Ode to 2012

Hope everyone had a great Xmas and a super fabulous New Years! 2013 is going to be amazing! 2012 wasn't too shabby though. Lots of lovely highlights from the year.

Here are the top things that happened in 2012:

1. Monthly Maker Feature

I was the first crafter to be featured in Canada Arts Connect Magazine's new column called Monthly Maker. It was a complete surprise - Laura Nguyen saw an upcycled stool I had donated to the Langara College Art Auction 'Art-fully Yours' and approached me about the feature. Pretty kewl!

There was also a follow up feature, Monthly Maker 2012 Holiday Wrap-Up. Thanks so much to Laura Nguyen and Canada Arts Connect Magazine for the great promo!

2. Trek to London and Ireland

In the spring, I took off for 3 weeks to London and to Ireland. It was a FAB trip in so many ways! Very inspiring! Plus I reconnected with my aunts, uncles and cousins. The travel bug has been awoken! Already thinking about spring 2013 - where to go?! And for how long!

Here's one of my pics from Portobello Market in London...

Here's where I stayed in Dublin - this is where my Dad grew up in Enniskerry, County Wicklow.

3. Culture Days Upcycling Workshop

I was asked to organize an upcycling workshop for the North Vancouver City Library as part of Culture Days. This was an amazing experience!

I had such a great time organizing the event and meeting so many kewl crafty peeps!

My friend Nicole Friesen took photos of the workshop - one was featured in the Culture Days thank you ad in the National Post. Pretty nifty!

4. Berlin Trek

Next was my trek to Berlin. Man I loved Berlin! I was going back to Ireland for a wedding and tagged on a week in Berlin. It was a great adventure to go on my own, find my way around, meet new peeps and to explore a very kewl city. I'll be going back sometime soon!

Here's a pic of a scrap metal sculpture. Tons of upcycling inspiration to be found!

5. Portland Trek

When I got back from Berlin and Ireland, I took off for a few days with friends to Portland. Yup another great trip - kewl city with tons of inspiration.

I found so much crafty goodness in Portland like this market we just happened upon.

6. Xmas Upcycling Workshop

And then I organized another upcycling workshop for the North Vancouver City Library. This one was for some nifty Xmas projects. It was super fun!

Here's Bonny and I getting crafty! Bonny was at my first workshop.

7. Langara College Art Auction

I donated more crafty, arty pieces to the 2nd Annual Art and Design Auction, 'Art-fully Yours'. And this year, I went to the auction. It was so much fun and all of my items found happy homes.

Last year I donated Xmas stockings and an upcycled bench. This year I donated these paintings and some upcycled Xmas ornaments.

2012 was super FAB and I truly feel like 2013 will be very spectacular and full of possibility. Best wishes for a great year! xo

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