New year, new beginnings

Photo from my very first post back in 2008

I've made my usual New Year's resolutions again....
You know the ones... the "taking better care of myself and losing some pounds" one, the "less TV/ more reading" one, etc....

Happily, I think I've found the secret to making the scales see things my way-

I've also decided that in the coming year I plan on trying to blog a little more frequently, and although I will still be writing about the critters and the other farmy goings-on around here, I'm also going to start sharing with you some of the things coming out of my sewing room. This was actually my intention when I started this blog three years ago... (Three? WOW!).... to share my creations whether they were good or bad; as some of you know certain projects turn out just great, while others seem to be possessed with an evil force intent on destroying your sanity. I have so much I want to accomplish this year, and some of my biggest goals are: I want to make a quilt, I want to go through all my hundreds of patterns and organize them by putting the ones I want to make the most at the top of the list, and.... I want to re-open my poor little neglected ETSY Shop for business once again.

Am I being unrealistic? I don't think so...
Will I feel overwhelmed? I'm sure of it.

However, I have several crafty long-time blog friends along a couple of new friends I've met recently that post about the projects they are working on, and seeing other people's creativity at work has inspired me to retreat into my sewing room and get busy.

I'm looking forward to writing about my projects, and of course there is never a dull moment with Smokey, the chickens, and the sheepies... oh, and sweet little Lily, who is doing a great job in the potty training so far.
I hope you'll keep dropping by in 2011 to see what's going on around here!


  1. Happy New Year Paula! Love the morning sunrise pic it looks beautiful. Now as for the posting of the are giving me ideas! Sad the only thing I have to shoot at mine with is a water gun. Can't wait to see your new projects. Take Care :)

  2. Happy New beginnings and draggin' some old one into your future with you. Bloggin' about your farm has been a joy reading about. Even with all its ups and downs, I still want one. But this city gal for now will sit back with my feet up and read about yours and lovin' every minute. Oh... I always loved picture books when I was a child... so more picture please! giggle.

    I did that to my scales long time ago, I found it played to many games with me and was cheating so I ended its digital life. You will be happier when you do the same.

    And you have many talents along with your knowledge of the farm, quilting and doll making as well? ... I want to see more. Its awesome to get back into working with your hands. My first craft love is sewing but needed to get away from that and pick up some old neglected crafts. I have never had a project that each item I was working on had something go wrong, its always that way for everyone. Its just the way things go. I pray your etsy shop when you get it up and running will zoom!

    Look forward to reading and seeing more.

    GOD bless you, your family and your farm this coming year.

  3. Morning! That sunrise is beautiful! I've had fleeting thoughts about what I want out of 2011 but havent' really set any real goals. I know I definitly need to start taking better care of myself.
    Looking forward to seeing your sewing creations!!
    Patty H

  4. I will sure be here(or there) and will be excited to see your creations. The little doll is sweet. I am excited about the new year too. Maybe we can all keep each other moving. Have a good day.

  5. Happy New Year to You!!!
    Projects, projects, projects...I'm with you!
    Thank you for you blog friendship this year. Such a Delight!!!
    Love, Joyce

  6. Beautiful picture, Paula! Best wishes on accomplishing your goals in the coming year ~ I look forward to seeing the results!!

  7. The sunrise is magnificent. I look forward to you sharing your sewing projects with us. Wishing you a great Monday and a very happy new year Paula.

  8. I am so excited that you are going to share your sewing room. I am alway intersted in how others organize their craft. It always inspires me to try and make my space more orgznized and comfortable so I want to go in there and create. I can't wait to see what new things you will talking about this year! Yeah, for losing some lbs. That's never a bad thing! Love to little Lily!

  9. I love the sunrise photo. Happy New Year and hope all your work turns out great with the animals and your projects.
    What a cool way to take care of the scales. Great idea!
    Hope you have a wonderful New Year.

  10. Happy New Year! I agree with the scale pic, lol! Love the snow pics below!

  11. I love reading about your life on the farm and the stories that you tell about the animals.
    I love the cartoon and I have thought about doing that to mine for years.
    I have made a few resolutions for the new year. They say start off with one or two and then you won't be overwhelmed when you do not make it.
    Have a great day.

  12. Beautiful sunrise! You get the most lovely pictures of your sky. I'm looking forward to seeing your sewing. Enjoy.

  13. Good for you! I can't wait to see your creations and, of course, keep up w/ your critters.
    I'm glad you gave us an update on Lilly. How about some pictures of the little darling?
    Oh, I'm w/ you on making the scales behave!

  14. Hi Paula, I just recently found your blog and I am so looking forward to all your posts. I am sure you will be overwhelmed but what fun would it be not to feel streched with your goals:) I always look at it and feel good if I’ve made progress toward my goald so I don’t beat myself up if I fall short. I am sure you will accomplish most of these wonderful goals this year ;)

  15. Well, i for one will be very happy to see more of you at the blog and in your shop! :)I too have decided i need to blog more and be more productive in my own little shop. So, let's get going! Lots of Love to You and Yours!

  16. Sewing projects galore, are staring me in the face. I'm so jealous cause you have a 'sewing Room'. Just what is that? I'm afraid I have to drag out the old portable and tie up my dining room for a while. I guess that's why there are 'so many projects.' LOL I look forward to seeing the projects you come up with. Stitch away, my friend. Maybe I can just send you some of my stuff. LOL,...kidding, I'd never do that to you.

  17. Paula,
    I hope that this year is one filled with happiness, laughter and blessings!
    I love the beginning of a new year and all of the promises that it brings.
    Have a beautiful week :)

  18. Paula, I cracked up at the picture! ;-Þ

    I look forward to seeing your crafty creations. Maybe you'll inspire me to wipe the cobwebs off my own sewing machine. ;-Þ

  19. Can't wait to see your creations. But don't stop with the critters and farm happenings. I love hearing about that!

  20. Good news and am looking forward to seeing what comes from your sewing room. I'm looking forward to getting back into mine as well!
    God's blessings on you, yours and the work of your hands and heart.

  21. Can hardly wait to read about all that you have to share! You definitely have a fan in me!

  22. You are gong to blog a bit more and me a bit less! Here's to a great year for you..such cute things you create! :D

  23. And I am lookind forward to your craftiness, as long as we still get to see the sheep and chickens, of course. lol~
    Happy happy 2011!

  24. Cute cartoon--Maxine-style! I will be sticking with you. It is also my hope to be able to visit more and post more. I'm putting together a giveaway in a few days. Hope to find your name there.
    Love Lily. Don't you wonder what they do dream of?


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