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A Stitching Faery's Ramblings...
May you always be blessed with walls for the wind and a roof for the rain
and drinks beside the fire ~ Laughter to cheer you and those you love near you ~
and all that your heart may desire...

Sunday, January 2, 2011

For Auld Lang Syne...

It's been a long, long while my friends... and as the Olde Year fades gracefully into the New... I wanted to wish you all a Blessed and Joyous New Year filled with love... peace and contentment... prosperity... good health and good cheer... and a treasure trove of wonderfully glorious stitchy stash...


Quite a lot has happened in my life since my last post... I have been ill for a while and was in hospital... TIA's and such health related issues and heart-related issues... And then was laid off my job... Suffice it to say, it has been a year I do not mind leaving behind in the least... Of course with the exception of the precious blessings that were my gifts...  I have been lurking quietly in the shadows of your blogs for these long months... admiring all your lovelies and oohhing and ahhhing from afar...  I do hope to blog more frequently with the New Year and when I visit your blogs actually leave comments again rather than slipping quietly away without so much as a fare-thee-well... Oh, my... such long, long months it has been... and beginning again can be quite daunting to say the least and while I cannot hope to catch up in one post... I would like to share a wee bit of my life and loves with you... with the promise of more to come with the New Year...

And what better place to begin than with my grandchildren... "Grandchildren did you say... as in plural?  As in more than one grandchild?" When I last blogged my dears, it was just after the birth of my sweet and precious grandson, Wee Willie...  My only grandchild at the time...  Fast forward to July of 2010 and Voila! Two more wee ones joined my family...  Ah yes... I now have three wonderful and precious grandchildren whom I adore and cherish more and more with each day that passes... Thus without further ado... my story of the last year or so in photos...  My daughter, Brandy and son-in-law Nick's sweet son... and my precious wee grandson, Caleb Nicholas... 

Wee Caleb Nicholas
14 July 2010

And his wee precious cousin... Catalina Zoe... aka Rapunzel... her Mimi's pet name for her... ;)  I did try ever so sweetly to convince my son, Elisha that it would be wonderful if Rapunzel was her middle name and even suggested they could give her two middle names... thus still using Zoe...  Alas... he paid me no heed!  May I introduce my son, Elisha and my future daughter-in-law Heather's daughter and my precious wee granddaughter,  sweet Catalina Zoe 'Rapunzel'...  She was a preemie... born five weeks early... she and wee Caleb are just two weeks apart...


Wee Catalina Zoe...
'Rapunzel...'
27 July 2010

Catalina with her Daddy...
8 August 2010

And the two sweethearts with Mimi just before Halloween... They both got to stay with me that evening while their parents were at Elisha's 30th Birthday Party...

My Precious...
Wee Caleb and Wee Catalina 'Rapunzel'
with Mimi Lizzy ~ 23 October 2010

Brandy, Nick and wee precious Caleb...

Elisha and his fiancee, Heather...

Wee Precious Catalina and her Daddy...

Trick or Treat...
it's Superbaby Caleb...

Superbaby Caleb and his Mommy, Brandy...
Zooming by to Trick or Treat at Mimi's...

Wee lamb Catalina... 'Rapunzel'
Trick or Treating at Mimi's...

Honey of an afternoon
with Mimi and Pooh Bear...

Precious wee Caleb...
cozy afternoon with Mimi...
2 December 2010

Precious wee Catalina...
Cozy afternoon with Mimi...
2 December 2010

Wee Jamie, Danielle and sweet Benjamin moved to Winterville in  August of 2009... Their absence tugs at the heartstrings and I miss them more keenly than words can say... My precious Benjamin ~ aka 'Wee Willie' to his Mimi ~ turned one year old on the 30th of June 2010...   

 Happy first birthday
precious Benjamin William...
Wee Willie at Halloween...
31 October 2010...

Trick or Treating with his Daddy...

Sweet Benjamin 'Wee Willie'...
Christmas 2010...

Benjamin 'Wee Willie' with Santa...

Jamie, Danielle and Benjamin 'Wee Willie'...
Christmas 2010...

Wee Caleb with Santa...

Precious wee Christmas Elf...

Christmas at Mimi's...
Brandy with wee Caleb...

Christmas at Mimi's...
Heather with wee Catalina...
Oh and did I mention she is a redhead?  ;)

Sweet Catalina laughing with Mimi...

Lovely Christmas Card...


Mr Darcy enjoying the Christmas snow...

Whew... My goodness... but I do hope I have not bored you all to tears with all my 'catching up'... In truth it is but a wee sprinkling of sand in the hour glass of time... just a few wee chapters of my story in pictures... I will return with more of my journey in a few days... and this time I promise more of a stitchy 'catch up'...  And as I cannot bid you adieu and Happy New Year without at least a couple of stitching photos... I will leave you with a photo of my Christmas Day new stitch and my New Year's Day stitchy beginning... I had every intention of taking a photo of my progress on my Christmas Day project... alas, time slipped away and I forgot and it is the wee hours of the morning now and I'm sure you all are tired... it will keep until next time...

My Christmas Day stitching project and a much loved Christmas gift from my heart...


Carriage House Samplings...
Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow...
28ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linen...
with NPI silks...
and Gandalf the Grey taking a wee cat nap...

My New Year's Day new stitching project is Blackbird Designs ~ Anniversaries of the Heart... I am going to stitch them all on one piece of linen... Wish me luck, my dears... that's two new BAP's... Yes, I have lost my mind... {what wee bit I had left...} The Blackbird Designs Yahoo group also started a New Year's  Anniversaries of the Heart SAL at the New Year...

 Blackbird Designs...
Anniversaries of the Heart
Snow Garden... 
28 ct R&R Iced Cappuccino Linen
with Gentle Art Sampler Threads
and Weeks Dye Works Threads...


 
 Ring Out, Wild Bells
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
~ 1850 ~

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more,
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out thy mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.



 Auld Lang Syne
Robert Burns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne...

Wishing you all Love, Joy, Peace, Health and many Blessings and lots of stitchy stash in the New Year...

Thank you all for stopping by and leaving your inspiring words of cheer and good will... they are ever a beacon...

Blessings always in stitches...

Lizzy
xox


I am thankful for precious moments and precious memories... precious children and grandchildren... Love and friendship... Christmas and Blessings... and a New Year and New Beginnings...
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