Friday, 30 December 2011

Wrapping up 2011

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. Doesn't that seem so long ago, and now we are on the verge of turning the page to a new year? 

2011 was an interesting year, a bit of a roller coaster ride! A year ago today I couldn't have predicted what was to come!

Stitching wise I started off doing quite well but it really tapered off when we left on our trip. Here's a trip down memory lane...
Lo, How a Rose by Brightneedle

Marlene's Sampler by Romy in Austria

Elizabeth Easton by the Goode Huswife

Good Cheer by the Goode Huswife

The Brown House Sampler by The Middle Road

Permit me not to Stray by Heartstring Samplery

Live in Harmony by Homespun Elegance

Ann Taylor by Hearstring Samplery

The Pinkhouse Sampler by Little by Little

The Garden of Eden by The Goode Huswife

Birdhouse Sampler by Prairie Schooler

School House Sampler by Birds of a Feather

Earth Sampler by Primitive Needle

Silk Sampler by Birds of a Feather

I am not sure what 2012 will look like for my stitching. Due to my neck & back issues, I may have to scale back to smalls or "smaller". I did decide to resume doing some exchanges again as that somehow I just fell off the exchange wagon, so that should be fun!

Since I couldn't do as much stitching this year I have been reading a lot. I logged a record 104 books! To see the list, go here.  

Some favourites:
  1. When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman
  2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  3. The Bright Forever by Lee Martin
  4. The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy
  5. Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner
  6. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff 

Some fun reads:

  1. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  2. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
  3. Revolution by Jennifer Connelly
  4. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
New mystery/thrillers:
  1. The whole Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo
  2. The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen (The first of the Carl Mork series translated in English.)
  3. The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnette Fries (The first in the Nina Borg series translated in English)
  4. The Hypnotist by Lars Keplar (The first of the DI Joona Linna series)
Well, that's it for this year. I want to thank you for your visits, your comments and friendship. I wish you all a Happy, Healthy New Year!


Vonna said...

You had a beautiful stitching year! Not to mention a most productive reading year too! Health and happiness to you in the New Year!

Deborah said...

What a great stitching year! So many beautiful projects. Have a wonderful New Year.

Siobhan said...

Wow!! 104 books--you rock! I am so impressed. I need to check out some of the books you mentioned. My younger daughter had The Night Circus & The True Story of Hansel & Gretel and I'm anxious to read them. I was just telling my daughter about your 104 books & she said that the new thing is an 100 book challenge rather than 50 books/year. I said that we need to jump on that & do it, and the awkward response was, "Yeah, but the year is nearly finished!". Awkward...

All of your stitching is FANTASTIC! I am sorry that you're still having neck & back issues but hope that you'll still be able to stitch, smalls or samplers or exchanges--whatever it is, just as long as you enjoy it.

Happy new year!

Karen said...

You have such beautiful finishes! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great stitchy new year....

Margaret said...

Such a pleasure to see all of your stitching! As you know, I always love what you stitch. I still hope someday to do the Goode Huswife A&E in a similar fashion to yours. Love it so much! As for the books wow! That's a lot of books! I have to go over your list -- I've read a few, but just a few, so there are a lot for me to investigate. :D

Anne said...

Wow Melissa! 104 books!! That's amazing! I am still plugging through your list that you sent to me earlier and I think I am receiving one of them for Christmas (it's on the 7th of January) so I can't wait to start reading it!! Love all your stitching! It's hard to pick a favourite because they are all so beautiful and unique!! I did order Ann Taylor and am looking forward to stitching it in the new year.

Happy New Year to you and your family!!

Rowyn said...

What a lot of beautiful, beautiful finishes you have had in 2011. And on top of that reading 104 books! Wow.

Happy new year Melissa.

mainely stitching said...

Oh - new reading suggestions! :D I loved The Night Circus. :)

And wow, what wonderful stitching you've done!

merumo said...

Beautiful finishes!! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous work throuout the year. I always enjoy visiting here. Hope your back is feeling better and happy new year!!

Catherine said...

Beautiful finishes! And wow, that's a lot of books!
I do hope that your back and neck issues get better.
Here's toa happy and healthy new year with many stitches - no matter how big or how small!

P.J. said...

Georgious finishes! Hope your new year finds you in less pain and more stitches. Wow that is a lot of books!

Chris said...

You accomplished so much Melissa! All the stitching is lovely and a great list of books too.
Happy New Year!

Sharon said...

Some amazing finishes you have here! You should be very proud of your gorgeous work! Happy New Year to you!

marly said...

Holy macaroni that's a bunch of beauties. I thought I could pick a favorite and I did....until the next photo! Happy New Year!

Laurie in Iowa said...

All of your 2011 pieces are beautiful. I love these year in review posts. Yours had the extra bonus of a book-list. I'm going to be investing your recommendations.'
I hope your neck and back issues ease in 2012 and you'll be able to get back to stitching as much as you'd like.

Carol said...

What an impressive gallery of finishes, Melissa! And an even more impressive number of books read--you put me, the librarian, to shame :)

I do hope your neck/back problems ease up soon, but hopefully you'll still be able to stitch a bit in between all your reading!

valerie said...

It looks like you had a fantastic stitching year! Lots of finishes and framing. And 104 books?! That's awesome. I think I'm lucky if I read 15. lol

Happy New Year Melissa!

Melissa said...

What a great year of stitching! And reading too! I've read a few of the same books and a few are on my to be read list but I see some new to me authors I need to make a note of.

Sorry about your back and neck problems at least it's not keeping you from stitching completely.

Happy New Year!

Nancy said...

Everything you stitched in 2011 is so beautiful! Best wishes for a very happy and healthy new year!

Sylvia said...

You stitched some fabulous samplers this year. I hope your back issues will be resolved and you can return to stitching at full speed. Thank you for the book recommendations - I am always looking for good books to read.

Glad to read in the previous post that your son is back. Hope he enjoyed his time in Germany.

cathymk said...

Beautiful stitching this year - such lovely finishes! Congratulations

Keeper of the Crowes said...

What treasures!!! I only hope that I can do as well in 2012. I just downloaded The True Story of Hansel and Gretel on my Nook on your recommendation.Can't wait to start it. Look forward to seeing more you your beautiful finishes in 2012.
Linda C.

Paulette said...

Wow, you've gotten a lot of stitching done this year, and they're all so GORGEOUS!!! My favorite is Elizabeth Easton... I've got that one in my stash, and may have to pull it out after Elizabeth Sheffield is done. Love those colonials!

Happy New Year!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Happy New Year from Scotland.

Giovanna said...

Great finishes - have an equally great 2012!

Teresa S. said...

Really beautiful stitching this year-Congrats!

Penny said...

I enjoyed looking at your year in stitching - beautiful!
That's a lot of reading! :) I saw some titles listed that I've had on my list for awhile. I don't know what happened to me this year but my reading really dropped off. Looking forward to more beautiful stitching from you this year. :)

Mindi said...

Beautiful year of stitching! I hope your medical issues don't hamper you too much in 2012.

I read A Discovery of Witches based on your recommendation last year, and loved it. I'm anxiously waiting the sequel, but have no idea when its coming out.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Happy New Year, you had some beautiful large finishes in 2011. I'm sorry to hear that due to physical limitations you're going to have not scale back your stitching, but of course there are so many beautiful smaller pieces out there!

Karoline said...

You did some gorgeous stitching and read some great books in 2011. I hope you have a great 2012

Faye said...

Oh my Melissa~~ What a fantastic year you have had....All the stitching accomplishments are awe-inspiring!! And, your reading is as well!!

Here's hoping you are blessed throughout 2012....Much peace,


Suzanne said...

You have stitched some beautiful samplers this past year. It makes it very hard seeing these for me to stick to my no chart purchases rule for this year.

Well done on reading 104 books!

Joysze said...

Fabulous finishes this year, Melissa and great job on those books!! Wowzas!

WIshing you a healthy year and I hope your neck and back will heal up quickly.

Tanya said...

Happy New Year! What wonderful finished you had in 2011. I hope your back and neck feel better soon.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Hey, Melissa! I'm not sure what impresses me most; your beautiful finishes or all those books! Wow, a very productive year, I'd say. I hope your back and neck issues resolve themselves, soon. How is your Mary Gibson coming along? I hope your 2012 is healthy, fun and productive.