November 1st arrives, and the Christmas rush begins…even though I don’t understand it. Why can’t we just bask in the glow of Halloween and begin to look forward to Thanksgiving? Anyway, it does have me thinking about the end of the year and what I’d like to accomplish, even if I’m not quite ready to think about Christmas. I’ve been doing pretty good on my personal book challenge, which I’m happy about. So, I thought I’d apply the same logic to my stitching and see what happens. Not wanting to push myself over the stress cliff, but just to put some focus around what I’d like to work on, and keep those things with deadlines on my radar.
I’m of course working on Jenny Bean. So, I plan to continue with her until she’s finished. I have two Christmas ornaments that need to be stitched – one for our guild exchange and one for Eric (the 4th day of Christmas). The day after Thanksgiving, my friend Sherri and I will be starting on a piece we’ve been talking about stitching for awhile, the Marbek Nativity. I ordered a beautiful Sapphire linen for it a couple of years ago, so I just need to pull threads and I’m all set to go. We don’t have any sort of timeline associated with working on the piece, just a start date. So, that will be on my radar soon. I also need to finish the baby quilt sooner rather than later, so that’s on my list of things for the end of the year too. Dorothy’s Garden is my MAGIC piece, so even though it probably won’t get finished by the end of the year, I would like to put some more stitches into her. And finally, I would really like to work more on my CHS A&E. I’d love to have my first A&E finished, so I’ll put some stitches in that. So, here’s my end of year list…
1. Jenny Bean
2. Exchange ornament
3. 4th Day of Christmas ornament
5. Baby quilt
6. Dorothy’s Garden
7. CHS A&E
Not bad, I think that’s all do-able. And I also have on my radar getting fabric for my New Year’s Day start. I’ve already decided what it will be, I just need to decide on fabric. I also need threads for my Valentine’s Day project. So, I’ll be working on collecting the Belle Soies for that.
I am hopeful that I will be finished with school by the end of the year too – that is my big challenge. And once school is finished, my stitching time should increase dramatically! I think I’ve managed to keep up with the blog and manage to do some stitching even with working full time and going to school for the past almost two years. I’m ready to have some free time though!!
I’ll have a Jenny Bean update for you soon. I’ve finished the cartouche with her name and date in it, and have done half of the top border. Moving along on her!
I am grateful for hugs and kisses.