Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Crazy January is Over.........

I am so happy that the CJC is over.  Last year I got bored with my new starts that half way through the month..."I said to heck with this" and just stitched on what I wanted.  But this year I persevered to the end.  So I have 15 new starts for the year.  Not that I will get back to them any time soon.
So here are the last few starts for January.
25-26 of January I started SB Friends.  I stitched the Friends on the start dates, but have stitched on this since then as my work project.  This is stitching up fast, so I hope to be done by this weekend.

27-28th of January I started Merry Cox's Sampler Band Shaker Box and Accessories.
I have to tell you a little about this one.  I am a big fan of Merry Cox.  (As you can tell by the list projects of hers below that I need to do the finishing on).  My husband and I were in the southern part of Missouri, around the Branson, Table Rock area.  If you come to our part of the states...it seems like there are antique shops everywhere in the boonies. Well there was one shop that we would pass all the time and I told my husband if we have time I would like to stop.   We stopped and as I was looking around I spied a little shaker box that had $20 on it.  I thought was a steal.  So as I was picking it up I noticed this chart that went with it.  My heart was beating fast.  I could not believe it.  Was I actually looking at a kit for a Merry Cox project.  Why yes I was.  This is dated back to 1995.  WOW.  I couldn't let this little shaker box be alone any more and I was happy to give it a loving home.

Then last but not least (I was so happy that this was the end), 29-30th new start was VS Silk Wisteria.  I only stitched on this one day as I was tired of new starts and wanted to get to work on my WIPs.

I was excited as I received my kit for Amy Mitten's new on-line class, Friesland Winder Keeper.  I love the blues and greens of this project.  I will be starting this maybe sometime this weekend.  This will be a work at my own pace project.

Well my WIP's are calling me, come stitch on me.  I hope to have a couple of projects done by this weekend.

Thank you for all the kind comments.  It sure makes me want to stitch, and keep up my blog.  Til next time.  Happy stitching.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A time for Celebration..............

It's time to CELEBRATE.  I have reached a milestone with this blog.  I have posted 6 times this year.  Needless to say if you look at my archives over the past 5 years...yes 5 years, the most I have posted in one year is 5 times and in 2009 I did not post anything.  So this is a time to celebrate.
I did just that this past weekend with the International Hermit and Stitch weekend.
It started out real well on Friday night.  I stitched on SB Charmed Hearts which was one of my CJC projects and then stitched on WMN Quaker Needlework Treasures.  Saturday was not all that productive....11 yr. old has swim practice and then that afternoon we sold some wood, which the people wanted it delivered and after that went out to dinner, did not get much stitching accomplished.  Then Sunday was the day......I was able to get WMN's Quaker Needlework Treasures done.   This is the WIP on my list that I wanted to get done this year. The finishing will have to wait til next year as I got my list all lined up on what finishing I want to do for this year.

So I am still plugging away on the CJC.  Only a few more days and then I will be stitching on my WIPS.

On the 13-14 of January I stitched on SB Come Terry.  Not much is done as we had a swim meet.  I only got part of the shoe done.  At least it is a start. Sorry the picture is so dark.  (I am using my Handycam for pics and just getting the hang of the lighting.)

Next for the 15-16 I started DT Acorn Sampler.  This was a fun one to start.  Love the queen stitches already.  Might have to add this one to my pile for this year.

Next on the list for the 17-18 was WMN My Treasures.

Then the 19-20 I stitched on SB Charmed Hearts.  I started sorting out the color's on the color card that SB gives in each kit and come to find out....I was short 4 colors.  I bought this kit about 10 years ago...so I looked in my stash of Au Ver Soie d'alger and needless to say I had every color around the colors that I needed.  Oh well...instead of contacting SB I am just going to go out an buy me the skeins that I need.  But I did start on the vine part as I did have both the light and dark greens.

I guess I was in a SB mood as the 21-22 was Snowy Morn.  I don't know if I like the fabric of this one.  It is dark but as I am stitching on it, the piece of linen seems to be lighting up.  So I think it will be ok.

And the last one for now is the DT Toccatta II 23-24.  I don't know if I will get a chance to stitch on this one tonight or not.  Helping my oldest with his homework.  

So there is only a few days left of January.  WOW can't believe 2012 is trucking right along.  I had on my list that the 25-26 was going to be Amy Mitten's online class (as this was the start date) Friesland but when I got to reading the info again, it said she would be mailing out the kits on the 25th.  So I better put something in it's place as I don't know how fast we will receive our kits from Canada.  So I will be stitching on SB Friends.  

Thank you for visiting.

Friday, January 20, 2012

I have decided to join the International Hermit and Stitch Weekend. This takes place on the 3rd weekend of each month. This works out perfectly for me this weekend as last weekend was a swim meet and so is next weekend. This gives me an excuse to stay home do a little bit of laundry, light housework and relax and stitch. What a perfect thing to do on a weekend. I hope to stitch on not just my starts for January but some on my WIP's.

I will take pictures of my progress this weekend and hope to do a follow up on Sunday night with my accomplishments. My time will start at 3pm as this is when I get off of work...but won't actually get to stitch til around 4 or 5pm. Have to pick up kiddos and check on critters around the farm.

Hope everyone gets some stitching in this weekend.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I have pics of my CJC.

I am on a roll. I do my Crazy January Challenge a little different. I take 15 new projects and instead of stitching the first 15 days of January I extend the project for two days. This makes the whole month of January the challenge.

I got off to a good start even though I have not been able to stitch both days on some of these projects. So it might be a good thing that I extend it for two days a project just in case I can't get to to it.

So the 1-2 of January I started Merry Cox's Flower Pin Cushion. This was one of the projects that I only stitched one day on due to us driving back home from Wyoming. I can not stitch in a car. I will definitely make me sick.

On the 3-4 I stitched on Betsy Morgan's This One's for Betty Etui. I just love the colors of this. I can't wait to stitch on this piece a little bit more. I was able to stitch both days on
this project.

The 5-6 was Marcia Brown's Sailor's Accessories. I only got to stitch a little bit on this project. Wish I could have stitched more. Oh well....at least it is a start.

7-8 of January was spent stitching on Merry Cox's Spring Flower Pin Cushion. I only stitched on this one on the 8th. My oldest son swims competitively for Razorback Aquatic Club and he had a swim meet on the 7th. We hosted this meet and when we do...parents have to work if their kid is swimming. So not much stitching done.

9-10 I stitched on Box Cube 1...not much stitching on this one either.

11-12 was the Christmas Pin Cube...I only stitched on this project one day. Running between school, swim practice and the farm...I don't get much time.

This is the pictures so far for this Crazy January Challenge.
I did work on one of my WIP's for the WIPocalypse 2012 challenge that I am also participating in. It is Quaker Needlework Treasures. I hope to have this done in the next week or so.

Thanks for visiting.
Happy stitching.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

WIPocalypse (Jan. 9) and January Challenge Update

I am not doing a good job at keeping up. My boys and work are keeping me busy. But I think a lot of it had to do we were on vacation during the holidays and I am now just getting things back to normal around here.

First I was supposed to update my blog on the 9th of January with my stitching for the WIPocalypse 2012 that I am currently in. But this did not happend. I really have not stitched on any of my WIPS as I am adding to them by doing the Crazy January Challenge. Is that not really crazy or what. It is kinda defeating the purpose of getting WIP's out of the way. Oh well.....there is always next year or....not by the WIPocalypse that I am in. I shall wait and see.

Next to let you know about my CJC....I am on task with my starts for January. I will post pics hopefully this weekend. We have a swim meet but it should be short and sweet and not last the whole weekend.

Happy stitching.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Day 3-4 of the Crazy January Challenge

Just a quick update on the 1-2 days of the CJC. Since we were driving back from Wyoming yesterday....I was not able to stitch on the pin cushion for a second day. I still only have the flower done. It is a good start for the project. I will post pictures soon.

On to day 3-4 which I will be stitching on This One's for Betty by Betsy Morgan. I just love this little etui and accessories.

Off to stitch for about an hour then to settle in to bed.
Good night stitchers.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year 2012

Happy New Year.

I have started the Crazy January Challenge today.
The project that I am stitching on for Jan 1-2 is Merry Cox's Flower Pin Cushion.
A lot of stitchers only stitch one project a day for the first 15 days of January. I put a little spin on it and stitch 2 days on 15 projects. It lasts the whole month of January and with two days I get a good start stitching on the project. So I have the flower stitched and will start on the border this evening. I will try to post a picture tomorrow of the pin cushion as I am not home.

I am actually in Wyoming for the holidays, so I was a little worried about my starts for the new year. But I managed. I did not get as much stitching as I wanted to over the holidays. It seems I never do if I am visiting family in Wyoming. I guess I visit too much with my Mom, Aunt, Brother and his family. Oh Well, I don't get to see my Family often. They are 900 miles away. Too far for an over nighter.
We are heading home tomorrow morning around 3am. Will get back to Arkansas around 3-4pm. That's ok....kids head back to school on Thursday, so we have a few days to recuperate. More like wash laundry.

I wish everyone good health, happiness, peace and lots and lots of stitching for 2012.
I am off to a good start with stitching for 2012.

Thanks for visiting.