Tuesday, December 29, 2015

• 2015 in Retrospect •

I hope you all had a blessed Christmas! We had a fun time of relaxation, baking and making (way too many) cookies and sweets, watching movies, and playing games.

I made gingerbread cookies for the first time ever, and loved them! I used Lily's recipe and found it to be easy to make and very tasty.

I also made my traditional Christmas-time toffee! I was thrilled that it turned out good this year!

My dad has been making fudge for...well...longer than I've been alive, I think. So it's a definite tradition in this family to always have Dad's fresh black walnut fudge at Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is just about the most delicious thing you'll ever taste. :)

And lastly, we made our traditional Christmas sugar cookies!
The recipe originally came from my great-grandma, and it is a keeper! We made....only about 150 cookies. Just a few. ;)
They freeze very well, so they're fun to pull out throughout the year and enjoy.


Meanwhile, it's time to look back at 2015! It's hard to believe another year has gone by already!
It's been a good year overall; when trials come, you feel like it's been the one of the longest and worst years ever, and you're ready for next year to be a very good one (which is still always nice thought!). But once the trials are over, you realize that there was a purpose in them, and that they were actually for your benefit and learning.

But it's been especially good on the seamstress-y side of things!
I made quite a few garments, while of course at the same time making plenty of messes, plenty of mistakes, plenty of UFOs, but also plenty of memories. The Lord has been very bountiful! :)

first row: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
second row: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
third row: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
fourth row: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

To celebrate the new year, my Etsy shop is on sale through January 1st! Use coupon code WELCOME2016 to receive 16% off your purchase.

May you all have a Happy New Year! I can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for the coming year. 

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  1. Happy New Year! I am just about to draft up my year in review post. You have been very prolific, and as always, your creations are stunning

  2. You have been so busy this past year!! Each of your sewn creations is beautiful and unique! Your cookies and fudge look delicious. My grandma always made fudge for Christmas and Easter.

  3. Goodness, so many pretty things. I'm in awe of your creativity, and your speed!

  4. Boy, you have made quite the array of dresses this past year! Wish I would have made this much headway in my sewing:) Happy New Year!

  5. Yum! All of your holiday fare looks scrumptious and very beautiful, too, may I add (those gingerbread cookies are food magazine worthy!).

    What a terrific treat to see so many of your beautiful looks again here today. Your classic style, grace and beauty is always a joy to encounter.

    ♥ Jessica

  6. Your 2015 creations are amazing when you see them together. I can't wait to see what you come up with next year.

    Your cookies and fudge looks wonderful as well - I feel quite hungry!

  7. ~Splendid job on those gingerbread snowflakes...they look professional!
    ~Homemade TOFFEE??? Um, that would be my favorite candy ever. :)
    ~Oh my goodness, I didn't realize you made so many pretty dresses this year! Three cheers for you!
    ~PS. Email coming shortly! ;)

  8. Happy new year to you darling! I can't wait to see what you will be sewing up next year!!

  9. Good night sweet prince! You were busy this year! What a fun post to look at! I can't decide what I like best...no wait, I know without looking....the seaside/sailor inspired one! Why? Because that is my favorite dress theme! hahahahah! All of your treats look as though they were fantastic! Now I'm hungry... I can't wait to see what you create in 2016!

  10. Thank you all so, so much for your sweet words and compliments! :) I appreciate every one of you!


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