Holiday lights in Aix-en-Provence
Did you have an exciting night of revelry on New Year's Eve or were you like someone in our house who had to be prodded awake at 10pm to enjoy a bottle of fizz? (And it wasn't me.)
Are you making resolutions? I'm terrible at them and prefer to just make a nice long 'to do' list and leave it at that.
2012 will be our third and final year in France and we're determined to make the most of it, so I guess that is our family resolution. There will be a fair bit of travel photography inbound, hope you don't mind.
Not to say that there won't be crafty stuff either. In fact, I have already cut into a pile of fabric in anticipation of making a Chasing Chevrons quilt.
I've also started a new embroidery - it is a gift so can't really show much here:
I'm really enjoying all this stitching, so it was a lovely case of happenstance when I won a giveaway on Krista's blog, Poppyprint. This is what I won:
There are stitches in here I never even knew existed. Amazing and inspiring, thanks Krista!
Also inspiring was a swap parcel I received from the lovely Blandina. I showed you this photo a while ago:
Well, this is what I got in return - a beautiful embroidery inspired by Blandina's visit to Provence.
Everything about this makes me deliriously happy - the colours, the shapes, the subject matter.
From the lavender
To the olive trees
To the rocky mountains and blue, blue sky.
Thank you so much Blandina!
In the lead up to Christmas I forgot to photograph my piece before I sent it off, so you'll have to pop over to Blandina's to check it out.
All the best from our family to yours!
Wishing you all much love, laughter, health and happiness in 2012.