Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011-The Year in Review

Well faithful reader, it is that time again. Time to assess where you've been so you can see where you are going. This past year has flown by for me as I am sure it has for so many of you. There have been the highest of highs and some low, low, lows. All in all it has been a very good year. So this is what I have done this year:

As always, I say to myself time and time again; "I don't get enough done." I am not sure what the word "enough" is all about. I sure did a whole bunch more than I thought. Sure there are countless projects up in that sewing room that I didn't get to and they are waiting for me with a mocking sneer. At the same time I have more to show for the year than I anticipated. Why do we tend to focus on the negative space of accomplishments instead of the positive?

Here is the rundown:
  • 23 pincushions
  • 20 snip bags
  • 7 Silk Ribbon Embroidered Pencil Holders
  • 5 bishops
  • 3 Children's Corner Lucy jumpers
  • 3 Blouses
  • 3 Rompers
  • 3 Aprons
  • 3 Chef hats
  • 2 Daygowns
  • 2 Slips
  • 2 Wee Care gowns
  • 1 Basic Yoke Dress
  • 1 Smocked Full Bodice Dress
  • 1 Embroidered Summer Dress
  • 1 Christening Gown
  • 1 Coming Home Gown
  • 1 Overalls
  • 1 Doll Dress
  • 1 Jacket
For a total of 84 items. Not bad. In addition to that
  • 1 Sewing School
  • 1 SAGA Convention
  • 2 Bathroom remodels
  • 2 Chapter Programs
  • 3 Tutorials
  • 1 extra trip to Louisiana
  • 3.5 kids of varying ages moving in
  • Same kids moving out
  • Birthday party of the decade
  • 1 Family Portrait with grown children from all over (Try it and see if you don't consider it a big accomplishment)

  • 1 design being published in Australian Smocking and Embroidery!!!!! Go me!
Once again it doesn't compare to the time spent with this Princess

and just as wonderful

welcoming baby brother right before Thanksgiving. What a gift to be thankful for.

So all of those hours snuggling, tickling, reading or sweet neck kisses from last year, are double this year. The most difficult thing has been finding time to take enough pictures. Thank goodness Oldest Auntie was home at Christmas and made up for my woeful lack of pictures. Even if I did develop a bad case of camera envy. I don't think a new camera will give me more hours in the day.

As if all of that wasn't enough....

He asked

and she said, "Yes!" Their excitement knocked my angel right off the top of the tree evidently.  Exciting day for all, Santa brought dollies, books and BLING! (Say a prayer for me because trust me, I live with George Banks!)

The coming year promises to be just as eventful as the last. My wish for you faithful reader, is that with each day of the new year, a blessing is realized.


  1. Bravo on all your projects! At the close of the year, it is so good to focus on the good and learn from the not-so-good... and become hopeful for the new year! Have a wonderful time planning your new projects - especially now that you have another little to sew for!

  2. I second that emotion!! WOW is right!!!

  3. I really need to take photographs and actually post on my blog so I can see what I have done. While not that much, it would add up. Maybe that should be a goal this year... :)

  4. Wow and wow - you amaze me, girl! Happy New Year!

  5. Wow! What a year for you, and another amazing one to come, I'm sure. Congratulations to your daughter? on the engagement. My parents married off all three of us girls in 4.5 years and lived to tell the tale, but I know it was stressful for them. Happy New Year!

  6. You've had an amazing year and one of great accomplishments. I will be looking forward to see how you top that in 2012. Of course, a wedding will be the icing on the cake. Happy New Year!

  7. A year well done! I look forward to the year ahead for the Broyles Clan....what a ride. Blessings to all for the many adventures 2012 holds.

  8. Such good news! Is there a flower girl dress coming up for your princess?

  9. Happy New Year to you all!! That is a lot of sewing and you got to be a cover girl too !!

  10. What an exciting year you've had, Martha! Yes, how are you going to top that this year!? :) Good for you and all your accomplishments!


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