It has been a year since I started blogging! It is definitely sill one of my favourite past times, with 27 posts published so far I would love to be able to make more time to write.
When I first started this blog, I was sceptical that no one ever reads these things anyway… so was there actually any point into writing into thin air? On receiving my first annual report from WordPress, I learned that my blog has been viewed about 28,000 times across the world! This is far more than I ever imagined. This is was exciting to see, as a huge part of my blog is used as a tool to help promote various charities and focuses on sharing stories of inspirational people who I’ve met and formed friendships with to try and encourage anyone who happens to read it!
So, 2015 was an interesting year… many highlights but also some tough times. This blog strictly focusing on the positive hence the name; “All things very bright and rather wonderful!”
Last year was a great year for many things;
Our miracle baby through the power of prayer; transforming into a cheeky confident toddler, defying doctor’s predictions and being so much fun to be around. Bursting with his own little personality and being a little joker the majority of the time making me one very proud mummy.
Celebrating a year of being married to my gorgeous husband, escaping to York for the night. We made the most of our time out in bar that holds so many great memory’s for us both! We had a great time working through some of the creative concoctions, ‘Heaven’ and ‘Green Fairy’ being my favourites… of course ended up with getting drenched in the fountains, true to my ‘work hard, play harder’ rule! Dedicating time together as a couple even for just a few evenings or nights throughout the year is paramount to a healthy relationship as it helps you stay young and in love, making life happy for the whole family.
Art exhibitions, I’m no artist… but one of my hobbies is exploring different aspects of art and visiting exhibitions, mainly around Sheffield but also travelled to London last year for ART 15 which was definitely a highlight!
One of my favourite installations was one at our local gallery Cupola as part of an exhibition called ‘Where am I’ by Isla Millar. This involved masking tape, wire, thread and projection casting the most beautiful shadows which gently swayed as you walked around the large hooped objects hanging from the ceiling.
The last exhibition of the year I visited with husband and son was on New Year’s Eve was Museum – Gallery Salvador Dali which was fabulous, showcasing world famous graphic works (I particularly loved his interpretation of Lewis Carols ‘Alice in Wonderland’) along with a selection of sculptures by the incredible artist.
Parties; another great passion, being creative and working with a theme to create an unforgettable experience for friends and family. The first themed party being ‘Out of this world!’ involving glow in the dark stars, a planet Earth piñata, dried ‘space’ ice cream and a shot unequally designed to represent each planet of the solar system!
A Fireman Sam themed party to celebrate my sons 2nd birthday with a fire engine photo booth made by my husband and painted by myself along with matching themed hoopla featuring all the main characters. I
attempted my first birthday cake, which wasn’t so bad in the end!
In the summer, I hosted a Hawaiian themed BBQ for my husband’s 30th which was incredibly brightly decorated and all our guests played their part by coming dressed in flowers and bikinis! A limbo competition for amusement, cocktails and dancing through to the early hours of the morning. Again, another birthday cake attempted by myself… a slight improvement on the fire engine!
Also in the summer, a Tots Tea Party where my little boys friends decorated a tea set and enjoyed a picnic in the garden and had lots of fun making a mess and playing with a large inflatable ball.
Lastly (well, the last one I’ll mention as there were several) A Baby Disco on Christmas Eve, with bright lights to stimulate the smallest of babies, music for the toddlers to dance to, funny festive hats with oversized tinselled photo frame and biscuit decorating to hang on the Christmas tree!
Wadsley Arts Festival – This year I helped to co ordinate and organise our local arts festival which ran for 3 days. It included Art from a variety of local artists, a finominal sound scape using ginormas balloons filled with water which when swung reviled its own sound, live music and entertainment from Hyper Dance and Sheffield Hoopla girls which closed with an epic fireworks display with fireworks being launched from the church roof!
Charity – Last year decided to give my charity organisation ‘Hullabaloobell Charity Events’ some time off from any large events. Friends and family have been a wonderful support and worked very hard helping to put on fantastic events and also local business have also contributed greatly so I wanted to give everyone a break and hopefully give some time to re charge and be enthusiastic ready for a new and exciting project this year! I did still want to be involved in some charity works, so chose to dedicate any free time when not at work or with my family; to supporting and promoting other people’s events. Earlier in the year was a tea party to raise money for the charity ‘Mind’ and later in the year helping a very enthusiastic student called Sarah Bridge out where I could with her epic Vintage Tea Party for the elderly which was held at the Sheffield Wednesday Grounds. This was a huge success, being the highlight of the festive season for nearly 100 elderly people. Seeing someone so full of enthusiasm for helping others really lifted me and has defiantly inspired me to really go for it this year!
Photography – Again, another hobby which is not taken too seriously as I still have no idea what all the functions on my camera are for! I have practised by offering friends photo shoots of which I aim to do more of this year. We had great fun with our friend Ryan, here are a couple of photos from his session.
Godparents – One last highlight of the year, as I’m aware this is going on far too long but this is probably one of the most important roles any friend can ask them to play in their families life. I was absolutely delighted that friends Chris and Fiona asked Nic and I to be their son Daniels Godparents of which we attended a beautiful service at a church in Durham… later on in the year we were asked again by friends Jon & Jenny to be their son David’s Godparents, such a huge honour and enjoyed another wonderful service at our local church. Commitments made to love and help both beautiful boys grown in their Christian journeys, to pray for them daily and be their when they need help, looking forward to seeing them flourish!
I’m certainly looking forward to the year ahead. With so many plans for the many different parts of life… from church involvement, family life to fitness regime, festival and charity event organisation, work and of course plenty of art, cooking and many more parties!