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!
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....
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!
She sent me the cutest book thong, and the sweetest flower head pins, I've already put them in one of my pincushions!
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.
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?
a gorgeous table runner [LOVE that fabric and card]
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!!!