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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 In Review

I always find myself wandering back through the year as I approach the New Year. How about you?
This year has taught me many life lessons and bought me many joys for which I am very grateful for.
I hope you will bear with me as I reflect on a few of them.
Of course the most important event of 2013 was the birth of our two beautiful little Granddaughters...
It is such a delight to welcome them into our family.
This year I became a card carrying member of the "Wise Woman's Club" by becoming a woman of a certain age. I was so humbled and touched by the love and blessings showered on me at this time..
Sooo many candles...
The heat was fierce!!! And of course my beautiful quilt...

Thank you to all of you who took the time to show me how much you cared and helped me celebrate this very special milestone for ya!!
I also had a couple of firsts this year...
1st Block of the Month "Christmas Memories" sold through The Patchwork Teahouse
1st ever cover of Homespun Magazine...
1st ever Trunk Show at Star of the Sea Quilters Cleveland...
and that is my 1st ever quilt..
1st ever time my patterns are being sold in the

Mr R and I had a fabulous camping holiday in the Grampians in Victoria. 1st time visiting there.
Met lovely friends along the way on our trip...
I also discovered that life doesn't discriminate who it gives burdens or loss to and we have also had some of that and shared as other friends and family did as well....that's life as they say. I have to say also how proud I am of my children and the people they have become particularly DD as she has had not only a lot on her plate this year but it just about overflowed....hugs xxx
I have also learnt a huge life lesson and that is...
Thankfully so many people with beautiful hearts have been placed upon my path that I cannot help but feel well and truly blessed and......The laughter of friends is so good for your soul.
I feel truly blessed that I can do the work of my heart, my passion and that so many of you lovely, clever women (and yes you are all clever women) have become friends to me as a result.
Thank you so much for supporting me, leaving me beautiful comments, laughing with me, stitching with me and letting me know that you like my little scribbles and ramblings.
Oh I couldn't forget to what was it again Oh that's right ****8**** in a row!!!

Happy New Year to you all. I wish you a year filled to the brim with blessings.
I know you have seen it before but I thought I would leave you with my favourite "Tree" wisdom.
Blessings Michelle xxx


  1. what an awesome post my lovely friend,yes the life experiences make us the people that we are today and you my friend are one awesome person,wishing you and your lovely family a safe and happy new year.xx

  2. I agree with Shez that is a good post....what a fabulous year....Happy 2014 to you Michelle xx

  3. thankyou for such a beautiful post Michelle, it's nice to be reminded of the lovely parts of our lives and the things we should be grateful for.
    Big hug and a happy new year!

  4. Beautiful post Michelle. Happy New Year. Hugs, xx.

  5. A lovely post Michelle, wishing you happiness for the New Year.

  6. It has been wonderful sharing 2013 with you.....wishing you a happy new year too.

  7. Michelle, so true and thank you for reminding me to remember the good things in life. I felt all gushy..until you mentioned that footy stuff!
    Blessings to you and yours for 2014.

  8. Such a positive post filled with the good things that life has brought your way - may 2014 be even bigger and better for you and your family!!

  9. A beautiful, insightful, very thoughtful post Michelle. I am in awe of all those amazing firsts in your life, and it couldn't happen to a nicer person! Hugs for 2014!

  10. What a lovely way to remember 2013. Great post and lots of food for thought. Love the butterfly ( and new header) too. have a wonderful year in 2014. It IS going to be the best year ever.

  11. Such a lovely post...It has been wonderful getting to know you over the years. Happy New Year!

  12. It certainly has been a big year! All the best for 2014.

  13. Happy New Year Michelle. A lovely thought provoking post. May next year be just full of good things.

  14. It's a pleasure to read your blog and the happiness you share. So thank you and Happy New Year to you and your family.

  15. Lovely post! Best wishes to you, Michelle, for a wonderful 2014.

  16. Beautiful post Michelle, so many lovely sentiments. Wishing you and your family a happy new year! xx

  17. Great post! Happy creating in 2014!

  18. What a delightful post , full of wonderful experiences of 2013 and friendship and fun times .It has been my pleasure to be part of that journey as I read each of your well written posts and enjoy your beautiful talented work .Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing even more lovely posts . hugs Sheila

  19. Happy New Year Michelle, I enjoyed your reflection of 2013.Hugs O'faigh

  20. Sounds like you certainly had a wonderful year Michelle. Happy New Year to you and your family. I'm looking forward to sharing 2014 with you. Hugs, Christine xx

  21. Thank you for letting online friends share your adventures...journeys... you are a very awesome and creative lady Happy New Year 2014

  22. Wonderful post Michelle...
    Happy New Year and I hope 2014 is an amazing year for you xxx

  23. Happy New Year. May it be as good, if not better than, 2013.

  24. Such a beautiful post. I wish I could have caught up too. Anyway Happy New Year. I'm looking forward to another year of seeing all your wonderful sewing. Hugs to my dear friend

  25. Grandbabies are always cause for celebration. And you were blessed twice . Lucky you!

    You had a fabulous year for showcasing your wonderful talents. Well deserved recognition for an amazing lady.
    Happy New Year Michelle.

    May 2014 bring you an abundance of wonderful things


  26. What a lovely year you have had. Two beautiful little grand daughters, you would not wish for more.
    But it takes a lot to fill 365 days and it looks like you have enjoyed each one to the fullest.
    Wishing you the same in 2014.

  27. Happy new year ... What a lovely post.. You are an inspiration .. So positive, so generous and a wonderful friend ..xx

  28. I am still catching up after my little visitors. Lovely to read your year in review. Lovely that you are focussing on the good things, and your special friends. May 2014 be a good year for you also. Hugs xx


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