Thursday, March 1, 2018

Latest February update

Happy March 1.  Today, my oldest son turned 21 and I feel so old! My husband and I went up to Boulder, CO, where Joe attends college, and bought him his first "legal" beer. 

We also fed him.  He's not much of a drinker and I think he appreciated the food more.

I managed to finish 5 more projects in February.
Snow House by Lizzie*Kate. Anyone else saddened that they are retiring?  Good for them though. Enjoy life while you have your health!

And the four Hooties from "We the Hooties".  


Here's the four of them in one shot.  I wanted to add a few more 4th of July Hooties and these make a great addition.

So, to recap February. I started (or resumed work on UFO's) 28 projects and finished 26.

Of the two I did not finish, one is Summer Oak by Mill Hill and I will finish it in March as I'm about 3/4 done with the stitching and then I have to add beads.  The other is a start from 2015. I did not work on it at all in 2016 or 2017. I dug it out on February 19 and said "Enough, I will finish this!"  I worked on it hot and heavy for awhile and then had to take a break.  Here's my starting point with a picture of what the finish will look like, and where I left off about a week ago.
I'm going to start working on it again over the weekend and while I'd like to think I'll have it done by the end of March, I do get tired of black thread! It's also stitched on 28 count and my eyes can only take so much of that.  It WILL be done in time to hang up for Halloween this year, that I guarantee.

Have a great weekend,

Sunday, February 25, 2018

February Smalls Update


Hello and Happy Stitching!

It is time for the monthly Smalls SAL update.  Thanks, as always to Heather at Stitching Lotus for sponsoring this.

I finished the last two Vervaco Cat Christmas cards.  These were UFOs from 2016.

A couple Valentine finishes.
And my month would not be complete without some Hooties!


 Here's the complete set of Red, White and Blue Hooties.

And here's three more 2017 UFOs

And some 2016 UFOs

I even finished a UFO from 2015!

And shockingly, I had some new starts this month



As of today, I have 25 starts and 21 finishes for the month.  Of the finishes, 7 were started this year, 9 were started in 2017, 4 were started in 2016 and 1 was started in 2015.  I hope to have 4 more finishes before the month is over.  I'm making great progress on my 2018 Christmas and birthday cards. 

Sadly, no job, but I remain every hopeful and continue to love all my stitching time.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

January Recap

Happy unemployment!  I started or made progress on 31 pieces and (drum roll please) finished all 31.  Fourteen of these were originally started in 2016 and five were starting in 2017.  Here are my last finishes

One of three cat Christmas card by Vervaco. I will finish the other two in February.  This was a 2016 start.

The last four Hooties from Hooties Year Round by Pinoy Stitch. I am so happy to have these done as I also started them in 2016.


 And another Lizzie Kate finish. This was a Christmas present from my in-laws and one of my few brand new starts in 2018

One of the many things I have been doing with all my spare time is reviewing my UFOs.  I did a start a day for the entire year of both 2016 and 2017 and I have 55 unfinished projects from 2017 (6 of which I have decided I will not complete).  I have 68 UFOs from 2016, 14 of which I will not complete ( I may add more to this).  My goal for this year is to get as many of these completed as possible.  I not only want to finish the stitching, but I actually want to finish the projects. Unless something is a card, I have a tendency to only finish the stitching.

Speaking of cards, below are some pictures of  pieces I completed this month, finished as cards

And a  few pieces I finished last year or in 2016, again, turned into cards


Happy Stitching!


Friday, January 26, 2018

January Smalls SAL


Hello and happy January.
I hope the new year is treating everyone ok.  I am still unemployed, but had a couple of interviews this week and am hopeful that I will be offered a job with one of them.

In the meantime, I continue to take advantage of this downtime by stitching like crazy.  Thanks to Heather at Stitching Lotus for continuing to sponsor the monthly SAL.

Here's a couple of Hooties from Hooties Year Round by Pinoy Stitch.  You will see lots of Hooties this year as I have several projects planned for them


This Hootie will be used for a Valentine's Card.

Next we have some sleds inserts by Lizzie Kate. These will be given to my sister-in-law for her birthday. They are not on the sleds yet as I had to order them.


These three pieces are the start of my 2018 Christmas cards.

These three are a Lizzie Kate pattern and will be put on Styrofoam blocks for a house decoration.  The best part of them is that I started them in 2016 and they are now finished!

Another finish from 2016; however this one will be on a Christmas card.  This is also a Lizzie Kate pattern.

Another Lizzie Kate, hmm, this year seems to be starting as my "Lizzie Kate" year.  there are five more of these to finish this year and turn into some type of decoration.

Purple slugbug for a birthday card for a friend that loves both purple and VW bugs

Now for some larger projects I finished.

I finished the last two sections for a Stoney Creek Halloween banner

Here's the completed banner. I have to drag my sewing machine out to turn it into a banner.

This Lizzie Kate Santa was also started in 2016 and will be a wall hanging. I have it partially assembled.

What's left?  Oh yes, "My To Do List", another Lizzie Kate.  This will get framed and hopefully hung in my new office, whenever I get one...

And last, but not least, "Winter Oak" by Mill Hill.  This was a Christmas present from my in-laws and there are three more in the set.

So, lots of stitching for me with a lot more to do.  I really could get used to not working, if only I could win the lottery :)

I should have more finished by months end and will post some updates and I put the final touches on a few projects.

Happy Stitching,