Saturday, December 31, 2011

Auld Lang Syne

2011 Finishes

Can you believe another year has come and gone? I thought I'd squeak in a final post for the year and do a little recap of 2011. Above you can see my finishes for 2011. A couple of quilts, some beading, some finishing, and a few medium-sized pieces.

They are (from left to right):

Camille's French Sampler, Holly Wool Biscornu, Snow Garden, Be Mine
Indulgence, 2000 Years Ago, Joyful Night, Valentine Rose
Dash Away All, a beaded fob, Day of the Dead earrings, Sweet Treats Block 1 and Border
Stars & Stripes, Honfleur Sampler, Angel of Tulips, Garden of Eerie
Penny Angel, Mele Kalikimaka, Hand & Heart, Joy

I linked each of those to the associated blog post so you can get more info on them if you want. I'm pleased with my finishes for the year, although I'd hoped to have more. But, isn't that the way it always is?

As for the books I read this year, here's my little list for that as well...

City of Bones
The Forgery of Venus*
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet*
Parrot & Olivier in America*
Lover Mine
A Northern Light
The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels
The Hare with Amber Eyes*
Living Dead in Dallas
Heaven is for Real
The Help
Lover Unleashed
An Object of Beauty*
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Club Dead
Soulless
The Paris Wife*

The books with asterisks are book club books.

And I thought I'd share with you a look at my ort jar. I've been letting these bits pile up for awhile (much longer than just the past year - they are packed in there really well), and decided that tomorrow will be a fresh new start across the board.

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After my stitching today, I'll empty this out and begin anew on January 1.

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I'd really like to also finish Margaret Cottam, but that may not happen before the ball drops at midnight. I would love to see another "1" on that corner though!

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And tomorrow, I will have a new start, as part of my New Year's Day tradition. I can't wait!

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Happy New Year!

I am grateful for new beginnings.

26 comments:

Nancy said...

Happy New Year Michelle! I always enjoy seeing your beautiful projects and reading what you have to say. Gorgeous colors for your new start! I can't wait to see what it is.

Margaret said...

You always make such beautiful posts, Michelle. I love seeing all your accomplishments for 2011. Beautiful! And Margaret Cottam -- I can't wait to see your finish. Have to figure out how to stitch a 2 instead? lol! I know I do! Can't wait to see your new Year's start. You've got me thinking of it too now. lol! Happy New Year!

Giovanna said...

Lovely finishes - Happy New Year!

Laurie in Iowa said...

I really enjoyed seeing all of the wonderful projects you've finished in 2011. Thanks for including your book list too. I just noticed your WIPocalypse list in your sidebar. You have wonderful choices for 2012.
I'm looking forward to your reveal of your New Year start.

mymarkdesigns said...

Wondering what your new start will be! It's down to the wire and I still haven't chosen mine LOL Best Wishes to you for 2012... Happy New Year!

Stitching By A Cornish Sea Shore said...

Your 2011 finishes are all beautiful. Looking forward to seeing your new start. Have read several books on your list. The Help was my favourite book of 2011.

Littlebit said...

Beautiful finishes! Happy New Year, Michelle!

The Scarlett House said...

Happy New Year, my friend! You've accomplished alot this year! Next year I want to see a finished sampler from TSH, lol.

valerie said...

Great recap! Happy New Year!

merumo said...

Great works for 2011! And I love your progress on Margaret Cottam. She is looking beautiful!! I'm sure you've added another "1" next to "201" by now :) I just got into the last part of the part three (I started from part three.) and having a difficult time reading the overlapped area as it doesnt show clear on my chart. Grrrr Looking forward to see what you're going to start tomorrow. Looks like another BAP?

Katrina said...

Great finishes and I love Margaret!!! Can't wait to see her all done. Looking forward to your new start, especially since I know what it is ;-). Happy, happy New Year!!!!

Sherry said...

Happy New Year! I love your projects!

David said...

What a wonderful post of recap photos, a filled jar of loved threads from diffrent projects, a beautiful M. Cottam and so many new wonderful project to stitch in this coming year. May 2012 bring you joy and many hours of stitching time... and many blog posts for us to drool over your creations ;-)

MoonBeam said...

Love your year in finishes blog. Great idea.

Happy stitching and reading in 2012. Nice fibers for your new start.

Natalia said...

Loved seeing your finishes, Michelle !!! They are all beautiful.... Congratulations !! Happy New Year to you and yours.

Sylvia said...

Michelle - you got so much done this year. Its amazing to see it all together.

I love how Margaret Cottam is coming together. I hope you did get to start Victorine.... I bet it was fun.

Happy New Year - may 2012 be a really good one.

Valentina said...

Happy New Year Michelle! Hope 2012 brings you other wonderful finishes!

Siobhan said...

Fantastic finishes, Michelle!! I wasn't sure what to start on the 1st in addition to Sarah Verrier, but then I saw your photo of Margaret Cottam and knew I had to get mine started. It looks GREAT!!

Happy new year, Michelle!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Happy New Year!
Such lovely stitching and finishing, I'll be watching through the new year.

Dona said...

Michelle, what a wonderful post. I loved seeing your finishes, the books you've read, and the great collage of your 2011 projects!

Your Margaret Cottam is too pretty and I'm going to have to break down and order it. I look forward to seeing your NYD start!

Happy New Year! And I'm grateful for you!

coonieandplume said...

Happy New Year!

Penny said...

Really lovely finishes in 2011!
I love to see people's book lists - I'll have to check them out. :)
Seeing your beautiful stitching on Margaret Cottam makes me all the more impatient to receive my order. I think it must be on a trip around the world. :)

Joy said...

Happy New Year, Michelle! Such beautiful finishes! It is always inspiring to see your work. The fact that you have finished so many needlework pieces AND books in the same year makes my head spin. :~) Congratulations on all!

Tanya said...

Happy New Year to you! Margaret Cottam is so pretty. I can't wait to you have it finished. Your photography skills are just amazing. All pictures are so pretty.

Karoline said...

Happy New Year Michelle, you finished some lovely things last year.

Looking forward to seeing the completed Margaret Cottam

Karoline said...

Happy New Year Michelle, you finished some lovely things last year.

Looking forward to seeing the completed Margaret Cottam