Shall we begin with a little end-of-year stash? I wasn’t able to get a good photo of my jewelry from Eric, since it is glass, but here is another gift he got for me – Harry Potter 6 Audiobook. This will get me all ready to go for the new book release, whenever that may be (I’ve heard rumors of July 07). I also bought myself a small gift of the Cheetah Ginghers from Carol’s husband. Love these!
Then, I partook of HAED’s year end sale by buying myself Bright Skies by Selena Fenech (I have Dark Waters and the center piece for the two), Mask of Autumn Storykeep by Jessica Galbreth, and Faery Tales by James C. Christensen. I just can’t resist those HAED charts!
Next up, I received my pearls from Martina. These are extra embellishments for Pearl Lights. I just love all the colors and shapes. Beautiful and so luxurious!
And finally, I did finish my January blanket so that brings my yearly total up to 25! Hurrah. You will have to wait to see the January blanket until, well, January. So, I thought I would pull out another WIP, dust it off and get to work on it. This is Lemon Meringue Sampler by Casey Buonaugurio. I was able to stitch the white motif in the center, and then the lemon slice yesterday.
I feel like I’ve done a lot this year…I got married, we went to Rome, we moved, we went to see King Tut in Chicago, I paid off my debts and began contributing to my 401k and IRA, I got serious about losing weight and getting healthier, I started a blog, and I managed to even get a little stitching, reading, quilting and other crafting in. Not too shabby. I am so thankful for my life and all of those people in it that make it so special.
Since I started the 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge this year, I thought it would be good to recap what I’ve been able to cross off my list this year (I started the challenge on June 21, 2006).
1. Begin contributing to 401k.
7. Stitch Eric’s Stocking and make both mine and his into stockings.
25. Hang curtains in kitchen window.
43. Frame one stitched item myself.
47. Get an MP3 Player and get it set up with workout music and audiobooks.
56. Organize office – clean up files.
62. Research starting a blog.
72. Look into credit card balance, close account.
91. Participate in a stitching exchange.
93. Participate in a SAL.
Not too bad. I have several (like 30) that are in progress. So, I should be able to knock some more out soon. Like I said, it’s been a great year. Hope you all have had great years as well. Happy New Year! We are having steak with garlic basil linguine for dinner, champagne for later and will be watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve special on tv.
I am grateful for a year well spent.