Chest Makeover - yikes - its awful! What was I thinking? But then I saved it later on by converting the same chest into a Cupboard....soooo much better....

Throughout the year I've done a number of crafts.... with loads of beach inspired projects

 Some fun furniture makeovers....featuring... a lot of White !

My all time favourite project is still the very first makeover I ever did. It was a major labour of love- and I still love this cupboard every time I see it
   I became obsessed with painting jars and vases, anything glass to be honest....

Shared photos of my beautiful hometown, the NorthShore of Auckland..

 I was blown away by the support from fellow bloggers when I wrote about my son's broken leg and the long long healing process...

I shared many, many jewelry tutorials...and launched my Etsy Shop

Which lead to my very first craft market - last week. Which was a fantastic experience...

But the biggest, most significant part of my first blogging year has to be the formation of Inspiration Cafe.

  We are started out as 5 bloggers who barely knew each other, but came together to share weekly doses of inspiration on each others blogs, and we have ended up the very best of friends.

We are there for each other for everything, successes, disappointments, struggles and happy moments. We catch up every single day and we watch out for each other. These 4 ladies, Mary, Sherry, Danni and Heather have meant more to me these past 6 months than they will ever know. 

We all get along so well that we decided to come together in a more permanent capacity...and so Inspiration Cafe - the Blog was launched....

 I need to also say that if it wasn't for my amazing family, I wouldn't get to blog, they help me with projects, painting, generally getting in the way - haha, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Love you guys...

And of course, I need to say a HUGE Thank You to all my readers and followers, its been a great first year and I've loved every minute....

And thank you to my great bloggy friends - you all know who you are!!! I love you all and appreciate your support so very much.

Take care everyone,

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  1. Oh WOW Natalie! It's crazy looking back, isn't it. You took my down memory lane. Now I cannot believe we have known each other for almost a year...we were both so brand spanking new at this. I cringe at my old posts too...and laugh. Each day I learn something new. Either by shared advice from fellow bloggers or making the mistakes and learning from those. You have been such a positive addition to my life. I'm so thankful that we were brought together. That goes for all the IC Girls! Love you to pieces!!! Happy Blogiversary :)

    1. So crazy looking back - gosh my photos were awful!! Yup we started chatting and getting to know each other on January the 3rd... I only know this as I was going through all my ols posts and reading my comments lol. Love you and the IC girls so much - thank you for everything hunni xxx

  2. Congratulations, it is wonderful to see a year in the life of your blog.

    1. Thanks Mel, so hard to believe that a whole year of blogging has passed. Have loved it tho xxx

  3. Happy 1 year anniversary, Natalie! I love you and our blog group and I'm thankful every single day that we met and you brought us all together. You are so talented, giving, supportive, thoughtful, sweet and so darn hilarious! Thanks for all you do. Big hugs and cheers to you! I can't wait to see what this year brings!

    1. Mary moo- I love you and our group. Thank you so so much for being a huge part of this journey and for sticking with me through it all.
      And thank you for everything you have done too - big hugs xxxx

  4. HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!! Nat, what an amazing job you've done over this year and how you've improved! I am so proud of you and so proud to be a part of this wonderful group you created. Beautiful blog! Beautiful woman! Beautiful family! Love seeing everything you come up with.

    1. I am so proud to call you my friend girl - love you xxx

  5. Oh Natalie....I just want to cry! You say the nicest stuff! You were my first blog friend and I am thankful for you girl! It was so much fun looking back on all of your projects! Still see some of my very faves in there! Congratulations've come a long way in one year and you totally rock!

  6. Great post, Natalie, and congrats on the first year! Way to go!! And as if having a blog wasn't enough, you are now doing SO much more! Did you ever imagine it all?

    Happy for you and your successes!! xoxo


    1. Haha never Leanne - but its fun and I've made such lovely friends xxx

  7. What a beautiful review! You did some amazing prajects dear Natalie! Congratulations on a year of blogging! xxx

  8. Great family pic, Natalie! It's just missing you. ;)

  9. Congratulations on your first year blogging. I sure know how much work it is! Thanks for linking up to Think Tank Thursday last week!


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