Monday, December 31, 2012

A Wish & A Word for 2013

Wishing you and yours a blessed, healthy, prosperous and joyous new year. 
Me and mine hope that 2013 holds everything you and yours desires. 
I've been thinking long and hard about my 'word' and goals for 2013.  I can't seem to settle on one particular word or a list of goals.  Quite frankly, I really don't want to.  :-) 
During National Sewing Month in September I had the best time - do you remember?  I suddenly realized it was National Sewing Month and I jumped in with both feet vowing to sew every day with no particular plan in mind.  Guess you could say I was being very spontaneous
Maybe my word for 2013 could be Spontaneous or Spontaneity
However, if that were the case then I guess I wouldn't be very spontaneous - would I?
I don't want to dwell on the stress and heartache I suffered during the first half of 2012 but I did learn a very important lesson.  I've tried to live my life for TODAY.  Yesterday is gone; tomorrow is a simple surprise but TODAY is now.  So, while I don't always succeed, I do try to live for TODAY.
In 2013 I simply need to continue to meander my way through every day and try very hard to enjoy the journey. 
(guess I do have a little goal - teehee)
I remain.....
In Friendship!
p.s. I've received many e-mails and comments regarding my hacked e-mail.  Please know that I'm not ignoring you.  I'm being regarded as a 'spammer' so I'm having difficulty sending e-mails.  I've been wabbit4412 since 1994 when we were advised not to use our real names; I hate to give it up but I think that may be my only option - this mess has become a HUGE challenge.  Bear with me and if there's a change I'll let you know.  Thank you!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

E-Mail has been Hacked!!!!!

Hello, my friends,

If you've received an e-mail from me regarding an on-line electronics shop please delete, delete, delete.  Apparently someone decided it would be fun to HACK my e-mail account. 

Some people don't seem to have enough to do!!!!  Darn it!!!!!

I'm terribly sorry!

In Friendship!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas in Review

It's been a very eventful and busy week here!  We celebrated Christmas with our daughter and her family on Christmas Eve and had a delightful time.  It's always so much fun to watch the kids open their surprises.  :-)  Once most of the gifts were opened our daughter and son in law had to take our little Shaye (23 months old) to the ER. Won't bore you with the details - home with antibiotics and hopefully she'll be 'all better' very soon. 

Christmas dinner with friends- relaxing and fun!

I spent the next two days in bed with a tummy crud that appears to finally be gone.  Ugh! 'nuf said - LOL
  Before Christmas I scrambled to get gifts in the mail but discovered that I missed mailing one - dagnabbit!

Morsel - pincushions sent to blog friends!
 December Another Year of Schnibbles project :-)

Gifts in my mailbox from blog friends!
Sweet table topper from Cheryl - a perfect addition to my gingerbread men
Thank you, Cheryl

Cute needlebook from Carol

Inside of needlebook.
Thank you, Carol.

Box of wonderfulness from Carol - sigh!
Adorable gingerbread boy/girl measuring spoons; pincushion; organizer box to put by my sewing machine (yummy)
Pandora bracelet with angel wings charm (this one brought big tears)
Thank you, Carol

Adorable small quilt from Mary

Not a creature was stirring - not even a mouse!
Sweet mouse and tin from Paulette
Thank you, Paulette!!!!

Adorable wool runner from Wendy.
Thank you, Wendy!

Adorable zippered vinyl bag from Wendy.
Thank you, Wendy!

Blogger does not want to play nice so I will say good night and be back soon with my thoughts and plans for 2013.
(I don't understand why some of the words are red with links - ugh)

In Friendship!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas. 
Our days have been "Merry & Bright" .... extremely full of Christmas Joy.  Our son, Steven and his family came from Washington to celebrate Christmas with our daughter, Kris, her family and the two of us.  Oh my goodness, it was wonderful to have two of our kids, their spouses and a total of six grandchildren together. 
 We're still smiling! 

I hope your days have been and will be "Merry & Bright" during the holiday season.  I'll be back after Christmas to share pictures of wonderful Christmas gifts I've received from blog friends.

Wishing you Christmas Joy....In Friendship!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Brown Paper Packages

I'd like to think I was a good cheerleader every month for the Christmas Through the Year Club - would you agree? 
Well, I didn't do a very good job about cheering myself on - sigh!

I am way behind and it's no one's fault but my own.  Bigger Sigh!

 I thought I'd figured out what to do for a handful of blog friends but it simply didn't work out.  I'd never made a mug rug but have loved this pattern by Jodi at Pleasant Home.  Mug rugs and few extras sounded like a good idea until I figured out that I probably should include a mug....screeeeeech......they are not easy to mail. 
Another Sigh!!!
Plan A was scratched and I moved on to Plan B  :-)

(maybe I need to stop making and sending's obviously not my forte - walking away mumbling to myself)

Brown Paper Packages are making their way hither and yon. 
I hope Plan B will become one of their favorite things. 

Oh, the cute mug rug? 
It's here to stay.  :-)

I hope your days are merry and bright.

In Friendship!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Wrapping and Tagging

I'm in the process of wrapping and tagging Christmas packages.  I'm not very creative about that entire process - wrap it, tag it, put it under the Christmas tree.  Christmas paper and tags - that's it.  LOL :-) 
I have to show you some extremely creative use of a tags!
Wendy's (Snippets of a Quilter)  blog post on Saturday showed some adorable Christmas ornaments that she stitched using this fabulous variety of tags found here.
Last year I received a Christmas gift from Wendy with the Gingerbread Man tag attached.
Of course, I kept it. :-)

Carol (Brown Quilts 4 Me)  got very creative last year and used the same tag to make this sweet woolie Gingerbread Man.

Maybe you'll get more creative with wrapping and tagging than I do.  :-)

Friday's horrific events in Newtown have left me numb and angry.  Please take a few minutes out of every day to (hug) your loved ones (young and old).

Make your day Merry and Bright.

In Friendship!

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Tis the Season

24 bell ornaments for close neighborhood friends - idea found on Pinterest.  Our couple friends will get mismatched pairs and three widowed lady friends will each get a single ornament. 

Rolo pretzel treats in small tins for a handful of neighbors - YUM

A layer of Hershey peppermint kiss pretzels in the same tin - YUM YUM

Our Stockings
(designed by Shepherd's Bush)

Back in the day......
Before quilting took over my life it was consumed with x-stitch.  I x-stitched for over 20 years - even had a successful shop for approximately 6 years while living in Texas.  These are stitched on 18 count linen with perle cotton and are designed by Sherpherd's Bush in Ogden, UT. 
I do miss x-stitching and long to do it again but my eyes don't like the idea - LOL 
Those were the days!

For the next few days I'll be in the throes of finishing gifts for friends but sadly I'm suffering some stress and angst.  Why?  Well, I'm asking myself.... will this be enough, will she like it, etc.  Sigh - such silliness!  I'm planning to get packages in the mail by the end of the week. 
I hope your days are pieceful and stress-free.
In Friendship!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

My Beau

During the Christmas holiday season I have a Beau - my gingerbread guy and friends who reside in my kitchen.  :-)

I started this little wall hanging last year but didn't get around to appliqueing the Gingerbread Boy until a couple of weeks ago.  Wow, my applique skills are very, very rusty.  Yesterday I finally took the time to do some very simple quilting and sew down the binding. 

I added his eyes this morning but I can't seem to locate the red heart shaped buttons I purchased at Joann's recently.  I obviously put them in a safe place - safe from me.  grrrr 

I'm going to hang him in my kitchen and add the buttons as soon as I find them. 

I hope you're enjoying pieceful days.!

In Friendship!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Winners & Big Announcement


November CTTY Prize
 The winner of the November Snowman Trio table runner is
 Sandie - Crazy 'bout Quilts
Darlene's Grand Prize - CTTY
The winner of my Grand Prize is
Karin (Ranch Wife)

The winner of Cheryl's Grand Prize is
Carrie P - A Passion for Applique

Congratulations to all the winners throughout the year. 
Cheryl and I are excited to announce that the Christmas Through the Year Club will continue in 2013.  WooHoo!!!!

Kim from Lily Patch Quilts has volunteered to take over the club and has already been working hard getting ready for a better and bigger year. 
Please take a few minutes to visit Kim and tell her how excited you are.  :-) 

I need to say thank you one more time for making Christmas Through the Year tons and tons of fun.  Whether you jumped on board the CTTY Train, cheered us on or simply lurked we appreciate it. 
It would have been fun to do it again in 2013 but it's time to mosey on down the road. 

"I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year"
Charles Dickens

In Friendship!
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