Happy Tuesday to everyone! I had class last night, so alas no stitching. But, you can see I made a little bit of progress on Baby Garden over the weekend. My goal last week was to finish two rows – the row with the goldfish and the row underneath (the purple and the hearts). I was able to finish up both, which I am pleased with. This week I would like to get the next row done – it’s a big row like the goldfish row, so I think one is plenty to focus on. This row has the birth date in it, so you’ll probably be treated to more of my creative “covering up” techniques. I am happy to see progress being made on this piece, and am enjoying stitching on it again.
I am finding that by setting weekly goals for myself, I seem to be a little more organized and able to get things done. I am doing this with other things too, not just stitching. Eric spent all weekend editing our photos from the last couple of trips we’ve taken. He is almost through the Philadelphia photos now, so any day now I should be able to share.
I’m starting to look towards the end of the year and the pieces I would like to work on. As I mentioned in my last post, I am wanting to finish up my set of the Shepherd’s Bush ornaments this year. Last year, my big Christmas project was our Christmas stockings, so this year I want to finish up those ornaments and then finish them into a wall hanging. Next year, I think that I am going to focus on the Marbek Nativity. You may remember that earlier in the year I purchased Sapphire fabric from Heaven Lee Creations for this piece. Here’s a photo of the piece.
I do plan to finish it as shown. I also will need to get started soon on my Second Day of Christmas ornament (Teresa Wentzler) for Eric for Christmas this year. But, while I was rifling through my stash, I came across a piece I’ve never shown you.
This is Teeny Witch from Cross-Stitch & Needlework Magazine. She’s been on my WIP list over there on my sidebar since I put that up there. But, I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned her. This is a Mary Engelbreit design, and when I saw this pattern in the magazine last year, I immediately started stitching on her. My intention was to make her into a sweetbag for my Halloween Sweetbag exchange on Legacy. But, I overestimated how quickly I could get her done. So, when it came down to decision time, I abandoned this piece and went with a simpler choice. I haven’t picked her up since then, but I just love the piece and really want to finish her. I’m stitching with DMC on 32ct Poltergeist by Silkweaver. There are a ton of color changes in this piece and a ton of fractional stitches, which is why it was taking me so long. I’d love to have her finished for this Halloween.
One of my goals for September is to read three books. I am a third of the way there, as I finished Eat, Pray, Love yesterday. What a fabulous book! Next up is Peony in Love, for my book club at the end of the month. I am looking forward to it, as it looks like a really good read.
Walk to Rivendell: Still in the Bonfire Glade. (Total Miles Walked: 77.5)
I am grateful for implementing new changes.