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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Looking back and looking forward

I love this time of year, full of both reflection and planning! In the spirit of looking back, I'll be compiling my favorite blog posts from this year and starting a "favorites" section. I'm also working on a 100 things post to celebrate my 200th post, which went up this week.

On the planning front, I'm guest posting today at Mom's Marbles about New Year's Resolutions and what I have in mind for this year - I'd love it if you'd click over and visit! I'll wait for you to get back and check out the adorable Santa photos below... Okay, on to Santa!

Sweetpea might have been scared to visit Santa at the HolidayFest this year, but there is one Santa she is buds with - my famous grandparent's 58 year old Santa that comes to visit Sweetpea on Christmas Eve! I love the history that goes along with this Santa, and I love documenting how much Sweetpea has grown each year with these adorable photos! Here she is this year:

Sweetpea and Santa 2008
And last year:
Sweetpea and Santa 2007

Just like Sweetpea, Santa also likes to dance:

I hope we continue this tradition of the Santa photo for many years to come!

While we're looking back, I thought I'd include an update on how the Handmade Christmas Challenge turned out.
Here is the scarf I knitted for Sweetpea, my first *actually completed* knitting project. My mom would love for me to tell you about the sweater I've been knitting for some 12 years now...but that's a post for another day.
Here is one of the quick and easy tutus I made for Sweetpea, her cousin, and two of my friend's kiddos.
And here's a glimpse of one of the no sew hat projects from the Crafty Mama book you can find on my lower left sidebar - I made a few slight adjustments to the pattern and added a quick new sew scarf to match! I'll post about this project in more detail soon. There are 2 more adorable hats that I'm planning to make from this fantastic book!

If you haven't already, please visit me at Mom's Marbles! I'm excited to be a part of the weekly Mom with Marbles feature. Mom's Marbles features loads of great ideas to keep your little ones having fun, as well as ideas for helping mom stay sane.

I'd love to hear what you're planning for 2009!

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Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

oh, your projects turned out so wonderfully!! That's actually one thing I hope to do more of in 2009 - more hand work. Thanks for the inspiration!

HeatherPride said...

Those pictures of Sweetpea are precious! Yes, you must continue that tradition!

I am loving the scarf and hat, too! Congrats on finishing your knitting project! I tried to start last winter when I was pregnant - got all the equipment and gave up in about 10 minutes! Heh.

Elle Charlie said...

Those are some really cute pictures of Sweetpea - how fun to look back at how much she's grown! I love the scarf, too - I often think about taking up knitting.

Happy New Years!

Mel said...

Love the Sweetpea pics!! and what a great resolutions list..haven't come up with mine yet...still noodling it.

Marva said...

Great pix and I love your resolutions! Blessings and Happy New Year!

Marva said...

Great pix and I love your resolutions! Blessings and Happy New Year!

Jenni Jiggety said...

Oh the pictures of her with Santa are adorable!

Happy New Year!

Jen said...

Those pictures with Santa are fabulous! Happy New Year!

abby pecoriello said...

happy 2009! i am flattered and honored that you like my book! the projects you made are fantastic! i can't wait to see what else you make! have a great and crafty year!

Brooke said...

Looking forward to following you in 2009. Lots of good things planned! Sounds like a fun and busy year :)

Tara @ Feels like home said...

I love the comparison pictures of your daughter! She is a real cutie! :)

Dina said...

hi i am visiting from sits. i can't tell you how many knitting projects i have on needles..and the number of completed projects in the last 6 years is pitiful!

Anonymous said...

Just found you over at Saucy, and I love the Santa photos. I wish I would have thought of that when my kids were all little.