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2014 – The Year That Was!

It’s been an eventful year, and I thought the last day of the year should be a time for collating the year that was, here at The Keybunch!The year started with Lakshmi’s beautiful Photo Calendar with breathtaking shots to take us through our days of 2014.

January also saw one of our most popular home tours –  Komala Krishna’s lovely Chettinad-style apartment.

master bedroom, tile inlay on old bed, yellow wall, accent, fabric on wall
February brought with it a special event for me and the blog. I attended my first-ever blogging conference Win14, a lovely event with accomplished key-note speakers, my first meeting with BlogAdda’s fab team particularly Harish and Ankita, and of course meeting old friends like Sunita Mohan and this is where I forged new friendships. In February, I also posted a Valentine’s message that I spoke from my heart, but the surprise was not this heart-surprise cake that I featured alongside the post, but the numerous emails that I got, telling me that the post touched them deeply, and was a very meaningful one!
I am still in love with the gorgeous hot pink-orange color combination that I talked about in February. Here’s a shot that singer Remo Fernandes was kind enough to share with The Keybunch, featuring this lovely combination in the backdrop of his son Noah’s wedding.

 

In March, I introduced you to Pattachitra (an art form) and the plight of artists in a village where every resident is an artist! Do go back and read that story here. I also shared my love for Suzani and devoted a blog post to India-inspired decor around the world.home country dining chairs suzani
In April, I took the month off to go back to my hometown and spend time on my pet project – looking at, clicking pics and meeting the residents of beautiful old Mangalorean homes.
In May, I restored a lovely old Chippendale-style wooden mirror frame and alerted you to Ra’s lovely cathedral-style (Gothic) bookshelf
In June, I showed you a lovely old Mangalorean home that is now restored and houses a spa. This blog also made it to the ITB Listing as one of India’s top blogs!home of jayaraj shetty mangalore
July was another lovely month for the blog. I attended a sponsored blog meet at Goa, and test-drove and reviewed the new Tata Zest.  I also spoke about entertaining with classy metal-ware.Blogging about the Hastakala photoshoot for BuynBrag was a lovely assignment, especially because of the sweet little pug Shera and her pups!
August saw the debut of recipes on the blog, as I shared my flaky-pastry and sausage roll recipe.Aarohi Singh launched her new line of upcycled furniture.I also shared a Yellow painted stool DIY and of course Sarmistha Roy’s gorgeous DIY about stencilling on chairs.
breakfast - personalized plates, sausage rolls, weekend baking
September is a lovely month, and the beautiful posts are testimony to this. I shared vignettes from Karishma and Anish’s home in Korea, and we toured a beautiful Mumbai apartment styled in the world-ethnic look.
I also took part in a collaborative fiction contest with 8 other bloggers, and our team rocked! We stormed the leaderboard through the first 2 rounds, made it to the top 5 of the contest in round 3, and are now awaiting the final announcements with bated breaths! Wish us luck!
My home-office space was featured on We Work, and I also shared my recipe for Eggless chocolate cake with coffee cream on the blog.
recipe eggless chocolate cake, coffeecream filling, ganache
October was a busy month on The Keybunch with a whopping 14 posts, most of them related to Diwali. Among them you participated in The Purple Turtles giveaway, and appreciated the lovely model of Bangdar Sarali! Award-winning food blogger Deeba Rajpal also shared her Shahi Tukda recipe on this blog.
 
In November, I shared my Fruit Soak recipe for the traditional Christmas Cake, showed you a lovely curated collection called Kedgree and the long overdue post on Jaypore. November also saw me writing for Portico India’s blog.
           
Finally, in December, the blog wore a festive look, and there were lots of Christmas-related posts including my plea to help do your bit to put an end to hunger among India’s school kids, my Christmas Cake Recipe and Pallavi Rao’s decked-up Christmas home.On a sad note, I take time out to remember the kids of Peshawar – the ones who perished, and the ones who survived!

         

I also participated in the most amazing Christmas Blog Hop. Read an enjoyable collection of Christmas posts by bloggers.
http://www.artsycraftsymom.com/?p=4396
Hasn’t it been exciting? I certainly enjoyed bringing you all these stories and posts. What would you like to see on this blog in 2015? Email me and thank you everyone for the love, and the wonderful year you gave me by being a part of this blog!
Happy New Year 2015!

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10 Responses so far.

  1. Sunita Mohan says:

    Such a super post, Sharon! And meeting you finally earlier this year was an absolute highlight for me (((hugs!)))
    By the way, I love how The Keybunch is growing and developing as a blog…. way to go!!! 🙂

    • TheKeyBunch says:

      Dear Sunita, thank you for those lovely words of encouragement and support! The Urban Gardener (blog and woman) have always been an inspiration, and I am sure you will rock 2015 too!!

  2. Madhura says:

    Nice post to end the year.. I always look forward to new posts on your blog 🙂
    Happy holidays and wishing you a prosperous new year !!

  3. Raj Aryan says:

    Really nice post.
    Wishing you happy & prosperous new year!!
    Alacritys

  4. Really nice post Sharon… looks like you had an absolutely awesome year… hope 2015 is even bigger and brighter!

  5. Such a lovely post Sharon 🙂 I got a chance to go through some fabulous posts that I had missed earlier. Hope the new year brings even more wonderful moments.

  6. Sharon.. Im visiting your blog nearly after two years.. and hence this run down is absolutely brilliant.. Im going to have a quick look at your blog today!! Thank you for such wonderful posts.. 🙂 And more so… Thank you for being a great blogger friend.. 🙂


About Sharon

Sharon DSouza is the founder and editor of this blog. A mother of two, she is based in Pune, and works as a content strategist. She is a coffee lover and writer, and is a regular at her writers’ club which meets in a coffee shop every Sunday. She is also a home baker, and loves to travel!

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