Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy (belated) New Year!

Greetings friends!
Did you have a nice New Years Eve/Day? Are you the party-hardy kind, the quiet evening at home kind, or the midnight-schmidnight, I'm going to bed kind? I'm the second kind, and it's usually just the hubby and I, as well as our critters all piled on the couch watching movies or whatnot. This year was a little different, two of our dear old friends came over and we nibbled and sipped our way into the new year. Then, just around midnight, as the clock ticked down to zero, we went out into the backyard just like we did as kids, and used up the left over 4th of July sparklers.
Good times infinity.

Any resolutions? I'm not a huge fan of New Year resolutions, generally speaking. They feel a bit like setting oneself up for a hard come down. I think a resolution or better choice can be made at anytime of year, and the dead of winter seems the hardest place to start. That being said, this year I AM going to try to get more sleep. That seems like a nice, gentle goal to start out with. Being a night owl is great for us creative types, but not when you need to be awake, showered, dressed and out the door every morning by 7:30am for a 20 mile (all freeway) commute to a full time job... yaknowwhatimean? So until I pick those winning lotto numbers, I need to try to get to bed earlier. Really try. I'm aiming for before midnight. We shall see...

2011 definitely had it's share of ups & downs. It was not a good year for many of my friends where their furry little hearts are concerned, myself included. Too many beloved souls passed over the rainbow bridge this year...
Not a day's gone by that I haven't thought of and missed this little fella, deeply.

I've spent a good long time thinking about where the last year has gone, it really seemed to fly, didn't it? Naturally, I can't help but think of all the things I *didn't* get done. I was bemoaning this fact with a friend recently. She reminded me of all that I *did* get done, and encouraged me to make a list so I could see it on paper. I took a spin though my Flickr account to remind me since I send/give away so many of the things I make, and ya know, she was right, I felt a lot better!
 Well hey there, big fat list!

I've posted about a lot of these things here on my blog, but there are a good many that I haven't for one reason or another. Especially the most recent Christmas "makes", I'm getting there, I'm getting there. There are 45 projects on this list, and 27 of those were completely hand stitched embroidered projects. Not too shabby, right? Thank goodness for friends who know how to pick you up when you're down.

One of the items listed up there was that I wound my floss, almost all of it! I count that as a project because it took all the crafty hours I had to spare for 3 full nights. Once I started I couldn't stop. I never wanted to be one of those "floss winding people" but my floss basket was OUT OF CONTROL, y'all. It was bad, imagine a very brightly colored birds nest. I couldn't take it anymore. And now?
Booyah! This is a good way to start out the year I think. I didn't label the bobbins with color codes, and I'm not too concerned about them being in exact order, either. I usually pick colors on the fly, so this works for me. Only problem, this box ain't big enough! I'm waiting for one of those highly coveted 40% off JoAnn's coupons to come in the mail, I'm going to get a bigger box so I can have all my floss in one place. Ah, the things that I excite me... My life is a thrill ride, I tell ya.

Welp, as I look at the clock it's nearly my new bedtime so I better say goodbye! I'll be back this week to share a couple more of the neato things I made for Christmas, I'm kinda proud about a few of them :o)

Come back soon!

p.s. Oh yeah! A new project for a new year, I'm embarking on a 365 Photo project wherein you take & post one photo every day for an entire year. I'm excited and a little nervous, it's a lot to bite off, but if I say it out loud (telling you guys is saying it out loud) I'm more likely to make it happen. So far, so good (it's been two days, ha!). I haven't decided yet if I'll be posting these here, in Flickr, Tumblr, or if I'll start a separate blog for them. I'm completely open to suggestions, have any of you done this before? Please, do tell!


SewAmy said...

Happy New Year Lisa! I do have a least one new year resolution and it is to eat with the family at the dinner table more often. :o) You should see my post on my 'train wreck' of a floss project I just started. Yours looks so is inspiring.

Bonnie said...

I am super impressed with that list of all those things you made! If I did all of that, I would totally think I was superwoman!!! That's really neat to look back at all of that. I noticed you made quilted heating pad covers! Well, that is such a great idea! I really want to do that now! My heating pad just has the ugly blue slip cover it came with. On occasion I have put a pillow case over it...but that is so sloppy and not really effective. What a brilliant idea! Thank you! That is my next project. Did you post it on your blog?? I will look!

Jill said...

First of all.... I told you so!! My jaw dropped that day you told me that you didn't get much done this year. Seriously??? I knew if you really looked you would see what a productive year you've had. You've got to be the most productive person that I know... and the most sleep deprived! You amaze me. I wouldn't be able to sew a straight line on the amount of sleep you get!
PS: My heart skipped a beat when I saw that "secret" project on your list!!

BronwynB said...

Loved your post Lisa. Let me know how you go with your resolutuion, it should me mine too. I'd have to start my resolutions with a resolution to keep my resolutions! Usually I have forgotten all about them by Jan 5th. Good luck!

suzitee said...

I tend to stear clear of resolutions, and choose a "one little word" to guide my actions through the seems to work quite well for me :)
I am definitely a floss box type of gal, so am MOST impressed with your efforts. They look so puuurrrty!
Good luck on the 365 photo project. I'm trying Project Life this year, which seems to be a hybrid of that idea with a bit of journaling added. Let me know where you're posting your pics...would LOVE to see them (and steal some of your fabulous photo ideas, of course LOL)
I am totally WOW-ED by your achievements of 2011...your productivity is inspiring!