Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year !!!

Hello friends,

Happy New Year !!!

2010 has been a good year for me and mine. God has blessed us with good health, love, work, lots of stitching and plenty more. We have had some serious challenges also and it seems like uncertainty is always a part of our journey, but we can do everything with God by our side and, at the end of the year, we are all together and well. What else can I ask for?

I would say that the hardest part of 2010 was the passing away of my favorite aunt Carmen on Christmas day. She was 96 years old. She was a stoic woman with great integrity, hard worker and a lover of her family. She gave me some of the happiest moments of my childhood and for that I will always be grateful. Those memories will always stay with me. It is truly a bittersweet feeling as I know she had no quality of life in her final years and now she is in God's arms and whole again, but at the same time, I will miss her terribly and I feel like a big part of my life has ended with her. It is comforting to me to know that I will see her again in due time.

Hola amigas,

Feliz Año Nuevo !!!

El año 2010 se ha portado bien conmigo y con los mios. Dios nos ha bendecido con salud, amor, trabajo, punto de cruz y mucho mas. Tambien hemos tenido unos cuantos retos y parece que la incertidumbre siempre forma parte de la jornada. Pero, se que podemos hacer todo con Dios que nos fortalece. Al final del año, estamos todos bien y con salud, ¿que mas se puede pedir?

Lo mas duro del año 2010 fue la muerte de mi tía Carmen el día de Navidad, que era su fiesta favorita. Mi tía tenia 96 años cuando murió. Siempre fue una mujer estoica y con gran integridad, trabajadora y dedicada a su familia. Ella me dio muchos de los mejores momentos de mi infancia y por eso siempre le estaré agradecida. Siempre llevare esos recuerdos conmigo. Su muerte trae un sentimiento dulce y amargo a la vez. Dulce porque a su edad, ella ya no tenia calidad de vida y ahora esta en los brazos de Dios sana y contenta; amargo porque la vamos a echar mucho de menos y siento que una gran etapa de mi vida termina con ella. Pero me conforta saber que la volveré a ver en un tiempo.

Aunt Carmen (Tia Carmen)
June 1914 - Dec 2010

As for my stitching year, it was not as productive as I would have liked, but I really enjoyed every single project I worked on. For 2011 I plan on not buying so many new charts and stitching from my stash instead. (I can already hear my friend Katrina laughing out loud at me). I will try anyway... !!!

I have so enjoyed blogging and getting to know you all. I have loved watching all your projects and reading about your work and your life. I so look forward to sharing another year of fun with you. For those that are participating in the Crazy Challange, I do have to take my hat off to you. I chickened out and won't be doing it.... I figured it would be too confusing and stressful for me, but I will definitely enjoy watching your progress from the side line. Below is a picture of my finished projects in 2010. I think if you click on it, it will open up bigger.

En el año 2010, no he echo tanto punto de cruz como me hubiera gustado, pero he disfrutado de cada uno de mis proyectos. En el 2011, quiero concentrarme en bordar los proyectos que ya tengo en casa en vez de comprar cosas nuevas (ya oigo a mi amiga Katrina riendose de mi !!), o por lo menos lo voy a intentar....

Este mundo de Blogger me encanta y conoceros a todas y ver vuestros proyectos ha sido muy divertido. Espero compartir otro año con vosotras y conoceros un poquito mejor. Para aquellas que van a participar en el Crazy Challenge, tengo que felicitaros por vuestra valentia. Yo, que soy una cobarde, no voy a participar, pero me va a encantar seguir vuestro progreso durante el año. Abajo podeis ver una foto de todos los proyectos que he terminado en el 2010. Creo que podeis pinchar la foto para hacerla mas grande.

I hope 2011 brings you all health, love, peace and lots of stitching...

Espero que el año 2010, os traiga mucha salud, amor, paz y mucho punto de cruz... Un abrazo.


Patch Temptation said...

Feliz Año Nuevo para ti tambien!!
Espero que puedas cumplir eso de no comprar mas proyectos nuevos, creo que yo tambien me lo voy a poner como meta este nuevo año.
Espero que en este nuevo año que ahora empieza continuemos compartiendo momentos y proyectos, y quizas algun dia (quizas en verano) nos lleguemos a conocer, dejemos que los eventos sucedan y todo se andara.
Siento que hayas perdido a un ser querido y mas en estas fechas, y si ademas le gustaba celebrar la navidad . . . con mas motivo! Pero como tu bien dices, algun dia nos retrovaremos!
Demos gracias por las cosas buenas que nos han ocurrido en el pasado 2010, y sobretodo por la salud.
Un Abrazo

KarenV said...

What lovely finishes you had in 2010, Natalia! I love the BC Snapperville and the Industrioushead one at the bottom. So sorry to hear about your aunt, Christmas is always a difficult time to lose a loved one. I'm glad you have so many good memories of your time together. Happy New Year!

Daffycat said...

Best wishes in the New Year!

gracie said...

happy New Year from my home to yours....memories can never be taken from us!

valerie said...

Sorry to hear about your Tia Carmen. Just think of all the happy memories. Wonderful finishes and best wishes to you for a Happy New Year!

Margaret said...

I'm sorry about your Aunt Carmen. It's hard when you lose someone so precious to you. I love seeing all your 2010 finishes. Very nice! Hope you have a wonderful 2011!

Meadows08 said...

Your finishes are lovely! All the best to you in the New Year!

Jan said...

Natalia, what a lovely way to express the year's events in your life....beautiful!

I also was impressed with your beautiful stitching finishes, each one stands out!

What a lovely grandmother you had...I know exactly how you are feeling, I lost mine a long time ago, but still think of her often and felt like it was a definite turning point in my life when I lost her.

Hope that you are blessed immeasurably this year with God's love, grace and fortitude!

Jan said...

I am feeling really silly right now...sorry about the oops, I really didn't realize it was your aunt, not your grandmother. Either way, I know you will miss her!

Lois said...

I'm sorry to hear about your aunt Natalia. What lovely finishes you had in 2010. I'm looking forward to dropping by your blog in 2011! Happy New Year!

Carol said...

Your Aunt sounds like a very special person, Natalia--I'm sure you will treasure the memories of times spent with her.

Thank you for sharing your 2010 finishes with us--they are so pretty. And I hope you get more stitching time in 2011 :)

Lee said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog Natalia! I traded away my book with Lo How a Rose in it last year, but it's still readily available and very reasonable to buy. Amazon has the book (both new and used). Its title is: "A Cross-Stitch Christmas: Celebrations in Stitches (Better Homes and Gardens, 2001)". You can get more details here:

Now I'm going to explore your blog a little more!

Lee said...

What wonderful finishes! You may not have been able to stitch as much as you wanted to, but what you actually did stitch was lovely.

I feel like I'm at that time of life when the holidays are generally happy, but bittersweet as I think about the family and friends we've lost. And to lose someone on Christmas day? I'm so sorry.

Siobhan said...

I am so sorry about your aunt, Natalia. I think we mourn more for ourselves, and the loss, especially when we know that our loved one is with God and happy to be home with Him. Big hugs going out to you!