Friday, January 1, 2010

Welcome 2010!

I really love the week between Christmas and New Year's. I can actually feel the dust settle. The hustle and bustle of the holidays over and the year winding down. We are usually committment-free, so it's a relaxing time for us. A time to just be...nowhere to go, nothing to do, nothing too pressing. A much needed interlude to refuel our energies for the new year.


I spent some happy hours stitching this, this past week. Although there is anything but immense quiet around here with the kiddos running around. This quote makes me content to be in my warm home while the air is frosty out and the evening is dark. It makes me think of beautiful and peaceful snow, and how it muffles all noise.



Winter Cabin (portion)

The Cricket Collectin #149

fabric: 28ct "staci-dyed" evenweave

fibers: recommended DMC



Summing up my crafty accomplishments for 2009: I had 52 cross stitch finishes, 60 knitting finishes, 3 embroidery finishes, and 1 crochet finish. HAPPY!!! Thank you to each and every one of you who stop by my little bit of cyberspace...without your inspiration and encouragement, I would never get anything done.

Thank you everyone for your incredible response to my giveaway! I wish I could send you each something. These giveaways are so much fun for me, and I find new-to-me blogs to visit with each one. So stay tuned for more in the coming year. Without further ado: Congrats Cathy B/With Needle and Thread! You've won my final giveaway for 2009!

Happy New Year everyone, hope yours is a good one!

47 comments:

Gillie said...

Hmmm - my post would have been MUCH longer with all my unfinisheds, lol! Congratulations on all your accomplished ones and happy new Year!

Paula C. said...

I love it! Going to check my pattern stash to see if I have that leaflet. Nice job on the finish too =) Happy New Year!

Shari said...

gorgeous Staci!!!! I love it. I agree about the week between Christmas & New Year's.
Great job on your accomplishments in 2009.

Christine said...

That is a lovely piece!

JOLENE said...

What a great motto!! I love the peaceful week during Xmas and NY's, too. Chrimastmas vacation for the kids means family time. Wishing you a VERY Happy New Year!!

Melissa said...

You've accomplished a lot this year, Staci! While I always admire your stitching, I drool over the knitting as it's not something I can easily do myself!

I love your current piece. That's so appropriate and I feel like that right now!

Congrats to Cathy B on winning the giveaway!

Happy New Year, Staci. Looking forward to seeing more of your work this year!

Cole said...

Congrats to Cathy B! Another great finish, what a great way to end 2009!

Happy New Year!

Jackie said...

You have been awfully busy this year! Congratulations on a beautiful finish and the 2009 finishes that came before it!

Kim B said...

Congrats to Cathy! And congrats to you Staci on a very productive 2009!

pj said...

Nice finish for the start of the New Year! I looked in my stash and I do have that leaflet. Darling and very well finished. Happy New Year to you and I hope you have lots more to share with us in the upcoming year. I always love to read your blog. pj

Karen said...

Love your latest finish. You had a very productive year and I enjoy your blog. Can't wait to what you accomplish this year!

FayeRaye said...

Beautiful piece Staci!!

Happy New Year to you and yours!! Faye

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

You have been very busy this past year! Love the happiness piece! Staci, you asked me about whether I tie knots in my work, when you visited my blog. No, I really try not to because often knots come undone. It is best to either leave a strand to work over as one does in cross stitch or to take a few tiny stitches in the same spot when starting to embroider. Have a blessed new year! blessings,Kathleen

Nancy said...

A wonderful quote that you stitched to perfection! Such a gorgeous finish! You have so many accomplishments for 2009. I'm trying to change my stitching habits a little so I actually finish more.

Happy New Year Staci, and I look forward to seeing all of your lovely projects you will do in 2010!

Anonymous said...

Thanks to YOU. Your blog is my favorite that I found this year. Your stitching and choices are ALL gorgeous!!!!!! Terry in Texas

Meadows08 said...

Wow! That's some major accomplishments. How are you going to top that this year???

Berit said...

Congrats to the winner!! Yays!!

Thanks for making such a nice blog full of posts for me to follow throughout 2009! I wish you even more great finishes in 2010 and look forward to reading about it, too!

Catherine said...

Congrats to Cathy B.!

Love your piece - thanks for sharing with us!

Nic said...

What a lovely finish and sentiment. Happy New Year!

Janaina said...

Lovely piece indeed!
Wishing you just the best for the upcoming year.
Big hug!

Maggie said...

Love your new finish!
And congratulations on an amazing number of stitched/knitted/crochet finished in 2009 .. keep up the great work!

Happy New Year!

Brigitte said...

You had a very successful stitching and knitting year, Staci. And your latest piece is just as beautiful as the others.
Happy New Year and enjoy your stitching and knitting!

Siobhan said...

Congratulations to Cathy!

And congrats to you, on that beautiful finish! I love the saying on it. I think your post put into words what I enjoy so much about the week between Christmas and New Years. A lot of shops, the bank and the post office shut down for a few days after Christmas, and the kids are mostly happy to just hang out at home. The 19 yr old has a busy social life but is happy to be home most of the time, and I just love hanging out at home, watching movies and enjoying each other (when the kids aren't fighting.). I almost hate to see them go back to school. Almost. ;)

Wishing you and your family a blessed, happy & healthy 2010!

doris said...

Oh, Staci, I've missed so much the last couple of weeks, including your giveaway! So sorry. I love your beautiful finishes. Your finish-finishing is so pretty. Congratulations on all of your crafty finishes for the year. The list is incredibly impressive.

Julie said...

A beautiful finish, what a lovely saying

Wishing you a wonderful 2010 with lots of amazing finishes for me to be inspired with.

Judy S. said...

Nice finish! Thanks so much for your beaded edge instructions. I really enjoyed your indestructible poinsettia piece. Happy New Year, one filled with lots of stitching, knitting, and fun!

Vonna said...

A beautiful finish with a wonderful sentiment, and it is exactly how I feel too :)
Congrats to Cathy, a most deserving winner!

April said...

Beautiful !
Happy new year Staci

Julie M said...

Love your finish! How do you keep track of all your finishes, 52 cross stitch finishes in one year!!!! Wow!

Have a wonderful new year!

Teri said...

What an amazing list of accomplishments for 2009! Glad we could all "help you out" this past year! ;-) You just keep stitching and knitting and crafting away, and I, for one, will continue to admire your beautiful work. Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year!

corinna said...

oh my
this is perfect
tomorrow our last guests leave
loved having everyone
but so longing for the immense quiet........just perfect

Cari said...

What a lovely little piece and your finishing is just beautiful.

Happy New Year!

Redwitch said...

I like the sentiment and lovely stitching and finishing too :)

Happy 2010!

(eeek, the word verification is 'bangs' now that will spoil the quiet!)

Redwitch said...

I like the sentiment and lovely stitching and finishing too :)

Happy 2010!

(eeek, the word verification is 'bangs' now that will spoil the quiet!)

Anne said...

Staci, I just discovered your blog. I love your finishes and my jaw drops at the thought of 52 finishes, especially with all the knitting and other projects! I am looking forward to seeing what you'll be up to in 2010.

Lois said...

What a lovely finish Staci! Congrats on all your finishes for 2009, that was a fantastic achievement. I love dropping by your blog to see what you've been up to. Wishing you and yours a healthy and happy 2010.

Patti said...

Oh WOW and can I ask when do you sleep?? Or maybe you don't! If I didn't sleep I could get so much more done. Heck if I didn't spend so much time on this darn machine I could get more done.

I love what you have stitched and finished - it is just gorgeous. Wherever did you find that ribbon from???

I hope your New Year is a good one.
Love
Patti xxx

Kathy A. said...

Happy New Year Staci.
Congratulations on a very successful crafty year. Your various needles were smoking indeed.
Love your new finish.

Donna said...

Wow you stitched a lot. I love quiet times after the Christmas rush. Lovely piece. Happy New Year

Daffycat said...

Happy New Year, Staci! Wishing you all the best in 2010!

Michele said...

Happy New Year Staci! Congrats on all you accomplishments :)

Love this finish .. now that the boys are older, I have a bit too much immense quiet some times :)

Carol R said...

Beautiful stitch and finish Staci!

Congratulations to Cathy on her winning your last giveaway of 2009.

Love your new blog look - very classy!

Marnie said...

Lovely finish Staci! I would have posted sooner but I passed out when I read your list of 2009 finishes. Holy Moley! What a year for you! Here's hoping 2010 is just as good.

Gladys Creativa said...

How ever is really beautiful!

Harmien said...

Darn, bloglines is slow, I only just got an update for this post... But what a beauty it is! Love you "Happiness" piece!!!!

Sally said...

Oooh that is a gorgeous finish Staci. Love the quote:)

Susimac said...

Terrific piece - not seen that one before its brilliant.

What a busy year you had last year but oh how wonderful all your stitchy/knitty work is - thankyou for sharing it all with us during 2009.