Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My Year in Craft

I'm joining in with Northside Makers reminiscing about the year that was.............

1. In my twelve months of crafting, my crafty self made all these...
-Too many Betty Jo goodies to count. More than last year which was seriously close to 2,000!
-Fun and colourful 'Stuff" collages.Colour Collage
-Two new ranges "Lino Deco" and "Lino Royale" and a few exclusive collections for special customers.
Hot Air Balloons
Colourful Lino Deco
2. If my year was a colour it would be... Lolly shop brights!
Lino Royale Brooches

3. This year I spent way too many craft hours... adhering stuff. One thing I'm not fond of is gluing!

4. This year I wish I'd had more craft hours for... just designing new things and mucking around with my collection of "stuff".Planning on doing this in the summer break.

5. My proudest craft moment of the year was...
I'm always proud if Betty Jo gets positive feedback from respected arty/crafty peeps. This interview was super nice.6. My biggest craft disaster was...all the brooches and pendants that ended up on the cutting room floor (all way too Wonky for even my normal Wonky standards).Pretty Meakin Plate
7. This year I had stalls at/visited this many markets...
I visited /checked out quite a few markets over the year. I loved the market at the Convent in Abbotsford mainly for it's gorgeous surrounds.
I had a stall at the Made n' Thornbury Market a few weekends ago, which was fun.
But my first market type experience this year was at The Stitches and Craft Show and that was a whopper for Betty Jo. 8. My most enjoyable market was... Made n' Thornbury.
Friendly , local, not pretentious!Tray O' brooches
9. My best handmade purchase/present/swap/acquisition was...
I seriously can't say, BUT these earrings have garnered the most comments since I bought them from this Etsy shop!

10. After this year I swear I'll never again... avoid tidying my studio for so long. (Massive cleanup commencing for a photo shoot in a couple of weeks). So soon I will have this.......
My Craft Room
11. Next year I'm determined to...
-Design at least two new ranges/products.
-Have more market stalls (the first being Sisters Market in February!)
-Continue blogging.
-Get along to some regular Crafty Blogger events.
-Keep riding the handmade wave and create cool products that I would be happy to buy!

12. But I'll probably do this instead... All of the Above!!

Thanks for your support , feedback and finding the time in the manic world we live in to read Lino Forest. It has been fantastic to meet so many great creative people online and in the real world! See you in 2010! (if not before)
Gettin' Christmasy


  1. Well you certainly have had a busy year! I've really loved following your work and especially seeing your collage series appear. :)

    P.s. The stallholder beside me at Glebe on the weekend was none other than Miss Dudley Redhead wearing a Betty Jo owl pendant. I liked her immediately! :)

  2. I can almost smell the glue from here! Love that photo of all the brooches sitting in their box waiting to be bought. Have a creative 2010!

  3. Love the year in review report!
    Happy Holidays to's to a creatively awesome 2010 xox

  4. Have a Well DESERVED and relaxing Christmas break with your wonderful family! I hope 2010 has all your success and good luck all over it! :-)


  5. good one, betty jo - it's been fun! wishing you a fabulous festive season and all the best for 2010!

  6. Oh what a year it has been...
    I love all your new ranges and I adore the photo collages...
    I can't wait to see more fun stuff pouring out of the newly tidied studio...
    and looking forward to unwrapping a few BettyJo goodies myself come Christmas day...
    Have a great day...
    Dear Friend...

  7. what a lovely retrospective of your work.
    I LOVED seeing your work space too!!
    happy happy merry merry!

  8. it really very good.
    I love it !
    I like it !
    thanks :)- .


  9. Wow - What a year Miss liz.
    I hope we get to catch up in 2010. This is a great round-up of your year !

  10. What a productive and creative crafty year! Enjoy a well deserved rest and I can't wait to see and read more of Lino Forest next year.

    Merry Christmas Liz!!!!

  11. Ooh, you teaser! Tried to buy some earrings, and they don't post to Oz! But I'm enjoying your bright and colorful post instead, wow, you are a busy chick! Still can't believe I have an owl pendant and cat brooch! woohoo! See ya next year.

  12. they look so great all together in their little wooden box!! lovely post

  13. Good post !!!! very good blog . nice article.i like that.


  14. So nice and good posting. i liked it. keep going. :)


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