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collage 2It is exactly one year  since I wrote my first blog post. It has been a whirlwind of 222 posts, 773 comments (!!!) and some emails from readers that have meant the world to me!

Nearly everyone says that time flies but honestly if you said I started the blog four years ago I’d believe you. It’s not that time has dragged it’s just that so much has happened in the last year that it seems impossible that it was only 365 days.

On the 15th of October 2013 I was on maternity leave with a six month old baby thinking about what returning to work would be like. Ewan wasn’t crawling, he started trying out mushy apple and he slept happily in the buggy when I went thrifting. Now he talks and walks all day long, naps once, hates thrifting in shops but loves a good car boot sale and he has totally nailed eating.

As for me this past year has seen a lot of changes I went to my first ever book launch, I gave up a permanent pensionable job to become a stay at home mum, The Journal published one of my articles, I was nominated for the Irish blog awards (thank you!!) ,I set up an Etsy shop, I gave up my smart phone, I developed an obsession with Arklow Pottery, did a radio interview on a national radio station, stripped off for the camera, attended two amazing DIY workshops, went on a thrifting adventure to Berlin, found my first Hornsea pottery,  shared the ups and downs of being a first time mum , I even tried my hand at food stylingand generally researched, photographed and typed my way through every single nap time !

I absolutely love blogging not just because it forces me off the couch to do something more stimulating but for the sheer fun of it. I value having a space of my own and I am both surprised and honoured that so many of you actually read it!

 

I’ve  also found loads of great blogs by the mere fact of being online more . I’m particularly besotted with some fantastic Irish blogs out there. They spur me to up my game and to keep trying. I’m full of ideas of what I want to see happen with the blog and I really hope you stick with me for the next year of blogging.

I’d love to hear what you’d like to see over the next year, drop me a line at annmarie@thriftyamos.com or leave a comment. It would be great to hear from you.

 

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