It's that time of year when we take a look back at the past year and have a little fun reminiscing, to see what made our hearts flutter and think about what was the most influential in the design/art/craft world. With so much inspiration, it was hard to pick just a few. Read back on past posts here from previous years, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011). It's always fun to see what will stay on and what will go. Here is part one of what should be a three or four part post. Sheepskin How amazing are all the sheepskins everywhere? I'm loving the grey ones most (out of Scandinavia) - we don't see those as much here, but I can't get enough of them. This one from Stil Inspiration. Copper Another "can't get enough of" this year - has been copper. I really love it in lighting for a kitchen, my mother gave me some vintage canisters for Christmas this year and how about copper planters as Ashley of Sugar & Cloth posted as a DIY for us this past October. Above photo from Inside Out Magazine | Photography Armelle Habib. DIY Fabric This one has been going on for a few years, but it became really prominent this year –perhaps inspired by Danish company, by nord's cushions and bed linens. I like seeing independant photographers and DIY versions - like the one above by Kimberly Blok on Society6. Spoonflower has also opened up the doors to this offering indie makers the chance to create their own fabrics using their own photographs and art work. Check out this DIY round-up where we featured one of my favorites by Mariah of Everything Golden. We're loving the ones using black and white photos the best. Hand Lettering + Typography If you've been reading Poppytalk for a while, you'll maybe remember us talking about hand lettering and typography almost from the beginning. Featuring the likes of Ray Fenwick, Leigh Wells, Paula Scher, Kate Bingaman Burt, Will Bryant, the list goes on. But this year more than ever - the hand lettered poster, quote poster, whatever you wish to call it has been super prominent. Above a beautiful one by Emily McDowell. Also check out my hand lettering and typography board on Pinterest. Heaps there too! Cacti and Succulents The cacti and succulent were pretty prominent this year –popping up on patios and in windows everywhere. These from Serax maison d'être (loving the striped flower pots)! Beautiful DIY Food Blog Styling I've been so inspired with all the gorgeous styling I've been seeing of food this year on blogs. Pinterest has certainly brought that to my attention, and it's always the chocolate on the dark backgrounds with red berries that gets me the most. This one from Madame Gateau. The DIY No one can deny, the DIY has taken over the internet hasn't it? Everyone has their fingers in the pie from big chain stores featuring them on their blogs to the hobbyist wanting to share their latest project –DIYs have most definitely become part of our everyday in a big way. (Above DIY round-up found here). More links to DIYs we like, click here and here. Faceted and Geometric Shapes From magnets to jewelry, the faceted and/or geometric shaped objects were everywhere this year. Loving these ceramic ones by Pigeon Toe which are are cast from hand-sculpted shapes and glazed in amazing hues. Check out this one you can make yourself. Stay tuned for Part 2!