Thursday, 1 January 2015

Welcoming 2015 with open arms

Happy New Year Everyone 
 may your 2015 be blessed with good health and  happiness .
I hope you've had a cracking good Christmas too !

I wanted to swing by and say hello to 2015 with you and also apologise to you for being the most erratic and lapsed blogger of 2014
. I am truly glad to say goodbye to 2014  and I am unbelievably great full to have my mum still with us after her horrendous accident at the start of 2014 and it was a pleasure to care for her when she needed it over the following months  . She is an inspiration to me and  her steadfast and tenacious character see's her battle through life's difficulties and trauma's( believe me she's had more than her fair share !) . She does this with an unshakable determination to make the most of life .She is a small  gritty , feisty Yorkshire women and I am proud to be her daughter  . My mum has taught me many things over the years and I have learnt  lots of life lessons  through observing her and watching the way she deals with life . This is what I am going to draw on this year as I take myself and my family forward through  2015 , I will try to live a good life and no matter what comes my way I need to just crack on and look for the best most positive outcome as possible and if I do take a stumble at some stage I need to remember to pull my socks up and get on  with it !
I will have some challenges ( but hopefully small ones ) to come early in this year as I am not 100% health wise at the moment and haven't been for a while now , but I am now in the capable hands of the specialists and they have made a plan of what needs to be done and I will deal with that when the time comes .
Creatively I have  had an exhausting  but exciting time making on the lead up to Christmas .
I would like to share with you the truly pleasurable experience of making that has been the last 6 weeks .
I love making my Angels big and small , and it fills me with joy that people get pleasure from having one of my Angels in their lives and I do believe its good to have an Angel watching over you .


I introduced a new lady a few weeks ago , a companion for Mr Fox , it was a wonderful playful time making her as I not only got to fashion her a dress from vintage embroidered linen and trim it with reclaimed lace but I also did a spot of needle felting which I hadn't done in such a long time . I absolutely fell in love with her and can't wait to make some more this year .

My making table has been so busy since I last popped by and I am thoroughly enjoying working from home , I am finding it such a productive and creative process . In fact it is shear bliss , I couldn't be happier with where I work .

A batch of Mr Foxes were all wrapped up in their woolie scarfs and set off out on journeys to their new homes .

There were a lot of very late nights working lots of tiny stitches , but I love it !!

On the days when it has been too dark to work at my making table , I  got myself all cosy in my chair by the window in our living room and happily sat sewing with a roaring fire for company .
 Then the Angel mice and Santa's helper mice all started to come to life and as I do a limited batch of these which are slightly different each year I never get bored of making them and they  really gets me in the mood for Christmas .
They are such little characters !!


Then once all my making was done I got our home ready to welcome Christmas .
We only have a simple twig tree ( as well as other decorations ) , but I like it when it goes up , Christmas has arrived .
I have taken this winding down time to work on a couple of projects , some weeks ago I started a pair of ' Nola's Knitted slippers' for those who haven't heard of it , it is an American pattern available on the ' The Seamen's Church Institute' web page
It is such a quick and easy pattern and it is exactly the sort of project I need in my life .
Lovely warm cosy toes , result !!
I've dug out a crochet project to work on over Christmas  some of you will recognise , it has been a long time languishing in my basket so I thought I needed got crack on with it  . I do like how it's coming together which is spurring me on .
I've been taking it easy over Christmas recharging my very empty batteries and over the last couple of days I have been slowly getting back into my work . I have been working on my Mr& Mrs Mill Mice ready for being back too it on Monday once the boys return to school. But today I have slept as I have no energy and I am not feeling great  and at the moment I'm having to work around these sort of days . So as we go into the new year I will have to pace myself and listen to my body but I am very excited about making over the coming months.
Lets see what I can create this year !!
So thank you so much for popping by and ta ta for now .
Tracy xx


  1. Lovely to see into your working space and to imagine you there. Hope things improve for you, health wise and family wise in this coming year. I reckon those little mice scurry about while you sleep, with the angels keeping you safe. Enjoy, thank you for posting.

  2. Beautiful work. Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year. X

  3. Love your work, and I truly admire you for making difficult but necessary decisions of late - your health, mental and physical, absolutely comes first and foremost. Here's wishing you good progress on that front in this new year and may your creative muse keep stoking the fires of your heart and mind!

    Lori V - Indiana, USA

  4. Happy New Year! Glad you are taking time for you! May God bless you as you head into the coming year...He always provides what we stand in need of :) I smiled when you mentioned making socks from the Seaman's grandmother has made and donated knitted caps for that group for years. Keeps her fingers busy and her mind sharp she always says :) Blessings!

  5. What a wonderful display of beautiful work... I love all of your makings. It looks like it made many happy Christmas gifts. Your house and cute tree looked lovely to welcome Christmas and I'm so happy your mom is recuperating... What a wonderful gift for you. Here is hoping that 2015 brings you too many blessings to count. Happy New Year !

  6. wonderful to read your catch up, i hope your health improves with help and have a wonderful start to your family 2015 x

  7. Love your posts and your work. Hope this new year brings you better health!
    Jacqui xx

  8. I have only just found your blogspot and having read it and admired all the beautiful things you make and do, have decided to follow.
    I, too, have had my share of ill health and other problems to deal with in the past and now I have decided to listen to my heart and follow the dreams and turn them into reality. To do that I need to surround myself with like minded people who love life, family, being creative and believing. So, dear lady, thank you for you, thank heavens I have found you and I look forward to walking with you on your journey. Wishing you much love, joy and happiness in 2015. x

  9. Your work is so lovely - such attention to detail! Wishing you a happy and healthy 2015!

  10. Love love love these little mice!

  11. Wishing you the best of everything for you and your family in 2015 - and looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful pictures! xx

  12. Hello. Have read your blog in the past but this may be the first comment. Your work is beautiful. I love the Dales - my son lives in Yorkshire ( we have been there for New years Eve)
    I wish you and all your family a very happy and healthy 2015. x

  13. Such beautiful makes! Hope you soon feel 100 per cent
    Best wishes Caz xx

  14. Creativity spurs us on and the distraction of making our dreams come to life is unbelievable. I suffer from Fibromyalgia which is a soul destroying illness and robs you of so much but I plan to take whatever life throws at me this year with as much grace and energy (though the latter is sadly lacking at the moment) as I can muster. I do hope your health improves for you soon. You will be glad to see the back of 2014 I imagine. Hugs to you xxx

  15. Your creative space looks ideal, a cracking good fire, lovely home comforts. Love all your makes, such detailed and excellent handcrafting. I hope 2015 is a really good one for you and your family. Liz x

  16. You've been working hard, and your creations are beautiful as ever. I do hope your health is sort satisfactorily soon, and that you and yours have a very happy 2015. CJ xx

  17. Listen to your body & thank you for sharing

  18. Oh yes, pls listen closely to your body. Pampering oneself in those instances is a must. The red and white mice are adorable. The fox's linen dress is lovely. Love that shot of you! You know how I love an edgy look.

  19. Beautiful creations, as ever. I hope your health improves dramatically in 2015, and to echo all the other comments here, make sure you take the rest you need when you need it. Your body heals and repairs itself when you rest and sleep. I imagine it's hard to stay awake in front of that gorgeous fire at any rate! One of these days I will be quick enough off the mark to buy one of your creations! Best wishes for 2015. Lil xx

  20. Tracy, I am cheering you on from across the pond! I so admire your love and care of your mom and your family and yourself. Love so well spent surely fuels your beautiful creativity. May you and yours have a most blessed and creative 2015. xx

  21. Sorry to hear that your health is a worry just now. Hope that gets taken care of quickly and with as much ease as possible.

    Your creations are just adorable and look to be so well made. More power to you.

  22. Happy new year and I hope it will go well for you and your family. The things you make are absolutely gorgeous. I'm really smitten with Mrs. Fox.

  23. I am new to your blog and love your creations. I would like to wish you good health and happiness for the coming year xx

  24. I am new to your blog as well. I so love your mice, angels and foxes. They are all so creative. Hopefully in the new year I will be able to snatch one up to live with me across the pond in the USA. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with all of us.

  25. Hi from New Zealand (from a Yorkshire lass in exile!). I'd love to know where I can buy from you. I will be in the UK in a couple of months so could buy something direct to take home with me. Please could you email me where you can be contacted. My email address Thanks Jane