Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 wrap up and 2015 goals

Here are all my finishes for the year! Sad... Well I think it is! I had set so many goals for this year, and didn't meet most of them. Let's look at how I did!

Finish the Abbey  DONE 
Finish winter fun ornies (set of 12) DONE 
Finish Santa series (set of 10) NOPE
Finish Snowman series (set of 10) NOPE
Finish page 1 of Day Surrendering to Night NOPE (Very close though!)
Finish Web of Life NOPE (again-very close!)
Finish Dragon-nope
Finish page 1 of Sea of Roses- nope
Finish page 1 of Flower Bride- Nope

Write 120 letters (wrote 153) DONE
Write 5 chapters of my book NOPE

Read 75 books (read 85) DONE

Lose 50 pounds NOPE

So much of this year I feel was wasted. I sat and watched too much TV.  I was an emotional mess most of the year. But! I'm doing much better and have high hopes for next year!

So 2015 goals:
1. Finish Santa series ornaments
2. Finish Snow man series ornaments
3. Start Noah's ark series ornaments 
4. Finish 3 pages in DS2N
5. Finish p 1 of Sea of Roses
6. Finish p 1 of Flower Bride
7. Finish Web of Life
8. Finish precious Moments
9. Finish p 1-2 of Dragon
10. Start cats piece for my daughter
11. "Finish finish" 1 ornie a month ( I have so many stitched up that need to be made into actual ornaments)

Read 50 books 
(Quite a bit lower goal for this year,as I plan on focusing more on stitching and writing this year)

- write 2-3 chapters a month
-write 100 letters
- post regularly to stitching and book blogs
-comment more on blogs

-Finish TurboFire program at least once
-lose 50 pounds

I think that about does it.
I hope all my readers have a great New Year! I look forward to looking at all your gorgeous stitching projects and watching your progress! 
 Joyful Stitching!

HAED Flower Bride, and Precious moments progress

Well, here is my progress on HAED Flower Bride. I am really enjoying this piece. It seems to be working up pretty quickly. I'm avoiding the confetti intense areas for now.
 I'm totally bummed that I just noticed a flaw in my fabric way down at the bottom of the piece. So it's basically probably in the last 2 pages of the project which is mostly just a bunch of her flowy dress, so I may just not stitch that last row of pages. I don't think I can stitch over it. So, we will see.
 Here's a close up of the messed up area of the fabric. it's about in the center way down by the roll of fabric.Kinda hard to see.
 And next up my parents gift. I am off count and annoyed with this, but I'm fudging it and pushing through. I don't have time or patience to start over. I hate these patterns. I always get off count with them, their half stitches and back stitching makes no sense! But it still looks cute and like a Precious Moment, so I don't think anyone will notice!
I will be posting a "End of the year wrap up and goals for 2015" post for tomorrow. I hope everyone has a good and safe New Years eve celebration, whatever you choose to do.

And that's all for me in 2014, lets wrap this sucker up! And! Onto the next!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

New Stash!!

So! I've been stalking the Heaven and Earth design Site for about a week now. And I finally did it! I bought 4....yes! FOUR! new Patterns! They are all mini's as I'm gonna work my way up from a 20 page pattern to 45+ pages!  So, here's what I got! (Photos are from the Heaven and Earth Design Website)

 Red Riding Hood
Mini Mermaids Tale

Winter Rose
Forget Me Not
I think that these should keep me pretty busy for a LOOONG time! I told myself I would wait until I finished "Sea of Roses" before starting any of these....but I don't know that I'm gonna be able to! I know the minute they show up in my mailbox I'm gonna want to kit them up and start right in! I still need to get some 25 count Fabric, and of course all the flosses! That will definitely put a big fat dent in my pocket book.  But when these beauty's are hanging on my wall, it will all be worth it! Now if I can just sustain from looking at their site and adding to my wish list....which already has 80 things on it!!! Enough to last me 10 or 20 lifetimes of stitching!!! 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Sea of Roses...Progress!

Here is one that hasn't seen the light of day in a while. It's Heaven and Earth Design freebie: Sea of Roses.

The last time I shared this, it looked like this:
So you can see there is quite a bit more stitching in it now! I really enjoy working on this, and have put it back into my rotation. So, I'm excited to see how much I can get done by the end of 2015. Wish me luck!!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

DS2N Progress

Well, after focusing on my Precious Moments piece and Ornaments, I was ready to get into some of my larger projects. I am SO close to finishing page #5, and have put in a good start on #4 already!! I think it's looking pretty good, so far. It feels great to be seeing some good progress on this. It has taken me TOO long!! 2015 will see a lot more stitching with me! This year I spent a lot more of my time reading. I have read 83 books so far, and my stitching went by the wayside. But I have been perusing the HAED site....ok, ok! More than just perusing...I just purchased 4 new patterns!!! So, I gotta get crackin'!
Next up is one I haven't shown on here since April! But I dug it back out and it's getting some hard work done on it!!
Merry Christmas to all my readers! I hope you have a wonderful holiday!! May all your stockings be stuffed with stash!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Precious Moments Progress

This one is still stitching up quickly. I'm enjoying it. I work on it everyday. I try to put at least one or two strands of floss in a day, to keep it moving along. It also has 2 places in my rotation as well. I really want to have it done by early to mid February, so gotta keep chugging on this one.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Calling all HAED stitchers... Help?

So! I have decided I want to start a HAED piece. I have a few smaller charts I started the beginning of this year, but I want to do a full size one. So I have some questions. And any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated!
1. The piece I want to do requires a huge piece of cloth. I normally buy my stuff at 123 stitch, but they don't carry the size I need. Where do you get your 25 count cloth in such huge pieces to be able to stitch one of these projects?
2. What is your favorite type of fabric to use? (I'm looking to use 25 cnt)
3. I usually stitch in hand. Do you think I should start using a scroll frame? Or do you think id be able to work such a huge project in hand? And do you have a recommended scroll frame that you like best?

Thank you for any help or recommendations you can offer!!

Friday, December 05, 2014

Santa finish and small start

So I finally finished this one. It's cute, but! WHY is Santa holding a Teddy Bear? Does he sleep with it? Odd...
Anyway, so got that done up, so I made a small start on #5 in this series. 

Well, that's about it for me here today. I think I'm gonna pull out Day Surrendering to Night and try to finish page 1 this month. Wish me luck!!