Now that I'm back from my Blogcation, I thought I'd engage in some good, old-fashioned reflection. Because there's nothing better than beginning a new year by acknowledging the awesome things you did with the old one! Here are some of my most memorable events from 2012 -- listed in no particular order.
I made my first big sale! I never thought I'd sell my freeform button necklace, but I found the perfect home for it -- with a person who loves it as much as I do and who understands how much time and effort goes into pieces like this.
(Enjoy your new home, button necklace!!!)
Mr. Sequin and I did our first craft show. And our second!
(I sold my favorite button ring. This one went to a nice home, too.)
I had a lot of other firsts, too. I celebrated my first full year of blogging. I hosted my first online craft show and blog hop, featuring awesome artists. I posted my first in-depth book review and product review. I did my first post to support a charity. I made my first little pies.
I even made my first beaded collar!
I tried freeform beading and fell in love with it.
I applied to, and was rejected from, even more things than last year. Bead Dreams. British Bead Awards. Fire Mountain. Teaching at Bead and Button.
As a result of this rejection, I realized two things. One, I love writing tutorials and am pretty good at it! It's where my passion is. Two, rejection doesn't have to affect the way I view my work. I know my class proposals were awesome. That's some serious progress.
(Who wouldn't want to learn how to make a Goth birthday cake bracelet??)
I went to Bead and Button as a shopper and student... and met Sherry Serafini!
I took a class with Sherry in Chicago. It was awesomesauce!
The Bead Embroidery Resources post came together -- I couldn't have done this without the help of dozens of talented artists and instructors!
I put lots of work into my Top Secret Project and decided to take it in a completely different direction. I even found some co-conspirators/collaborators!
I started hanging out at the IDEA Store and making things, which gave me more of a sense of community than I've had... ever.
I got to know my online community better, which includes all of you!
I also snuggled lots of cuddly puppies, saw some of my favorite musicians in concert, ate plenty of homemade pizza, painted fabric... and most importantly, I met this handsome fellow!
(Did I mention I hide him around the house to terrify... I mean surprise Mr. Sequin?)
Oh, Ken. Where would I be without you? Hmm. Probably in a similar place, with one less naked doll in my life. But whatever.
So that's last year. Looking forward, there are so many things I want to do! I'm afraid that listing them will overwhelm me, and possibly overwhelm all of you in the process, so I'll just say that I'm hoping for this to be a year of fun things and awesome projects.
Now it's your turn: what are some your favorite parts about last year?
Thanks for reading, thanks for chatting with me in the comments, and have a sequintastic day! <3