I don't want to sound like a killjoy, but ever since we moved to Australia (11 years ago this month), new year's eve and day have been pretty much ordinary days to us. We do not normally wait for 12 midnight on the 31st nor do we do anything extra special on the 1st (except go to mass). Occasionally, we do get invited elsewhere. Like today, we had lunch at a friend's house. I was requested to bring a mango cake.
|The best cake for summer!|
What do I look forward to or hope for this new year? One thing is that my eldest son is starting his university studies soon. Unlike in other countries, the kids here do not have to live on campus on their first year. And also, they usually go to universities within the state. The nearer to home, the better. That saves me the anxiety of a child leaving home, at least for now.
I do know I will be baking more cakes. In 2011, I had over a hundred cake orders! Not a bad effort for a homebaker, if I may say so myself. It wasn't something I ever expected to happen. I was also pleased to know that I've inspired a lot of stay at-home Filipino moms from all over the world to bake. Some of them have in fact started their own little homebaking businesses as well, making cakes using recipes I've shared on this blog.
|Some of my favourite bakes in 2011.|
Unfortunately, sewing was something I again ignored (though not completely) in 2011. I managed to sew a few things during the first half of the year: baby stuff, the errand clutch, the prince charming suit, laptop sleeve, more baby stuff, toddler jacket, toddler coat, and a travel wallet. Around August though, baking totally ruled over my life. So sorry to admit that I have abandoned making the travel wallet pattern for now. Hopefully, I will get into the right frame of mind soon. Within this year???? Let's just wait and see.
I did squeeze in some sewing just before 2011 ended. Bought the hobo bag pattern from Sweet Pea Totes and made a bag in this matryoshka print for my daughter as part of her Christmas present.
And then, I quickly followed it up with another one in this sweet owls print for a young mom/friend.
I wanted to do more sewing but I think my overeagerness got the best of me, so some of my other attempts didn't go too well. My confidence level in sewing seems to have completely gone down, having been away from it for a long time.
Anyway, that's about it for my past year, crafting wise. Personal life? Well, it certainly wasn't as colourful or as varied. More than anything, it was challenging and confronting. There is some hard work ahead.
How did yours go?