I just picked up the violin again in July of 2012 - mostly to know enough to help my daughter out. Now, I spent one year practicing about three hours a day, then lost about a year because of circumstances. Now I'm actually practicing about an hour a day, two or three some days, none on others. I think I'm about where I was when I quit in terms of skill level, better in some ways and worse in others, (my intonation and speed are coming back), but I have a limited repertoire.
I do not have a teacher at this time and fear getting one because I have an old fashioned bow hand that I only want to be fixed a little, not completely changed. I'm thinking I should get a very old teacher.
So, I'm teaching myself right now.
I am now actively searching out a teacher. Also, I will begin Suzuki Certification soon. I am playing my second season with the community orchestra the Stockbridge Sinfonia.