Before...I start talking about all my new "plans" for the New Year....I need to show you some fabulous items that were sent to me the past week.
First Up: this fabulous pyramid Etui from Rosalie (no blog). She and I were in a private 4 way exchange and this is what she stitched for me. Isn't it absolutely stunning?! I was just astonished when I opened up the box and found this:
Then in a sweet Christmas Card came this stunning tatted heart from Cathy B. This was tatted by Cathy's mother...it is stunningly perfect, and it is a treasure that I will hang on my tree each year. Thank you Cathy for your kindness, generosity and friendship - don't know what I'd do without ya girl! :o)
- stitch more for ME
- be a better person
- achieve personal goals I've set for myself
as far as stitching goals - I'm of course tackling a HAED - well starting it anyway, I'd like to work on my Village of Hawk Run Hollow (finish it?) especially since my Neighborhood Round Robin is missing the village would make up nicely, I want to stitch a lot of ornaments, both seasonal for my Dowel Tree and also Christmas Ornaments for our Christmas tree...I have a lot of Christmas Ornaments, but would like to have ONE full tree of totally stitched ornaments. I'm going to cut back a bit on the spending, and stitch from my own stash....I've got a lot....I'm not on "the wagon" or anything like that - just want to stitch more of what I own. I want my stitching to be FUN for me! That's why I do it right? I loved exchanging (and I hope to have a few personal exchanges throughout the year) but all the exchanging I did for the past 2 years made it a little harried for me. I view our home as my "vacation" spot....I'm not happier any other place then in my own home. I love to decorate it and switch it up and when I walk by something that I've stitched myself - it makes me proud, makes me smile, and makes me - well, happy! So I'm going to stitch for myself.
So to do a little "STITCHY" Summation for the Year 2008 - here goes:
I had 56 finishes broken down like this:
- 9 were gifts
- 29 were exchanges
- 9 were for me
- 1 was a model
- 8 were Round Robins
I change my visitor counter every Jan. 1 at midnight (it's like my own little bloggy anniversary) so to date I've had: 105899 visitors this year, tonight it will go back to zero.
I've added 4 tutorials to my Tutorial Blog this year adding up to 12 tutorials.
I opened a Finishing Service this year and things continue to be busy there.
I've become good friends with many people near and far - all over the world thanks to this blog!
I've had a great year....I thank YOU all for your continued visits, your friendship and support!
I wish you ALL a very happy, bright and BLESSED NEW YEAR!
Until next year.....count your stitches and your BLESSINGS!