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CULTIVATE :: the year that was

CULTIVATE :: the year that was

One of my favourite ways to spend New Years Eve, is to revisit two posts – the one I wrote on this day last year, and the one following it, where I share my word for the year to come and what it means to me.

As I came into 2023, with my word CULTIVATE, I had big plans. I stuck to some, I let others go. As I prepared for what I knew would be a busy year, I shared my motivation behind choosing CULTIVATE – “It’s intention, with action. It encourages growth, and encourages rest. Restoration and self care. It supports current hobbies and leaves space for new ones.” I that, I think I succeeded.

2023 was hard in ways I didn’t expect, but in between it all, I found ways and time to CULTIVATE large projects and new projects. I chose to CULTIVATE friendships in new ways. I am beyond thrilled to be working to CULTIVATE a family culture that works for new stages and spaces. Coming to the end of the year, I am rather thankful to let go of what has past, and I look forward to the new year with a sense of joy and gratitude, and a peace that I had to choose to CULTIVATE each and every day.


January – Plus One, a gift quilt.
February – Trollopoly, the crowning glory in last years 12 Days swap
March – My Everyday Life (now defunct)
April – Easter baskets
May – craft night at Scouts
June – the launch of 15@40
July – a birthday cake for Mr17’s bestie
August – first project blocked in the house!
September – the wrap of 15@40
October – new craft room organisation
November – new mandala blanket
December – digital papers + December Daily


#1 – As always, my reusable shopping bag pattern and tutorial remain one of my most popular posts, with over 20,000 (!!) pins on Pinterest!
#2 – a new entry to the top three this year, my knitted Christmas tree tutorial, thanks to a late flurry of activity on Pinterest.
#3 – and dropping to number three this year – my tea wallet tutorial

(This year’s lesson – share more tutorials!)


Autumn Ep 4 – The Return Of Easter Bingo
Creating Year Long Intentions
Seasons In Crafting


Farewell, 2023, you’ve been long and busy and will forever be the year we fondly remember as the year we came home. So long and thanks for all the fish.

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