Month: December 2016

Bring on the New Year!

Do you have crafty plans for the new year? Resolutions? Goals, lists? None of the above?

I admit I have a thing for lists, and I have a lot of things I want to do in 2017….I have been inspired by nanacathy, over at nanacathydotcom. She challenged herself with 15 things in 2015 and 16 things in 2016. I’m thinking about that…

For now, I am trying to get current on everything I’m working on, so I can have a fresh start to the new year. Not too many projects left, and a few moving into the prep phase, so January 1 will dawn with plenty of fresh plans, ideas, and things to try!

I want to do a better job of documenting this year. I took pictures of most of my finishes when they were close to done, but I want to do a better job of getting the steps…I’m not much of a photographer, so that is one area I want to improve in.

I want to grow in my needlework skills as well, maybe trying some crewel, needlepoint or bullion embroidery.

I have other things and makes on my list, but I’ll spend a little more time considering before I post them! Meanwhile, I am really interested in hearing about your plans, goals and/or resolutions for 2017!!

Happy New Year Everyone!2017






Goals – For me, A Good Thing

Just over a year ago, I decided to get serious about this blog, with the goal of posting at least twice a month. I also wanted my free time to be more productive and I wanted to do a better job of documenting the things I made. Both of those decisions have led to a year of making new friends, learning new skills and more starts and finishes than I would have dreamed. It might be the fact that I actually have a scrap blog of the things I worked on, or it might be that I’ve  actually gotten more done. Either way works for me!!! I did write some goals for last year….quite a few got finished , and several were added….here’s my review of 2016.

Stitching: flowers triptych, wedding sampler, Delft Sampler

Quilts: 3 mini quilts, 3 Wedding quilts, Slendid Sampler blocks

Sewing: Marfy coat, bias skirt and messenger bag, a Pirate coat, Christmas pajamas, DH button down dress shirt, and DD pencil skirt (final fitting coming up!)

Knitting: cardigan, 2 pair of socks, 4 pair of mittens, and 3/4 of the way on the Skaugum sweater

It has been a productive year, and the motivation has come from you my bloggy friends! Wanting to have something to share, being inspired by what you have shared, and most of all,  your wonderful encouragement have created the momentum! So I thank you!!!

It has been a great year for me; I’ve learned, practiced, and have so appreciated how the process of making has helped me keep things (like work) in perspective. Thank you for your part in enriching my life!! On to 2017!

Advent Reflection Dec. 24


This is the King we serve. His life and the grace He extended to us is the ultimate gift. Someday, maybe soon, we will join the myriads in the throne room of heaven to sing, Worthy is the lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing. Jesus is the Lamb, He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and He shall reign forever and ever!

Hallelujah! here

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus here

Seasonal Favorites – Music

Music is a big deal at our house…I don’t remember music not being a part of my life, really. The two things we always had was plenty of books and plenty of music. I started piano in kindergarten, added Band in 5th grade, then choir in 9th grade.

Over those years Christmas was a busy but special time. I sang, accompanied, played in concerts at school and at church. To me Christmas began in October, when we started the Christmas music. Likewise, our girls had much the same experience. They began Suzuki violin and cello at age 4, and so had Suzuki and, starting in 4th grade, school events as well. That continued through high school, with many gigs, concerts, special music, orchestra accompaniment, etc.

So, we have seen A LOT of arrangements of A LOT of songs over the years, and we definitely have some favorites! Some are very traditional and some are brand new. If you’ve actually clicked the links on my Advent Reflections posts, you have heard some of the variety of the music I love at Christmas. 

So…my favorites for 2016?

HAndel’s Messiah — all of it, though the strings on Glory to God is one of my all time favorite spots.

Christmas Worship by Paul Baloche–this man has a gift for words and arrangements

Bing Crosby’s White Christmas album–what a beautiful voice and diction

Pentatonix–their arrangements are fresh, a little edgy, but the harmony….oh my!

O come o come Emmanuel

LO, How a Rose ‘Er Blooming

Playing Lorie Line for myself

Angels We Have Heard on High

Ukrainian Bell Carol (with bells of course)

How about you? Share your favorites!

Advent Reflection Dec. 23


More than 400 years before Jesus’ birth, Daniel had a vision…and I saw One like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was escorted before Him. He was given authority to rule, and glory, and a kingdom; so that those of every people, nation, and language should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will not be destroyed.  Daniel 7:13b-14

We Fall Down  here


Advent Reflection Dec. 22


God loved us so much, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8

He justified us; it was a gift. By His grace, Christ redeemed us. So Jesus Himself is the greatest gift of this season.  Our response to such immense love and grace can only be one thing: to surrender all we are and will be to the One who loved, rescued and extended grace that we couldn’t possibly earn, to us. 

We Have a Saviour  here