Thursday, December 29, 2011

The End And The Beginning.....

Can you believe we're closing the door on 2011 in just a couple of days?  I still don't know where this year went, thank goodness I blog because I can't remember much about it!  It seems like a whirlwind year.  I've had a hard time getting back into blogging this week, every day has been so busy with visits and family, I'm sure you can relate.  But next week I should be back completely!

I wanted to show you some gifts that I received.  Some very precious friends have blessed me so much....

My sweet O'faigh had sent me some parcels that I couldn't open until Christmas morning, which just about killed me, but it was worth it!

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She knows me so well.  MERMAIDS, a darling crafters apron, and the neatest pencil case I've ever seen - it seems to be made from one zipper!  I frequently carry pencils with me, instead of stitching I draw while I'm waiting at places, and this will keep the pencil leads from breaking!  Thank you sweetie!

Then, my dear friend Sandra also sent me a box I couldn't open til Christmas...oh these girls....

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Look at those gorgeous pouches - a boxy pouch and a tall pouch, each with a little gift inside, and my NAME embroidered in them!  And would you look at the fabric she used?  Is that me or what?  Sandra, they're perfect!

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She sent me the cutest book thong, and the sweetest flower head pins, I've already put them in one of my pincushions!

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Thank you so much Sandra!

Then, Jocelyn sent a card [which is hanging in my potholder, lol] and a little gift...an ornament with goodies inside!   A special tea, fabric for a coaster, a candy cane and some very sweet beaded pins!  I wish I had taken a pic of them all.

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Thank you Jocelyn!

Today, I got a package in the mail from Cheryl, thanking me for hosting the Christmas Through The Year - what a sweetie - look at the polka dot wrapping paper, isn't that neat?

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And inside,

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a gorgeous table runner [LOVE that fabric and card]

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and a snap bag!  It's so neat - you pull it open and it'll snap shut.  I've seen tutorials around the web for them using metal tape measures, and it was on my list, but not anymore - I could never do something prettier than this!  The fabric is vinyl-covered, what a neat bag.  Thank you Cheryl!

And speaking of Christmas Through The Year.  Some of you have asked if I will be hosting it again this year.  I've given it a lot of thought, and I don't think I will....I really enjoyed not panicking on Christmas Eve, and I enjoyed looking for tutorials and hosting give-aways.  But I don't think I could do it again.  That's where the End part of my blog post title comes in.  I know I can't do the give-aways anymore [insert VERY sad face, I love doing those], not unless our finances change in the new year.  And the time and commitment it took to do the whole thing every month was a bit of a surprise to me.

I want to go in a new direction this coming year.  And that's the Beginning part of my blog post title.  I've dabbled in designing stitcheries for awhile, and I really do love that, and have drawn up some patterns for applique quilts which I want to get to.  I've decided to focus all my energies into that - creating from my head.  It's something I got away from for a very long time, and it's calling me back.  I'm excited about it, and looking forward to it...I'm hoping for a very productive year!

One last thing, but so important - my friend Jan from Quilter Jan is having a give-away for her 500th post, a jelly roll of Dandelion Girl from Fig Tree Quilts - pop on over and say hello!

My weekend is going to be very busy, so I'll see you all next year - have a very Happy New Year!!!

33 comments:

Sandra :) said...

We love ya, doll!! *insert maple syrup smoochies here* :)

I can imagine the time and committment (and $$) it was to host CTTY - it was very much appreciated, and successful, I might add, lol!
I can certainly understand the need and desire for a change, so I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with in the new year!

Cheryll said...

OMG Allie... each month will have a void in it now... but I understand the time and commitment issue. I'll miss the merry band of elves too!
HappY NeW YeAr and I'll catch you with your new endeavors in 2012!
Good LucK my blog friend! :)

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Allie you have received some wonderful goodies....and your plans sound fantastic...

Jan said...

Good plan,Allie. Happy new year to you and your family.

Fiona said...

Awesome gifts Allie... so great to see you were spoilt.... there is a season for all things... and new fresh seasons are exciting... all the bestest...
Hugz

Sue from Cyprus said...

Oh Allie, what lovely goodies you have there! I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year and wish you the best of luck for your new beginnings! Sounds exciting. I'll be popping in see how you are doing.
Hugs, Sue from Cyprus x x x

shez said...

whow what wonderful goodies Allie,you must go where your heart takes you Allie,all the best for 2012.xx

Karen said...

You received some items made with fabrics I have never seen. Unusual ones and very interesting.

West Michigan Quilter said...

What wonderful gifts! What wonderful friends you have! I want to thank you too for hosting CTTY. I can certainly understand the work involved. It is wise to follow your heart and I look forward to your designs. Happy New Year!

Terry said...

What wonderful gifts you got! Good luck with your new venture! I know your patterns and designs are going to be lovely! :0)

Jan said...

Love all your gifts from your talented friends! Can't wait to see your designs---you are so talented-we are lucky to have you share with us! thank you so much! Happy New Year!

Alicia said...

What beatiful all your presents, its sure you have such great friends who really care for you
Congratulations

MB in MI said...

Have a blessed and peaceful New Year, Allie. Thanks for being an inspiration!! :-)

Sheila said...

Lovely gifts Allie and although I wasn't involved in the Christmas through the year I can understand it would be a huge committment on your part and it will be good for you to have a fresh start at something you love and that is creating .I look forward to seeing what you design. Happy New Year .
Sheila

Cheryl said...

No sad face Allie...I am so excited for your plans....HUGELY EXCITED!!! You are such a creative person, I just know you are going to do well. We all greatly appreciate all the time and effort you put in the last year running the Christmas Club, and please know how much we all are behind you!! You go girl!!Hugs to you my friend!

Darlene said...

Lots of lovely gifts from special friends for a special person.

Enjoy new fun things in 2012!

Mama Pea said...

How nice! What lovely gifts. You are so loved. Hope you had a very merry Christmas!

Loris said...

Back from Jan's...thanks for posting about her giveaway :-)
Fun pictures of the sweet gifts you received. Things made by our friends are simply the best!
Great idea for your new goals. Can't wait to enjoy your designs.
Happy New Year!

donna said...

Allie you really got some GREAT gifts. I am looking forward to the new year and seeing all your creations.
Hugs
donna

~Laurie~ said...

SEW looking forward to seeing what you create in 2012! Happy New Year :)

rosie said...

Wishing you only the very best Allie... may 2012 be such a very special one for you..xxx

Soggibottom said...

A very happy new year Allie :-) X X X X X X

Mickie said...

Happy New Year Allie! Hugs, Mickie

Marg H said...

Understand your decision completely. Looking forward to seeing your designs. Have a great 2012. Cheers

Dandelion Quilts said...

Well, it was sweet of you to host them for an entire year, Allie. Hosting anything that is organized on a blog takes a lot of time, that is for sure. But, we all look forward to seeing those new projects you are referring to. BTW, look at those goodies. I particularly love that apron. SO cute.

Terry said...

Howdy Miss Allie
Oh my can it really be a new year already ?
I just had to pop in for a moment to tell you how wonderful and special you are ,your blog has truly been a giant blessing to me as well as many others.
May 2012 hold many wonderful moments filled with tiny little miracles,that bring tears of joy and smiles full of laughter to you .
Please excuse my long trips away from the computer in 2012 ,but remember I am still sending you happy thoughts each day !
Take care now and embrace the New Year and all it's great moments saved up just for you :)
Until next time
Happy Trails

Dorothy said...

What wonderful presents you received Allie. I especially liked the flower head pins, they were so unusual.
Allie, I wish you all the best in the New Year and know you will be successful in your new endeavors.

Happy Stitching,

Dorothy

Ron @ *TOGBlog said...

Greetings from Southern California

I am Your Newest Follower

Take Care & Have a Nice Day :-)

O'faigh said...

Thankyou Allie for the wonderfull effort for making Christmas Through the Year to happen...thoroughly enjoyed participating...glad you liked the gifties...hugs O'faigh

susan m hinckley said...

Well Allie, what a haul you made! I, for one, am absolutely delighted to hear your next direction and can't wait to see what comes out of your head this year. Happy New Year, my creative friend!

Carrie P. said...

Oh, you are so blessed with all those sweet gifts. I do love the tropical fabric on those pouches. It is definitely you.
I am excited to see what you do this year. blessings my friend.

Ivory Spring said...

Allie,

Those gifts are to die for! Happy New Year.

Talin's Corner said...

Thank you for hosting this year Allie. You did a great job and I know it had to be a lot of work. Good luck in 2012, I am sure you will be successful at whatever you do.

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