I’ve finished the stitching on my first ornament! I am so pleased with how it turned out. I’m not going to worry too much about doing the finishing on it for now, I’ll probably get a few ornaments done and then do a mass finishing day. At least my tree will have one hand-stitched ornament on it! I finished this Wednesday night, and dove right into my next one last night.
I finished the last of the Shepherd’s Bush ornaments on Sunday. I probably won’t get them made into a wall-hanging for a little while, but at least they are all stitched. My Christmas stitching plans were kind of thrown off by everything that has happened since Thanksgiving.
Here they all are together. Pretty, huh?
And to answer a few questions from my last post… Karin asked if those were Pampered Chef serving pieces. Why yes, they are! Eric and I registered at Pampered Chef when we got married, so we have lots of their goodies!
And Anna asked what the deal is with trains and Christmas. I found a couple of mentions of the tradition here and here. I think for Eric, he is a big train enthusiast, so a train around the Christmas tree is a must. Also the reason I chose to stitch Harry’s stocking for him (because of the train at the bottom). I didn’t grow up with trains, and it’s only been since we were married that a train has been at the base of my tree. The tradition in our family was going to see the Nutcracker ballet every year.
And of course, it is time to announce the winner of the 250th Post is Barbara! Congratulations, Barbara!! I’ll contact you for your mailing info!!
So, that’s a photo of me with the stocking my mom made for me. My parents have been working on scanning all of their slides from when my sister and I were growing up. I don’t remember ever seeing it before.
I am grateful for another beautiful holiday with my husband (and apple pancakes too)!
Focus on finishing my WIPs. I have planned a new start after every third finished WIP in order to keep me motivated. I have also planned two January starts – one on January 1st, and the other a monthly SAL.
1. NEW – January 1 start and Monthly Red Thread SAL [Mermaids of the Deep Blue 1/1 start]
2. Mystery 9
3. Tesori d’Italia
4. Barnabee’s Quest
5. NEW – Nativity (this will be my 2008 Christmas project)
6. Mystery Sampler
7. Dorothy’s Garden
8. Bay Sampler
9. NEW – Pearl Lights (maybe)
10. Mermaid Treasure Box
11. Midi Mystery 2
12. Queen of the Needle Case
14. Water ACEO
15. Teeny Witch
I will also be focusing on stitching ornaments this year and will work those in as I can. Smalls will also include catching up on my Just Nan WhimZis and finishing up my Essie’s Friends pieces.
I also want to considerably cut down on the number of charts I buy. I have more than enough to keep me busy. I intend to continue with my automatics (Prairie Schooler new releases, Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers and Just Nan Limited Edition WhimZis), and will only buy charts that are time sensitive or needed for an RR/Exchange.
My “splurges” this year, rather than being stash will be having some things professionally framed or finished.
First things first, I made this needleminder for Jenna for her birthday. Making and/or sending birthday gifts are a rare thing for me, but I really wanted to do something for Jenna this year. I chose a freebie design from My Aunt’s Attic (Tantes Zolder). I was a little late getting this out in the mail, but Jenna assures me it brightened her day. Happy birthday, Jenna!
As Bethlehem Slept
Shepherd’s Bush ornament from JCS Ornament Issue 2005
Weeks and GAST on 32ct Dark Espesso Linen by R&R
Embellished with Sterling Inn Charm
Secondly, last night I finished stitching the Shepherd’s Bush ornament I’ve been sporadically working on. I only have two more to stitch! Which reminds me, I need to order the charm for this year’s ornament. I love this one, so much more than the last one I stitched. Maybe I love it because all of the colors, or maybe for the little sheep?
Yesterday I also finished reading the book for my book club (which is Friday…typical Michelle, huh?!). This book was fabulous!! It is about Hans Holbein, the painter, and the family of Thomas More, during the time that Henry VIII was wanting to marry Anne Boleyn. Really a fascinating read. I had to keep referring to Holbein’s paintings while I was reading the book because of all of the hidden meanings and plays on words the book discusses in them. I highly recommend this book. Not sure what I’ll read next, but I’ll be sure to let you know how it is!
Since it’s the end of October, I thought I’d take a quick look at those year end goals I set for myself and see how I’m doing with two months left.
1. Finishing on all of my finished but unfinished pieces. I finished the two pinkeeps, fob and wallhanging; still have three pieces to frame
2. Finish stitching on Baby Garden and frame to send for Christmas
3. Finish Shepherd’s Bush ornaments and make into wall hanging for Christmas finished one of the three I had left
4. Stitch and finish 2nd Day of Christmas ornament for Eric kitted up and ready to start
5. Get to the halfway mark on Tesori
6. Keep up with Neighborhood RR working on Kathy’s right now
7. Sew on quilt squares, get ready to start wedding quilt in January have not worked on my quilt squares, but I did get my quilts ready to drop off for quilting.
8. Blog more consistently – let’s shoot for every other day this was going pretty well until I got sick
9. Take stock of my 101 Things List and cross some more things off I’ve crossed one thing off!
10. Organize our travel photos – print and make books
11. Continue with Home Project, finish three rooms (1 per month) I am waiting on a mat I ordered, and then I will have my October room done.
12. Read two books per month Only read one this month
13. Finish writing my two poems I think I have one finished, but I’m letting it percolate a little while to be sure
14. Focus on my fitness, continue my weight loss – meet my end of year goal weight continuing with workouts, definitely seeing a difference in the inches!
15. Decorate for the holidays, enjoy and relax! I had fun decorating for Halloween.
I think I’m doing ok, but I’ll have to move it into high gear in order to get everything done by the end of the year. As soon as I get Kathy’s RR finished, I intend to press on with Baby Garden and would like to have it finished by the end of November. That way, I won’t be stressing about finishing it for Christmas (see this is why I don’t stitch gifts very often!!).
Hope you all have a happy Halloween. I wore my snake earrings to work today as my subtle nod to the holiday. I saw a woman on my way to my desk with a bright orange shirt on and jack-o-lantern antennae on her head. Not-so-subtle. Anyway, thought I’d show you this photo from South Street in Philadelphia. I thought the building was interesting. It’s a tattoo parlor.
Tonight we’ll be watching Bram Stoker’s Dracula, in keeping with tradition.
I am grateful for ghoulies and ghosties, long leggity beasties and things that go bump in the night.
Eric licked the bowl, so it must be good. We’ll find out soon!
I am grateful for reading.