Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Ink Circles Monday Report: Dragons

I realized this evening that I forgot to post the start of Dragons of Sumatra (Ink Circles) last week.  I had a cold so I didn't get much done.

So tonight is a two for one

Week one (a start!)

And Week two

Monday, January 01, 2018

January Goals and 2018 Preview

Welcome to 2018!

December 2017 Goals

Finish cougar kitten Yes

Work on Blackstone Fantasy Garden I had to frog - I was out by a thread, not a stitch a thread

Stitch an ornament Yes

Finishing on ornaments Yes

Make a January-March stitching plan

2018 Projects

January 1 there is a group Stitch Along start of Dragons of Sumatra by Ink Circles.  Right now that is my new project planned for this year.

I have many projects that are on the go:

Plum pudding
Canada sampler
Fantasy triptych 
Touching the autumn sky
Tour des marques (my oldest projects started way back in 2006)
Blackstone fantasy garden
Winter tree silhouette
Forest walk
Seasonal mandalas (summer is a quarter done)
Serenity prayer
My day complete

Also this year I want to do some of the Just Nan limited edition animal ornaments.  I believe there are 18 of them, I have three stitched.  

I made a list of all my projects and then couldn't decide what I wanted to work/focus on.  I decided to focus on selecting projects for January to March.

To do this I wrote each project on a piece paper, made a grid on my desk and then made Bonnie pick three numbers.  For a fourth I had my boss pick a number (she tells me what to do all the time anyways lol)

The projects selected:

Touching the autumn sky
Plum pudding
Canada Sampler
Fantasy triptych

For January I then turned the papers back over and randomly picked two

Which brings us to: 

January Goals

Stitch a Just Nan animal ornament
Stitch an ornament
Start Dragons of Sumatra
Work on Plum pudding
Work on Touching the autumn sky
Do Ink Circles Monday
Work on 

I organized all the Just Nan's into a box, and have most of the thread and fabric ready to go.  

I also changed the chair side cubes, I was finding the bins weren't working very well

And now it's stitching time!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

State of the Stitching : 2017 edition

It seems like I just sat down to review the stitching progress of 2016, but here it is time to review the projects of 2017. 

This year has been ... not normal.  I started the year focusing on finishing Fortunate traveller and then decided to try a rotation as well has having reduced vision for several weeks while my right eye healed.  

The Finishes:

5 Red thread motifs (Rosewood manor)

Fortunate traveller (Teresa Wentzler)
Island geese (X's and Oh's)
Bees knees (Ink Circles)
Merry ho ho (Lizzie Kate)

Cougar kitten (The Stitching Studio)
French country reindeer ornament (JBW)
Sweet home (Nikkipattern)
A couple of ornaments

Wow - this looks like a sad amount of stitching.

I did make progress on others: Canada Sampler, Plum Pudding, Touching the autumn sky, Blackstone fantasy garden and I started a second Serenity prayer

The stash zone looks and works so much better after an update as well.

I have plans for next year, so stay tuned for those. 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

How sweet it is

I started a last minute project a couple of weeks ago for a house warming gift.  I finished it last night, now I need to pop it into a frame

Sweet Home
NikkiPattern (Etsy)
DMC thread on 32 count white Jobelan

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Holiday Greetings

May you be spending time with people you love, doing things you enjoy and looking forward to a promising New Year

Merry Christmas to all my blog readers

Friday, December 15, 2017

Ready to Play

Last week, while at the Parents I had a happy dance!

Cougar kitten is ready to play

Cougar kitten (inspired by Sue Coleman's artwork)
The Stitching Studio
Water cress jobelan 28 count

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Planes, trains and automobiles

It has been ages, well 13 days since I posted - I have been a little busy.

On the 1st I took a train to meet the Parents and we drove to Toronto for a morning flight on the 2nd. 

Off we went to Las Vegas (on my very first flight) we arrived there around noon and made our way to our hotel to check in and drop off our bags. 

We had concert tickets to see Reba McEntire with Brooks and Dunn at Caesar's Palace.  It was a great concert

Sunday we explored some of the hotels on the strip, and checked out Shark Reef at the Mandalay Hotel. 

Shark Reef (in the tank)

Jelly fish at Shark Reef

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Caesar's Palace 

Caesar's Palace


We also found this store at the Excalibur... dragons, so many dragons and assorted other fantasy items.... I should have taken a bigger suitcase

Dragons followed me home

Mom and I used the bus to travel to Stitcher's Paradise and picked up some new stash.  We sent dad back to the hotel to spare him having to wait while we explored the store.

Mom and I got temporary tattoos Monday night

Mom getting her tattoo

My tattoo

Tuesday morning we reversed the trip and return home.  I actually stayed an extra day with the Parents before returning home.

I did a little stitching on the plane and in the hotel on My Day Complete