So what can I say about 2017? For me personally it was a year of highs and lows. The lows were really low but the highs were the best days ever so I feel grateful for this year. Topher and I did a whole bunch of decorating in the house, went to a huge amount of weddings, got hitched ourselves and went on the most amazing honeymoon ever. I did also struggle a lot with my mental health in the second half of this year but I got through it and that’s all that matters. So without further delay, here is my 2017 in review.
2017 in Review
You can see my previous years in review here: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016.
I started the year strong, launching Begin.Create, setting up a new bullet journal and making a start on our wedding DIYs. This was also the month that I attended my first WeBlogNorth event. I’m so thankful for finding this community this year as it’s been a great year meeting new people and attending great events and workshops. I also did my first recipe post in awhile and it went down well – I love this chicken biryani and still make it now.
So many restaurant visits in February! Topher and I had a date night for Valentines day where we had dinner and went to the cinema at the Printworks. We saw La La Land and didn’t like it (sorry, not sorry). I wrote a wedding post on how to stay zen during the planning (this came in handy in the lead up to the big day). And finally, we put up floating shelves in our bedroom. 10 months on and we are looking forward to taking them down! They don’t work with our walls at all and have been threatening to fall down ever since (one of the ones on Topher’s side went pretty much immediately). I think we’ll replace them with something that involves brackets in the new year.
This was an awesome month as two of our best friends got married! Claire and Steve had a hand fasting in front of family and friends after doing a quickie legal registry office wedding the day before. Topher was a witness and I was the ride/camerawoman. I also went to Nottingham to visit my brother for a weekend which was nice – it’s been years since I’ve been to the city. There was more experimenting in the kitchen – I made yoghurt bark! And I also attended another WeBlogNorth workshop where we worked on our photography skills. So many photos of this cake on my phone. There may have also been another home decor project that I started.
April started off with another wedding – family friends were getting their vows renewed. Topher’s mum turned 50 so we got her a massive rainbow cake. I discovered that calligraphy is hard at the Viking Arty Party. As well as redecorating my office, Topher and I also spotted a great deal on wood flooring so decided to move up our living room plans and get it done. It was also an excellent excuse to finally get rid of the wallpaper I hated in there. Topher also wrote about wedding planning from the grooms point of view.
So many wedding crafts this month! Wedding planning was going full steam ahead; I had a hair and makeup trial, had my first dress fitting, wrote a post about the good and bad things about wedding planning and we worked on the seating plan together (Pickles and Luna tried to “help”). We visited Lucardo which is an escape room in Manchester and is awesome. Looking forward to going back even more now that they have a Harry Potter inspired one. I also did some more experimenting in the kitchen and we visited a few restaurants – nom.
Such a busy month! We had two weddings to attend, I attended the IWOOT Fathers Day event, Topher had his stag do, I went to London for Blogtacular which included spending a day in our capital by myself, Emma and I went to the Ideal Home Show and Food and Drink festival, I turned 29, we got a new sofa, and Emma voted for the first time. All this and I was still doing a tonne of wedding DIYS. This is the point where I burned out so decided to take a blogging break until after the wedding.
Another busy one but as I said before, I was on a blogging break so didn’t write about this at the time. I had my hen party which included Crystal Maze, Afternoon tea and all the cocktails at a sleepover at my house. Then Topher and I had to fly to Jordan for my cousin’s wedding the week before ours. Then we got married! I wrote about the day itself, the DIYs and details and shared our wedding video. Afterwards we had a mini moon at the Mere hotel in Cheshire. The rest of the month was spent recovering!
A quiet month indeed but it was definitely needed. I blogged mainly about the wedding but in real life I chilled with my new husband while we got excited for our upcoming honeymoon the next month. I dyed my hair black and we attended our final wedding of the year.
Honeymoon time! We visited New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles and it was the best holiday ever. I wrote about New York and what we ate there, San Francisco and what we ate there, The Color Factory, our road trip and the Madonna Inn, Los Angeles and what we ate, Universal Studios and Disneyland.
Also in September we celebrated a friend’s 30th, saw Fluffy/Gabriel Iglesias at Manchester Apollo and I attended the In Colourful Company Manchester Colour Walk as well as the Reeves Show Your Colours Event.
At this point, my scheduling was all out of whack so though I posted about things in November, they actually happened in October, so bear with me! In October I had some great blogger opportunities including World Pasta Day with Vapiano, Thai Taste Tour at Tampopo and Sky High Tea with Roberts Bakery. The latter was my favourite as how many people can say they’ve had afternoon tea 100ft in the air hanging from a crane?
In November I visited home and went to an Instagram workshop held by Katya. Both were fun and were the highlights of my month. Otherwise, this was where my mental health took a nosedive and I spent a lot of the time not leaving the house if I could help it. The clocks changing definitely didn’t help!
Christmas time! I’m happy to say that even though my mental health wasn’t much better, I definitely got myself out of the house this month. I did some work at the Christmas markets for an illustrator and I went to a lot of Christmas events. Once again I find myself having so many more Christmas do’s now that I’m freelance. I did some festive crafts and hope to do loads more next year when I’m feeling better.
Topher and I had a nice meal at his mums on the 23rd before grabbing the cats and spending Christmas at my parents. It was so nice to see everyone. When we got home, it was Emma’s birthday so we went ice skating (I didn’t fall!) followed by dinner at Dimitri’s. As for New Years Eve, we’ll be spending it with friends at a flat party (anyone else not like going out out?).
So that was my 2017. How was yours?