Lessons Learned in 2012/Looking Ahead

New Years Eve was a quiet and cozy affair here. Just the way I like it! We spent the day cooking up an army's worth of appetizers and the evening eating & watching the ball drop. Today has been just as lazy with my only plans being to eat, knit and maybe watch The Sound of Music, if I can wrestle the t.v. remote away from the guys. But first, I wanted to take a moment to look back on the year just past.

Despite the fact that the total number of projects made in 2012 were lower than in previous years, each and every one of them were fun to make and brightened my days with their colors, textures and patterns. I loved both the process and end product for each project. Being more selective in choosing what I spent my precious crafting time on was a valuable lesson learned.

I also learned that in spite of good intentions of wanting to challenge myself with new techniques, what I craved after a long day was a simple & mindless project to work on. And so 2012 was the year of easy, unfussy projects.


Of course, I couldn't end the year without making some fun softies.

Henry couldn't pass up the chance to photobomb.

These cuties have quickly found a place in my home and heart. I know that they will bring many years of smiles to come. And that is what crafting should be after all. A source of happiness and enjoyment, an outlet for our creativity, a haven from the stresses of our day & world. I am looking forward to the blank slate of days ahead and to filling them with joyful projects. Here's to the promise of a bright New Year. Thank you for continuing to join me on this creative journey!


  1. Happy New Year to you Lady!!! Best to you and your family creatively and otherwise!

  2. Happy New Year! Your 2012 projects are lovely!

  3. I really lost that 'fun' philosophy at times and moved into the crazy, frantic stage....not this year!!! I'm going to "try", too, to find all the enjoyment in the creative outlet.....you are always an inspiration to me!!!

  4. I love easy unfussy projects :) I think sometimes we (as crafters) pick a hard thing because we *can* make it, rather than enjoy the simplicity of an easy project. Love your sweaters btw

  5. There isn't a single project there which I wouldn't love to have made. They are all absolutely lovely.

  6. Happy New Year! Love all the projects lined up and those softies are just adorable! I happen to agree with you: crafting should be about bringing a little happiness and joy into our lives.


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