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January 08, 2012

Holidays over, the year begins!

Yeah.....
 I am poooped out... 
need a holiday to get over the holidays!..LOL
I've had some very busy busy days 
and not much sewing for me done...
  Christmas was wonderful with my Family 
and my parents and grand children...they are such a delight!
  I received some lovely gifties from my treasured friends...
I felt truly spoilt...I love you all and your all so precious to me..

    then came Boxing day.... of this was a funny ha ha day for me...
 My Girls asked Why? is it called Boxing day?
 well I told them what my mum had told me...
 It's to box up all the unwanted leftovers from
 Christmas and give to the poor..
 Miss K the next day decided she would box up
 in her spare toy storage box some of her sisters
 unwanted toys...LOL...to give away to the poor
 Miss J was so distressed that she was loosing toys 
from the year before, because she had new ones now....
 Had to Promise the girls this coming Boxing day 2012
we would Box up some special things for the poor.
  We have truly enjoyed our Holidays and seeing in the New year
 surrounded by friends and family. 
 We had planned to visit family members interstate 
but that didn't happen these Christmas/New Year holidays...soon I hope.
Now for my Yearly plans..... 
I was gifted twobeautiful Diary's for 2012
 and also had bought a 2012 refill diary for last years too.
 Now what does a girls do with 3 Diary's and new Phone book???
Well the Phone book is easy...rewrite all the phone numbers 
from the old book into it and toss the old one...DONE
 Now the Diaries..... well the new one on the left from
 sweet Joy with the gorgeous fabic is for my sewing goals and to do's.
 Then the refill one( behind that) is for my desk 
with all my families appointments in it.....
 Then Charming Chatter diary (Rebound Books diary)
 is for my '2012 Appreciation Diary'.....
 everyday I write in something from that day which I appreciate.
 Todays Entry is" Thank you for tea in china cups,
friends and laughter, and stories of old"
Today we went to a High Tea today for a 
dear friends 70th Birthday
 and it was devine..... we loved every minute of it. 
Great memories being built for my girls.
 The Rebound Books diary has a blank page every two 
or three pages, in these pages my girls will be able 
to draw a picture or two for me to treasure..
and appreciate in the years to come!

So in appreciation to you all for reading my blog
 and reaching 300 posts we'll have a giveaway!
 A pattern or two and some crafty fabric and and and.....
 What are your plans for your Diary? or Diaries?
 Leave me a comment with your answer
and I will draw a name at 8pm on the 22nd of January....
 and show you what your prize looks like...
 Here's to New years plans and attaining then!
Happy New Year to All
 Many Hugs
 Dawn x x x x

 


30 comments:

Kris said...

Great ideas for your diaries Dawn!

Glad to hear you had such a lovely Christmas too. Your girls are so sweet.

I am hoping my diary will help me make better use of my time this year. I know we all have the same amount of time, but I do have more than others and yet I don't make the most of that advantage. (I don't work or have little children, that makes me time-rich!) So this year I am hoping to make the most of the abundant time I have!

Marilyn said...

Love the plans you have for using your diaries. I was given a Scripture diary by a friend, so as well as writing in all my notes and appointments, I will have verses to read and think about each week.
Sounds like a wonderful holiday time you had with your family.
Hoping this new year is wonderful for you.
Hugs xx

KaHolly said...

Happy New Year to you! Glad your holiday was so wonderful. Diaries. I'm a sucker for diaries and journals! I have one for my herbal concoctions, one for my visits with nature, and one for my daily thoughts and things I want to remember. Included in that one are my gratitude pages.

Maria said...

Love the photo of the girls with the reindeer horns on.
You have great plans for your diaries.Gorgeous idea to get the girls to draw pictures.
Delighted you had a wonderful time with your family ver the holidays.

Mommarock said...

I love your diaries ideas. I think I need to go out and get me some. I think I need to have one next to me at all times for the great ideas that I come up with.. that later I cannot remember. If only I would write them down when I think of them LOL. I'd love to make a hand written recipe book for my daughters as well with all of our family recipes and leave space to write in some new ones. I could slip in those papers from magazines I would love to try and see if they "make the book". So many ideas are coming to my mind!!

Josie McRazie said...

your diaries are beautiful! I can't say I keep my 'notes to self' in anything beautiful! I have notebooks all over with goals, and things to do. I also keep folders that are seperate things I am working on! I keep notes on the inside of them and write all over them! To anyone else they would be like reading another language because I think I am the only one who knows what I am trying to say! Have a blessed 2012!!

Anne Heidi said...

Such lovely diaries! I got a new 10 year diary that I just started on, writing down temperatures/weather and two lines every day- that seems to be the most I can find time for and commit to...LOL Now if I'll actually keep it up for TEN years is another story.....
Congratulations on 300 posts by the way!

Barbara said...

Congratulations on 300 posts.....I love the idea of having your girls draw for your journal. I am going to have my grandchildren draw for me.....would be fun to use their art as designs to stitch and make into pillows for their parents next Christmas. I keep two journals....1 is for daily appointments, weather, prayer requests. The other is for my quilting, stitching and sewing ideas....made and dreaming about making. Grand children's measurements and such. When my husband and I were married....40 years ago, I was given a blank book that I started writing recipes in....so glad that I wrote family favorites down before my mother and aunties passed away. Many of their recipes were in their heads and would be gone. Hope you have an amazing 2012.

barb's creations said...

I was also given another diary by my MIL for Christmas so I'll be using this one to write my daily thoughts or happenings throughout the year :) Barb.

Mandy Currie said...

Hello Dawn, love the diaries you were given. I use three diaries too, one is a handbag diary with appointments and phone numbers and notes to do. One is a craft diary, I've taken up certain challenges this year and want to progress in so many areas. The last one is my prayer diary, personal prayers and scripture notes that strike me during my daily reading. Congratulations on reaching 300 posts, that's great I hope it continues. Regards Mandy Currie (mandycurrie@googlemail.com)

Bobbie said...

I use one diary to keep track of bills I need to pay (ugh), and one for appointments and my work schedule. I think I need a third one to keep track of quilting projects, especially if they are for gifts. Also, thank you for e-mailing me the "out of the box" pattern that my computer wouldn't allow me to open.(bobbie_lee_s@hotmail.com)

Terry said...

I keep a quilt diary of all my sewing projects. I think I'd like to start a gratitude journal, rather like what you have, writing every day things I'm grateful for. Congratulations on 300 posts! :0)

Shebandowan said...

Happy New Year! The diaries are lovely. I use mine for keeping track of appointments and other important engagements.

Janet

Cardygirl said...

My new diary & calendar are ready to go...the schedule is already looking a bit scary...just need to breathe!

ritainalaska said...

a daily diary helps me to remember what i've started, worked on, plan-to-do's ... helps me to move forward, prods me and jollies me along. at my age, someone has to do it!

Karen said...

Happy New Year. In my dairy/journal I write all the going ons of my children. I have their work, uni and school times as well as my own tasks that need to be done and then notes on what has happened, so it ends up an interesting read to look back on the year.

Melody said...

So glad you had a lovely Christmas and its lovely to have you back. Since my car floated away in the Christmas storms here in Melbourne I haven't been able to get to the shops so I don't have a diary yet.

Karen said...

I awlays used to keep a journal years ago - but stopped - got so busy!. but just the other day I can upon a new/old journal book that I thought I must start writing in again.
I love the idea of an appreciation diary - maybe that's what I can turn mine into

Happy new Year

mammafairy said...

I am afraid I only keep a diary at work. It helps us keep track of the odd things that go on there, as well as appointments. Home diaries just do not happen.

Christine M said...

Congratulations on 300 posts! That's a great idea for your three diaries. I don't usually use a diary (I put everything on the calendar) but my MIL gave me A Quilter's Diary so I'm trying to get into the habit of putting things in it!

Jennifer Gail said...

Yay on reaching 300. I would use one for keeping track of everything.

Charity said...

I have been keeping a diary of all embroidery projects I have done/or want to do. I also sketch up little pictures to embroider.

Outback Crafter Debra said...

Yeah, Dawn. 300 posts. Well done.

Good work with the diaries, that is organisation. I would attempt to keep my life organised in my diary if I could find it. I have a sneaking suspicion I left it on the table in a foodcourt somewhere in Brissie while on holidays. Oh, well, back to the drawing board.

Debra

Allie said...

LOL, I know what you mean about a holiday from the holidays....I'm still worn out! Looks like yours was very fun. Love all your gifties! Those diaries are really special, and what good use you're putting them to.

Don't enter me in the give-away sweetie...but congrats on 300 posts, and I pray you reach all your goals this year!

Leah said...

great ideas for your diaries. I'm just trying to keep my basic sewing journal up to date... a chore for me.

Thanks for the giveaway

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Your diaries are lovely, Dawn. Lovely gifts! :) I had my first go at doing a diary cover this year for the advent swap and was so pleased with the result, and hope to make a few more during the year. to set aside for gifts. :)
I received a " Day Planner" from an overseas friend, it is Angel themed and has lovely stories regarding people who believe Angels have helped them in some way- very inspiring. I am trying to keep my thoughts and reminders of what I need to make or do or go, in it this year.
Your giveaway is very generous of you.
I hope this year is one of your very best! hugs, Sandy. :)

W. Latane Barton said...

So, that's what boxing day is... I never knew.

I have been keeping a diary most of the time all my life... and I just had my 78th birthday. I write my thoughts about my life, what I'll do with the rest of it and memories of days gone by. It's fun to pick up an old diary and see what I was doing back in the 'olden' days.

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

What a wonderful holiday you all had! Love all of the pretty things you got - and the idea for an appreication journal! I hope you are getting all rested up - and that your New Year is full of blessings :)! Hugs!

Jodi said...

For the first time in the longest time I don't have a diary for this year. I keep my appointments and important dates to remember in my phone (Lord help me if anything ever happens to it). I really like your idea of having an appreciation diary. This year I am trying something I read on another blog. Rather than Carpe diem it suggested Carpe Kiaros. Have a read if you have a moment. It is wonderful. http://momastery.com/blog/2012/01/04/2011-lesson-2-dont-carpe-diem/ For me at the moment it tends to be a cuddle or kiss from my 17month old daughter that I didn't even ask for or her cheeky grin when she shows me she has learnt something new. A beautiful sun set I manage to see. All the "God Moments" For which I am grateful.

Liz said...

My diary would be used to remind the whole family of the times we will have dinner together. We all get too busy doing stuff and forget the important things in life.