Gosh I'm having a ball with these Year End Reviews, I've been really, really enjoying the look back through all my photos. It's been a a terrific way to bring in the New Year and has left me feeling all warm and fuzzy and overloaded with gratitude.
I think that out of all my various photos and ramblings, this last collection is my favourite. Home. It's the essence of who I am I guess. Cos without the home, the other stuff just wouldn't happen. And as much as Attic24 has become known for the crochet, really that's just a part of my home life. A BIG part mind you, no denying that, but it's all the other little itty-bits of my home that I am most passionate about capturing, expressing and preserving. The cups of tea. The little feet. the snuggly socks. The furniture. The baking. The sunlight. The mess. The laundry. It's all so good and ordinary and precious and worthy of remembrance.
I hope you enjoy this celebration of all things Home..................
I was reading back through some archive posts a few weeks ago, and one particular bit of writing has stuck with me. It was from December 2008, so three years ago, and I was writing a little about what inspires me to blog. I hope it's OK to quote myself here? Well I'm going to do it anyways....this is what I wrote back then..
"I guess there are many reasons why people decide to blog, and once started, why they continue to blog. I know that there are a great many little itty-bitty reasons that compel me to take photographs day after day and sit here and write day after day. I won't waffle on at you today (lucky escape for you) about my reasons for keeping this little bit of colourful cyberspace up and running, but one thing I can say is that I like my blog. I like it a lot. I like thinking about it, I like the creativity it involves and I like reading it. Yes, I often do read back through my own archives, not in a oh-look-how-wonderful-my-own-blog-is kind of a way, but in a daydreamy retrospective kind of a way. Often I will find myself thinking about something or another and my mind will settle on a particular remembered image, or an outing, or a recipe, or a crochet project and I will attempt to search out the blog entry, to find the words and images that accompany the memory.
And for someone with a memory that is as shot to bits as mine, this blogging lark is MARvelOUs! So many things I had forgotten about! So many images, memories, thoughts :: things that would otherwise be quite lost if it wasn't for my documenting them. I find it really wonderful to know that I have created this pocket of memories, and to be able to dip and dive into them whenever the mood takes me"
Three years on and that still stands true. My blog is an invaluable memory-keeping tool, not only for me but for the Little People as well. They are showing an increasing interest in what I do (and why I do it), and my greatest wish is that one day in the future they will be interested enough to take a good look and experience their childhood years through my pictures and words.
Of course, there is the added dimension of sharing all this with the World At Large (ie YOU!), and that is something that I never gave much thought to when I started out. Right from the beginning I wrote my blog for Me, for my own personal pleasure and satisfaction. The fact that you seem to genuinely enjoy your visits to the Attic is a source of tremendous joy to me, you give me so much! You validate what I do somehow, give me confidence and reassurance, make me feel that I am making a success of my funny little life, even if that success is measured by unconventional means. And for all that I am extremely, VeRy ExtrEmely, humbly grateful.