My transition from cluttered to simple living.

Friday, December 31, 2010

The Eve of the New Year

In a very few hours, 2010 will come to an end, and those of us who manage to stay up past midnight, will welcome in the New Year.  I can remember how excited I was, when as a child, I was finally old enough to stay up until midnight.
My grandmother and my parents put on quite a spectacle.  There were snacks to enjoy.  We watched celebrations on a black and white TV, and struggled, stubbornly, to stay awake.  As the hands of the clock moved towards midnight, the back door was opened, and the old year was swept out.  I can remember that often some parting words were addressed to the Old Year.  Somehow it always seemed a little sad to say good-bye.

From the back door, we moved to the front door which was flung open with great ado.  Pots and pans were banged and the New was heralded in, with great gusto, to cheers of "Happy New Year!"  It was the one and only time of the year that my brother and I were allowed to be as noisy as we could possibly be....and for that brief period of time, we took full advantage of that fact.  

I am sure that the adults in our home had mixed feelings on that night.  Perhaps they felt sadness at what had transpired over the past year.  Perhaps they were apprehensive about what challenges the new year would bring.  We were too young to fear the future.  We could enjoy the present moment with little thought of yesterday or tomorrow.

And so I end this little dialogue, with a sincere wish for you.  May 2011 be a year of Peace.  May good health and happiness take up permanent residence in both your heart and your home.

Happy New Year!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
Robert Burns

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Quilt for Owen

This is the last of my Christmas projects.  I started this quilt when Owen was born, and delivered it this weekend.  The bright colours caught his eye immediately.  I am not used to using such bright colours, but it was a fun quilt to make!  

This quilt is meant to be used, loved and worn out.  I placed it on the floor and placed our baby on it.  I hope that he will enjoy it for many years to come.  The top is pieced from cotton material...the back is a bright striped flannel...cosy and warm.

I happen to love Christmas and I think I have discovered why that is.  I love making gifts from the heart...and giving them to people I love.

Christmas (2011) prep has begun already, as I piece together a quilt for my granddaughter.  If I learned anything this year, it was NOT to leave projects to the last minute.

Many people have mentioned that they are not seeing the pictures that I post on my blog.  Please... if you do not see this quilt, leave a comment.

Until next time.....



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Friday, December 24, 2010

Two More Projects

These two projects were delivered today to their recipients.  The jumpers were made for Delia and two grand daughters.

The knitted monkeys were made for Halen and Delia.  I am hoping that they will be kept and enjoyed for many years to come.

Alexia and Delia looked like little dolls on their new clothes!  

I hope that all my blogging friends enjoy Christmas with friends and family....   After all, friends and family ARE the greatest gifts of all!  Merry Christmas everyone!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Project #1... Tree Skirt

Yesterday, I delivered this tree skirt to my daughter.  It was all that she wanted, she said, and was one of many projects that I could not show you until now.

All in all, it was a fairly simple project, and one that I hope will be enjoyed for many years to come!