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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

A Generous Baker's Dozen for 2015

Hello all!  So I'm finally catching up with the right year...

As I was putting together my top Calico picks (check them out here), I realised I hadn't done my usual selection of projects here at Words and Pictures yet.  And it turned out I'd forgotten 2014 altogether, so I did a retrospective retrospective!  With 2014 finally honoured, I started scrolling through my 2015 creations and trying to decide on a Baker's Dozen.  As usual, the whittling has been tricky, but here are some of my favourites from last year.

I haven't included any of my Tim tags though I love them all (and you can see them all here anyway!) or any of the things made at workshops (though they are definite favourites - you can see them here) and I haven't included any creations which appeared on other blogs as part of Design Team or Guest Designer duties.  I'm away from my craft desk quite a lot over the next few months, so I'll be running catch-up posts collecting those projects together here at Words and Pictures, which means you'll get to see them again anyway (and I'll leave it to you to judge which ones might have made the shortlist!).











































If you were keeping count you'll notice my baker is even more generous with his dozen than the phrase already allows for.  But I think reflection is a really important part of the creative process, and looking back can be a real inspiration for taking the next steps forward, so I'd whittled as far as I wanted to.  I hope you've enjoyed this collection, and I hope I've included some of your favourites too.  Now onwards into 2016!

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

35 comments:

Lynne Moncrieff said...

I also enjoyed this collection!
One of my absolute favourites, Cherish Possibility. The use of the "stained glass" colours caught my attention at the time and continues to do so.
Wishes
Lynne

Margaret said...

What an amazing variety! I love all of the different color combinations and the mixture of texture and embellishment! Simply Life and Dawn Chorus really 'speak' to me...

Monika Gulyas said...

There are many favourites of mine in this selection!!!

Barbara Schiassi said...

Love your collection Alison ! See your work in the same post is spectacular, a wonder for the eyes! Happy 2016 !Barbarayaya

Helen said...

The first two, and Simply Because are my favourites. can't split them any closer than that! It's always lovely to see your projects again.

Valerie-Jael said...

One lovelier than the other. Happy 2016, hugs, Valerie

Lauren Hatwell said...

Absolutely beautiful. It was lovely to take a gentle stroll through your selection with my morning coffee. I wholeheartedly approve of your choices. Every one a winner! Lx

chrissie said...

Great choices Alison and if they are your choices they must make you very happy I reckon.

The words today need pondering over so I will ponder over them later.:)

Love Chrissie xx

Inky and Quirky said...

I don't know how you manage to whittle it down to be honest! All your creations are always wonderful but I think the house is my favourite ;)
Hugs
Donna xxx

Pamellia Johnson said...

Fabulous choices Alison, although I would have added about another 50 or so if I was choosing! HA! I hope you had a wonderful New Year! Here's to another year full of love, laughter and crafting! hugs :)

Jackie P Neal said...

yes indeed Alison!! I would have to say these picks are right up there on my favorites list as well!! thanks so much for the inspiring revisit!
Jackie xo

Mrs.B said...

A wonderful selection Alison, lovely to see them again
Avril xx

Team Clark said...

Wow! Your short list is like my long list of goals! You're so creative and always use just the right touches, perfection!

Redanne said...

'What do you wish for' would be my favourite if I was really, really pressed, it is a stunning creation Alison, but then, so are all the others! Anne xx

Kay Wallace said...

Love your collection from 2015, Alison! I am so appreciative that you are willing not only to share your end products, but to share with us the way you create. Thank you!

Coco said...

What a treat you offer us Alison!!!!!! I remember that I have loved each and every of these projects... so really couldn't choose among them which is my favourite, they are all so AMAZING!!!
And thank you for your kind words on my blog today again... you know what I mean.
Have a lovely end of week, always happy to catch-up with your blog when I can since I both adore your makes and your writings, everything is so beautiful and inspirational! :)
Hugs, Coco xxx

Lynn Price said...

Fabulous revisit and inspiration! And who's counting anyway! They are all lovely, and many of them I've had bookmarked as a treasure to visit again. Like looking through a favorite picture book, your work transports me from the mundane to the glorious possibilities. Sounds like you've a busy couple of months ahead - safe travels, friend! xxx Lynn

Julia Aston said...

Your work is so beautiful and inspirational Alison - I learn something every time I visit! A lovely review of 2015! Julia xx

Joi at RR said...

Wow Alison - these are all just so beautiful - what a treat. The Depths of Winter is my favorite - why... it just speaks to me. I think of times when my soul felt like I was in the depth of winter - buried - dying.... and I found that it is amazing to look around - even when you are "underground" - there are good things - there is beauty. Someone that hasn't been there wouldn't understand. You do have to dig deep and dare to open you eyes... and every breath is shallow but air bubbles DO rise to the top and so do we... after a while. I REALLY LOVE THIS CREATION. Second favorite is A Beautiful Adventure - I loved it the first time I saw it... it just flows perfectly and the colors are gorgeous. BUT... I love them all - YOU ARE SOOOO TALENTED. HAPPY NEW YEAR. Looking forward to seeing your 2016 projects!!! j.

Sandy said...

WOW!!!!!!
Sandy xx

Almo said...

This is a lovely collection Alison and a joy to re-visit. My favourite is the house shaped visitors book but love them all. Mo x

Hettie said...

Love them all Alison. I cannot pick a favourite.
Hugs
xx

Angela Radford said...

Me too, love them all X

Cestina said...

People used to ignore the very boring guest book in Small Worlds. Now that the Dollshouse Book is there, they almost fight to write in it. In their very best writing as well....so I think that has to be my favourite. It battles with Remember, Remember though.
xx

Vintagehandmade said...

What a feast for the eyes, Alison! A fantastic review of 2015! I am so inspired and impressed every time I visit your blog! Loving all your projects and can't decide which one would be my favorite! Thank you so much for all the sweet comments you left on my blog! Huge hugs! Branka xxx

Anita Houston said...

All gorgeous projects! Good picks! Happy new year!

Corrie Herriman said...

Love it all Allison ! You are very talented !
Corrie x

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

An absolutely spectacular collection Alison, although I don't know how you narrowed it down as all of your creations are simply outstanding. Thanks so much for giving us the pleasure of seeing them all together again! Deb xo

Princess Judy Palmer said...

These are all wonderful projects. I swear I remembered more of the 2014 ones than these.

Sara Barker said...

How wonderful to see all these beauties in one place! I know it must have been hard to choose your favorites, and of all these favorites, MY favorite is "Never Doubt Your Instinct" for the quote and for that lovely watery background and that grungy rust! Yum!. But I think there are other favorites for other reasons. This is why I don't make a good DT member; I find so much I love about everything I see! Off to see more; I'm way behind on visiting! Hugs!

pearshapedcrafting said...

I imagine that this must have been hard for you to choose! I love them all but seeing your Winter pages I remember seeing them for the first time and the impact they made! I wonder what treats there will be by the start of next year! Hugs, Chrisx

Fliss said...

Thank you so much for sharing these again Alison as I know I missed some due to lack of time so it's lovely to see all this stunning artwork.
Here's to 2016's creations!
Fliss xx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Such a beautiful retrospective! It was a joy and a privilege to re-visit these. Thank you so much for sharing. xx

scrappymo! said...

So much of your beautiful work here to enjoy. Dawn Chorus really calls out to me!

I have been having fun lately enjoying your pinterest selections. Since i follow you, your selections pop into my pinterest viewing page. Some great pins lately...

Kjersti said...

A gorgeous collection Alison! - and my favorites are Simply Because, The Depths of Winter and Simply Life.
Hugs Kjersti:)