Sing reign of Fair Maid, with gold upon her chin, 
Open you the East Door, and let the New Year in.

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas - it was a time of happiness tinged with sadness for me, truth be told, but we saw friends and family, ate some gorgeous food and sank a few bevvies too. And now the New Year comes galloping swiftly towards us - it's going to be a time of great change for me and my family. A new home in a new area will be the first challenge - feel the fear and do it anyway :-D

The desk is still a dumping ground!

The only crafting I've done is some crochet...but I've done a lot of craft magazine reading. My hubby and I signed up for Readly, an online mag subscription service. £7.99 a month for all sorts of mags from crafting to photography to lifestyle to tv pages to celeb stuff. It's excellent, we've both enjoyed it very much and seeing that most mags cost about £4 each, you only have to read two and the monthly sub is paid for!

I'm using up some Stylecraft Aran weight yarn for another charity blanket - it's mindless crafting but it increases quite quickly while tv watching/radio listening!

That's it really - I'd like to thank you all again for the support throughout this year. I wish you peace, joy, fun and friendship through the brand new year!

...be a wonderful year for us all.

And lastly, thank you to my wonderful hubby - a new chapter in Wales awaits us both...

See you all next year!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Helen said...

The first year is always so hard... glad you had loved ones to share it with. Love the photo of you and G - wrapped up together to take on the world - or Wales anyway! Wishing you all a Happy Happy New year. Much much love Helen #1

sandra de said...

Wishing you a wonderful 2017 and many more in beautiful Wales. Your beautiful Xmas card arrived... you are so sweet. I am not so sweet as I only made 3 Christmas cards! But I did do a few painting this year and one will be on it's way once I confirm your addie :)
sandra de @7

misteejay said...

Dearest Jan, your support has been so appreciated. I wish you and hubby a wonderful New Year and I hope that 2017 brings you everything you could wish for.
Toni xx

Sue said...

Hi Jan, Love the crochet.

Hope you settle into the new home quickly.

Thanks for making the things for the Greyhound charity and stopping by my blog and leaving your kind comments through 2016.

I wish for you health, happiness and loads of crafting in 2017.

Sue #9

Annie said...

its an an exciting time ahead of you both and I wish you all the very best for your new life in Wales....get in and settled and I will do my best to persuade Jo to join me in paying you a visit.
Annie x

Neet said...

I was going to say 'Hope Wales holds all the happiness in the world for you two' but I should say "Wales will hold all the happiness in the world for you two" - no need to hope, being positive about it for you. Wishing you all the very best for your new home which will be a new venture and an adventure all rolled into one.
Remember, you will have a new desk to be used for creativity and for dumping when you move so it won't be that different will it?
Love the colours of the blanket you are crocheting, they go so well together and are all lovely earthy colours. It looks lovely already.
May you and Gordon have a Wonderful and Very Happy 2017 and we will meet up even if it is for coffee in some caff on the motorway. Thanks for all your love and support over this past year.
Hugs, Neet 12 xxx

Kathyk said...

Lovely projects and colours, hope the move goes smoothly

Wishing you a very Happy New Year and WOYWW


Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Adventure awaits. Wishing you all the very best for 2017 xx

Fiona #13

Shaz Brooks said...

Hiya Jan, lovely photo of you and Gordon. You must be getting a little excited about moving, along with the trepidation too. I know you both will throw yourselves into it, and be very happy there. And you know lots of us will be coming to visit. :) Looking forward to the first Welsh post. :) Love and hugs and Happy New Year to you all,Shaz XXXXXX

Julia Dunnit said...

Yep, I was trepidatious, but I am excited for you too, its not as though you don't know how to get the best out of anywhere! Blanket's coming on a treat isn't it!

AliWade said...

Happy WOYWW and Happy New Year for Sunday. Wales is not at all scary! Do you speak any Welsh? I have tried to learn before, but didn't get far. Thinking of doing a bit more in the coming months. I love the colours of yarn you are using for that blanket. Ali x #14

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

A lovely photo of you and hubs - and what a creative way to display 2017! Wishing you all the very best in your new home, Jan! I know a house move can be a bit scary and overwhelming, but it can also be the beginning of something new and exciting! Happy New Year! zsuzsa #15

craftyani said...

Like the sound of your online crafting mags, I gave up my subscriptions as living abroad and having a post office box I didn't always receive them. If postie put them in the wrong box I expect the owner of such just took them to read. Thinking of you moving to your new abode exciting and frightening at the same time. Hey you will have a new craft room and outlook while crafting. Good luck to you both and all the best for 2017.
Ani xx

Twiglet said...

Wishing you both a wonderful and exciting 2017 - it will be fun getting to know your new place. Thanks for all the fun we have shared this year. xx Jo

Christine said...

Readly sound like something to be explored, thanks for sharing. Nothing like a good challenge to start the year and you're halfway there as I presume you still have at least half your belongings packed up.
Have a happy WOYWW, my 'boys' are napping so I have managed to get on the laptop to wish you a happy New year.
Christine #10

Kim said...

Wishing you both the Very Best 2017, and most importantly, a drama-free move! (ours involved cats...hopefully yours wont!) See you next year!
-K #21

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thanks for the visit. I missed last week with all the hub bub, but I peeped about and liked the grouping of trees you shared and that beautiful centerpiece. Wishing you and yours the VERY BEST for 2017. Once settled you'll enjoy what life brings you. Now Enjoy the Merriment.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely photo. All the best with your move and hope it goes well. Slainte. Catriona

lisa said...

Hi lovely lady. Glad you had a lovely time. I think we probably all raise a toast to those no longer enjoying the day with us. Onwards and upwards now to a fabulous new Welsh adventure together. You'll soon have it like home and it won't be long before we are beating a path to your door!!!! It's a beautiful photo of you both. Raising a glass for a brilliant 2017 for you.
Hugs Lisa xx

April Story said...

I hope you adapt to your new home quickly. As long as you have your family there - you will be fine. Love the picture. Happy New Year.
April #18

Sharon Koole said...

Your yarn looks lovely - love the colours!

A new move is exciting, stressful and unnerving too. Daughter will be moving to another state next week where she will start a new job. She knows absolutely nobody. She's excited yet nervous. I'm just trying to hold it together - I'll miss her terribly. We are packing up her stuff next week and driving her out there (over 9hr drive). Sigh.

Happy New Year and good luck with the move. It will be great! Wales is a beautiful country. Lots of new things to see and places to explore - that's what I keep telling myself about daughter's move!

Sharon #19

StampinCarol said...

Thanks for your visit. Hubby surprised me with a trip to town for shopping (mostly his) but we had fun. I hope you have an uneventful move with wonderful surprises. And I hope you have a great New Year! Blessings!
Carol N #16

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jan, love the mix of colours you are using to make the charity blanket. As you say, mindless crochet but satisfying nevertheless. Here's wishing you and yours a Good New Year and all the best for 2017. I wish you loads of luck in your new home. Wales! What's not to like :) Hugs, Elizabeth x #27

Angela Radford said...

Hi Jan, I think Christmas is a time when you often think about those you've lost and the older you get the more you have to think about so I agree Christmas is mixed with happy and sad thoughts. Thanks for the visit to mine and have a great woyww, Angela x 6

Artatag said...

Glad you had a good time, sorry for the sad moments and thanks for sharing all this loveliness! I am a bit late and happy to see all these familiar names.

Happy WOYWW and New Year

Gabriele 29


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