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Monday, January 1, 2018

Welcome 2018

I wonder if any of you are like me and are wondering where 2017 disappeared to?
New Years Resolutions are not something I suscribe too. Preferring to instead set some small personal goals or intentions which cause no extra pressure to achieve or not.....but give me things to contemplate.

2017 bought many blessings, new adventures, anxieties and some sad different from many others on this journey called life.
With the losses came the unexpected blessing of discovering just how fortunate I have been to walk a way with beautiful souls....terribly missed they will be but forever with me in my heart nonetheless. This brought up much thought about being thankful in spite of it all.
I decided to begin the New Year with a little treat for myself....a brand new Gratitude Journal....a hopeful and uplifting way to begin each day.
The word "Mahalo" is Hawaiian for "thank you ". The nationality of its creator. It's a lovely journal and very nice to see my first entry in place. I am a journaller but have not participated in a Gratitude journal for a couple of years. Feels good.
My other intention for this year is a UFO challenge planned by fellow Sunday Stitchers De. A list of per may choose to work on the item or go for a finish. It's up to you. A number is chosen each month at our meeting and you work on the corresponding project to that number......
My list.....excuse handwriting.
January's number is No. 2.....
For Elf block.
I had hoped to use Country Garden Thread "Harriet" for these blocks but unfortunately it looked awful......unsewing happened! So I chose instead my next favourite "Mistletoe" It does look very nice in real life! Excuse the photo....storm approaching and its gotten very dark lol!

Hopefully I  can successfully complete January's challenge and finish this block.
Another Angel Story block has been completed in the mean time....."Pot Planting Penelope"
Sewing update complete!
I would like to thank all of you that pop by and visit me, leaving lovely comments or personal emails, those of you who read my words and thoughts or perhaps a friendly lurker. You are all very welcome. I am always amazed and heartwarmed at how we as women can encourage and support each other with affection, laughter  and a generosity of spirit. Not to mention a big dose of graft and corruption in the beginning of a new project domain :) All under the guise of Scrap Busting!
You constantly inspire me with your incredible creativity and caring.
I am looking forward to sharing, laughing and connecting with you again in this brand new year.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx


  1. Happy New Year Michelle. Xxxx

  2. Blessings to you for 2018.
    Love the list....especially all those elf blocks!

  3. Hi Michelle I think a gratitude journal is a wonderful idea.
    I also like De's idea to finish your UFO's for the year.
    Love your elf block and you are doing so well with your angel blocks,well done.
    Hope 2018 is a wonderful year for you and Gary and your lovely family,sending you lots of love my friend 💋

  4. Best wishes for a wonderful 2018, Michelle!

  5. Wonderful idea about that journal !! Yes 2017 flew away and it seemed it was just started ;-)
    So now we start 2018 and I hope it will be kind to us all.
    I love the idea of working each month on a project by that number. Your elf block looks good, also does the angel block.

  6. Happy New Year Michelle. xx

  7. I do love the idea of the list and picking out numbers - I started my list yesterday but got sidetracked hmmmm - oh, not sure if you read mympost from the other day but I had thought I'd started a design of yours till I went looking - so have amended that on my blog in case of any confusion!!! Loving the angel blocks and look forward to the elf blocks - a bit of a Christmas theme this year!

  8. Well i've got my list/s sorted but not sure when i'll make a start or what i'll start with. :). Hopefully today.See how it goes for me. Look forward to seeing your finishes from your list. Hugs,xx

  9. Beautiful words Michelle. Without the losses we wouldn’t appreciate who we have and yes as a community we women rock. Looking forward to a few catchups this year. Happy stitching and journaling.

  10. All the best... I hope the year includes some catch up for us.... lovely sewing and glad to see elves are ready and on the go.... oh angle is gorgeous

  11. I love this post Michelle as you find the words to say all the things I would want to say. I think your angel block Penelope is looking wonderful. I try each & every day to have gratitude for something. Happy New Year to you Michelle Xxx

  12. I would love to do the UFO challenge but I would need it in years... lol and I wish you also the best for 2018...

  13. What a lovely idea for your journal. Your ufo list looks great too. I loved 2016 when I said I would only do Faeries. I did get a lot done....still a few to do. May we all have a great 2018. xo

  14. Hi Michelle, I had never heard of a 'gratitude journal' until now. What a marvelous idea, thank you. I also adore your little elf and the background fabric is just perfect, would you mind telling me the name of the fabric please, thank you. Take care, Guida.

  15. Happy New Year ❤️❤️The journal looks ...nice list ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  16. This is a lovely way to approach a new year, Michelle. I wish you all the best in your endeavors.

  17. Goodluck with your journaling.....
    Blogland is a special place in social media... Different to the rest it let's us recited or happenings and connect with others....... So pleased we have met thru this in real life also.......

  18. You, my lovely, are a great inspiration and it is a a delight to read your blog. I do hope that this year brings you much more joy and good health. ( Mistletoe is my fav Christmas CGT). Yey! I actually have An Angel's Story pattern book on my sewing table ready to select fabrics after all these years. Wish me luck.

  19. I look forward to seeing the progess on those listed projects Michelle... plus the inevitable new projects that will happen.
    Your blog is always so lovely to read & look at... a peaceful place & you're always so welcoming to your readers Michelle.
    Roll on 2018!

  20. Happy new year love the idea of the UFO challenge. Bring on 2018

  21. Happy New Year Michelle! It's been lovely getting to know you last year! xx

  22. Happy New Year Michelle ♥♥♥


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