Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Weekend project

The first weekend of this month/ year saw me getting back to working on an old PHD until it's finished and I decided that it time to finish my oldest project.
I started this way back in I think 1991 when I'd only been stitching a few months but it didn't last long,  over the years I've come to realise that between a new baby (Mel) and being a new stitcher it was just far to large a project for me to tackle at the time.

Here it is on the morning of Jan 6th 2018

Monday 8th Jan it looked like this after a weekend with me feet up because my toe was giving me so much pain I couldn't put much weight on it

This last weekend wasn't as productive but I still got lots done

I think it's going to take most of the year to finish this one and I'm ok with that

Saturday, January 13, 2018

First finish of the year

I bought the kit for this little Iris in a charity quite a while ago now and when I needed something quickly to take with me to the hospital when Mum was taken in 10 days ago I had a quick look in my stash and pulled it out.
Almost all of it was done while sat around in A&E (Mum is ok).  On Friday I took her to a couple of appointments and finished it off.

I'd better look in my stash again tomorrow so I have something to work on at bowls on Monday night and while sat around while Mum has her pre op on Tuesday

Sunday, January 07, 2018

First beading finish of 2018

I spent Christmas with a friend who is learning to bead so rather than take her an ornament I'd made I took her a kit to teach her a new stitch but I made one as well to show her what to do and here's the result.

It's from an old issue of Jill Oxton Cross Stitch and Beading but I don't the number to hand.

I could count this as my ornament for January but I started it in December so to me that would be a bit if a cheat so I'm not going to 

Saturday, January 06, 2018

My Jan 1st start

The last few years my Jan 1st start has happened at 12.01 am but this year it was mid afternoon before I made a start, the reason for that is that I went out on NYE for the first time in a long time and had a fantastic night.
That in turn meant a very late bed time and a very late rise the following morning anyway I got there in the end and here it is :)

This is Wayward Garden from The Drawn Thread

I'm stitching it on 32 Bisque from Lakeside Linens and I'm using the called for NPI silks.

I've had it fully kitted up for a few years now and I've been thinking about starting it for over 12 months in fact had I not received the Quaker Book off my ex last Christmas I would of started Jan 1st 2017

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Last finishes of 2017

This would of been my last Gifted Gorgeousness post and last post of 2017 had I not been going out partying and playing at being a DJ

The last few stitches went in on the morning of New Year's Eve on this one.
It started out as a project to stitch on a Monday evening while at indoor bowls but it ended up going out and about as well to Hospital/Doctor's/Physio appointments for my Mum as well.   It's still in need of an iron 

It was a lovely project to work on but a little impractical at times with it being so long

Christmas Eve I finished Eight Day on Plum Street Samplers 12 Days SAL from a few years ago

I started 9th day on Christmas Day and finished it in the afternoon of New Year's Eve.  It didn't take a week to stitch but Lucy and Teejay came to visit in between and what stitching time I had went on the Monday night sampler

Monday, January 01, 2018

2017 goals report & 2018 goals

For 2017 I said
Keep up with the TUSAL assuming it carries on   Yes mostly I posted late tho :(
Keep up with Gifted Gorgeousness    I think I only missed December
Finish Santa's Village (fed up with saying this so def going to do it this year!)   Not quite :(   I was doing well with it until the Family sampler arrived and then the other model
Finish more than I start    No missed it by a couple
Get my PHD's to below 20 (I've been working on getting the number down for 10 years now and I'm well as I started with 47!!!)    No :(  I think I ended the year with the same number which is ok
Finish a TW   Not this year
Finish a Silver Lining flower   Yes My Daffs are a Silver Lining design
Stitch at least 6 kits from stash    Errm I can't remember!  I forgot to note if it was a kit or not

For 2018 I'd like to
Keep up with the TUSAL if it happens
Keep up with Gifted Gorgeousness
Finish Santa's village
Finish more than I start
Get my PHD's to below 20
Finish a TW
Stitch at least 6 charts from stash
Stitch at least 6 kits from stash
Bead at least one ornament a month so I have some in hand next Christmas

I stitched for an astonishing 1,084 hours 48 minutes in 2017 which is the highest amount ever for me in all the time I've been keeping track.  I guess being single has some advantages!  It works out to an average of just under 3 hours a day
Over the course of the year I had 34 new starts and 32 finishes 3 of those were ones I started the year with

December progress & January Goals

For December I said
Finish the Mini Poppies   Done
Finish the Monday night project   Done
Start the new model that's on it's way  Done and it's almost half way
Not start anything else   Nop I started 2 other things (but I also finished them)
Decide on Jan 1st start   Done

For January I'd like to
Finish the model
Pick a weekend project
Have a couple more new starts beside my Jan 1st one
Pick a new Monday night/ travel project
Bead an ornament

I stitched every day during December for a total of 92 hours 25 minutes.   I had 4 new starts and 6 finishes over the month

Current PHD total =25

Saturday, December 30, 2017

This year's Christmas gifts

I can now also share the gifts I beaded for Christmas this year.

For Mum I made the Wildflower box from Julia Pretl but used my own colours for it.
I made it right after I'd made the one for me in this post

For Lucy I made Happy Jack also from Julia Pretl

Unfortunately I had a little hiccup with the box for Mel and it wasn't finished in time for Christmas :(  and still isn't but Mel knows all about it

She did however get her annual bookmark
You may or may not know that Mel is a Detachment Commander with the Army Cadets so anything to connected to poppies and remembrance holds a very special place in her heart so as soon as I saw this one I knew I had to make it for her.

Lucy's one this year is skulls, after making her a Doctor Who one the last couple of years I wanted a change

And lastly a couple of little stars that went to two stitching friends that I spent Boxing day with this year

Friday, December 29, 2017

This year's family ornament

This year I made star's for my family using a pattern adapted from anabel

I gave Teejay the boxes with them in and he handed them out

Lucy had the red one

Mel got the green one

and my Parents got the lilac one

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Seventh Day

One of the facebook groups I belong to is doing a advent challenge and because I'm working on a model I decided to pull this out to work on for it.

I've finished Seventh Day

and made a start on Eighth day

And here it is as a whole project

BTW it's Plum Street Samplers 12 Days freebies that were offered on her blog a couple of years ago