Sunday, January 16, 2011

Getting Started

It's a ''play day'' today - been flat tack since Christmas so right now it's feeling nice to have a quiet day. The child is away biking and my guests have departed for the day - as you can see I have been playing. Given my wee blog a new face for the new year :)

Isn't this so sweet - Jake bought me this for Christmas, along with the little ''relax'' sign hanging off it (hint hint I'm sure!) He has excellent taste in gifts!


So I took the hint and in the evenings I have been relaxing, so much so that not much stitching has been done. But I have made a promise to myself that I am going to completely finish my ''Angels Story'' quilt this year - last year I did the grand total of one applique block - how shameful!! So this week I have done this one....

...and almost all of this one....

Before Christmas I did do some stitching for little presents - I had drawn my niece's name in our family "Secret Santa" draw so I thought I would make her up a basket of lots of little goodies - and these were some of them....


I also made some of these for other friends - Barb's button (www.theodoracleave.com) was the inspiration .

Kept up the New Year's day tradition again this year and went for a nice long walk in the afternoon - started out here (on a very well maintained track) ....

and ended up a bit past here (on a slightly more rugged track:) ....

We couldn't do a picnic lunch at the top this time as we left later in the day, but a picnic afternoon tea of lollies was an okay substitute :)) See, that is the great thing about going for a long walk up a long hill - I did not feel a single ounce of guilt for pigging out on lollies at the top :))

Of course it wouldn't be a walk without me taking truckloads of pictures - cute little daisy (in real life this is absolutely tiny)...

... and leaves - fabulous colours....


... and ferns in gorgeous shades of pure green ....




My challenge to myself this year is to finish everything I have started in the past couple of years (apart from the hexie quilt 'cos that is definitely a 5 year project!). But.... there is all this other stuff I want to do as well ....well, I guess that is part of the challenge :) And what else will this year deliver - who can tell??
The possibilities are endless:)

See you later,
Jenny

8 comments:

Deb said...

Jenny I have that same challenge, but I have it every year!!

clare's craftroom said...

Hi Jen nice to see you ! Your greenery photos are just stunning .

By Hoki Quilts said...

Jenny I think all of us start the year with great intentions of getting UFO's finished and I have been doing OK for a couple of weeks. I hope your staying power is better than mine as already I'm doing a newby - oh the shame, LOL.
Have a fantastic year, by the way what great taste that lad of yours has.
hugs
Miche'le

Elizabeth said...

Love your christmas gift from Jake. He certainly has great taste. Fab photos too. I too am trying to finish off projects too. That's the plan at the moment anyhow LOL.

Phyllis said...

Hey Jenny,

It sounds like you are off to a great start for the new year. It must be all the world pressures or something - seems like everybody is doing the same thing by making their lives more organized and completeting projects and tasks. I know I am determined to do the same this year as well!

Simone de Klerk said...

Jake really has a very good taste! And such good advice (o:
I really had to smile when you told about the one angel you finished and then the block with the angel smiling. As if to say: Ain't I pretty (((o:
You really were inspired by the button! The needle case is so pretty.
And how happy you niece will have been with all those wonderful goodies!
You live in such a pretty part of the world. I really do have to come visit one day and make the walk with you !

Cherie said...

"Happy New Year" Jenny and Jake...YAY you're back! Love your new look page, and I know what you mean about 'finishing bits and bobs off!" Plan to get the Santa quilt finished this year, and have a lot of stitching on the go already...believe it or not for Christmas stalls already !! Take care, hope to have a coffee with you soon, regards Cherie

sand said...

Hi, I'm doing the same thing finishing unfinished quilts and stichery. I fell in love with your angels. could you tell me where to find Angels Story? Your husband has great taste. Thank you for any help you can give. Debbie from Delaware