Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

I have managed to sneak in two more finishes before the end of the year.
I finished Reindeer Yule right after Christmas. You may remember I posted this when I first began it back in November, referring to it as looking like a cow with mange...

I am happy to show it here looking more like what it was meant to be... LOL! I changed a couple of threads, trading out the called for DMC on the reindeer body and star to Maple Syrup and Whiskey.
Reindeer Yule
Ewe and Eye and Friends
Unknown fabric
recommended DMC with 2 WDW substitutions

I also finished Cappuccino. This one is sort of a finish, I guess. I plan to add the add the other two thread packs beside this one on the same piece of fabric. But for now, I am counting it as a finish. :)

Cappuccino thread pack
Little House Needleworks
Belle Soie silk in thread pack
28 ct. unknown fabric

I think I counted 22 finishes this year. Among those were a couple of BAPS, several smalls, and quite a few medium sized designs. All in all, I am pretty happy with what I accomplished. I didn't whittle my enormous WIP pile down much, but that is okay. I don't stress over WIPs and new starts... It is all about fun! I plan to make an album with a link in my sidebar eventually of what I stitched this year. I have been enjoying seeing the mosaics and slideshows on several blogs today of the stitching completed this year. There are so many talented and inspiring stitchers out there!! I have learned so much through reading blogs, and made so many "friends" through blogging. I appreciate each and every one of you who take the time to read my drivel and those of you that take time to comment. I read every single comment, and appreciate each and every one.

Do any of you start a new piece on New Years Day? I am not sure if I will or not this year. I have been stitching on Paradise Lost the last couple of days, and I may just stick with that or maybe start block 2 on CaHRH.

I am a little melancholy to see 2009 end. It has been a good year for my family and me. I am not quite ready to bid it farewell. And with the start of 2010 comes the inevitable end of my winter break, and I am not quite ready to go back to work either. LOL!

I usually make New Years Resolutions... then feel terribly guilty when I break them less than a week after Jan. 1. So this resolutions. There are definitely things I would like to accomplish floating around in my head, but the minute I commit pen to paper seems to be the kiss of death for whatever goal I had in mind. So no written resolutions anyway. :)

I wish all of you and your families peace and blessings in the new year. Have a good one!


  1. Happy New Year! I have no stitching resolutions other than to stitch what I want.

  2. Yes I can see the Reindeer! Thank goodness because a Christmas Cow isn't quite the thing! ;-)

    No stitchy resolutions for this year. Last January I had pictures of designs I'd wanted to stitch and did not stitch any one of them! So, go with the flow.

    As to other resolutions - just be healthier. As we get older, that's the one thing we need to work on!

    Thank you for all your visits and comments through the year! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  3. Happy new year! It's been so fun to meet so many new stitchers this year. I've learned a lot, too.
    I decided that my goals for 2010 would be easily attainable more sugar, drink more diet coke, exercise less, stitch more...:)

  4. good for resolutions! Then there's no disappointment.

  5. I'm with you on No Resolutions this year. I always break them even though I try hard not to! I think that both your finishes are great!

    I'm going to have a New Years start. I also had a Christmas Start. And I have at least 10 WIPs staring at me. Do I care? NO!! It's all about the journey.

    Have a Happy New Year!!

  6. I don't mess with New Year's resolutions. I can do away with the failure of not keeping them if I don't make them! LOL! Love the cappuccino piece from LHN. The Grinch pjs came from the mens department at Sears. Don't know if you have one nearby to find them for your brother or not. There's not many pj bottoms here at our Sears of any kind, and we grabbed the last Grinch pair the had.Maybe you'll have some good luck! Happy New Year!

  7. I love that little reindeer guy! Very cute. I've never seen him before!

    I tend not to make stitchy resolutions. Or, at least, not specific ones, so that's one less thing that I can beat myself up about by the second week in January! I do hope to stitch more Christmas throughout the year, do stuff for my bedroom (it's always ends up being the junk room, despite my best efforts to make it a nice retreat type place. The only thing that retreats there are the mismatched socks and piles of laundry!! LOL), do more seasonal stuff, and stitch from my stash more. But, as you said, it's all about fun and enjoying the hobby. I am so glad to have gotten to know you in 2009, and look forward to visiting with you through our blogs in 2010. I hope it's a good one for you & your family!

  8. Happy New Year, Kellie. Looking forward to seeing more of your stitching, and visiting with you in 2010.