A look back at summer 2016

Hello! I’m writing this post as I come to the end of the first week back at work after our holiday. The sunshine has gone, it’s been a long week and next week is looking even busier. Oh now come on, it’s not that bad. But this week has been all about the holiday blues vs. knowing we’re approaching my favourite time of year. There’s something about September, fresh starts and focusing for the final few months of the year that I really like. That being said, I’d definitely have liked more lazying about reading books and magazines and drinking tea this week!

So summer 2016, weirdly this year feels quite defined as the period from when I opened Fred & Bell/began my blog break in July through to… now really. It’s not always as defined, but I do like that this period is quite neatly framed. As I get back into the swing of blogging I thought I’d do a little look back at the last couple of months and what I’ve been up to. I’ll also talk further down the post a little about next steps for This Little Space of Mine, so do read on/scroll to the bottom.

July saw the birth of my friends’ baby boy William and many smitten baby moments, followed by my other closest friend getting married just a couple of weeks later. I felt so full of love for my girls and couldn’t have been prouder; being a bridesmaid was a super special moment and probably one of my favourite moments this year so far was dancing with them both, and baby William, at the wedding.

July was also the month that Fred & Bell opened and wowee, I was so overwhelmed by the words of encouragement, sales, cards of good luck from friends and people who took the time to share what I was up to. There are moments in life where people can be a bit crappy and mean; it was moments after I opened the shop that I remembered just how kind people can be. The shop is going from strength to strength and just this week have I doubled the product range, so it might just be about to get a whole lot busier!

Craft wise, I wrote two posts for LoveKnitting – couldn’t help but smile when I saw little old me’s posts up on their blog. I wrote first about baby blanket patterns for beginners through to pro’s and then followed it up with a post about MillaMia’s Naturally Soft Cotton yarn collection. Aside from writing, summer is always an odd time with crafting; my productivity levels go down as I’m distracted by other things going on. I’ve loved working on the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Pumpkin Passport though and I can’t wait to get started on the Japan pattern this weekend. I also fell out of love/fell back in love with tapestry and started a top secret project I can’t share just yet.

During the last couple of months we’ve also made some progress on our garden; our decking has been re-painted, we now have garden furniture, there’s been a whole lot of weeding going on (!) and this weekend I’m hoping to get our fence painted – if the weather is kind enough. Feels good to see it coming together. Now we’re on to finally framing all our photos/prints and deciding on curtains.

And it wouldn’t be summer without a little sunshine; sunshine we found in Greece! We visited the island of Chios for a week, to celebrate our friends’ wedding. Loved kicking back, swimming, reading, sunbathing and being with friends.

So that was the summer. And a good one it was!

Now I’m back into work, the shop, blogging, crafting and all the other life admin bits and pieces and I’m wondering, how the heck am I going to be able to keep doing it? I have no idea. I do know something might have to give eventually, but for now I’m going to keep juggling while I feel comfortable to do so. In terms of This Little Space of Mine, I’m definitely not going anywhere but there may be a lack of structure going forward. Pre-summer I was writing three posts a week and publishing them on set days. The reality is I can’t do that anymore and actually I don’t want to. I want to share content when it feels right to and I want to impulsively write and share something when the mood takes me – like the digital detox post last week. I’m going to see how I get on but I can also assure you that the regular monthly posts will still be returning too!

Finally, I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to anyone who took the time to complete my reader survey – I learned a lot from the insights you gave, so thank you!

Wishing you a great weekend and I’ll be back next week!

Leanne x

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