New Years Eve 2006

It’s amazing and sobering to contemplate the end of another year. They pass so quickly now as the kids get older and life seems to be so full of busy. Tonight, we will be watching the ball drop, watch the old year slip away and the new one take it’s place. I plan to sit in comfy pj’s, drink some tea and cider, and enjoy being home.

I don’t have any end of the year finishes to celebrate with, but I’m going into 2007 feeling really great about the stitching goals I have set in front of me. This year I plan to finish as many UFO’s as I can, stitch as many ornaments as possible, and learn a new thing or two (or three or four). A couple of these are knitting and playing bagpipes. I hope to get some of my scrapbooks finished, and I do have some sewing goals to accomplish, too.

I’ll be starting a couple of classes later in January, working towards an advanced certificate to compliment my Personal Training certificate I earned the first half of this year.

My prayer is to listen for the small, still voice of God speaking in my life. He is with me at all times, but I’m am nowhere near as obedient to his callings and plans as I can be. I pray for his strength when I loose my patience, and for his wisdom in seeing the wonderful people he is creating in my children.

Drawn Thread’s Mini Teaching Sampler

May peace and joy be with you tonight, as you reflect on all this year has meant to you, and you look ahead to all the coming year will be.

Marry Garry’s PEACE Quaker

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Merry Christmas, friends

Wishing everyone a very blessed Christmas. May you all have joy and peace, and a little bit of stitching time.

It’s the afternoon of Christmas Eve, and I’m just getting ready to head out for a bit of a walk. The presents are pretty much wrapped, just a couple more to do. Chex mix is made for snacking. Tonight we have our evening church service, then it’s home for our traditional taco dinner, and then out for a drive to look at lights. Tomorrow will be dinner at my mother-in-law’s house, and we’re bringing the ham.

Just a little bit about me

I lifted this from Darla at – darn, I don’t know how to make those great links where their highlighted name shows, and you click on it to visit their blog!

48 Things You Could NOT Care Less About
1. FIRST NAME? Nancy
2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? My aunt.
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? Tonight, listening to a Christmas song.
4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Yes, mostly.
5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT? Thanksgiving turkey on sourdough with mayo and lettuce.
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Most of the time.
7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? Just my blog, but I would love to keep one.
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? No, although I thought I did for the longest time.
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? I hate heights, so a resounding NO.
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? I like granola with my yogurt.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Yes.
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Definitely.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? Baskin Robbins Jamoca Almond Fudge.
14. SHOE SIZE? Seven and a half.
15. RED OR PINK? I love red for Christmas and fall leaves.
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? I’d love to be more sure of myself.
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? Both my mom and dad.
18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? No necessary to.
19. WHAT COLOR PANTS, SHIRT AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Pink and blue plaid flannel pants, and a comfy red sweatshirt. My Lands End slippers.
20. LAST THING YOU ATE? Salad with chicken, avo and parmesan cheese.
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Miami CSI, but have been really enjoying Mannheim Steamroller and Mercy Me’s Christmas songs.
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Purple.
23. FAVORITE SMELL? Sugared spruce candle, fresh pine, baking Chex mix, patchouli.
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My husband.
25. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO? Their smile.
26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON you stole THIS from? Most definitely.
27. FAVORITE DRINK? Fresh sqeezed orange juice.
28. FAVORITE SPORT? Girls fastpitch softball.
29. EYE COLOR? Green.
30. HAT SIZE? Do not like hat hair!
31. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Used too, would like to again, but not now.
32. FAVORITE FOOD? Fresh crab meat sandwiches.
33. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy endings
35. SUMMER OR WINTER? Fall.
36. HUGS OR KISSES? Both, but also love chocolate kisses.
37. FAVORITE DESSERT? Ice cream.
38. WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? No idea.
39. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Again, no one to name.
40. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? Diana Gabaldon’s “Voyager”.
41. WHAT’S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Just a simple grey one.
42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV? World Trade Center on DVD.
43. FAVORITE SOUNDS? Wind through the pines, my kid’s pure giggles.
44. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles.
45. THE FARTHEST YOU’VE BEEN FROM HOME? Kenai Peninsula, Alaska.
46. WHAT’S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT? Being a warm lap for my kitten, raising my kids.
47. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Pomona, California.
48. WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? No one – I read Darla’s blog and borrowed it.

More Christmas sharing

I guess I reached my blog’s limit of three pictures with the last post, so I’m adding some more here:

I don’t have a traditional tree topper – I place these knee-hugger elves at the top. These are from my mom’s tree, and I used to play with them every year. So they get a place of honor on the top.

My mom made these wonderful Christmas shadow boxes for each of the girls in the family. I love putting this up each year.

These are some of the Christmas exchanges I’ve received

I’ll end this with a couple of PS designs I’ve received. The quilt cube is from an exchange earlier this year. The Santa was a gift from a stitcher I met long ago on the old Compuserve crafts forum.

Thank you for spending time with my Christmas decorations. Christmas is just three days away, and my wish for everyone is a very blessed Christmas, and special times spent with family and friends.

Looking like Christmas

Thank you so much for all the kind comments on my last post. I haven’t really spent much time here, as I’ve really been baffled by the posting of pictures, but after spending so much time visiting all the lovely blogs I’ve found, and being enabled by so many wonderful stitching pictures, I’m trying to make a renewed effort.

I wanted to share some pictures of my Christmas decorations. I love this time of year because I really enjoy revisiting the ornaments and decorations I’ve collected over the last 25 years. Some belonged to or were made by my mom (who passed away the year we were married). Our Christmas tree is my absolute favorite, and it’s where I concentrate most of my energies. Handmade, Hallmark, craft sale, exchanges, they are what make up my tree, and I love when it’s lit and the lights are out in the room, and there is such a soft glow. So thank you for taking part in this little tour.

I stitched this Santa from an old CS&CC issue, and added a miniature Hallmark ornament as a toy.

Here is my bench with our stockings, a snowman and Santa, and the Christmas books I’ve collected over the year. One of them is a story called ‘Christmas in California, copyright 1924 and given to my mom and her sister. It’s very appropriate, given our California Christmases.

Our Christmas tree (I hope the picture is standing up and not laying on it’s side-that might be beyond my current capabilities!)

I’ll post more in a separate post.

Christmas ornaments

I’ve made a promise to myself – for 2007 stitching I will concentrate on my WIP/UFO pile, and I will stitch as many ornaments as I can from the favorites I’ve chosen from the JCS ornament issues. I’ve already started one, and I plan to begin with the 1997 issue and work forward. This will give me all the new starts my heart desires, along with finishing up the already started projects that have grown comfortable in my basket.

I stitched this ornament for a Prairie Schooler exchange.


These are PS Olde World Santas (the first leaflet) stitched over one, which I hope to turn into two four-sided ornaments to hang.


I stitched this for an ornament contest/exchange through the Just A Thought message board. It was fun designing the ornament to include the windchimes.