Happy New Year, my friends! I hope 2019 is your Best Year Yet, in every way that you wish!
As we ring in the New Year, I need to thank you so much for making 2018 another great year for Needle ‘n Thread and our little online community!
Overall, I think 2018 was a good year. I might not have met all my goals (ha ha – that’s no surprise!); instead, it was one of those “I did the best I could” years – and that’s not a bad thing, is it?
2018 in Retrospect
In 2018, I managed to stitch a few things and share them with you (which is good, since this is an embroidery website); to get some items launched on the website to help with the business side of things; to test some theories about needlework business in general; and to take a risk or two, upon which the jury is still deliberating.
Plans for 2019
I’m excited about 2019! I have some fun plans in the works, and I hope you’ll join me in pursuing them. One is a stitching challenge, which should have launched (in concept) today. Due to circumstances beyond my control, though, it will be delayed.
You see, last Friday, we had a family emergency, which will be occupying much of my time for now. In a nutshell, my mom is very sick, and her heart stopped. Though she is out of ICU now, she’s still in critical care, and we think she’ll be hospitalized a while longer yet. I know you’ll understand when I say my family is my priority at the moment. So I’ll be putting my start-of-year project plans off for a little bit.
As far as large projects go, I plan to finish this goldwork frame and salvage job by mid year.
I’ll be sharing these floral corner projects from my summer classes last year with you in the first part of this year, so that you can stitch spring things and chase away the winter blues!
I have two projects on the drawing board that I want to bring to life with needle and thread in the first half of the year as well. And I have a couple projects to prepare for summer children’s classes, which I plan to host again with different projects and different levels.
On top of those plans, I have my ever-growing list of “experiments” to try: stitches, finishing ideas, unusual project trials. How many will I get to? I suppose we will find that out together!
I haven’t quite planned past August yet.
This Friday, I’ll pop in with a couple needlework tips I’ve been making use of lately – they’re handy!
And next week, I’ve got some Thread Talk planned and a few other bits and bobs to feed your needlework-lover’s appetite.
May you be showered with innumerable blessings in 2019!
Happy New Year, one and all!
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