Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Hey, Friends!

…and so, here we are at the end of 2011.  Two significant losses made it sorrowful, so I’m glad it has passed and we’re on to another new year.
How did you wind up the old year?  Did you rock with Ryan, Dick, and GaGa?  For me it was stitching.  The final stitches of 2011 were placed to finish ‘Jingle all the Way’ by The Scarlett House (Tanya).  Man alive, were those snowflakes ever … It’s stitched on 35ct WDW Kudzu using an old favorite DMC 115 and White.  It turned out cute, and will be a sweet finish…next year!  
The old TUSAL ball was put to rest, and the brand new one placed for the New Year as well.  If you want to play along, the simple directions can be found here at Daffy Kat’s site.  

I also did a bit of last minute end-of-year shopping at my LNS, Stitch and Frame.  Everything was discounted, so there were a few things I had to have (like that piece of Ruby Wine linen)!  I do believe I will try to follow the example of a few friends who have said they will rely more heavily on stash this year.  I NEED to follow that example, so we’ll see how that works out!
2012 – how does that roll off your tongue?  Is it two thousand twelve?  My auto is twenty twelve.  And what does it mean? Well, at one time it was my retirement year – twenty eight years of service to the state of South Carolina in July.  Now there are three years tacked on, but it was ‘a deal I couldn’t refuse.’
The old tales say that “what you do on New Year’s Day is what you’ll do all year.”  Well, much like any other Sunday, my plan is to finish up here then watch football and stitch.  What will the New Year’s first piece be?  I’m planning to add to the tombstone angel collection with Primitive Winged Head Gravestone Sampler by Country Rustic Primitives (Jenny Hoffman). 

The tales also say to eat greens and peas (dollars and cents) for the New Year’s good fortune.  This article also lists a few foods to avoid, which I’d never heard about! 
What are your desires for 2012?  “The older I get, the more like me I become.”  What does that entail? 
v Be grateful
o   Appreciate and give
v Continue the journey
o   Be an example of peace, love, and joy
v Do the things I love with those I care about
o   Not due to guilt or pressure
v Live in the moment
o   Listen and hear, see and experience
I’m grateful for all y’all stitching blog friends – and for each and every comment you send along! 

And so… may your New Year be filled with
and Happy Stitching



  1. Happy New Year, Charlene! I think 2011 was a tough year for so many. I for one am looking forward to 2012! Love your Jingle finish! And I love your idea of the ORTs in a ball on the tree. Maybe I should do that too. I have years of them saved in boxes. lol!

  2. I can totally sympathize, 2011 was a difficult year for me too. I hope you have a happy, happy New Year with lots of stitching and joy :-). I am off to start Elizabeth Sheffield!

  3. Hi Charlene! I watched a bit of GaGa until I could hardly hold my eyes open - I was waddling off to bed as the confetti was falling. LOL Love your finishes and do tell - whachoo gonna do with that Ruby Wine linen? (You may have said earlier but I'm getting old ya know)

  4. Happy New Year Charlene....hope you have a great stitchy year! I had a fit with those snowflakes too...glad to know it wasn't just me!

    BTW....I do hope my activities today indicate my year since I am fighting a soar throat! Think I will head back to my recliner on that one.

  5. Happy New year :) well I spent it stitching and now think I am coming down with the lurg that's going round ho hum ... and I am sooo glad that I got into blogging :) love mouse xxxxx

  6. Happy New Year Charlene. Here's hoping 2012 will be better than 2011. Justdidn't seem to be that great a year for any of us. I haven't put the first stitch in this year - had company to just a little while ago. Tomorrow will be better.

  7. What a darling finish Charlene! And your ball will fill up in no time I'm sure during 2012! Happy New Year!!

  8. Happy New Year. I am looking forward to 2012 but hope it's not all like today as I have had toothache.

    I like your Jingle finish.

    Wishing you lots of good stitching time.

  9. Charlene,Happy New Year. Sorry I missed you saturday at stitch and frame. Sandra

  10. Jingle All the Way is darling, Charlene!! I barely made it 'til midnight last night and am paying for it today--that is way past my bedtime :)

    Happy, happy new year!

  11. Wishing you a Happy New Year Charlene
    And hopefully a better one then last year. Adorable finish

  12. Happy New Year Charlene!! I hope you have a wonderful 2012 and I hope to see you in March!

  13. Love your post, covered it all so well! I love your Jingle finish, it is so pretty!! Here we eat Corned Beef and Cabbage for good luck on New Year's!

    I do hope that your 2012 is blessed with everything wonderful!


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