In my part of the world we say you are a fool if your passion for a pursuit overcomes all practical sense. I am a stitching fool, and I stitch foolishness.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Eve

On this last day of 2015, I managed to stitch the last bit of Merry Cox's Young Lady's Workbox.

I am now waiting for midnight (or the latest moment in which I can keep my eyes open) for the Ceremonial Dumping of the Ort Jar.

It's very full this year.

I've done a lot of stitching, but have very few finishes for 2015. I think it's because I've worked on a lot of smalls, which to me are not finished until they're made into something.  And I have fallen down on the finish-finishing.

As the last week of the year has drawn to a close, I've heard from friends about their stitching to-do lists. I've read blogs whose authors have written about projects to finish and to start. I stand in admiration.

For my part, I've decided to forego lists. I'm not doing resolutions, either. The minute I make a list or a resolution, something comes along to distract me and the list or resolution gets tossed in the trash.

What I've decided to do this year is to make a list of hopes.

  • I hope to fall back into the seventeenth century and work on band samplers, casket toys, mirrors, boxes, even possibly my first casket.
  • I hope to continue working on smalls and their finishing.
  • I hope to stitch every single day, even if it means I take the laptop to another room so I'm not distracted by Pinterest--which can really suck time majorly.
  • I hope to continue to blog, if not daily, at least every other day. Yes, I know we bloggers are a dying breed, but I love to read other people's blogs and I like to putter around with mine.
  • I hope to take advantage of workshops and online classes.
  • I hope to have more time to hang out with friends, stitching and otherwise.
  • And I hope that the weather improves enough so I can walk for my mental and physical health again.

So Happy New Year's Eve to all!  See you on the other side!


  1. And a happy new year to you and your family! Reading your blog makes me feel close to you. A nice feeling.

    1. And I feel the same reading your blog! Happy New Year--and all the best for 2016!

  2. Happy New Year, Ann! I like your list of hopes for 2016.

  3. That is a nice list, Ann! Happy New Year!

  4. I think your List of Hopes is perfect. I've enjoyed reading your posts this year and here's to lots more happy stitching in 2016!