Tuesday, January 30, 2018

January Recap

01/31/2018
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!

Michele


Friday, January 26, 2018

January Smalls SAL

01/26/2017

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,
Michele









Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

01/01/2018

Here we are, at the start of another year.

2017 ended with a stitchy bang as I rushed to get some last minute finishes in. Most are intended for Christmas cards in 2018, but I did finish one more Hootie.
 

 

 

 

I want to make these monthly hooties into blocks to display each month.

My 2017 year in stitching includes 295 finishes out of 365 starts.  
Included in the finishes
  • 184 cards
  • 10 pieces for 2018 cards
  • 8 pieces for WOCS quilts
  • 6 for projects I have decided not to continue
My goals for 2018
  1. start a new project a day through March (I include progress on a UFO from a previous year as a start)
  2. finish all unfinished Christmas card projects (I have some over three years old)
  3. make Hootie ornaments for all seasons
  4. continue to limit spending ( trying hard to only buy supplies necessary to finish projects)
  5. finish, finish finish!!!!!!  I have many large UFO's I have not touched in a couple of years and I not only want to finish the stitching, but I also want to frame them to hang up in my house
Personal goals include getting a job and losing weight.  

2017 has been a tough year, for not only myself, but for many of my friends. I wish everyone the best in 2018.  

Michele


Friday, December 29, 2017

December Smalls SAL

12/29/2017

Happy Almost New Year!  Where has the year gone?  Thanks to Heather at Stitching Lotus  as always for sponsoring this SAL.  I love to see what everyone is stitching.

Lots of stitching this month for me as I still have not found a job. I was laid off Nov. 17 and  it really is  a tough time to be looking for a job.  I'm hoping things pick up after the holidays are over.

A few more Christmas finishes to round out my holiday cards.  Several people gave me going away gifts, so in lieu of  a "Thank you " card, I sent them handmade Christmas cards with a "thank you" included.  Sadly, I forgot to take pictures of some of the finished cards,

 

 

 













This is an anniversary card for my sister and brother in law.  Their colors were green and black. 
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Lord, when did I get old enough to have contemporaries celebrating 25 years of marriage? 

Hootie, Hootie, who's got the Hootie?  I just love these owls from Pinoy Stitch. I'm working on several sets of Hooties for a variety of decorating ideas.  My ultimate goal, is to set up a seasonal tree  decorated with Hooties and switch them for every season/ holiday.
 

 

These two are part of my 2018 Valentine's cards.
 

I finished the Lizzie Kate  Spirit of Christmas mystery SAL.  I will get it framed in 2018.

I'm also working on the Stoney Creek Halloween patterns of the month from earlier this year. I have 4 sections done and two more to go.  I bought the wrought iron header  and will turn this into a wall hanging once the last two sections are complete.
 

And last, but not least, is Tigger. I start this in 2014 and took it to work. I only worked on it when I had nothing else to do at lunch and decided it was high time to finish this! I think I have three more of the Pooh characters in this set and will start at least one of them in 2018.

Plans for 2018 include finding a job and trying to finish some of my larger WIPs.  I'm still a member of the Debbie's Ultimate Crazy Jan/ Feb Challenge and it's a fun group of ladies which gives me even more stitching inspiration.

I hope to get a few more finishes in yet this year and will post a final update early next week.  In the meantime, I wish everyone the best  and hope that 2018 is better for everyone than 2017.

Hugs,
Michele