Sunday, January 1, 2012

Home Sweet Home

So how did you ring in the new year?  We were safe and sound at home.  Mona and her family came over for dinner and dessert.  Hubby was in bed early while I managed to stay up past the stroke of midnight for once.
This bilingual 2012 Atlantic Canada calendar was a gift from my boss and his wife.

Remember all the beautiful blue skies we had last week. Well, this first day of the new year has gotten off to a cloudy, blustery start.
The sun is back there somewhere

While I am up early, the rest of the house is sleeping.  Work in the kids bedroom will have to wait until they arise from slumber.
When Mona came to our place last week, she saw this pillow that I had crocheted last year (I can say "last year" with confidence since I have no idea exactly when I made it, but definitely was in 2011).
  She requested that I make one for her in colors of maroon and blue.
Ask and ye shall receive.

Home is the heart of life ... Home is where we feel at ease, where we belong, we can create surroundings that reflect our tastes and pleasures ... Making a home is a form of creativity open to everyone. (Terence Conran)

May your home be filled with peace and joy; your life filled with the love of family and friends; and your heart filled to overflowing with gratitude and thanksgiving.


Barbara Jean said...

Many Blessings for the coming year!!!

barbara jean

The English Romantic said...

Like your hubby I was fast asleep at the stroke of 12 so didn't welcome in the New Year.
I'm awake and ready to go now!!

May 2011 be a great year.
Hugs, Angela.x

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Wishing you all the New Year Blessings you're dreaming of - and more - dear Tammy!

Thank you for your friendship over the past year in blogland!

Live, laugh, love and "be happy"!
Shane x

My Beautiful World said...

What a lovely blog you have here thanks for sharing. May I wish you a Happy New Year look forward to visiting your blog more in 2012

Always Wendy

crafty cat corner said...

Thanks once again for a lovely comment on the last post Tammy.
The one thing about blogging that I like is that I am in touch with people from all parts of the world that I would otherwise never know.
May you and your family find peace and contentment in the new year.

Becky~ said...

Hi Tammy all the best to you.Loveeeeeee the living room.It has a flair of middleast to it.



Hi Tammy!

I too am up early this fine January morning!
The house is quiet...just the way I like it....and a crochet project has just been completed! Life is good!

Ciao Bella


lovestitch said...

I just love the living room! And your "Home sweet Home" crochet is so cute! Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year! Hope your 2012 will be an awesome year to you!!!
Best wishes,

Catherine said...

I was sleeping by 9 last night. I'm so wild and crazy! Haha!

Wishing you all the best for 2012!

xo Catherine

Happy@Home said...

A quiet celebration here last night, but we both were still up at midnight. Now I am up and he is still sleeping.
Your pillow is the sweetest thing and so nice of you to make one for your friend.
Wishing you happiness in 2012.

Zuzu said...

Wishing you all the happiest of Happy New Years, Tammy! Looks like you're off to a great start! :)

Jan said...

2012 is starting off nicely here with calm winds and blue skies. Maybe it's a sign of a good year coming.

I wish you a wonderful year, Tammy. I'm so happy we've gotten to know one another.

Elaine said...

Very windy here today with light rain.. Still no snow but sure it will come. Happy Year Year love Aunt Elaine

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

What a beautiful and loving gift and such true sentiments. Have a safe and Happy 2012! Patty

The Garden Bell said...

Looking forward to another fun filled year full of visits, ideas and shared spirit. Happy 2012. I'm ready you, are you ready for me?

Diane said...

I couldn't say that any better than you, so I wish all the same for you, Tammy. Your home is just so beautiful. It has to be so sheltering and beloved. Diane

Mary said...

Sweet pillows, Tammy :) I see your banana muffins w/cream cheese ~ Up 'til midnight? Wow!

Libbie said...

I just love hearing about your New Year & peeking in your home so far away! Glad you had a nice evening! We did too! Our guests are still here & my lil sis & I aer watching our kids & hanging out in the front room :) Just wanted to wish you a Happy New Year!

LOVE your pillows! So cute!!

Teresa said...

Happy new year, Tammy!

Serena Lewis said...

The calendar is beautiful...handy being bilingual too. It sounds like you had a nice New Year's Eve...I also greeted the new year (much earlier than you did, of course, with the time zone thing) and I stayed up until 2AM.

I remember your Home Sweet Home pillow. How sweet that you made one for Mona too. I'm sure she will treasure it. Good luck with refurbishing the boys' rooms. I love the way you have your home welcoming and comfy-looking.

Have a great day!

Serena xo

Privet and Holly said...

Thank you for this
sweet, sweet blessing!
May your 2012 be filled
with all the things that
make your heart sing.

xx Suzanne

Mary Ellen said...

Happy New Year Tammy! I have been so lax in my commenting these past few months- so sorry but wanted to come by and say wishes for the new year!

Your pillow is darling! I started crocheting little flapeared baby hats - crocheting is addicting! I have made probably 15 or so now!

bee blessed

Sharon said...

Your living room looks very comfortable. Breakfast looks good too. Cute pillow, you are a good friend to make your friend one too.

We had a warmer than normal day with bright sunshine, a nice way to start out the year. :-)

A Cottage Muse said...

Happy 2012 to you Tammy!
We spent the evening at a friends house for much good food and the company was even better! My kids were out with friends and at the stroke of midnite texted each other our good wishes and love! Life is good!


If memory serves me right Tammy, I think your blog banner was the reason I even attempted making crocheted hearts in the first place. You had a cute photo that inspired me....!

Thanks for stopping by!

Ciao Bella


Anonymous said...

NYE was quiet here too, and yesterday was filled with family and friends. We went to breakfast with the boys, met up with girlfriends at the pool while the kids swam, had a quick but nice run with my husband, and then followed it up with a 3K walk with hubby.
One last day of organizing and errands before I become a working woman tomorrow. Is it funny to say I am a bit nervous??

Hope your organizing day is going well!!!


Cindy Adkins said...

Happy New Year!!! WOW, your home is soooo gorgeous--and you bring such love & light into it!!!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Thank you dear Tammy!! You can tell by the photos and your writings that your home is full of all of those and more. Wishing you and your beautiful family the same! May 2012 be the best yet! blessings ~ tanna

gail said...

Hi good to hear from you and thank you for your words of wisdom! It is all so true. Love your post about home. There's nothing I like better than being in the nest...especially on New Year's Eve!
Wishing you all the best for 2012, and I sure hope I'm not a lazy blogger this year!

Susan said...

Hi Tammy! Well, I made an early seafood dinner for 4 guests and my husband----steamed clams and crab lets with drawn butter, shrimp with cocktail sauce, and a big salad with teriyaki dressing.

Then, when everyone left, I watched a movie on tv and switched it to the New York celebration at midnight.

Bye bye 2011 and hello 2012. Hope it's a good one for both of us, Tammy! And for all our families. Susan

koralee said...

What a sweet blessing my dear....thank you! Thank you for all the joys to shared this are a special friend. Love to new in this first week of the NEW YEAR! xoxoxox

Linda said...

You're playing one of my all-time favorite songs (Auld Lang Syne). I love it.

I can never get over the fact that some can't stay up until Midnight, hee hee -- we do that all the time at our house, so New Year's Eve is no big deal. Weekends, Sarah is normally up most of the night into the wee hours of the morning, and Jim and I easily stay up well past Midnight often. Guess it just goes to show how we're all wired quite differently. ;)

Our New Year's Eve was wonderful. I didn't post photos on the blog of that exact night. My blog is going to take a different turn in the New Years, with more general writing and less personal information due to some unfortunate instances of late. Anyway - we celebrated well past Midnight with Sarah and her friend Ashlee and Anthony stopped over around 12:15 a.m. and stayed until around 2:00.

We are off today and tomorrow and then it's back to normal. Jim and I worked really hard at packing up all of the many Christmas decorations (indoors and out) yesterday and the house looks completely bare, as I normally prefer it.

Happy New Year.
With many blessings,

Kathleen said...

Happy New Year to you!! Let's hope it's a good one for everybody.

I'm surprised there are no public libraries in Kuwait. We are very lucky over here then aren't we?

Rizzi said...


nanny said...

Quiet evening here too. My husband's daughter and her beau came over and we had a fish welcome after all of the holiday foods.

Rang in the new year as usual......asleep/ha

Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

Sounds like a wonderful New Years. May you and your be blessed this year.

Phyllis said...

Happy New Year, Tammy! I actually crocheted a dish cloth for my sister. It's been ages since I've crocheted anything and always think of you when I see pretty patterns.

I got my master bathroom painted today so I'm off to what I hope is a productive year at home. It's been nice having a few days off from this job but it's back to the grindstone tomorrow.

I hope you have a nice week :)

LuLu Kellogg said...

This is a place I could sit in and feel very cozy and beautiful!

Happy New Year Tammy!


Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Such pretty photos and I love the song playing as well! Wishing you a wonderful new year ahead! blessings,Kathleen

SusanLotus said...

Hi Tammy! I really enjoy looking at photos of your home. It sure is cozy! And I love the way you display things on your walls. I´m like you: I may not have the cleanest house in village but it sure is personal and cozy. And I love my home :)

The Indian food in one of your new blogposts sounds and looks so delicious. Yummie!

Now continuing the tour on your "new" blog for the new year. :)

Have a great day!

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