Friday, December 30, 2011

Dear 2011

Where did you go?

Button's Perplexed Look

Thanks for a great year! 
I look back at my first post in January HERE, and realize how worried I was that I couldn't even call the things I wanted to do goals...just hopes.
And so many of my hopes came true!!

Internet Hopes

New Logo!

 180 posts (chatty much, Heidi?),  over 100 new followers (thank you...I appreciate it!),  a special new home for Butterfly Kisses HERE, an FB page, Twitter, Pinterest AND now a brand new Etsy store (empty...but open)?  If you knew me last year, you would never believe it.  I can't either!!
2012 Hopes:  To keep it up, but not let it take over my life!

Grief Hopes

Jamie's Quilt: the inspiration for Butterfly Kisses
 I'd like to think that I have grown.  I'd like to think that I have helped many moms.  My blog is one of the top Google hits for Thanataphoric Dysplasia. 1,242 page-views since I shared my post this spring! That warms my heart that I can be there for someone when I was so lost.  It also warms my heart that I can share Butterfly Kisses with them!
2012:  To provide pre-made blankets for purchase for moms that can't send an item in for embroidery.

Sewing Hopes

A mess in my Studio!

I am in utter amazement that I have sewn as much as I have when I was still working early last year and then have had a baby the rest of the year.  I don't even dare think it will happen next year!
2012: Keep my focus on the home.  Window treatments, slipcovers, throw pillows, and a few things for the little guys here and there!

Embroidery Machine Hopes

Embroidering a Card Tutorial

We have established our love-hate relationship.  I love creating with it.  I love doing Butterfly Kisses on it.  Multi-positional hoops. Digitizing.  Designing.  I have moved from a novice to a intermediate embroiderer.  
2012:  Master it.  Share some tips with everyone this year.   Sell some new design creations at my Etsy store!

Quilting Hopes

Button's Quilt declared the Best of 2011 by the family
I am a bit speechless.  I counted.  10 quilts.  A new record for me.  Every pieced top is now complete.
I actually hoped for a long arm machine...and got one? 

Not much more to say about it!
2012: Get to know my long arm machine.  Keep on quilting!

Crafting Hopes

I took pictures.  I shared tutorials.  Hope everyone like them!
2012:  Have a few more craft posts than last year!

Scrapbooking Hopes

I went on all three scrapbook retreats.  I finished my Family Album of 2010.  I am current with our family album up through August 2012.  Not too shabby.  A Christmas Album splashed in there.
2012:  Josh's school album.  He will be graduating in less than 4 years now.  I will not even think about any others until I finish it.

Family Hopes

 I sure hope I gave them everything.  I am a stay at home mom again.  I am so thankful for this wonderful gaggle of boys...including Mr. Boss.
2012:  Keep laughing.  Keep playing.  Keep loving.

 Baby Button Hopes

He made it.  A rocky visit to the NICU.  A blood transfusion.  The possibilities were frightening.  I am still too frightened to share the terrifies me still. 

But he made it.  

That precious sweet baby boy made it.

And lights up my life.

Dear 2011,
I had such a nice time, but I feel like there is so much yet to do...I guess that is what 2012 will be for?

C'est la vie, right?


  1. I only 'met' you this year. I love your posts, your thoughts and your accomplishments. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Words cannot describe my gratitude for you. Your gift of helping others who are going through a difficult pregnancy (and loss) has touchd so many, including me. I was sent to your group on Baby Center in the beginning of this year with so many questions and so much worry and fear and there I found so much hope and support.

    Thank you for being you! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  3. You´ve had amazing acomplishments! Congratulations!
    I wish you the best for 2012!!

  4. You've had a wonderful year. Wishing you and your family the best for 2012. Love the perplexed look! He is such a cutie.

  5. Happy New Year! Button is still so adorable and coordinates with his quilt! Did you decide to go ahead with the last minute Christmas quilt?

  6. and I'm so glad he did! One tragedy is already far too many.
    You have a generous spirit; it really shines through in your blog and other interactions. Praying your heart finds more and more peace and joy this year!
    (And the pictures of Button confirm it for me, and that top one of the both of you -- I think Scarlet looks like she could belong to your family as well!)


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