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Thursday, December 31, 2009


Here it is December 31st, today marks the last day and last finish for 2009. But more importantly it's my niece's daughter, Aryanna's 7th Birthday! Happy Birthday Aryanna!!!!
This is the end of my first year of blogging and I have had so much fun meeting new friends, exchanging gifts, and hosting giveaways (my fav). I am looking forward to a new year of fun, stitching and laughter. I have decided that if I make a list of "goals" and actually write them down I will be better at accomplishing them, unlike making a new year's resolution that usually fails by the end of January. Does anybody else feel the same way?

by Carriage House Samplings
Stitched with DMC
32 count Lambswool Linen

Tonight I will be staying home with my family for New Year's eve. We'll light the fireplace and get settled down a bit, then we will probably start scarfing down some Robintino's sausage pizza while battling our skills against each other at the game of Chinese Checkers. I love all the beautiful marbles, it is such a fun game that doesn't seem to get the recognition it deserves. Then maybe we'll play some Yahtzee and Idiot. We will pop open the sparkling orange juice and have a glass of bubbly and watch the latest Terminator movie. Maybe I will get some stitching time in, then again, maybe not. Then we will watch Dick Clarks New Years Eve Party on tv and watch the ball drop at Times Square in NY ringing in the new year 2010. Then I will be serving my hubby some more bubbly with some homemade clam dip,wavy potato chips, cheese ball and crackers. Gotta have that food!! It's tradition!

With the new year beckoning, what new designs will you be working on? I am finishing up a Sisters and Best Friends Design and I have a few projects in line when I am done with it.

We have had alot of snow here lately. Lots of shoveling followed by more shoveling! lol I'm hoping I can persuade my son to help me make a snowman. I haven't made one of those for years!!! I better find a carrot, some eyes, buttons and a scarf, oh and maybe a black top hat so Frosty can come to life!!! Sounds like a fun day don't ya think? Then of course we will have to make some hot chocolate with milk and marshmallows to warm us up when we're done.

I wish you all a wonderful and safe New Year's Eve and I will catch ya next year!! Enjoy!


Take twelve whole months.
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy.
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.
Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or thirty-one different parts,
but don't make up the whole batch at once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.
Mix well into each day one part of faith, one part of patience,
one part of courage, and one part of work.
Add to each day one part of hope, faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.
Blend with one part prayer, one part meditation, and one good deed.
Season the whole with a dash of good spirits, a sprinkle of fun,
a pinch of play, and a cup full of good humor.
Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy, garnish with a smile,
and serve with quietness, unselfishness,and cheerfulness.
You're bound to have a happy new year.

~Author Unknown~

P.S. Check back soon, I have something fun in store come the 1st of the month.


Hillery said...

Great finish. He looks wonderful
Happy New Year.

Jane said...

Congrats on finishing off Frederick for the year! Very impressive, just like that peacock in your header! Was it just walking around your backyard like that?(lol)

I haven't decided which way to go with my stitching. I don't usually like to make set plans. I just see what grabs me at the time to work on.

Enjoy your New Year's celebrations - we're already in 2010 here. Have a great New Year and many happy stitching moments.

April Mechelle said...

Happy New Year! Great Finish on Frederick ! I am trying to finish up an old Lizzie Kate - Housework. Hoping to finish before the new year rings in. I have decided to finish all my stash that I have started and not finished stitching. I will see how long that last. lol

stitchinfiend said...

Frederick looks really handsome great way to finish off the year. I too have set goals and not New Years resolutions. Happy New Year.

Berit said...

Happy New Year!

Frederik is astounding! I like how you shot so many angles and included them throughout your post.

I like the part of the recipe that says to serve with quietness, unselfishness, and cheerfulness. I also like the radiant joy bit. :D

Your New year also sounds fun--I've never played Chinese Checkers, though I've often admired the board and pieces!

Melissa said...

woo-hooo, Jolene, I'm in! And I can now leave you a comment so I will say "Happy New Year to you!". I've admired your many wonderful stitching in the last few months and look forward to more! Thank you for coming to visit my blog - I always appreciate your comments!

Take care!

Nina said...

Absolutely great finish, Jolene! He looks fabulous and handsome ;)
Frederick and Frederika is my plan too in this year. I love them, good to see your works!
Happy new year to you and your family!

Andrea said...

Frederick is so handsome Jolene, you did a wonderful job stitching him!
All of the New Year's Eve foods sound so yummy!
Happy 2010!

Catherine said...

Your stitching is lovely! Happy New Year!

Margaret said...

Happy New Year to you, Jolene! Frederick is wonderful!!!

Sharon said...

It's gorgeous! Congrats! Happy New Year.

Carol said...

Frederick is so handsome and proud looking, Jolene! I have him (and his mate!) in my "to-do" pile for this year.

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones :)

Nicole said...

Beautiful finish Jolene!! I really want to stitch Frederick or Fredericka (or both) sometime in 2010 - I just love them! I hope you have a very Happy New Year! :)

Kellie said...

Wow, Jolene...Frederick is gorgeous!! Congrats on your finish!!
Have a happy new year! I hope it is filled with peace and blessings for you and your family.

Missy Ann said...

Happy New Year!

Pumpkin said...

Frederick is stunning! Lucky you to finish him off on the last day of 2009. I tried to squeeze one more out but no go. LOL!

I've put up my 2010 goals in the Pumpkin Graveyard and I like my system. It's fun to have goals, I think. Do what you think is right for you :o)

Building a snowman sounds like so much fun! We're getting another snowstorm today. Whether it still or not, we'll have to wait and see :o)

Happy New Year Jolene!

Barbi said...

First off I have to comment on the pic of that Peacock! WOW!!!!! He's beautiful! And second without question Fredick is GORGEOUS! Well done on that and finishing it before year end!
My stitching goal this year is to stitch whatever makes me happy :) And also to stitch a reindeer ornament every month for my stitching tree.

Carolyn NC said...

Love Frederick - great finish! Happy New Year to you, Jolene!

Gabi said...

Fantastic finish. Frederick looks great. He and his sister are on the list of designs I want to stitch sooner or later too. Love those colors. And your pictures of Frederick are just gorgeous. Spent my coffee time admiring him.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year :)

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Happy New Year, Jolene! I love Frederick - you did a beautiful job stitching him! I don't set stitching goals although I have one for this year - complete (well, I have to start it first), Marriage of the Minds for our 20th wedding anniversary. Other than that, I just stitch what calls me.

I hope your New Year brings you as much joy as you bring all of us!

Brigitte said...

Congratulations on the last finish in 2009. It's such a great piece to finish a yera with.
I hope your New Year's Eve was exactly as you picture it in your post.
Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year!

Suzanne said...

Beautiful finish with Frederick and such a great piece to finish the year with.

I hope you had a great new years eve party. Happy New Year!

Cari said...

Just returning home and catching up on all my blogging. Fred is quite handsome in all his finery!

It sounds like you and your husband had a wonderful New Year's Eve! Wishing you a wonderful 2010.

Siobhan said...

Jolene, what a beautiful way to finish off 2009. Fred is gorgeous! I am so glad to have been able to get to know you this year. I look forward to getting to know you better in 2010! Wishing you and yours a blessed new year.

Robin said...

Jolene, hope you have a wonderful 2010!

BTW, awesome finish! Fred is so handsome but he looks like he could use a companion. LOL! Are you going to stitch Fredrika this year?