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2008 Finishes and 2009 Goals

Even though 36 finishes is a reasonable amount, it’s not as good as previous years, and I’ve had weeks when I’ve barely touched a needle.  One of my 2009 goals is to rectify that by having some good old-fashioned “me” time at the end of each day where possible.  As I’m about to delete my 2008 Finishes page, and rename it to 2009 Finishes, I thought I’d recap here what my finishes were:

  1. Cathy Jean Designs – Fill With Love ornament
  2. Shepherd’sBush – Shepherd’s Roll
  3. Lizzie*Kate – Joy ornament
  4. Little House Needleworks – Winter Wonderland
  5. Little House Needleworks – Blueberries
  6. Brittercup Designs – Poinsettia ornament
  7. Shepherd’s Bush – Bee Fob
  8. Just Nan – Another Girls Night Out
  9. Lanarte – Seahorse Collage (Sea Life booklet)
  10. Little House Needleworks – The Sampler Lady
  11. Dragon Dreams – Checking It Twice ornament
  12. Just Nan – Barnabee’s Bride
  13. Twisted Oaks Designs – French Monogram III Tuffet
  14. Just Nan – Beach Roses
  15. Sue Hillis Designs – Spool Ornament
  16. Twisted Oaks Designs – Christmas Tree ornament
  17. Prairie Schooler – Duck (from In the Woods)
  18. Freebie – Amitie/Friendship (www.romyeale.blogspot.com)
  19. Melissa Dunajski – Waves (Gift of Stitching magazine)
  20. Pauline’s Needlecraft – Picanini Can Can
  21. Country Cottage Needleworks – Peace ornament
  22. Lanarte – Fish Collage (from Sea Life booklet)
  23. Sunflower Sampler – The Drawn Thread
  24. The Cat’s Whiskers – Alyssum Scissor Pocket
  25. Full Circle Designs – The Decorator ornament
  26. Lanarte – Small Sea Life #2
  27. Lanarte – Small Sea Life #1
  28. Heart in Hand Needleart – Christmas Peace ornament
  29. Val’s Stuff – A Merry Kitty Klaus ornament
  30. Lizzie*Kate – Life’s a Stitch
  31. Just Nan – Evening Star
  32. The Drawn Thread – Garden Recipe
  33. Country Cottage Needleworks – Home Sweet Home
  34. Just Nan – Frightful
  35. The Drawn Thread – Autumn Arbor
  36. Calico Crossroads – Summer Grace

Unfortunately my monthly ornie stitching went out the door (along with all other stitching) when I reached the Garden Recipe project hurdle, and I never got my momentum back again.  This year, though, I hope to pick up my monthly ornie stitching again, as they’re great for some relatively instant gratification.  So, on to my goals for 2009 – not all of them stitching-related …


  • Complete some outstanding tutorials for Focus on Finishing Blog (try to complete one every 2 months)
  • Finish Mirabilia’s Winter Queen
  • Start Mirabilia’s Bluebeard’s Princess (Mirabella)
  • Start Mirabilia’s Enchanted Mermaid
  • Start and finish Mirabilia’s Halloween Fairy (magazine issue)
  • Finish at least two UFO’s
  • Complete a Quaker Friendship RR with some awesome online friends
  • Complete at least one Christmas ornie every month
  • Do the actual finishing of an item at least once every 2 months
  • Stitch at least 8-10 hours every week (trying to stitch for a minimum of 1/2 hour every week night if possible)
  • Continue with my rotation set up in 2008 (but do much better with it in 2009!!)


  • Make a tote bag
  • Make some pyjama pants
  • Start my BOTM patchwork/applique quilt (please note I didn’t say “finish”! LOL)


  • Be more active with my favourite blogs in both reading and commenting more regularly again
  • Be more active with the Focus on Finishing blog
  • Continue with the 2009 Photo Hunt
  • Read the camera manuals for both my point-and-shoot and SLR cameras
  • Read my mobile phone manual and learn how to utilise its functions better
  • Learn how to use my coffee machine (ie cappuccinos etc)
  • Try one new recipe from my recipe/cocktail books every week
  • Lose at least 10-15kg in weight
  • Go walking for an hour a day 3-4 days a week
  • Visit Melbourne and catch up with friends not seen for over a year
  • Be a better friend by remembering birthdays and sending cards and gifts ON TIME (hanging head in shame)
  • Print off these goals and display at my computer desk to keep me on track!
  • Overall, HAVE FUN and enjoy whatever life throws at me this year 😀 

11 thoughts on “2008 Finishes and 2009 Goals”

  1. I want to do monthly ornaments as well – I usually do OK for about 4-5 months and then give up over the summer. I have my first one picked out for this year though and am looking forward to starting it this weekend! 🙂

    I think you did great with your finishes, considering that you work full-time, so don’t feel bad. Good luck with your plans for this year! 🙂

  2. Happy New Year, Anne!

    Thank you for the wonderful Christmas card 🙂

    You had a great stitching year…gosh, that’s an average of 3 finishes per month!

    Here’s to an awesome 2009!!

  3. You really did have some fab finishes this year, Anne. And with all you’ve had going on!! Your goals for next year are great – good luck! 😀

    I received your Christmas card in today’s mail – thanks so much! 😀

  4. 36 finishes in a year is awesome, Anne! Best of luck with the 2009 goals (actually I want to start a quilt, too, but in my case, I think it is insanity that is prompting this)

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