Tuesday, 1 January 2008

New beginnings ....



Happy New Year to you!!! I'm sure we must have missed out a few months in 2007, it went so quickly. One of my personal highlights last year was to start this blog. Although the time seems to have whizzed past - it is this blog, this space that has allowed me to record its moments, memories and has given me the chance to see things with fresh eyes, savour the moment and appreciate the detail, however small, of things around me. I have learnt to notice the changing seasons and their effects on me, to step back and record the little things that make me smile. I have learnt that even the mundane can surprise you and I have learnt how important it is to have a camera with you at all times!



My blogging diary has afforded me the luxury of cherishing time with my family and to note just how lucky I am. It has, in short, transformed me from a glass half empty kind of girl to a happier, more fulfilled person. It has allowed me to share my crafting news, to ogle mouth opened at the talent of bloggers and has given me the confidence I needed to carry on with things that had been on the back burner for far too long. In many ways, the writing of this blog would I thought have been enough when I took those first tentative steps at the beginning of last year. But I was wrong, what has made this blogging year so special has been the warmth, support, generosity, sheer kindness, humour of all you fellow bloggers. Back in March I wanted just to be able to join in the conversation a little. What I did not expect and had no idea was coming, was the way in which I have been welcomed in, thank you!



Wishing you all good things in the year ahead and looking forward to reading all about them!

49 comments:

PG said...

Happy New Year to you, I only 'found' you recently, but very glad I did!

The Crafts House said...

I am quite new to blogging, your blog was one of the first i found, blogs like yours keep us all inspired Happy new year
sandra

She'sSewPretty said...

Kim, I'm hoping that 2008 is the best year yet for you and your family!

Curlew Country said...

What a really moving post. i agree whole heatedly but couldn't have said it nearly so eloquently. Looking forward to cathing up with you in 2008. Happy New Year, Stephx

Picture it in Stitches said...

Happy New Year Kim !!

Sarah x

Janette said...

happy new year.

Thanks for your comments on my blog I too am feeling so encouraged by the lovely comments I've received from fellow bloggers even though I only recently started to write. I wish you and your family all the best for 2008.

Janette
x

mollycupcakes said...

I really enjoyed reading that post it all just makes sense and I'm very glad I've found your blog and can travel on your lifes journey.

Happy new year honey.
Hugs

Catherine x

meggie said...

Happy New Year Kim.
How wonderful it has been to meet you, & learn about your wonderful creative talents, & see your lovely photos, & read of your life.
I look forward to reading you in 2008.

weirdbunny said...

Yes carrying a camera with you at all times is essential.

I did say I wasn't going to make any new year resolutions due to being so inconsistant ~ however after buying yet another new digital camera a few days ago, I intend to look after this one and keep it in it's case. Why I hear you ask, because my first I left out in the rain, and the second I stood on. Hopefully this third camera will be better looked after ~ love Julia x

Lucy Bloom said...

Hi Kim,
A Happy New Year to you and yours! Yes, starting a blog has brought much more than I expected it would, no looking back now!
best wishes,
Lucy

Tracy said...

Happy New Year! Visiting you here has been such a great pleasure these many months, and I look forward to sharing the New Year with you here. Wishing you & yours the happiest of days in 2008! ((HUGS))

Rhondi said...

Hi Kim You sure are right about how starting to blog opens up a whole new world of wonderful people and creative ideas. I just began blogging in Nov. and I am amazed at all the creative, kind and encouraging people I have met. I always have my camera ready too! Rhondi

Katherines Dream said...

Happy New Year to you Kim and your family and I wish you all the very best, health and happiness for 2008
I agree with so much of what you said about blogging. I am looking forward to reading your 2008 blog.
Big hugs,
Carol x

Katherines Dream said...

Hi Kim me again!
Your comment on 3 hourly feeds..............it is hard, after I have finished feeding them both and cleaned up....it is almost time to put the kettle on again! I just pray that they survive, please God.
Hugs,
Carolx

Heidi said...

I echo your sentiments here. Very well said! I too feel that life is made more in tune as a result of blogging. I have much of my family blogging now and everyone is enjoying all it brings. I am enriched by my blogging friends and am looking forward to yet another year of sharing.

I did see S&S and worried I would sit the entire time comparing to the Emma Thompson feature movie version. I did not and really enjoyed this one as I did the movie version. I think it was some of the subtle differences but in both, I love Col. Brandon! I feel I am more of Elinor in life as I am too practical minded and feel a need to shake Marianne and tell her to see that Col. Brandon is far better for her than heartbreaking Willoughby. :) What did you think of it? I found the opening scene rather shocking. so for a few seconds thought I was going to hate it but no.

Hugs ~
Heidi

driftwood said...

Happy New Year, I love your blog, and the comments that you leave on mine, and I'm really looking forward to hearing all about your 2008!

The Tattered Nest said...

Happy new year! I just found your blog and it is a breathe of fresh air!

Cowboys & Custard said...

Hello Kim and a very Happy New Year to you too..
I wish I had the wisdom and the words to say what you have said so perfectly...
I can only say ditto ditto ditto..
I have so enjoyed your company and look forward to much more in 2008
Michelexx

Victoria May Plum said...

Happy New Year!
I am so looking forward to reading your blog again in 2008.
Blogging is such a wonderful way to 'join in the conversation' isn't it? and the perfect way to meet so many like-minded people.

I hope that you and your family have a great 2008, and I hope to join you along the way

Victoria x

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS ... said...

I agree with everything you say Kim. I only really started with my garden blog as it was a great means of recording the goings on in my garden in words and pictures, although when I received my first comment, I couldn't believe that someone had given little old me even a second of their time, I was so excited, and just wanted to put more and more on! I hope we can both keep up the momentum in 2008! x

Gill at Lucy Locket said...

Ditto all of that Kim, just how it's been for me this year. It's been a pleasure to get to know you and I'm looking forward to reading lots more from you in 2008. Happy New Year!
Gill x

Tea Time and Roses said...

Happy New Year to you and your family Kim! Wishing you all the very best!

Smiles...

Beverly

Sandra Evertson said...

Happy New Year to you and yours!
Sandra Evertson

Heidijayhawk said...

i'm so glad you have shared your life with us! on to a new year!

avalon8theroses said...

Hello rag roses, yes you are a flickr freind. I have that Scotts flower pciture on tin..I have had it for about four years and it goes form plasce to place in my home..I have not seen it for a while, Your pic has reminded me to reasurrect it. Where do you display yours?
Avlon(Tracey)

Wild Rose said...

Happy New Year Kim!

You have described how I feel about blogging too. I had never thought about it before I started blogging, but it is a wonderful way to look back and see how far I have come on this journey.

Wishing you and your family a New Year filled with peace, love and joy. Thank you for your friendship.

Marie x

Garden girl said...

Happy New Year Kim, am off to look at your Etsy to see what else I can blow some cash on (may not be today, still a bit strapped for cash!)xx

Regina said...

Happy New Year !
Regina

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you too and we all look foward to reading about the goings on of the Rgged Rose household during 2008!
Carolyn
http://willowhouse.typepad.com

Andrea said...

Happy New Year to you also, a Camera is a MUST...good job my husband treated me to a new one at Christmas!! Bless Him!! x

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

I wish you the happiest of New Years, Kim, and I look forward to many more visits to your wonderfully inspiring blog! =)

Cathy said...

Happy New Year Kim! Blogging has been one of the great things about 2007 for me too, and I am looking forward to reading your blog in 2008.
Cathy XX

Lynda said...

Happy New Year, Kim! I'm so glad we've had the chance to "meet" online ... I'm looking forward to more of your blog in 2008! ~ ♥ Lynda xo

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi!
Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hello! What a lovely New Year post.

I am looking forward to getting to know you a little better this coming year.
Penny

Nonnie said...

It's been lovely reading your blog in 2007 and thank you so much for your kindness and support last year as I went through some tough times. It really meant so much to me to have such support from all my lovely new blogging friends. I'm hoping that this year is going to be a whole lot more positive. Wishing you a very happy, healthy and successful 2008 with lots more blogging. x

Raindrops said...

Happy New Year and all the best for 2008 Tricia

dottycookie said...

Happy New Year Kim! I always love coming to see what you've been up to - your blog is so very pretty! Beautifully written too :-)

Country Cottage Chic said...

Happy New Year - hope 2008 is a good one!

Donna said...

Happy New Year Kim. Wishing you all good things for 2008 xxx

the homely year said...

Hi, how much we agree with your sentiments!...blogging has opened up a whole new world of friends and shared interests. We wish you a very happy New Year and a productive 2008. Look forward to all your posts to come.
Margaret and Noreen xx

Suzie Sews said...

Kim, Happy New Year to you and I can relate to every word you say here...
Hope it is a good year for you
Suzie Sews

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hi Kim! All the best for a fun year!!

xo
Becky

info said...

43 comments WOW - just shows how popular you are!

OhSoVintage said...

Sorry, don't know why I am signed in as 'info'!
Ruth

Cowboys & Custard said...

Hello Kim
Just to let you know that your lovely kind comments are coming through...
I appreciate every single one so PLEASE don't give up..
Hope you have a lovely weekend.
Michelexx

Cowboys & Custard said...

Hello again Kim
So glad that I didn't miss out on any of your lovely words..
If I don't wear my reading glasses.. I manage to type in a foreign language.. but not one you would know of.
Michelexx

The Polka Dot Pixie said...

Your blog has been such a blessing to me!!! It has such a tranquil quality I feel relaxed after reading it!!! Happiest of New Year's to you!

CresceNet said...

Gostei muito desse post e seu blog é muito interessante, vou passar por aqui sempre =) Depois dá uma passada lá no meu site, que é sobre o CresceNet, espero que goste. O endereço dele é http://www.provedorcrescenet.com . Um abraço.

kathyann said...

Hi Kim I agree with everything everyone has said ,we have a wonderful blogging community out there and I find it so comforting to know that there are others out there to share the highs and the lows, and share a hug and sometimes a tear, and the strength of feeling and suport we get from one another when one of us is going through a rough patch!Thank you for your kind comments on my blog and I like others look forward to future postings in 2008,Take care love from Kathyann and the girls