I don't have fireflies in my garden - which is a shame... only cats, bees, a dog and the odd dragonfly!! So please settle down with a cuppa, put your feet up and enjoy!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The postman has been twice!

It's not very often that I get pressie's in the mail but this week I got 2....

The first one was from a friend that I met through Craft Bubble.  Maribeth lives in New York and she sent me a really gorgeous bookmark that she stitched along with a fabulous kitty Christmas card.  Maribeth also included a picture of her cat Cuddles checking out the Christmas card that I sent her!!  The bookmark is currently sitting in pride of place on the desk in the lounge room so that everyone can see it.  It's too nice to use - I just want to look at it!

Thank you Maribeth

The second package that I received was from Emily.  She sent me a gift for being her 25th Follower!  This came all the way from Florida.  In the package was a box of chocolates (yummy), a roll of bright red ribbon, Valentine's stickers and some Florida stickers, along with a lovely card.

Thank you Emily
So, what has been happening this week.... I haven't been doing much blogging so I must have been doing something else - right?!

Right!  I have been busily stitching my Valentine's exchange so that I can get the package in the mail early to ensure that it will arrive in time for Valentine's Day.

And I am very pleased to announce that it's finished!!! YES!  And on time!!  The package is all ready to be mailed tomorrow to start it's journey to.... nope you can't trick me into telling you where it's going!  You will just have to wait for 2 weeks - all will be revealed on February 14th!!!

So that makes 4 finishes so far for 2011.... aren't you impressed - I know I am!  My little TUSAL jar is getting nice and full, and is looking very pretty with all the new colours that have been added this month.  Which reminds me I must take a photo of it soon as the New Moon is fast approaching.

So what's next on the stitching list....

1. Start stitching "Wings" for Quilts 4 Kids - due 30 March
2. Start stitching a Margaret Sherry Cat for the Margaret Sherry Lovers SAL - (stitch 3 of the Culinary Cats over the next 3 months to have a final viewing in May)
3. Start stitching "Winnie the Pooh" for Quilts 4 Kids - due 15 April

As the biscornu exchange is probably going to be deferred for a couple of months (or possibly cancelled) I have also requested to sign up for another Quilts 4 Kids child - hopefully will hear back this week to see if my "monkey" has been accepted.  There is a fifth child I would like to stitch for but I want to see how I get on with "Wings" before I sign up for yet another one....

I have plenty of stitching to get on with over the next couple of months.  I do hope that we don't get too much more of this sticky humid weather as it is not really the best weather to stitch in!

Well, that my news update for another day... see you on 3rd Feb for the TUSAL update

Til then,

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Another Finish, Another Start.. I'm on a roll!

I hope you're sitting down.... yep the title says it all!  I have had another finish for 2011....  Bit excited coz I have also managed to turn the gorgeous "purrfect day" kitty into a birthday card and it is ready to be mailed.  So glad it is a public holiday today for Australia Day as it gave me an extra day off to craft....  (That doesn't sound very patriotic, does it?? - oops)

Sorry, but I can't show you a photo of my latest bit of craft handiwork just yet as I need to send if off to the UK.  Once Julie gives me the nod that she has received her birthday card and magnet all will be revealed!  So stay tuned to this Bat "Cat" Channel!

Ok... so that's the birthday card done for the "Crazy for Kitties" birthday exchange, it's now time to get cracking on my next project - a stitched gift/card for Parsley's Valentine's exchange. 

I actually started that on Monday night after I finished the back stitch on the kitty... so this is well in hand.  The gift part of the exchange has been purchased and is just waiting for me to finish the stitching and then I can pop it in the mail to...... (secret destination)

Oscar helping sort threads
Photo has been cropped to hide
what I am stitching!!
As I don't have a stitching photo to show I thought you might like to see a photo of Oscar helping me get started on my latest project! 

Luckily I had my phone on the table otherwise I probably wouldn't have been able to take this photo.  Usually what happens is the cats (and Daisy) stop doing what they're doing when you go and get the camera!

I was sorting out my threads on Monday night for the Valentine's stitching and the gorgeous puddy tat decided to plant himself in amongst the threads! 

I was fine with him helping sort threads until he decided that he wanted to hold the skein and help me cut the thread to stitching lengths.... then I had to put the thread under the table in my lap so he couldn't see them!!  I was rather nervous that I would end up poking him in the eye with the scissors....

Well, it is back to the Cricket and more stitching for me...  Have a safe and happy week, and if you are an Aussie, have a safe and happy Australia Day!
The Ashes Bears
They are out today while the ODI is on!
Til next time,

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Which Beatrix Potter character are you?

I'm Tom Kitten
Playful, quite cheeky
- slightly on the round side

I've been blog stalking again!  It's amazing what you can find out there in the blog world.... one blog leads onto another and then another....

Anyway, I was visiting a blog and saw another blog with the picture of my favourite Peter Rabbit character (besides Peter himself and all the cats!) - Mrs Tiggy-Winkle.  So I thought I'd wander over and see what was going on.  And what did I find but a link to a quiz to see what Beatrix Potter character I am.  Well, I just had to have a go... and guess what - I'm not Mrs Tiggy-Winkle... no, I'm Tom Kitten!  Quite appropriate given my love of all things kitty!
The wonderful Mrs Tiggy-Winkle
who I would so like to be!
So why not go and visit the Peter Rabbit website and take the quiz to find out "Which Beatrix Potter Character" you are.  Would love to hear what character everyone is.  If you take the quiz there is a little treat at the end.

Til next next time,

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Two does go into one!

Well, this is a first - I have had two finishes in one day!  Never before have I managed to do this....  don't think it will ever happen again either!

Firstly, I have finished Thomas the Tank Engine.  I stitched Thomas for the Australian Quilts 4 Kids organisation.  I started him on 27 December 2010 and put in the last bit of the backstitch today.  I even totalled up the hours I took to stitch him - 30 hours all up (give or take 1/2 an hour).  I will now wash and press him and mail him off to the Quilts 4 Kids organiser during the next few days.

This square is due on 28 February, so I am way ahead of schedule so far!  Just as well too as I have quite a bit of stitching to do in the next month....

Thomas the Tank Engine
completed 16 Jan 2011
Design from
Cross Stitcher Magazine (April 2002)
The second finish of the day is a little cat fridge magnet but as it is a birthday exchange gift for someone in the UK I can't show you a photo until it arrives there safely along with the birthday card that I now have to start stitching.  This exchange is due in the UK on 3 February.  Not much time to stitch and send but the card I have chosen shouldn't take long to stitch (I hope!)

Once I have done that exchange, I need to get onto the stitching for the Valentine's exchange that Parsley has organised.  I have my swap person's name but I'm not giving you any hints as to where this exchange is being sent or what I am doing - you will just have to wait until February 14th!

After stitching the Valentine's exchange, I then need to start on another square for Quilts 4 Kids.  This one will be the butterfly design for little Sarah I.  That square is due on 30 March.

Then it will be the Winnie the Pooh square for Alexis W which is due 15 April.

If I get a good head start on these two I might sign up for a fourth square but I suspect that really would be biting off more than I can chew or I should say stitch....

And, I have also signed up to do a Biscornu exchange for the end of February - although I am still waiting to hear if that is going ahead or not.  I have never done a Biscornu so I am quite looking forward to doing this... I hear that they are addictive though!  Oh, well what's another harmeless addiction to add to my other addictions - cross stitch, blogging, cross stitch forums, exchanges... the list goes on!

Of course, I still have to find time to finish off the "Edwardian Country Lady's Diary" that I started in November last year, and I also need to put the needle back into Bonsai and Buddha.  Buddha is feeling very neglected!

As I have mentioned before I always work better with a deadline, and it appears to apply to my stitching as well as my job!  Stitching goals are just as important as any other goals....

Oh, and before I go - have a look at Felix with his "Precious".  This is a little blue toy mouse that he plays with.  He has been walking around the house with this in his mouth over the last couple of days and meowing like he has caught a real mouse!  He then took it outside into their enclosure yesterday morning and wouldn't let Oscar anywhere near it!  My Precious!!  (and yes, he did bring it back inside so that it was safe and sound and no other pussy cats could steal it)
My Precious
Til next time,

Saturday, January 15, 2011

It's Saturday, and all is well - or is it?

As I sit here today pondering what to write my heart goes out to the people in Queensland that are going through such a traumatic and heart breaking time.  The power of water is something to marvel at when it is the sea breaking on a sandy beach or a beautiful waterfall, but when it is rain and storms, and swollen creeks and rivers wreaking havoc on the land and people's homes and livelihoods, and lives are being lost (both human and animal) it is something to be very fearful of.

We have been watching over the last few weeks what has been happening in Queensland, and especially over the last few days, and have also seen the floods in our own state of WA in Carnarvon.  There have been devastating floods in NSW as well, and now there are floods in Victoria and heading for SA.  I have also read that Tasmania and the NT have been hit by severe rain as well.  The scale and horror of this disaster in Queensland just seems to keep on growing.  Even now there is more rain expected for the East Coast as well as a cyclone!

The Courier Mail has a series of photos of the Queensland floods which tell a tale of a state torn apart, not just a city.  There have been some amazing stories of survival, but there are so many more stories of heartbreak.  At times the images that we have been watching have been so over-powering that I am struggling to believe what I am seeing.  It is like watching the 2007 disaster movie "Flood" where London was flooded when a tidal surge overwhelms the barrier in the Thames Estuary.

Except what we have been watching this week is real... not Hollywood hype and make-believe and computer graphics!  Mark and I have been to God's Own Country (Queensland) a couple of times now - we have walked along those streets in Brisbane that were flooded and no longer visible 2 days ago, and as the water recedes are now covered in this revolting stinking mess of mud and goodness knows what else!

As I have been reading some of the Aussie blogs that I follow, and the local papers, I have been heartened to see how much the Aussie spirit is flourishing.  Armies of volunteers are heading into Brisbane to begin the mammoth task of cleaning up the city.  Clean ups are also beginning in the other towns and communities that have been flooded.  There are some areas that are still water logged and will be for some time to come.  The road back to normality will be long and hard, and I don't know how many will actually be able to stay the distance.

While blogging I have also seen a number of crafters wanting to do something to raise funds to help the flood victims.  I have listed some links to crafters who are doing something to help raise funds for flood relief.  I am sure that there are many more people out there doing things to help online, these are just the ones that I have seen so far.

Also the Queensland Government has set up a relief fund to raise much needed funds to help out the people of Queensland.

Our hearts and prayers are with all those people around Australia that have been affected by this devastating show of nature's fury.

And while all this is going on in our backyard, there are now devastating floods in Brazil.... Words truly can't describe what we are seeing at home and around the world at the moment, all we can do is pray and help out where we can.
Among the Gum Trees
Gum Tree Designs Flood Appeal 2011
Hugs for Queensland 

Quilts for Queensland
organising a huge auction
of handmade items
Til next time,

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Follow You, Follow Me - in the immortal words of Phil Collins...

Woo, I am in a wee bit of shock dear readers....  The other day I logged onto my blog and my followers online friends had increased by one or two (thank you so much), and now I see that my followers online friends have doubled! 

I can't believe that so many wonderful people out there want to read about me and my stitching and my cats and whatever else I ramble on about!  This wonderful new hobby (or obsession, depends on who you are talking too) was started because my hubby wanted to show off his quilts somewhere.  And me being me, decided that this was a great idea and I would join the party!  Then I thought I'd have a squizz at who else was out there in the blog-osphere and I found all these wonderful blogs and amazing stitchers which I so just had to "follow" so that I could keep up with everyone's news.  I have to agree with the "Spinster Stitcher" it is a bit like stalking.... but it is harmless fun that consumes hours of my day..... hours that I should be doing housework or stitching!  I generally log on first thing in the morning and before I know it and hour or two has flown by.... oops!  I really have to be careful about logging on when I'm at work otherwise I may not be at work much longer!  My lunch break can so easily go from a quick squizz at one or two blogs to much longer - just one more little blog, please sir!!

Seriously I would like to say a very, very big Thank You to everyone who is reading my blog.  I will try to keep you updated on my stitching, and with a bit of luck entertained.  I look forward to stalking reading all your blogs and seeing what everyone is up to.

So that was shock number 1, now here's shock number 2!

I was doing my blog stalking and went to visit Nicola at Austin's Allandale in Stitches to see what she has been up to lately, and low and behold Nicola has nominated me to continue on the round robin of the "Stylish Blogger Award". Me!  Wow!  Now I have to work out what to do.....

So I had a look at the other great blogs that I noticed have been nominated and I now think I know what to do to pass this award on. 

But firstly I apparently need to tell you 5 (or 7) things about myself that you don't know.  That shouldn't be hard as I am one of the new kids on the block so to speak so I haven't said much about me yet....  here goes (oh no, this is harder than I thought)

Five things about me that you may not know:

1. I have blue/green eyes and mousy brown hair
2. I love teddy bears, dragons, penguins and owls
3. I am married to a Englishman (or as we Aussie's say - a Pom)
4. I love Vegemite sandwiches
5. I am hopeless at sewing - couldn't sew a straight line if my life depended on it (which is why I love cross stitch!)

Now I need to nominate some other blogs to pass this award onto...

Mark @ Mark's Quilts (yes, I know this is my hubby's blog, but he has done a lot of work on his blog lately and it looks pretty good - blatant plug)

Sally @ Bizzi Hands (Sally is one of my work mates, so yes I know, another blatant plug but I do love Sally's card that she creates)

Kim @ A Stitch in Thyme (love the colours of Kim's blog!  And a fellow Aussie stitcher/blogger)

Astrid @ Cross Stitched by Astrid (another fan of dragons!)

So while I wouldn't normally accept and pass on awards, I believe that this one is a nice way to introduce myself to you all and also a way to say thank you to my new online friends.  I look forward to seeing everyone around Blogland!

Til next time,

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Jenny Ellory: Last bits of Christmas...

Just been over and visiting Jenny Ellory's blog as I had noticed that there was an update and guess what.....

Well I'm not going to tell - you will have to go and read Jenny's post to find out!!!  Jenny Ellory: Last bits of Christmas...

Me is blushing a wee bit.. ;-)  Thank you Jenny

So off you go and have a squizz, and while you are on Jenny's blog have a look at the gorgeous Oriental Diecuts that she has just released for "Quick Cards Made Easy".  I will have to keep an eagle eye out for the magazine when it hits the newsagency here in down town Perth.

That's all from me and my blatant plug of a great designer that I have now found and will enjoy stitching more designs of as they are released.

Til next time

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Totally Useless SAL update - New Moon 4 Jan 2011

Today is Tuesday, 4th January 2011 which means today is the "New Moon", and since it is the new moon day it is Totally Useless SAL update day.

My little TUSAL jar was a small Moccona coffee jar in a previous life and has now been given a new lease of life as my TUSAL jar.  Although I may need to graduate to the larger size of jar by the middle of the year - or is that just wishful thinking!!

As you can see it has the reds, blues and black from Thomas the Tank Engine on top and at the bottom it has the pink and green colours from the "Edwardian Lady's Country Diary" foxgloves that I am also stitching.  I have only been collecting my threads in this jar since the middle of December 2010 when I first signed up for the TUSAL.

Being on leave over Christmas has been a bonus for my stitching as I have been able to spend quite a bit of time each day stitching, but now that I am back at work the jar will not fill up quite as quickly.....

TUSAL Jar update
New Moon - 4 Jan 2011
For more info on the TUSAL or if you wish to sign up, pop over to Daffycat's blog.

Til next new moon on 3rd February 2011, happy stitching

Happy Monday 3 January 2011

So what did make me happy on Monday 3 January 2011?

Well, first starters this post is now late.... I did start this on Monday but got side tracked (as is my want to do sometimes) and didn't get it finished!!!  I did think that maybe I shouldn't post this at all and I could start my Monday posting's next week, but then I thought, hey it is still Monday somewhere in the world....

So here goes, what made me happy yesterday

Firstly, it was a Public Holiday Monday which means I had one more day at home on leave before returning to work.  Always a bonus on a Monday!

Secondly, the sun was shining but it was a very warm and sticky day, however apparently there is rain on the horizon - we do so need the rain so fingers crossed we do get some relief from the heat and that we get a decent thunderstorm to clear the air!

Thirdly, I managed to get another couple of hours stitching done this afternoon.  Although it isn't easy to stitch in this sticky weather I did manage to get the main part of Thomas finished and the little train below him stitched.  Only the train at the top, then the border and the back stitch to go.

So this post has turned into an update of Thomas as well as a "what made me happy on Monday" post....

I am now going to do my TUSAL update as it is a new moon today!  So that makes me happy today.

Thomas the Tank Engine
update 030111
Til next time,

Sunday, January 2, 2011

One Little Word 2011

one little word
A single word can be a powerful thing.
It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything.
It can be sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.
~ Ali Edwards

The paragraph above comes from a blog by Ali Edwards.  She started off a "one little word" challenge a couple of years ago primarily as a scrapbooking aid, but she also challenged her readers to incorporate it more into their everyday life, to focus on it, meditate on it and once a week create something relating to the word - ie a scrapbook layout, a journal/blog post or just something simple like a post-it note to put on the fridge!

I first saw this idea a couple of days ago on on SheilaC's blog (My Empty Nest is Full of Cat Hair).  Sheila wrote about how she had chosen "Focus" as her 2011 word.

After reading Sheila's post and showing it to hubby, it got both of us thinking about what could be our respective word for the 2011.  Mark is still thinking, although he does have an idea, he just needs to find the right word - once he does so he will post it on his blog.  So watch this space - or rather that space!!

Anyway, my thought processes went around, and around, and around again....  I went to Ali's blog and read through the postings from the last couple of years to see what other people have had as their words looking for "Inspiration".  Although in my heart I already knew what my word was going to be....

Yesterday I thought about words all around the idea of health and renewing myself; starting and finishing things; organising, etc.  Today I thought about words relating to love and happiness and cherish, - but you know what, 2 little words kept pushing all the other words out of the way and they insisted on being in the forefront of my thought process...

But, I still needed "Proof" that the 2 words that were foremost in my thoughts were the right ones!

So I then I thought to myself "how do I solve a problem like Noni?!?"  Do an ideas wall - cut out the words and mix them up and pick one that way.... yep sounds good to me!  But I thought I'd be a bit more "Creative" and used 2 of my card punches to make the cut outs for the words.  I then got a piece of black paper and laid them all out upside down.  But, before I had a chance to pick out a word something stopped me....

I had another thought - what about my Doreen Virtue Angel Cards.  I could use them to help pick out my word.  So after centring myself and "Meditating" on the task I wanted to "Complete", I shuffled the cards and let the Angels guide my hand.

Nine cards gave off the strongest "Yes" so I put them aside.  When I checked the cards, this is what I had turned over in the order that I picked them from the deck.

Their meanings are:

Listening - You are in communication with your Angels and the messages that you are receiving are very real indeed.  Trust them.  (Well, I did hear the Angels when they told me to get the cards and I trusted them to give me my word)

Meditation - Meditation is very important for you right now.  Enjoy practising it often.  (This is true - I have been telling myself for ages I need to take time out to centre and organise my thoughts more often, and that is what I was doing this morning when I was looking for "Clarity" on my word)

Focus - Think about what you want, not what you don't want.  Guard your thoughts carefully because they create your experiences.  (How very true, I have been thinking lately that I need to focus more on getting myself fit and healthy and stop worrying about why I can't find the time to exercise - so looks like this could be my word)

Playfulness - Fun and play is the Angels' way!  They guide you to add fun to your life, and to know that fun is a necessity, not a luxury. (Well yep, we could all do with more fun in our lives - I have always tried to live by the credo "stress less and laugh more", but unfortunately life gets in the way an awful lot of the time)

Harmony - Conflict is resolved in a situation that was troubling you.  Know that you deserve this peace and happiness, and accept it graciously.  (My star sign is Libra so harmony is very important to me - "Balance" and "Harmony" are a big part of what makes me feel good - so this is looking like my word for the year)

Serenity - You are moving into a time of greater inner peace and tranquility.  (Another potential word for 2011 that feels right and is speaking to me)

Divine Guidance - Trust and follow your intuition.  It is God and the Angels speaking to you now.  (This is interesting - when I follow my intuition things always turn out right - when I don't that's when life goes off course.  I know that I have to follow my intuition but sometimes I ignore it - should this be my word for 2011?)

Intention - Your intentions create your experiences.  What do you intend to happen?  Make sure that your thoughts and feelings reflect your true intentions. (Yet another card telling me to be careful in what I think - should my word be "Intention" or should it be "Positive" as in thinking only positive thoughts and no negative thoughts?)

Body Care - The Angels urge you to care for your physical body.  You are asked to eat healthy foods, to excerise regularly, and to avoid toxins.  (Well, well, proof yet again that I need to look after my health.  I have only used these cards about 1/2 a dozen times in the 4 years I have had them and each time this card comes up!  I think I am being told something... and this time I will "Listen".  My lifestyle goal for 2011 is to get fit and reduce my weight - so this card has just reinforced that goal!  Maybe "Health" should be my word?)

So, what is my word??  Actually my chosen word is "Faith".

"Faith" and "Believe" are the two words that have been coming up a lot lately in most things that I have done, and both words have been in my thoughts for some time.  They have over the last 2 days pushed all other words out the way and have become increasingly insistent that they be heard.  Even going through the process of the Angel cards is a sign that "Faith" and "Believe" are the words I need to "Listen" to this year.  I have chosen Faith over Believe as I feel that ultimately they mean the same things and Faith is the stronger word of the two.

So what do I mean by "Faith"?

To me this word is not just about a faith in God and Angels and their guidance, it is more about me having faith and belief in myself and in what I can do.

I have been thinking over the last few months about who I want to be in the next stage of my life - what sort of 50 year young lady do I want to be.  I have this desire to reinvent myself and to have the courage to be the person that I want to be.  I think there is a quirky "old"  lady hiding inside that wants to come out....

Yes, I admit it, I want to be a "Red Hat Lady", although technically I can only be a "Pink Hatter" at the moment!  In 2011 I will have been on this Earth for 47 years and now is the time to prepare for the next 47 years!!  And no, this is not a mid-life crisis - I think I've already had that!!

I am a confident, outgoing sort of person and I generally don't suffer from low self esteem, but I do worry about what people may think of me!  But now I believe that I have to have faith in me, and stop worrying about what other people may think when I wear quirky earrings or a silly hat, or a brightly coloured skirt, or funky shoes!  So from now on, if I want to wear something a little bit more outlandish than my counterparts, guess what I'm going to indulge myself!!

I am very lucky to be married to a wonderful, supportive husband.  We found each other in 2002 and right away I knew that he was my "Soul Mate".  I felt connected to Mark even before I spoke to him - it really was a bit spooky... it was my intuition talking to me then - and I listened to it!  We have been married since 2005.  Our marriage continues to grow and evolve as we do as people.  Mark believes that we are "Ying and Yang" and it is true.  He has faith in me, as I have faith in him and we both have faith and believe in our love for each other.  And guess what, we can both be quirky and whimsical together which will make it all the more fun!

I guess that proves that my "one little word" for 2011 has just "gotta be FAITH"

Til next time,

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Thomas the Tank Engine update

As I mentioned in a previous post I have signed up to stitch some quilt squares for the Quilts 4 Kids charity.  The first square is due to be completed and sent by 28 February 2011, so I thought I better get my skates on and use the week that I have off from work to get started on Anakin's square.

I have chosen to do a Thomas the Tank Engine design as his theme was Trains.  This simple design was originally published in the Cross Stitcher magazine in 2002 and I had kept the design filed away in my stash of charts.

I started stitching Thomas on 27th December.  So far I have managed to get around 2-3 hours per day on him so he is progressing quite nicely.  (Although today I haven't as yet picked up a needle and stitched a single stitch!)

Below are 2 update photos:

29th December 2010

31 December 2010

Now, I am going to show you my back side!  This is something that I have never done before, but after seeing Coni (Spinster Stitcher) be so brave and show her back side I thought I would do so too.....

Backside of Thomas the Tank Engine
31 December 2010
Now I must admit that I am reasonably particular about my back side as I always want it to look the best it can be but every now and then it doesn't hurt to be a little less particular - or is that peculiar!!!

So now that I have shown you Thomas' front side and his back side, I will post this little update and go and stitch on him some more.

Next update will probably coincide with my TUSAL post as it is almost new moon time!

Til next time,

Happy New Year - 1 January 2011

We spend January 1 walking though our lives, room by room,
drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. 
Maybe this year, to balance the list,
we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...
not looking for flaws, but for potential.
~Ellen Goodman

Well, here we are again - another New Year's Day, another list of New Year's resolutions to make.... and how many will be forgotten by the time Easter comes around?

Last year my New Year's Resolutions were very simple in the hope that I would be able to achieve them.

- Spend more time cross stitching
(Definitely achieved this goal - best stitching year in terms of finishes (not starts!) that I have had in a long time.  I even managed to complete the UFO's for my niece and nephew that had been sitting in the cupboard for 2 years.)

- Get fit, drink less alcohol, eat healthier, lose weight
(Well sort of achieved this one - didn't really get any fitter, only have a couple of G&T's on the weekend and we eat reasonably healthy anyway so that was OK, but lose weight - well, I did abandon about 5 kilos since July but that was more to do with being sick after our Bali holiday than any conscious diet and exercise effort on my behalf!)

So what are my 2011 New Year's Resolutions?  Well, actually I am not going to make resolutions this January 1st, but I will make a list of what I would like to try and achieve in 2011.

So my "2011 List of the Achievable" is:

- Break a bad habit (not sure which one yet, but I know I have them so I'm sure that I will find one or two to break!)
- Spend more time at the beach with my wonderful husband
- Take Daisy dog for more walks.... (definitely achievable)
- Finish off at least 2 of my UFO's/WIP's
- Stitch more
- Blog more (if I stitch more then I will have more to blog about!)
- Be more diligent about keeping a stitching diary
- Do more housework (this is just on the list to make it look good!)
- Grow more vegetables (this is hubby's stress relief project but he won't mind if I help him choose the seeds)
- Be happy

I do have one item that is a life changing goal rather than just a list item.  This year I must make a more concerted effort to get fit.  It would be nice to be able to walk up more than 2 flights of stairs at work without huffing and puffing!  So once we have eaten all the chocolates and biscuits that are left over from Christmas I can start on this goal!

We will open the book.  It's pages are blank. 
We are going to put words on them ourselves. 
The book is called Opportunity and it's first chapter is New Year's Day.
~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Happy New Year and all the best for 2011.  Thank you for visiting my blog over the last couple of months.  I hope to see you all again soon

Til next time,