Saturday, December 31, 2011

Good-bye 2011.......

Yes I'm ready to say good-bye to was a year of hardship or sadness for many of my friends and family it seems and I'm not too sad to say "so long".  Here's hoping 2012 brings good things to everyone!

I hope you all got some crafty goodness for Christmas.   I put some items on a wish list at 123 Stitch and DH went and bought ALL of it!  I got "Joyeux Noel" from Blackbird Designs which has been on my list for a long time, and lots of those Mill Hill kits.  I now have more than a dozen of these from the village and winter series.  I don't plan on stitching them on the perforated paper, I will use linen instead but need to get a plan together.  I would like to do a Christmas "neighborhood" with some of them at least. 

Christmas Stash
I was too lazy to find all of my photos to do a year in review of all my finished projects, but I'm happy with what I accomplished.  I have worked hard over the past 2-3 years to get my quilting projects under control.  At one time I had over 25 projects going (!)  and I'm happy to say I'm down to just 2 now which are quite old.  I'm not starting any new ones until those are done!    I got a fair amount of stitching done this year too although not as much as I'd like of course.  Since I've had some vacation time over the holidays I squeezed in 3 more finishes for this year.

I got Tanya's "Jingle" pillow stitched and finished the week before Christmas - this was fun to do. Since I used a red thread instead of the rusty shade called for I painted my bell to match.  I'm glad I got it done to display for Christmas!

"Jingle All the Way" by The Scarlett House
stitched on WDW Scuppernong linen

Next up is a little Just Nan kit has been lying around a few years and I finally got it done to sit in my sewing room.   It took longer than I thought it would to stitch because it's sort of 'confetti' stitching with lots of different colors.    I have no idea what I'll do with this but I'm enjoying having it done just the same!

Just Nan "Sizzle" tin
stitched on Morning Mist Cashel linen with DMC
I had so many expectations of getting a lot of ornaments done this year but sadly it didn't happen.  As part of my plan to do better in 2012 I got this one done in the last 2 days.  It was a freebie pattern from Midsummer Night Designs a couple of years ago.  I still struggle with sewing on cording to pillow-style ornaments - maybe I'll get better if I do more ornies this year!

What's up for 2012........
I've joined Measi's 2012 WIPocolypse and will be keeping track of my progress on a separate blog tab I've set up for that.  I have 6 or 7 big WIPs I'd like to make some progress on and maybe get one or two finishes!  I'm not making any special list of projects to stitch this year...I'm going to do whatever I feel like doing and try not to stress about how much others are getting done!  (I tend to do that to myself).  I have enough stress with my job and other aspects of my life and don't need to make goals I realistically can't keep for myself.

I do have 3 or 4 samplers I kitted up last year I'll probably start at some point - Jenny Bean Humble Servant Sampler, Jenny Bean Halloween Sampler, The Garden Glade by Carriage House Samplings, and Halloween Rules by Lizzie-Kate.    I did some organizing in one of my stash cabinets a bit this past week.    Most of my patterns I keep in hanging folders in a file cabinet but I have a couple plastic bins filled with kits and other "miscellany".  I really want to focus on getting some of these done!  Some things have been waiting years and years to get stitched - pincushion kits, tins (LOTS of tins!), hornbooks, fob kits,  etc.    It's so overwhelming!

I also am going to try to limit my stash buying this year and focus on working from what I have plus forging ahead with more framing.  I am down to about 6 or 7 pieces still waiting to be framed.   I don't know about the rest of you but I have a big pile of stitched & framed pieces in one of my closets - things that aren't on display all the time such as Christmas or Easter pieces. I want to make some padded bags to store them in - I figure it will be a good way to use up some of the fabric in my quilting stash!
Like so many others, both the husband and I have been ill this week. We had to cancel out on a birthday party Friday and cancel New Year's Eve plans tonite with friends.   Luckily our doctor's office had urgent care hours this morning so we both went and are now armed with antibiotics and assorted other prescriptions.  Our dogs alternate between visiting me in our bedroom and the husband who's camped out in the guest room.    Hoping the meds kick in soon as we both need to be ready to go back to work next week.  This is the second time for me this month and I am sick of being sick!
I wish all of you a great 2012 with good health, good fortune, and time to work on lots of great projects!   


  1. How nice of your DH to buy your whole wish list! Love your Jingle finish and the Just Nan finish as well. The cording looks great on your ornie finish -- cording is tough, right? I want to try to cut back on stashing as well, but I say that every year. lol! Let's see if I can actually do it! Happy New Year! 2011 was a tough one for so many. I'm hoping for a better 2012!

  2. Sorry to hear you'be had to cancel your plans due to being sick. It's the same for me I usually stitch in the new year with my friend Rebecca, we cancelled because I've been sick for 5 days now but I think m final,y on the upswing.

    Your finishes are just beautiful! I see o fault in your finishing skills at all!!!!

    Best of luck with your crafting goals for this upcoming year!

  3. Lovely finishes! Love the Jingle pillow. I hope you get to feeling better soon! Happy New Year!

  4. Sorry that you've not been feeling well, i hope you and your DH are on the mend now.
    How lovely that your husband bought everything on your wish list! Your finishes are lovely, especially the jingle pillow, so cute :-)

    Happy new year to you, i hope it's a good one :-)

  5. Your DH is a sweetie to buy your whole list :-). Hope you are both feeling much better.

    Gorgeous finishes and I like your plans for the new year. I am with you, glad 2011 is behind me!!! Hope you have a happy new year :-).

  6. You have some lovely sewing on your blog. I have become your newest follower. Happy new year
    x catherine

  7. O, you did good, with the last finishes in 2011! I wished I had a husband who bought all the things I have on my wishlist at 123 stitch!!...LOL
    Good to hear you want to finish a lot of UFO's too. Hopefully with a better health later this year though.
    I hope you have a good creative, healthy and happy 2012!

  8. Happy and Healthy New Year wishes are being sent your way. Must be something in the air, cause I'm sick and I know several others too. I'm resisting the urge to go to Urgent care, but we will see what becomes of the "cough".

    I love hearing about your plans for 2012. I should sit a spell and think about that too!

    Get better soon,
    Carol E :)

  9. Hope you and your DH are feeling much better.
    How sweet your DH treated you to all those goodies on your wish list.
    Love your finishes, especially jingle all the way.
    Good luck with your 2012 stitchy plans. If you would like some encouragement with your Ornies for this year come join us at

  10. Happy New Year, Jeanne! Your Christmas finishes look wonderful and I love all the new stash. I have quite a few of the MH kits also and I had the same thought, to stitch them all together into a 'neighbourhood'. I've made some building plans but that's as far as I've been able to get so far. And I have even decided on the linen....

    I hope you and hubby are both on the mend!

  11. I love your Jingle and the ornament! Great job on both. Nice new stash, too! I love that Joyeux Noel book and hope to do the cover sampler this year. I enjoyed reading about your goals! I am the same--I look at what others are doing and then look at what I'm doing and it's not enough or I should be working on that when I'm working on this, blah blah blah. I am trying to just enjoy and work on what makes me happy because in the end, nobody cares but me! LOL

    Happy new year! I hope you & your DH are better soon.

  12. Love tanya's little Jingle pillow - need to get that one! All your other finishes and WIP's are wonderful and you did a great job carving down your WIP list. Hope you have a great coming year ! Mel

  13. You have some great finishes, congratulations

    I hope you are both feeling better now & good luck with your crafting goals for the year.

  14. Hi Jeanne, sorry to hear that you and your hubby have been sick. Hope you get better soon.
    Love how you stitched and finished Jingle. The colors are great!
    Happy New Year to you, maybe we'll run into each other at the Attic in 2012!

  15. What a thoughtful DH you have! Smart man ;o)

    Your Jingle pillow turned out beautifully! Hey, all your projects turned out beautifully ;o) LOL!

    Sounds like you have some nice goals for 2012. I think they're fun as a guideline and gives you something to strive for.

    I hope you and your DH feel better by now. A lot of people seemed to have been sick over the holidays.

    All the best in 2012 and I hope it ends up being a better year for you :o)

  16. What lovely projects to find on Christmas day.


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