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Thursday, January 1, 2015

My motto for 2015



I have never been so excited to see a year end like I have 2014....So there is no looking BACK now...2015 is right around the corner and my Motto will be .....



It seems simple enough doesn't it? Each word has a lot of meaning for ME...and maybe you too.
I have received hundreds of thousands of emails this past year of how everyone seems to have less time to do anything....

WELLLLLLL, we can change that....my pledge for 2015 besides making it COUNT, is slowing it down so at least we can enjoy the journey...

With the exception of January and February as I had already made commitments to some companies....the rest of the year will have fewer blog hops ........ We all will note less emphasis on quantity and more on quality.  The result will be - what I have been experiencing these past few weeks.  I am enjoying the journey once again....

With our newest blog addition

I have returned to my first passion  THREAD AND NEEDLE and FABRIC...
Counted Cross STITCH,  I cannot believe how much I missed it...
And with incorporating it into some quilting projects I have created projects


that have so much more meaning...

Here are some other things I have noted this past month...

Cross stitching, embroidering and applique is LESS Expensive.
Tools of the trade for this passion take up less space...
Much easier to organize....CHECK OUT HERE
I am much calmer and so much happier......
It is a great SNACK BUSTER....( you eat less when you are stitching..
hard to reach for chips or chocolate when you stitch)
I enjoy being closer with my loved ones.....

And before I get even more email....we are not aborting our QUILTING blog hops..
we will still have them...I have booked themes right up to March 2106....
Oh for goodness sake, I kept getting emails about YOU not being 
around that YEAR...WHAT?????
So I returned here to see what did I DO NOW...
Sorry....2016, I meant 2016....not 2106....
I KNOW I will not be AROUND either lol
Perhaps my Great Great Great Grandchildren can take over ....
wink..

I just wanted to share there are so many benefits to slowing down the pace..
YOU really do enjoy the view more and time slows down too..

So HAPPY NEW YEAR....
I look forward to sharing another journey with you....
I have a few errands to run.... excuse me I wont' be running...
more like DRIVING....




40 comments:

  1. I am with you, It is time to slow the pass down and enjoy the thing you love most to do. Thank you Mdm Samm for your inspiring words of wisdom.

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  2. Those are some of the reasons I returned to cross stitch myself. I'm looking forward to seeing what 2015 brings")
    I hope you mean "2016", hon!!
    Happy New Year and all the best in 2015!

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  3. I am looking forward to a year of stitching..

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  4. I will be your cheerleader, Samm.
    God bless you and your family for New Year 2015 !!!

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  5. I hope 2015 is WAY better than 2014 for you! Here's to slowing down and enjoying the ride!

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  6. This is the best post I have read over the past few months. Taking the time to enjoy the journey. What a powerful statement. A couple years ago I participated in a blog hop. It took up so much of my time I dediced I wouldn't do another one and I haven't. I've also learnt I don't need to post every day on my blog. I am learning to take the time to enjoy the journey whether it be quilting, card making or life itself. Hugs

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  7. Love that post, it calmed me right down. We all can take time to enjoy our journey where ever it takes us.. Lets enjoy 2015

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  8. Happy new year to you too! Love to be on a journey with you (and all the other ladies,lol) and I am sure it will have a big impact into our lives. Less is often more and being able to enjoy what we do makes our hearts more greatful.
    Hugs, Martina

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  9. I am with you, cannot wait for that clock to hit 2015. I am still working on my Layers of Hope - Quilting 911 charity, but I am giving up watching news, no longer reading the news and learning to allow my grown children to figure their problems out on their own. I hope to travel a bit and do some camping this year with my grands and hubby! We all can take that slow journey!

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  10. This will be a wonderful year! I might even be able to fill my own home with a few lovely quilts this year with some cross stitching too!!!!

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  11. Because I can get overwhelmed, I don't sign up for all of the hops. It's not that I don't want to participate, the topics are always wonderful, I just know that it takes time.... more time than I want to give. When I'm rushed, I don't enjoy the process and enjoying the process is what it's all about. I look forward to 2015 and making it count too! Love your new banner!

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  12. I also have to slow down and to stop running from left to right all day, so it is a wonderful opportunity to do it with all of you!

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  13. thats my new years new rule slower and have fun

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  14. Although the thoughts are wonderful about slowing down, I don't see that happening for me yet, at least not in the first half of 2015. And I'm not sure I know how to do that! Lol. 2015 will be an eventful year and I'm still looking forward to it in spite of all that is on my plate and the goals I've set for myself.

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  15. I'm also loving cross-stitching once again ... so relaxing to sit and stitch. Sitting on pins and needles here waiting to see what you have in store for us in 2015. Thank you for all you do for us. Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy 2015.

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  16. Looking forward to the new year and taking it slow and easy. Thank you for taking us back to cross stitching. I am so enjoying the journey. Happy new year to you and your family.

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  17. I have missed my sewing so much! Having a knee replacement at the end of Oct. certainly slowed me down. I didn't realize how much it would slow me down to sew and to decorate - which I didn't do. :(

    Can't wait to see your new ideas.

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  18. I love the gingham in your new banner....so pretty. Looking forward to more stitching, less pressure! blessings, marlene

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  19. Oh I am so happy to board your 2015 train of slowing down and enjoying the journey. Bless You Madamm Samm...

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  20. I am in love with your new banner. Making every moment count is such a great theme for the next year and every day of your life.

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  21. OH Samm, I just couldn't agree more. You are so funny and make me giggle with your cute posts. I can't wait for the new year, and I am so excited to be able to share it with you. I agree about 2014... I am glad it is over, and I am going into the new year with a fresh and exciting new attitude partly because of YOU! You are amazing, inspiring, and down right fun! Can't wait to see what else you have been planning! xx~Cori
    P.S. Amy above me reminds me... your new banner is GORGEOUS!!!! Absolutely love it!

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  22. Love the new banner. I will still be quilting a lot. What can I say? I love it so much. I will cheer all the stitching too, though and may join in from time to time.

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  23. Happy New Year to you! It seems that a number of us here are coming to the same realization as you, and that is music to my ears. I've not done any counted cross stitch in a number of years, but I various other hand work projects that have been neglected. Last week, while cleaning up after the last of the Christmas rush projects, I came across my grandmother's flower garden blocks and decided that they will be a priority this year. I will enjoy every minute of hand stitching those blocks, whether it's while I'm waiting at a doctor's office, watching a ballgame on television, or just relaxing with my husband. You hit the nail on the head with your statement that it's about quality, not quantity. Thanks for a wonderful year, and I look forward to spending time "with" you in 2015! :-)

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  24. Hopefully we all will have a fabulous 2015. I can't wait to see what you've got planned.

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  25. Happy New Year! Slowing down has been a goal of mine for a while that's why I went back to cross stitching the last couple of years. Looking forward to see what you have planned for 2015!

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  26. I started 2014 at a run, trying to do it all but as the year progressed, I feel like the galloping horse ran over me and I was accomplishing nothing. I used to do lots of needlework, although I'll admit that cross stitch was never my favorite but loved needlepoint and all other types of counted thread. I just made the comment yesterday that it was so relaxing and don't remember when I packed for a trip when that wasn't first. I would have rather left my underwear out of my suitcase but never my needlework. I stopped about 10 years ago when I developed RA. It is somewhat under control and have been piddling with some over the past couple of months, finishing up a few small things. I still have all my supplies that take up so small of a space (except for the 6'x6' bookcase of books on every type of needlework there is. On the other hand, I have a room upstairs and half a basement full of quilting supplies and fabric. Yet only finished 1 full and 1 throw all year. (I am a long armer foe everyone but me) . I am wishing for all of us a calmer, healthier New Year.

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  27. It is so nice to be stepping back and enjoying the journey. With all the positive points you have mentioned I think we should call it our stitching diet! Should we all count the pounds we loose from not snacking and have a grand total at the end of the year???? LOL Happy New Year, Samm, to you and your family.

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  28. Amen to everything you said! ( I doubt I will be around in 2106, though!😊 Happy New year! I'm so ex tied about a new start to the year!

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  29. If all my projects aren't done, they either have to go with me or I'm staying !! until 2106 :)

    Have a blessed new year. Looking forward to the journey. xx

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  30. A slow down is needed for sure. Happy New Year, my friend. See you next year...

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  31. Wishing you a Happy New Year Madame Samm, I look forward to all of the fun happenings going on here.

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  32. Have a Happy, Healthy, Blessed New Year. My Dad always said the older you get the faster your years will seem to fly by, he was right....so I to will be trying to slow down and relish every sweet minute the Lord has blessed me with !

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  33. Slowing down is the way to go! Large projects put me a stress mode. Thank you for making my life easier.

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  34. I'm finally getting back to sewing with a hand pieced quilt top. I've only been working on it since Feb 2009. With a 21 month break in there. But I'm starting again!! It's no longer in storage. Happy New Year!!

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  35. Happy New Year lovely Samm. Yes it could be lovely to combine embroidery to quilting.It is contemplating to hand sew.

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  36. I am so honored to have been your last email for 2014...reminds me of a joke my grandson told me....but I will save it for my blog. Little boy humor is hilarious to me and I can never get enough. My 5 Grandson's love making me laugh and I am their best audience. I hope to do MUCH MORE LAUGHING in 2015!!! I wish you lots of Love, Stitching, TIME, and Laughter. Happy 2015!!

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  37. LOL! Well... I read it at 2016, not 2106. I suppose there is a bit of a difference between the two! I am so looking forward to the We Support You blog hop at the end of the month. Thank you so much for all of your planning and ideas.

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  38. I appreciate you bringing up the quality over quantity discussion, that is one of the biggest reasons quilting is so attractive to me, and a reason I haven't turned out a ton of quilts in the last couple years, because I don't want to cut corners with the quality of supplies I use. So I think the slowing down the hops will work out pretty well for me, hopefully my finances will too! I'm just so happy to be able to participate. And in honor of the slowing down theme, I am going to learn how to EPP this year, and I am going to set myself the goal of finishing up (by the end of the year) the UFOs of cross-stitch I have hanging around my sewing room, I can think of 4 off the top of my head. Thanks for the inspiration!
    ~Brandy

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  39. Counted Cross Stitch was my first love too and it was my desire to put on of my stitcheries into each one of my grand children's quilts 2 got them and the rest did not. I wonder if I will return to it some day as well. :) You do very lovely work.

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