2016: My Year in Pictures

Happy New Year lovely people! Before I get stuck into all the plans for 2017, I like to pause for a while to savour all those special moments from last year that made me happy and to celebrate all the things big and small that I'm proud of. And for me, there's no better way to do this than by looking back over my photographs.

DISCLAIMER: This is most definitely a highlight reel! Not mentioned are the lows, the tears, the bad Chronic Fatigue days, the frustrations and the self-doubt. I choose to focus on the positives and look for all the things I have to be thankful for. For me, it's the only way.

Inspired by the lovely Hannah Argyle, I've done something a little different this year. Rather than just collect together my favourite images from my "big" camera, I created a favourite grid of images from Instagram each month that capture a wider set of memories. The mosaic above is my collection for the year. I think it's fair to say I'm still in love with colour!

JANUARY 2016

JANUARY 2016

A day of fleeting snow and lots and lots of painting walls white and deliberating over which white flooring to choose. Plus of course some walks by the sea and pretty sunsets over the rooftops.


FEBRUARY 2016

FEBRUARY 2016

Signs of spring just starting to emerge and some big blue skies to help the February blues.


MARCH 2016

MARCH 2016

My first attempts at brush lettering (makes me realise how far I've come!), decorating our bedroom and trips outside in search of spring.


APRIL 2016

APRIL 2016

Colour at last! Feasting on the happy colours of tulips and daffodils and savouring every minute of our week's holiday in Cornwall.


MAY 2016

MAY 2016

Probably the happiest moment of 2016 that changed our lives forever - we adopted Misty :) Plus bluebell carpets, tulip festivals, crab apple blossom in our garden and some meditative shell faffing.


JUNE 2016

JUNE 2016

A floral extravaganza in the garden - reaping the rewards of planting out an entire back garden and most of our front garden. The most Peonies I have ever seen on one bush and the most amazing Lupins and Delphiniums. All the flowers above are from our garden.


JULY 2016

JULY 2016

A wonderful visit to West Dean Gardens in its prime, more flowers from the garden and some beautiful cliff path walks close to home.


AUGUST 2016

AUGUST 2016

Still enjoying the beautiful flowers from West Dean Gardens, plus happy visits from friends, more flowers from the garden, golden fields and walks by a mirror like sea.  Oh and some improved brush lettering!


SEPTEMBER 2016

SEPTEMBER 2016

The loveliest staycation week exploring Littlehampton, Camber Sands and Cuckmere Haven in the sunshine with little Misty. And a big milestone for me - adding some brush lettered inspirational quote designs to my Etsy shop for the first time.


OCTOBER 2016

OCTOBER 2016

A feast of autumn leaves after a lovely short break for my birthday visiting Winkworth Arboretum and Sheffield Park and Garden. Plus perfectly matching flowers from the garden for my gorgeous new bottle vase from the lovely Katie a.k.a Ceramic Magpie.


NOVEMBER 2016

NOVEMBER 2016

Sharing more leaves and bright crisp walks by the sea, whilst I'm head down working on printable calendars and designs for my Etsy shop.


DECEMBER 2016

DECEMBER 2016

Sharing more of my brush lettered designs on Instagram and the 3 printable calendars I created. Plus pretty skies, more beachy walks and the most beautiful paper peonies from A Petal Unfolds. And of course, the crazy pre-Christmas full-on rushing around and prep (not pictured!).


If you fancy taking a look at the full size images from my DSLR, head over to my 2016 Favourites set on Flickr, or click through the embedded album below.

2016 Faves

So this just leaves me to wish you all a most wonderful 2017. I hope it is filled with many happy moments and kindness to yourself, doing more of the things that bring you joy.