Friday, December 30, 2011

So ready for 2012!!

I have been busy this week while on break from school and work to organize my life....so far so good!  I have kitted up my 15 projects for the big 2012CrazyCrossStitch challenge to start on January 1st :)  So excited!  And here are my two big finishes that I gave as gifts this Christmas:

For Josh - Darth Vadar - only used 310 DMC on Red Jobelen. Then I sewed up a piece of black cloth to make a border for the frame. Pattern is from http://www.myphotostitch.com/blog/tag/darth-vader
It was a lot of fun to stitch - no color changes!  And I started it in September and worked on it on an off, in front of Josh, who never really questioned what it was until he unwrapped it Christmas morning!

For Rob - Golf Shoe that I framed with a pic of him golfing from the tournament in Boston this past August.  I started the cross stitch on that trip too - finished it pretty quickly, and thanfully I found the perfect frame to put it in!  I am hoping he brings it to work to hang up since he doesn't have any 'space' in our house!  Pattern from http://www.patternsonline.com/Patterns/DownloadPat.aspx?P=6754 and I inscribed my own wording - done on Aida with DMC floss.

That is it for now!  Off to work on some WIP's before the new projects start on Sunday :)  Thanks for reading (I actually have some followers to my blog - how cool!)


Sunday, December 18, 2011

2012 Wipocolypse - Current projects that I need to finish!!

1. The Great Escape SAL from the Stitch Specialists - (photo credited to designer AbiGurden) - I started it and am using stash threads to work on the specialty stitches
The Great Escape (framed)
2. Hydrangea - Dimensions Gold Collection

3. It's A Grand Old Flag - Heartstings

4. Nativity Figures from A Christmas Remembered Book (8/11 are completed, need to finish 1 more and start the last two); sew together into figures when done

5. Twelve Days of Christmas - Teresa Wenzler (1 completed, 3 need backstitching, 1 just started, 7 to start); sew into ornaments when done

6. Miniature Autumn Sampler - Teresa Wenzler

Pieces to frame/finalize:
1. Indian Elephant - finished in Boston 2010

2. English Cottage Ornament Sampler - Teresa Wenzler - finished approx 2008

3. Cornucopia
4. 4th of July Star - make into ornament

Dates t o Remember to update progress pics:
January 9
February 7
March 8
April 6
May 5
June 4
July 3
August 1
August 31
September 29
October 29
November 28
December 28

CrossStitch Crazy 2012 Projects - New Projects

Here is a list of 15 projects I am going to start in January (1st-15)....with the goal of completing them in 2012. I am not super sure of the order yet..pics to come!

1. Christmas Mosaic Ornament - M Designs (Gentle Art Sampler Threads)

2. In a Stable - Shepard's Bush (from Christmas Ornaments 2004, using Weeks Dye Works threads)

3. Little Bitty Quilt Jan/Feb by Val's Stuff (DMC)
4. Snowman Keeper - Drawn Thread (DMC and Mill Hill Beads)
5. Tree of Stitches (from the Stitch Specialists) - misc. threads
6. Thomas Kincade Lamplight Brooke (DMC on evenweave)

7. Wilderness Christmas - from Cross-Stitch Needlework Mag  (DMC and beads on evenweave)
8. Holiday Santa Faces (DMC with scrap fabrics)
9. Spring Scissors Keeper - Drawn Thread (misc threads/fabric)
10. HAED Elephant (DMC/silk threads on evenweave)
11 Renaissance Bookmark by Terersa Wenzler (DMC on bookmark aida)

12. Lizzie Kate Spooky Patch - DMC or Weeks Dye Works on black fabby

13. Some sort of Kindle cover (for the Kindle I know is coming under my Christmas Tree!)
14. Heart Throb - Drawn Thread
15. Tribal Sand Dollar - White Willow Stiching - I really like this design but will probably change the colors.
Tribal Sand Dollar - Cross Stitch Pattern

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Goals for 2012

So I have been looking through a lot of other stitcher blogs and am thinkin about my stichin goals for next year.  I joined the FB CrossStitchCrazy 2012 group and their goal is to 1 new pattern for the first 15 days of January with the goal of finishing those projects by the end of the year. Quite the challenge, but I am trying to refocus my 'pattern' of picking huge projects that unfortunately sit as UFO's for quite a while before I get tired of the pattern and discard it!  I am trying to find some smaller pieces that will help me accomplish this goal!  Anyway, I am going to spend the next few weeks going through my stash to reorganize for this challenge.  In the meantime, I am finishing up the Darth Vadar pic (xmas gift for Josh so I need to get it done!) and pulling out my holidays projects I have been working on for years - the Nativity and 12 Days of Christmas (Teresa Wenzler) - pics to follow....

There is also a bunch of stitchers doing the 2012WIPocalypse - where you finish all your old projects before the world ends next December :)   I am going to compile my projects and pics to plan on working on that one as well....busy year ahead!

Thanks for reading!

PS - Updated to post pic of Vadar - here is finished product (not my pic  but I am so close to finishing - only 5 more days until it needs to be wrapped! Mine is black DMC on red fabby.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

My New Blog!

So, I decided to try to start blogging about my cross-stitch.  It won't be really exciting to anyone other than fellow stitchers but whatever, I want to try it!  I have a ton of pics to upload but for now will just start small with my favorite - the Elephants pic.  I love elephants and it took me forever to finish that one but I got it framed and it hangs in our dining room. More pics to follow once I think of something exciting to write about :)

Currently working on Darth Vadar (black DMC on red jobelen)