Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012!

It's hard to believe today's the last day of 2012! It's been a good year for my family, with buying a new house, both me and hubby getting new jobs, my daughter going into 1st grade at her new school and my son growing bigger by the's hoping 2013 is an even better year!

2012 also saw me return to cross-stitching after a long hiatus. Granted, it's only been about six months since I came back into the stitching world, but I'm definitely back with a vengeance! This week or so off with Christmas holidays and the family fighting the flu has been hard without stitching. I'm eager to get back to it!

So at the beginning of each month, I tend to look back over my last month's goals and make goals for the next month. This being December 31st, I'm going to do something a little differently...let's look at my year in review!

2012 brought with it five finishes, four of which were done for World of Charity Stitching:
Knotted Hearts - WOCS Project - 7/23/12 - 7/26/12
Have a Heart - WOCS Project - 7/27/12 - 7/28/12
Birdhouse Neighborhood - WOCS Project - 8/8/12 - 8/18/12
May Lily of the Valley Teacup - WOCS Project - 10/14/12 - 11/10/12
Tribal Penguin - 10/28/12 - 11/17/12
This year also saw me start six other WIP's that will carry over into next year:
Christmas Countdown - Dimensions
Flames of Desire by Lee Ann Seed - Heaven and Earth Designs
Italian Vista - Dimensions Gold Collection

European Bistro - Dimensions Gold Collection
My Witch's Brew - Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe
Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love by Thomas Kinkade - Candamar Designs Disney Dreams Collection
I have met many new stitchy friends on blogs and facebook. I've been exposed to a TON of new designers and websites I never knew about before and have learned more about stitching than what comes in a kit. I have fallen in love with hand dyed fabrics and with stitching on something other than Aida. I have enjoyed documenting my own stitchy journey in this blog and in pictures. I've absolutely loved it all!

So, goals for 2013...

1. Year of the Stash - I'm dedicating 2013 to being the Year of the Stash - I have added several patterns to my collection this year and I have tons of DMC thread already. In 2013, I want to expand my horizons. I've signed up for three Fabric of the Month Clubs for hand dyed fabrics (so far). I'm going to be looking at using different threads and beading techniques in my pieces. I want to use the groups I'm a part of to be exposed to more new designers and patterns and projects. I want to increase my stash to help increase my choices of what I want to work on and create!

2. Crazy January Challenge - I want to successfully start all 15 projects in 15 days and will be very pleased if I can finish at least 1/3 of the projects in 2013. I have some small projects that I think are very doable to complete this year...the rest, perhaps not so much, but that's okay!

3. Finish at least one of my 6 WIP's from 2012 - not sure which one it will be, but I'd like to finish at least one of them this year!

I plan on making more goals on a monthly basis as I always do...but I think these three big themes are a good start for the year! Can't wait to see what 2013 brings! Happy New Year!

Until next time!


  1. What a blessing 2012 was for you all! May 2013 be better by tenfold. I can't wait to see your progresses this year. Happy New Year!! :)

  2. I have enjoyed watching your stitching progress this year! I wish you and your family a happy, healthy, safe New Year.

  3. You have made great progress this year. I hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year!

  4. Really enjoyed catching up with your review of 2012 - well done with all you achieved. Wishing you a wonderful New Year and hope you get lots of stitching time to devote to your goals in 2013.

  5. Congratulations on all you achieved in 2012 and good luck with your goals for 2013.

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful year.

  6. For just returning to stitching Katy, you did a great job and got alot done. I really love Italian Vista and European Bistro. I know they are kits, but I was wondering if you would be will to sell the charts when your done.

    Happy New Year

  7. Your finishes are just beautiful and your WIPs are coming along very nicely! Happy New Year to you and Happy Stitching too!! :)

  8. Good goals! Happy New Year, Katy! :D

  9. Wow, for 6 months you sure got a lot accomplished! I love the fabric for Witch's Brew. Anything with sparkles wins me over pretty quick, haha. Here's wishing you an equally (or more-so!) productive 2013 and g'luck with your goals~ :D