Saturday, December 31, 2011

The last day in 2011


It is time to make a tally for the year 2011.

It has been a year of many events - some good, some not so good.

The foot and its surgery in May took a lot of time and effort, both before, under and after.
Outcome - maybe not so good, but it is sloooowly improving, sort of.
I guess it is also a matter of adjusting to the current situation - I can do that, over and over ;-)
I think it is good to look for the bright sides instead of focusing on what is not so good.
Very good is the fact that I can again use the sewing machine pedal without pain!

WISP (work in slow progress)  situation - well well………… ;-)
I have had a lot of finishes in 2011, but also some starts that were not finished, and some dead ends.
I just counted my finish list - 67 finishes - not at all bad :-))

Knitting was a dead end - my neck and shoulders are glad I gave that up.
Crochet is a good alternative, in between other activities - in between being the operating words.
I have used a lot of fabric - 15 care quilts took care of that, combined with all other finishes, big and small.
I have used more than I have bought! Go me! Yes!!

P1050287 In between Christmas prepping I have made these 3 preemie afghans and 1 baby hat. They will be delivered shortly :-)

P1050294 This quilt top is done, and it will be delivered to Merete on Monday for custom machine quilting :-) I am very looking forward to see the finished quilt!

P1050286 Since DH is going on a week long guy trip in a few days, the Christmas decorations will go down soon, as in tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.
The cutest decoration is present through the year though :-)

These are the last Christmas gifts.
Some of them got so delayed in the post, but I think they all have arrived by now.
I could not blog them before.

P1050198P1050194 P1000317 Hugo and Felix (Lynette Anderson's furry friends) are looking after DD1's coins now.

P1050273 Christmas always generates leftovers of all kinds.
Some milk of a kind we do not use resulted in good whole grain bread,


and yesterday I was inspired to bake Christmas bread / Christmas cake with some leftover double cream.
This sweet bread with raisins and cardamom is very good as coffee bread au naturelle, with cheese or jam, and also goes well with the salted meat and liver paté we use for Christmas sandwiches - believe it or not.
I like to bake with yeast :-)
I have never tried this recipe before, but I will do it for Christmas from now on.

As in every year, it is a matter of get some and lose some.
I am so happy for good friends with whom I can share all kinds of days.
Even a dull day is brightened by good friends, always, and a hug and a laughter can get us through whatever it is :-)
You know who you are - consider yourself hugged :-)

I still do my morning coffees or teas in the flicker of candle light.
It is a good time to think and sometime rethink the important things in life, in company with some hand sewing or stitchery.

2012 will be a year with some changes - they will be embraced as they appear.

46744911_p_thumb[1] I want to thank you all for spending time with me this year.
Bring a mug, sit down and enjoy some quilt corner time with me in 2012.
The fun is about to begin :-)


Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life
actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life."

-- Christiane Northrup, MD

May 2012 be the best year for you!
Happy New Year!



  1. Godt nytt år til deg også, Hanne;)

  2. Happy New Year my dear friend. We are going to have some great times together in 2012 too :)

    Big hugs to you.

  3. Happy New Year Hanne,I look forward to seeing what you're going to be working on over 2012 :) Barb.

  4. Hi There!! I just have to tell you that I LOVE your cat! He always looks like he is enjoying himself in all your pictures! Happy New Year's Eve!

  5. Best wishes to you and your family Hanne for a wonderful 2012

  6. Ønsker deg et riktig Godt nyttår! Måtte det nye året bli et flott et :o)

  7. Happy New Year to you and your family Hanne. Wishing you lots of happiness, good health and prosperity in 2012 - and well done on all those finishes!

  8. Happy New Year! We have another year to finish our WIPs. :-)

  9. Happy New Year, Hanne. I love visiting your blog and would love to give a cuddle to your darling cat!
    I have enjoyed seeing your many projects evolve -- thank you for sharing it with all of us in blogland. 2012 is going to be a GREAT quilting year!
    Cyn; -)

  10. Happy New Year to you, dear Hanne! I'll fetch my coffee mug and sit around here... a lot also in the next year ;o)

  11. Anonymous4:03 pm

    Lovely finishes. Well done.

  12. Øsnker deg et riktig godt nytt år Hanne ♥

    klem fra Yvonne

  13. Sue in sw SK5:55 pm

    Happy New Year Hanne. Thanks for sharing your doings with us. Congrats on so many finishes. I see by the newest pic that you too do not have snow!

  14. WoW! You've been a busy bee this year! You have accomplished so much! Glad that you foot is getting better. Thank you for sharing your goodies. I wish you a wonderful happy New Year! May 2012 bring you all that your hear desires, or better! ;o) In Friendship! Cheers!


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