Sunday, December 30, 2012

new year, new projects

Okay, who is looking for a fun and creative way to kick off the New Year? Hop on over to the Feeling Stitchy blog and check out their new contest. Choose your favorite vintage embroidery pattern and use your imagination to stitch up something new and fabulous.

Oh and also take a peek at the prizes that are up for grabs. Chances are good that you will find a familiar face!

Friday, December 28, 2012

thank you ever so much

Just popping in with a quick round up of some favorite free printable thank you's. I figured I wasn't the only one working on Thank You notes these days so I might as well share the love. Thank you to all the artists who shared their talents so generously and made their designs available on their websites!

Classic and beautiful from Cottage Industrialist
Cute heart filled thanks from scrapbooking and
Watercolor loveliness from Sincerely, Kinsey
Beautiful bunting from 74 lime lane
Fun and Modern from Love vs. Design
Simple Sweetness from Pumpkins and Posies

Thursday, December 27, 2012

it pays to be a good girl

Time to pack up Christmas for another year. I am always happy to do that and ready to get a fresh start on the new year. As much as I love the holiday season at about the halfway mark I tend to miss 'normal' and from then on I look forward to these days of tucking away the boxes of decorations.

I know you all are dying to know if I was a good girl and what on earth Santa brought me, right? Well folks, he brought the 80's...
There was a lot of nostalgia and fun that came wrapped up in boxes and bags for me this year and I have been having so much fun re-living some favorite memories from my childhood and teen years. I am a lucky lucky girl!

I am working through a 'year-end' favorites post in my head and hope to get that posted before the new year is upon us. Hope your holiday was filled with happy memories both old and new!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

frenzy indeed

I'm here I swear. Things got crazy there for a little while and somehow I just could not get over here and post. There were a few days where I must have embroidered about a mile's worth of stitches. Then other days when I was completely zapped from a nasty cold I managed to catch. And there were some very happy distractions like Christmas shopping/making and entertaining guests. So, there was some good and some not so good that kept me away. I wouldn't say I have all my loose ends tied up just yet but the quiet of January is there on the horizon and I feel like I am getting my wits about me once again.

I'm feeling pretty good about how the season has turned out so far. I did get a few things done this year that had fallen by the wayside in the past few years. Things like Christmas cards and a gingerbread house were checked off the "to-do" list this year. The gingerbread house collapsed approximately 20 minutes after it was completed but oh well. Those darn things never turn out like you imagine they will but some of us are still foolish enough to keep trying. I blame Pinterest for showing me so many inspiring photos of beautiful gingerbread creations!

And lastly, I know I'm not alone when I say that I am also feeling a lot of sadness this season after Friday's tragedy. Honestly my mind can not imagine anything worse than what happened that day and as a parent I... well I don't even know how to end that sentence - everything that comes to mind is too sad to say. But you probably know what I'm talking about. Something good has just got to come out of this and it's up to everyone to make that happen. I hope this season and the coming of the new year will bring opportunities for all of us to bring positive change in our own lives and the lives of others.