Farewell 2011

So this is New Year's Eve.  I'm taking my kids to Noon Year's Eve at the mall where we will toast chocolate milk as the ball drops at 12.  NOON!  Seems like just last year I was wearing those 2000 glasses and partying it up in an outfit I spent at least month deciding on.  Actually, I think I'll probably have more fun this year with the kids! 

As much as I love Christmas, there's something nice about the business of the holidays being finished.  It felt good to get the tree out and sweep up those last few fallen pine needles.  As beautiful and festive as the decorations are I am happy to have our house back to a more normal state.  There's just something about a new year that makes me want a fresh start, a clean house, a more organized life.  Aside from the physical cleaning and the junk food detox, I always try to focus on being a better person, nothing Mother Theresa serious, just an achievable, try harder kind of thing.

How about you? Do you make resolutions?  Or try to focus on some areas of improvement?  Does it last? 
I want you to know that I started this blog to give back to the crafty cyber community out there.  I discovered the online sewing world in 2010 and felt like I did a lot of taking - inspiration, tutorials, color schemes, etc.  I thought it would be fun to document my crafty life and that maybe I'd have something to offer you all, too.  Well, I have again taken more than I have given.  You readers are the best.  I appreciate you all so much.  I wish you peace, health, happiness and all the fabric you have room to hoard in 2012!

I got kind of addicted to mosaics making my Blogger's Choice Bundle.  So here is the year in review:
2012 Quilts - can all be seen on Quilts tab

Tutorials - can all be found on Tutorials tab

Blocks for do. Good Stitches bee
Recipes - can all be found on Recipes tab 

Farmer's Wife QAL
2012 "little" projects  

Did you really look at this whole lengthy, blabbering post?  You did!  You deserve a reward.  Leave a comment here and you'll get an extra entry in my Bag o' Swag giveaway for my blog-versary on Jan 13.  Thanks for reading! -Courtney


  1. Happy New Year Courtney! I love your mosiacs- your Farmers Wife blocks look great together- really shows what your quilt will look like in the end.
    All of your projects are great-very impressive! I am so happy to have you as a friend and a guild member! Best wishes for a wonderful 2012!

  2. Happy new year! I wa also happy to get the decorations back in their boxes, although it always feels a bit odd putting the nativity set away.h

  3. Happy New Year! We are celebrating munchkin style too at our annual Glitz and Glam party...can't wait to see what you create in 2012:)

  4. Your FWQAL blocks are so pretty. You've done a lot this year!

  5. Thanks for your blog...I have enjoyed it since I found it in October. :) Also...met you last month at the guild party...I wanted to make the Oliver & S Sandbox pants for my son...well I did!! Woohoo! I've now made 3 working on a 4th...hope you have a Happy New Year and that I'll see you at the end of January at the guild meeting.

  6. Courtney thanks for all your beautiful creations and style. I love to come here and check out what you've been up to. Can't wait to see what you will do in 2012!

  7. Happy New Year! I only found your blog in the SMS Giveaway extravaganza, but I suscribe by email and really enjoy it :) Bring on 2012!

  8. Of course I went all the way to the end! Love, love, love mosaics!

  9. Wow, you got a lot done in 2011. I'm not making an resolutions expect to finish my classes.(I'm back in school) I love reading your blog. Here is to a wonderful 2012.

  10. your farmers wife blocks look great (along with, of course, everything else)! what a great year. i'm glad i got to know you this year and i'm just resolving to keep sewing. and maybe get out my knitting needles again... :) xo

  11. Wow, your mosaics are great and your quilts are especially stunning! I'd love it if you linked up your post to my year in review party:

  12. Wow, look at all those lovely farmer's wife blocks! Thanks for all your hard work at do. Good Stitches this year. And a big THANKS for being my first camper. Now I love you!

  13. Wow, that's a productive year!


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