Thursday, 30 December 2010

Final Post of 2010

So it's finally here, the end of 2010. I can't believe it has passed as quickly as it has. I'm assured by my Mom that time will continue to pass this quickly from now on.
You can see from the picture above my latest progress on Jardin Prive's Christmas. There hasn't been much done because there hasn't been any time to stitch with all the festivities. I'm so close to a finish on this one!

I worked at the hospital on Christmas day this year and we had our family celebration on Dec. 27th. Whenever I have to work on the holiday like that, my sons always spend Christmas Day at their father's home instead. Their stockings, along with my granddaughters', were all lined up waiting for them to arrive. When they did, it wasn't long before those stockings were emptied and the floor beneath the tree littered with torn wrapping. Most of the gifts beneath the tree now belong to the little ones and I fill stockings instead for the boys. They've always told me that their stockings were the part they enjoyed the most on Christmas. Things change and those stockings are now filled with toiletries, paperback novels, socks, gloves and gift certificates rather than candies and small toys.
It was great to see my granddaughters having so much fun.

Santa was pretty good to me as well. I knew that he was bringing a Kobo ereader to me but what I didn't know about was this fantastic teapot. My DH knows how much I love anything that's a cat and I also enjoy a good cup of tea. He stumbled across this teapot during our visit to Muskoka at the Blue Willow Tea Shop in Gravenhurst. As I waited for him at the table before our meal, I do remember wondering what the heck was taking him so long to park the car. Unknown to me he had spotted the teapot, waited while they wrapped it, paid for it and hid it in the car while I was perusing the menu. Gotta love him!!

I also received some money with which to purchase some stash from my MIL. She had already discussed this with me before Christmas and I ordered some items in advance to place beneath the tree. Here's what I can't wait to get started at stitching for next year!

In early December I took in one of my previously finished stitches to Michael's ( 60% off framing!) to have it framed. It had already been stretched but I still figured it wouldn't be ready before Christmas which they assured me it would not. So imagine my surprise when they called on the Monday before Christmas to say that it was ready for pickup. I was very thrilled to have BD Blessings Be Thine hung on the wall in our entrance in time to greet Christmas guests and family. I love how it turned out!

I'm hoping the JP Christmas will be my final happy dance for 2010. As for my first start of 2011, well that remains to be seen. I'm still going through my stash and trying to decide on a new start. I know that many of you have joined the Up For a Challenge blog where you pick 15 unfinished stitches and complete them during 2011. I honestly have only a couple of UFO's around, none of which I particularily want to finish. Then there's the Crazy January Challenge where you pick 15 new starts and start one each day beginning with Jan. 1st. Then you take the rest of the year to complete them. I haven't even got the time to pick out 15 new starts let alone start them. That's way too much on my plate as long as I'm working. So my plans for the New Year are to merely find myself a new stitch to get started on and enjoy myself stitching it. I hope to complete more ornaments during the next year but I'm not going to hold myself to it, lol! My upcoming retirement might allow for more stitching time but who knows what the future holds?
I hope that all of you and yours have a healthy, blessed and prosperous New Year. I thank all of you for the many visits to my blog along with taking the time to comment. And I look forward to checking in on all of you in the coming year to see what your new stitching plans involve.


  1. Love the teapot! What a great hubby.

    Congrats on getting your framed piece back from on time for Christmas

  2. Oh Lynn, your stitching is beautiful and that Teapot is one cool cat...I certainly wish you a wonderfully Stitchy and Healthy 2011. Who knows what the New Year will bring or where it will bring us.
    As always
    Be always in stitches.

  3. Love your progress on Jardin Prive, Lynn. And your granddaughters are so tickled with their stockings--that one stocking is almost as big as the one!! So sweet. I do hope I'm lucky enough to have a granddaughter some day!

    I'm not doing either of the challenges--just stitching from stash next year. I don't have any WIPs to speak of and I just want a relaxing year after Christmas at HRH...

    Hoping 2011 is a wonderful year for you and your family!

  4. Both of your Christmas pieces are lovely. Love the tea pot. I am not doing the challenge either.

  5. I'm so happy the for ONCE Michaels was able to come thru :-) Blessings is beautiful and what a wonderful way to great company as they come in the door. I hope you have a fabulous 2011!

  6. Love Jardin Prive Christmas Lynn. the colors are wonderful.
    Those granddaughters are just too cute.
    Look forward to stitching and sharing with you in 2011. Hugs

  7. Great progress on your JP Christmas- it's rally pretty! Your granddaughters are so cute and looked like they had so much fun. Hope you have a wonderful New Year!

  8. Love your Jardin Prive Christmas piece. It is just beautiful.

    Nice framing on your Blackbird piece as well.

    Great Christmas stash too:))) Can't wait to see what you are going to start in 2011.

    Happy New Year!

  9. Awww, that teapot was a sweet surprise! Nice DH!

    Your Christmas stitch is coming along great! And Michael's did good fast work!

    Best wishes in the New Year!

  10. Awesome teapot!

    Blessings Be Thine looks lovely in that frame.

  11. So Glad you had a good time with the family on the 27th..whats a couple of days?...The Tea Pot was worth the wait!!!
    All the charts are wonderful and Your stitching is precious.I love the Frame!
    Have a wonderful New Year!!

  12. Great progress on your WIP. Love the framing.

    Have a wonderful 2011.

  13. What a happy Christmastime you've had, Lynn! I love how you flex your celebration to suit your work and family schedules. There will come a day when our tradition will change, probably sooner than later the way the kids are growing up.

    All the best to you in 2011!

  14. That is certainly a very unique teapot! Your WIP is so close to a finish, it will look gorgeous all fnished up. Blessings Be Thine looks fab in its frama and I'm very jealous of your new stash, I might have to go on a stitching shopping spree soon myself :) I can't wait to see what you'll be stitching up in 2011, all the best.

  15. Great teapot! Nice stitching and a great job with the framing.