Happy new year! Woop woop! How’s that head? We are in a cottage in rural Wales right now with no wifi so this will be my only post until I am back to London with my first Styling the Seasons post of 2015 on Monday 5th.
I’m not really one for resolutions for the new year, but I do think it is really important to reflect on the year that has been. However, I know that ‘review’ posts can get a bit dull and repetitive, so I have decided to structure mine around some of my favourite posts of the year that were photobombed by Otto!
Every time I shoot a blog post in my own home Otto is desperate to be involved and to investigate everything I’m doing. I usually have to shut him out of the room that I am shooting in otherwise it becomes impossible. However, without fail, he will always manage to make it into my ‘set-up’ shots one way or another. I turn around for two seconds and there he is, eating props or pretending he has suddenly fallen asleep. I hope you enjoy a whole lot of Otto photobombs and maybe click through to some of the posts that I wrote last year…
Paint dipping: This is months and months ago when Otto was still so tiny. I was trying to shoot the stool that I had paint dipped but he fell asleep right in shot and looked so cute! Not technically a photobomb but I did have to shove him out of the way to get a good shot.
Handmade quilt: I was trying to shoot this Liberty print quilt that I made last Christmas. Again, Otto decided to fall asleep right next to it after trying to fall asleep on it.
How to re-upholster a drop-in seat: This is my favourite photobomb! This was back at the start of 2014 – look, we still had horrible carpet then! I was shooting a chair that I had re-upholstered in Lorna Syson fabric. And look who has to jump up to say hello.
Liberty print cushion tutorial: This post was a tutorial to make simple envelope cushions. Hello Otto. On the bed. Again. We still had our guest room at this point of the year.
Guest post for Liberty: There’s that carpet again! This post was my first guest post for Liberty and I made a travel highchair.
Liberty print pouffe tutorial: I think Otto has a thing for Liberty print. He still thinks this pouffe is his. Every time I tried to take a photo of this, he would jump on to it. I have to say this is probably the most useful thing I have made this year. Jules and I quarrel over it when we watch TV together!
Planting bulbs in tea cups: Look at that face! So unimpressed that I’m taking photos of bulbs in cups rather than playing with him.
Mosaic tile tutorial: We went up to our roof terrace to shoot this post back in the summer and Otto was seriously annoying and would not get out of shot!
Liberty guest post: I made this deck chair cushion for the Liberty blog in the summer and we went to my mum’s house to shoot it in the garden. I remember it was the day of the Wimbledon final so I wanted to take the photos before the tennis started but Otto thought it was hilarious to jump into frame every time I lined up the perfect shot.
Painting MDF floor: Finally, we get to the point in the year when the carpets ripped up and we painted the MDF floor! Hurrah! I was just about to shoot the floor and in slips Otto.
Home office makeover: Probably my most popular post of the year was my home office makeover, part of which involved painting the floor white. Otto saw fit to fall asleep as I was trying to photograph the floor.
Cabinet makeover: I loved doing this makeover challenge – I was given £100 to buy and renovate a piece of furniture and it was probably my favourite bit of DIY of 2014.
Adding a touch of Copenhagen: Home office finished, painted hard floors in place, so obviously Otto has to be first on this new rug that John Lewis sent me as part of a challenge to add a Scandinavian feel to the room.
Christy bedlinen: Another bedroom shoot, another excuse for Otto to crawl into my bed even though I’m trying to photograph it.
And finally, a preview of my first DIY makeover of January 2015. Here’s Otto photobombing my ‘before’ shot of our hallway. You can see the ‘after’ shots next week!
I hope you have all had a great 2014 and if not great, you can see a way of making 2015 better. Thank you so much for all of your support in 2014 – blogging-wise it has been fabulous! I will see you on January 5th for my first Styling the Seasons post of the new year followed closely by my hallway makeover reveal.
Big new year kisses!