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Thursday, January 18, 2018

A FB friend posted "how do you destress"

When I saw it I thought, well that is an easy question - I stitch of course........ most of the responses were to drink and a few were yoga, I guess both of those work, but stitching will continue to be my drug of choice.

So my resolve for the 2018 was NOT to buy any more stash except for thread as needed and then one of our few LNS announced they were having a moving sale, so i thought I'd see what they have.  Since the shop really don't carry any new charts, and I've not really seen any new canvases, I knew there would be little temptation, they do have wonderful thread selection, which is the only reason I generally go.  The threads that I would have purchased weren't on sale, what was, wasn't anything I wanted, so I decided to look at the canvases.  They had one I liked and have thought about, but decided that i probably wouldn't ever get to it so put it back and then found two small canvases.  I like the small canvases, they are just the right size to travel with and I don't need a chart.  So I got them both.  They are logged into my data base now :).

So here is what I've been working on....what do you think?

Saturday, January 6, 2018

2018 WIPocalypse Introduction

Wow doesn't seem like another year should be starting, but here we are, and time to introduce myself to the new folks and set my goal or maybe it's more confessing my sins.

So who am I?  I'm a mother, grandmother, wife, sister and daughter who loves to cross stitch, needlepoint, quilting and knitting socks.   If I had to rank what I love most, counted cross stitch would have to be first, followed closely by needlepoint and then quilting and knitting socks tying for last place.  I've also dabbled in teddy bear making, but found I like collecting them more than making.

I am a serial starter, I love the start, get bored with the middle and reenergized when I got towards the end.  I have a tendency to go off the deep end with new endeavors, hence the large stash of wool roving from my spinning fever, the bin of teddy making supplies and the large container of sock yarn.  We won't mention all of the quilting materials or other sewing projects started by not finished.

So what do I hope to accomplish in 2018?  I'm going with the same goals as last year

My self-imposed rules will be as follows:
1. Must finish or at least make significant progress on 2 large projects ( I have 3 L&L angels that have/want to get finished for example)  Unfortunately this goal was not met in 2017 at all, so really going to work on correcting that in 2018.

2. Can’t start a new project without a finish of something (at least this will keep my WIP/UFO’s to their present number which is some place south of 100, but way north of 20).   2017 had more finishes than starts, so hoping to duplicate that again this year.

3. Don’t beat myself up for not stitching or getting something accomplished, this is meant to be fun and distressing, not a chore and stressful, I have my job for those qualities.

4. Be proactive blogging about progress, often times I don’t see the progress unless I take and post pictures.

Adding to these goals for 2018 are:

5. Try to continue stitching at least 3 times a week at lunch and at least one morning on the weekends.

6. Work on quilt tops that need to be assembled and/or make 2 new baby rag quilts

7.  Finish at least one pair of socks - preferably the pair that I'm working on the second sock.

They say that what you do on New Year's Day is what you'll be doing during the year.  So instead of starting a new project, which was really hard to resist.  I decided to work on  WIPs to see what I can get done.  So NO NEW STARTS, but rather been working on the following since the 1st:

First was Peter's Patch by Shepard Bush.  I finished the black checker inner border and started on Peter.  This has been my take to work project lately, but will be rotated out soon.  Want to keep it fresh and fun.

Then I worked on the beading on my fairy.  She has languished long enough and its time to get her done.  I working on getting the black backstitching done around her head and started to put in beading.  Found that I missed some stitching as well, the chart was very light and I just plan didn't see them.  My goal is to have her done and framed and to my middle daughter.

Last is my Nora Corbett Mermaid Letter A.   She will be one that I take to my groups get togethers.  I would really like to get this one done just because I can't stand stitching on it.  I had fun doing the Letter D Mermaid, but there wasn't the waves that are on A.....Yuk!!  So I'm hoping if I do a little bit each month, maybe by the end of the year it will be done, or close enough that I'll get the incentive to just get it done!!

Can't wait to see what others are planning for 2018.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

A year in review- what I have done with my last 365 days?

It is amazing that the last post of of WIPocalypse actually falls on the last day of the year.  So I guess this really is a review of the last year!!

In order to figure out where I ended up I needed to go back and see where I started and what I had hope to accomplish.  I have to say that was I very pleased with my progress this year, I guess stitching on my lunch hour really does make a difference.

Out of my 43 WIP's I had listed at the start of last year, I managed to finish 7!!  Better than I thought I had done so without further ado here are my finishes!!

Annie of Green Gables Bookmark.  My Granddaughter started the one and had done quite a bit, so I finished the stitching and then make it into a bookmark for my middle daughter.  Shipped to here for Christmas and also in time for her to start college in January.

City of Oz - this one I started in honor of my oldest sister who we lost in 2016.  She was a huge Wizard of Oz fan.  So my goal is do needlepoint ornaments for each of my siblings.  I still need to finish it into an ornament - going to tackle this in 2018, I'm practicing on another one right now.  I have Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, Glenda, Flying Monkey, Wicked Witch of the West and Dorothy to do, Glenda is being worked on as well as the Slippers.

Country Stitches -  Forget Me Not is the most recent finish.   I really enjoyed stitching this one, it was a quick and easy stitch for the most part.  After taking the picture I realized I missed one x - so will need to go back and put it in, but still calling it a finish :)   There is another error in there someplace, but for the life of me I can't figure out where it is, but know not all the motifs lined up like on the chart.  oh well, still like it and will get it framed and given as a gift to someone, not sure who yet.

I finished two purse flaps for my middle and youngest daughters these were by Sophie (I think that is the designer) and were fun to stitch.  I love needlepoint because of the wide variety of threads.  I also completed smaller canvases that I put into mirrors.  The two mirror inserts were 2017 starts and finishes.  These were Christmas gifts this year, so not only did I finish the stitching, but also managed to get the back sewn on and shipped them off to the girls!!

Last finish, is a finish of the stitching itself, but I still need to do the edge stitch on the belt.  I had to look at a video to remember how do to it, and while it's started, I have the majority of it to finish.  I have to be in the mood to do that stitch, but once I get into the rhythm it doesn't take me too long to get it done.
I will work on this over the next couple of months at work and hopefully have it ready to send off to the leather by spring and will send it to my son for his birthday.  If not, then it will be a Christmas present next year.

Those are my 2016 WIP finishes now on to the 2017 starts and finishes.

CB P for PANDA on the Noah's Ark afghan.   The afghan itself is an old WIP, almost in the UFO category.  I started it 21 years ago!!  Needless to say, my niece is no longer a baby, but I'm sure she will love it just the same.

Animal Tooth Pillow - threads picked out my darling granddaughter.  Still need to trim the mane and then figure out how to attach the small pillow that the tooth would go into.  Don't remember the designer.  Had thought about giving this to my son for his kids, but his daughter tends to run a muck most days without much supervision, so not sure I really want to give him this knowing she would destroy it without a thought or consequences.  It might just be kept for now and put with the other one I have done and never gave away.

I did a bookmark for my Mom - she loves Owls, and I saw this one when my sister and I went on our San Diego trip last year.  It was a quick stitch and fun!!  I've done similar bookmarks for all of my kids in the past.

Last is a Lizzy Kate that I did for my someone, not sure who yet.  Thought it would go to my granddaughter, but now thinking maybe middle daughter.   Since stitching this one, I've gotten two more of her designs with inspirational sayings, thinking one or more of those might be a 2018 start.

I did give some loving to these WIP's from prior years, but not posting pictures, I posted in prior blogs.

Rosewood Manor's American Flag
SB's Angel Song
Mirabilia August Peridot Fairy - which might get finished before midnight 12-31-17 it is so close to a finish
Petie's Dorothy's Slipper - which had the yellow brick road behind the shoes stitch, unstitched and then restitched, and then unstitched and re-started a 3rd time.  I have red sequins for the shoes themselves, really want to see how it looks, so excited to get back working on it again.
Dragon Fire Design - Family - I'm off on the figures that make the sign of Friend, so it was banned for while.
Unknown designer - Hippo - they are been started and re-started a couple of times too.
Nora Corbett's Letter A Mermaid
Song of the Seasons - Finished Part 1 and working on Part 2 of 3.
L&L Peace Angel - not a lot done this year, she only came out once for lovings, but some
Nancy's Needle - Starry Night, only came out once for loving, really want this one finished.
Scarlet Letter Mourning Sampler
Heart's Content - Inspire Other

New starts this year -
Thistle's Family Tree
Plum Street - Vexation Sampler (Multiplication Table)
Kumihimo braiding - started a braid, but haven't finished it

So in all reality my WIP pile actually decreased this year by 5!!  Not a bad year when you end the year with less WIP's then you started with in January.

Now on to 2018, my main goal is NOT to buy anymore charts until I have more of my WIP's done.  I hope you all had great years too!!


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Another finish for 2017

So happy that I finished one more for 2017.  Need to go back and look at what I actually finished this year, I'm hoping that I'll be surprised at the end of the day :)

It still mocks with my errors, but I'm calling it good!!  I now have 3 pictures to take to the framers.  I'm still hoping for one more, but we'll see, don't know why I'm procrastinating on the remaining beading on my Peridot Fairy, she is so pretty and I really enjoyed stitching her, I'm not now fond of attaching the beads.

I also finished my needlepoint bookmark, didn't do a very good job, but I learned a lot.  It has elastic going around the back side the will go in-between the pages of the book.  This was shipped off my my middle daughter from myself and my granddaughter (her niece) Donna.

I have three more needlepoints to finish, one just needs the side closed and cording around the edge, the other two needs to be sewn into a ornaments.  

Wish you all a Merry Christmas.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Thoughts for the new year

I've been doing a lot of thinking about what to work on for the new year.  Each year I make a list of x-stitches I want to finish and each year I totally fail at getting them done.  While I've been a person who works multiple project for many years - too many to think about, I think its time to change course and maybe work on one at a time until it's done.  Or at least work on one for a whole month before rotating to something new.

So going to look at what I've started and make myself a list of what I really want to work on during 2018.  I'm not saying there won't be any new starts, but I'm going to try very hard to avoid any new purchases in 2018.

So what have I done this month so far?  I've been working on Remember Me.  My husband used to send me flowers for my birthday or our anniversary with a card that always said "when this you see, remember me".  When I saw this x-stitch I knew I needed to stitch it.

I'm still hoping for one more final finish this year, and this would be the one.  Here is where it was as of the last time I took a picture.  I've worked on it a little bit more, but not enough to take another picture.  The right side is almost done, just needs the "e" in me and a little bit of the blue zig-zag that goes under the mantle.  The left side has the rest of the vine itself, but missing leaves.  I've also managed a few of the small motifs.  So I'm calling this one 2/3 completed right now.  Disappointed in the similarity of color in the different browns and green threads, but do love the soft warm colors.

With the exception of sending off 2 more boxes, my Christmas shopping is done.  One of the boxes really isn't Christmas presents, but more or less things that just need to get shipped out, so no worry if it gets there by Christmas or not.  Hubby and I really don't exchange gifts anymore, but will find something to go under the tree for him.

I'm hoping for one more post this month, with my last WIPocalypse update.  I missed November's posting, but want to be sure to do December's.

Happy stitching to all of you.