18 January 2015
17 December--Sailing Mice--Margaret Sherry, July 2007 Cross Stitcher
12 December--Happy Camper-Just Cross Stitch, June 2006
27 October--Mysterious Town of Halloween SAL-Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
30 July--Blackbird's Winter Delivery--Loose Feathers
18 July--The Cinnamon Bear--Kitty and Me Country Crafts--2001 JCS.
7 July--Are you My Mother-Bent Creek.
27 June--Twinkle--SamSarah Pearls
17 June--Peaches, Crescent Colours/LHN Collaboration
13 June--June D. Morgan calendar--Leisure Arts
11 May--Starlight Sampler--Little House Needleworks
17 April--Giving Us Spring-Sanman Originals
3 April--Wave--Bent Creek 31 March--SNN kit
26 March--Woof tuck-Sanman Designs
25 March-Apples and Applesauce--Pitter Patterns
23 February-Baked Goods--LHN Ornament series
28 January-Joy to the World--Lizzie Kate
19 January-Lamb-Barnyard Christmas-Prairie Schooler-2001 JCS
Definite highlights of the year were getting the chart to finish Sailing Mice and buckling down to complete Happy Camper and Blackbird's Winter Delivery. Branching out to kawaii cross stitch has been a change for me, and finding the Youtube community has been, now that I've watched them for a while, really pleasant to find. I even have gotten more involved with the different groups on FB, which for me is a big step. I sometimes feel very isolated, since I work out of the house most days, live out in the boonies, and don't have close friends in the neighborhood, especially not ones that stitch.
And I feel like my efforts to organize are going to really help my stitching. Putting all the charts in boxes together, all the fabric together, all the threads, it takes a lot of the stress out of trying to find things. So I can put that towards being productive. Speaking of which, I put everything I wanted to work on in a pretty box, so I can pull from that and go, so it will be so easy to just work on a project! And I have definite choice vs. having to start and stop projects because I can't find the floss i need or the leaflet.
I think better things are ahead for this year. I hope they are!
I have been stitching merrily along. This was my first finish for 2015, a freebie (except you had to buy the buttons.
I have had this kitted up since May--there are several really pretty ornaments in that issue that I want to do, and this was a good start. I started it before Christmas, but got tied up with other things. She reminds me of my niece, with whom we spent a really nice day in November, watching her compete in an Irish dance competition. Kaydence was over the moon to spend time with her cousin, and when we ask her to dance like Hannah, she twirls and leaps. We are planning on putting her in a class where they are introduced to Irish music, stories and dance, so this will be a nice way to integrate that.
I have decided to spend 2015 either working on a few selected projects (that I keep in a box in the living room) or finishing UFOs. This one has been kicking around for so long, since 2004. I keep losing parts of it, so I have decided to man up, as it were, and finish it. I am using a Silkweaver Solo on Tula, along with the recommended threads.
I am almost finished with a project I started in the summer, that of reorganizing my thread stash. I've probably mentioned my lack of organization and how I never find the floss I need, because it's all wadded up in a box. Well, my friend Enid kept talking about how she keeps her floss in envelopes in photo storage boxes. Michaels was having a sale, and it sounded like a good idea, so I tried. First with sandwich bags, but those are too slippery, so I went back to the envelopes--lesson learned: sometimes, it's better to follow the crowd. It works really well. I am about 3/4 of the way though organizing, and it was not easy, but the DMC is, for the most part, in photo boxes. I still have to do envelopes for the 900 series and the 3000s, but it's closer than I was a month ago, and I can narrow my search. And know what I don't need to buy again . . . ever. It feels good.
I even managed to come up with an idea for how to use up some of the random strands of floss that I found that got separated from their skein or skeins that weren't marked what they were. I have some of the Mosey N Me challenge charts. Well, why not take the random strands and use them to do one of those? That way, I'm not wasting it. It's a good idea, I think
And the other thing I decided was that, while I love my super-fancy sewing machine, the fact that I took my last sewing class 18 years ago, I don't live near anyone who can really get me comfortable with it, and I am so intimidated by it is keeping me from using it, SOOOO, til I get enamored of it, I am buying one of those small sewing machines and using that to finish my stuff. I busted my butt at work last quarter--OK, I will pat myself on the back and say I did a great job last year--and I am getting a bonus, so kind of interested in seeing what that will be, but it's enough to get one of the small sewing machines. Let the girl get used to driving a Chevy before I get handed the keys to the Lamborghini. So, that should be in the next week or so.
I am so grateful for those of you who are sticking around while I work through the equipment issues I have. I found the Blogger app, so was able to post some pix. While my posts may not be as chatty, I'm still here, and still trying!
05 January 2015
Hey guys. Sorry for the long delay in posting. My laptop still needs fixing, so my computing is done on a phone. Maybe it's good that I dropped my flip phone, otherwise I'd be in trouble. Fixing the computer is not a priority now, because our stove took a powder as well and we need a stove more than a computer.
Posting photos of my latest finishes. Sailing Mice is by Margaret Sherry. I started this when it came out, and misplaced the chart. Someone on 123 gifted me with it. Happy Camper was from JCS in 2006. It was a PITA to stitch, but I got it done
16 November 2014
I managed one real finish and one "milestone we'll call progress" finish.
I finished the Halloween Town SAL from Frosted Pumpkin. This took me a lot longer than I had planned for it. I didn't finish it til last weekend:
I've made some decisions about what I am choosing to focus 2015 stitching effort on. I was absolutely positive that I was going to work on my afghan exclusively next year. I had my doubts, but I was soldiering on in spite of them. I picked up my Sleepy Hollow UFO the last week of October, determined to get the Van Tassel farmhouse down by the end of Halloween. I did that, but it felt wrong to put it back down to pick up Santa's Pets, knowing I'd not be working on it again til at least 2016. So I was like, "Well, I'll just work on it all October," but then that felt like cheating on the afghan. I know, that doesn't make sense, but it felt that way, and then it just kind of went downhill.
I have my two Mirabilias to work on in 2015 as well, and found some other things in my stash that I need to do: charts my mom picked out, our wedding sampler, some things I just love, but to say to myself, "Nope, gotta work on the afghan . . . .well, that didn't feel right.
So, this week, I came to the decision, and it was not easy, that I will not focus on that afghan, but, instead, work on the Miribilias and try to get them finished, work on our wedding sampler, and then fill in what is left with UFOs. Like Sleepy Hollow. My goal on that is to have it done and decorating our house by October 1. It's too pretty, and too cool of a project to be left in a bag. I felt better immediately after making the decision not to focus on the afghan. It's not that I won't work on it at all . . . because it IS a UFO . . .but it's not the focus. I'm not built to focus on things for as long as it will take to do that. But it will get done . . . and soon!
22 October 2014
This is Santa's Pets, as far as I got by September 30th. I am going to have to pick up the pace in November if I want it done by Christmas. But, if I am not done by the end of the year, I will just push my project to focus on the afghan off til it's done. It's pretty simple; this is a 3 year project that needs to be completed because it's the most beautiful thing I've ever done, the afghan is a 10 year old project that may or may not ever get finished and 2 or 3 weeks won't change that reality.
Blogger is acting up and won't let me post my Halloween town progress, so that will be posted tomorrow.