Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017
Well, it would appear that I survived 2016... just!! I don't think that I am the only one pleased that 2016 is over and that we are hopefully starting afresh with a new year and a renewed spirit.... 2016 was a tough year in a lot of ways for me (us) but it is now in the past and I am looking forward to the new year with spring in my step (well, I am trying to convince myself that I have a spring in my step anyway!!)
I hope that everyone had a great Christmas and New Year! Ours was very quiet and relaxing with lots of stitching to be had! Best way to spend a holiday in my opinion!
So.... given that I haven't posted in quite some time.... I have a lot to catch up with you all. I haven't even managed to read any blogs in the last few weeks so I am also way behind on everyone's news but fingers crossed that will be rectified soon :o)
Where to start....
Firstly let's look at a collage of finishes
The last 6 pictures in the collage above you haven't seen before - they were were all finished in December. (2 x Fantasy SAL finishes - Oct & Nov; Mill Hill kit; L*K Jingles "Silent Night" and the border between the blocks; L*K Snow Story "Cold Hands"; border for Plum Street Samplers "12 Days of Christmas")
Best year of finishes ever!! I had a total of 46 (yes... 46!) finishes during 2016. Most are small and some are parts of a larger piece (ie Fantasy SAL) but overall I am quite pleased to have a good total for 2016.
I did also total up all of my starts for 2016.... 89 starts - of which I finished 41! The other 5 finishes from my 2016 total were starts from 2015.
Since the beginning of 2017 I have been working on the Plum Street Samplers "12 Days of Christmas" for the Stitch Maynia "12 Days of Stitchmas" event. (Picture below to refresh your memories as to what it looks like)
I am not using traditional colours for this piece and have decided to go out on a limb and use variegated threads from Jodyri Designs. Once the 12 days are all started I will take a picture of the full piece. This piece will be my Christmas Ornament Blog piece and the aim is to finish a block each month during 2017. Easy.. right?!?
For the Halloween blog I am planning on stitching mainly on one design that I will try to match up each month to the theme. The design I chose to stitch for 2017 is "Halloween Happiness" by Sandra Cozzolino. (I got the idea of stitching this one in 2017 from Serendipitous Stitching's Jo)
I started the moon on New Year's Day as my New Year, New Start.... I think this is going to be a lovely piece when it's all done. I have chosen to stitch it on a light purple fabric rather than the recommended smoketone fabric. Much more of a Halloween colour!
As for the rest of 2017.... I will continue on with the Lakeside Needlecraft Fantasy SAL til that ends in July, and I have also signed up for 2 more monthly SAL's - Frosted Pumpkin's "Happily Ever After SAL" and Ingleside Imaginarium's "Dragon Birthstone SAL". And of course, there are all the events in Stitch Maynia and the other FB Groups to stitch for, so lots of stitching ahead! Fingers crossed I will manage to keep up with the monthly SAL's as well as getting some of those WIPs under control!!
Til my next update.... happy stitching and may the frog stay far, far away!