Sunday, 30 December 2012

Year in Review and Plans for 2013 (WARNING Pic Heavy !!!


Well since the world didn't end on December 21st I guess I should make some plans for 2013.  I will start first with summing up my stitching for 2012.  I won't put all the details of each project here, (you can click on my 2012 finishes page for  more info),  I will just post the pictures:







 
 So there are my personal finishes for the year, a total of twenty (I am also close to having two more before the end of the year), I am pretty pleased with that.  It is not as many as last year but I have been working on larger projects.  I also made progress on my WIPS, two pages of Fractal Bookmark 292, one page of Dolphins and one section of Linen Butterflies:

I also started two SAL's, one from Oakhaven Designs and one from Papillon Creations.  Here are my latest progress pics:
  
And finally I did these projects for other people:
  
Phew.... I did loads !!!!!!!!! And there is no stopping me for next year.  I have seen other people do this the last couple of years and I thought this would be the year I would join in.  I am going to do the Crazy January Challenge 2013.  I am really looking forward to it.  I have picked out all my projects and have them lined up, they are not all new as I am going to make a couple of the starts, page finishes of my current projects.  I have read everyones comments on their experiences on taking part and I still think it will suit me as I am someone who likes to have challenges and goals.  Here is my list:

1.  Fractal Bookmark 332 (page one finish)
2.  No Fishing (from Cross Stitcher Magazine)
3.  Hummingbird (from Teresa Wentzler)
4.  Fractal Bookmark 292 (page 3 finish)
5.  Victorian Dressmaker (from Cross Stitcher Magazine)
6.  Sweet Spring (from Oakhaven Designs)
7.  HAED Trick or Treat (page one finish)
8.  Keep Calm and Cross Stitch (from Cross Stitcher Magazine)
9.  AristoKat (Mouseloft kit)
10.  Heart of My Heart (from The Stitch Specialists)
11.  Funky Fox (free kit from Cross Stitcher Magazine)
12.  Cheeky Dolphin (Vintage kit from Charity shop)
13.  Dolphins (page four finish)
14.  Linen Butterflies (section two)
15.  HAED Literate Dragon
I will also continue to keep up with the Papillon SAL and finish off the Oakhaven SAL for 2012.  I can't wait for 2013 to start !!!

Happy Stitching Everyone !! Blog with you next year !!!

P.S.  I also want to increase my blogging this year, in 2011 I blogged 55 times, in 2012 68 times.  In 2013 I want to post at least 80 times !!!

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas !!!


MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY !!!!!!!!!



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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

It's My Birthday and I'll Post if I Want To !!!


So today I turn 32 and I am having a lovely day but I wanted to make a quick post about my present from my mother. I have always wanted an original Singer hand turning sewing machine just like my gran had when I was little (we don't know where her machine went). We have a local charity shop that I go in all the time to look at them as they sell a few of them. My mum said she would get me one for my birthday. The shop had sold out of them the last couple of trips I went to, so I was soooo pleased to have got it as it was one I saw about a month ago that I showed my mum (unknown to me she went in the next day to buy it). It is in immaculate condition, has an original hard case and instruction manual. It is probably from approx. 1930. You won't believe how much she paid ..... £25 ....... Amazing price !!!! I am soo happy I can't wait to have a play on it.





Happy Stitching Everybody !!!!!!

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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Siberian Forest is Finished !!!! And Final 2012 TUSAL


I've finished it !!!! Siberian Forest is finished. I have enjoyed stitching this design sooo much. I have LOVED seeing the tiger come to life especially the mesmerising eyes. He is really imposing and majestic. I can't wait for the next SAL to start ...




I also have a picture of my TUSAL jar for the last time this year, I was going to keep my jar full and use it for a decoration but I have changed my mind and am going to use it to stuff the Christmas decorations I am making ....




I have also worked on a small mouseloft kit in the last couple of days, any UK followers will know of the meerkat adverts that we have and I absolutely LOVE them, therefore when I saw this design I just had to stitch it. It combines my two favourite things, meerkats and Christmas ....




Happy Stitching Everybody !!!!!

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Saturday, 8 December 2012

Secret Stitching Reveal and Siberian Forest Progress !!!

I can finally reveal what has been slowing up my sewing lately. Last Saturday I did my first craft fair !!!! I have been working really hard making up lots of products for my table. I was really worried how it would go so I didn't want to talk about it before. I was really pleased how it went I managed to make back the cost of the table and make a little more besides !!!!! The fair was at a nearby towns Christmas Light switch on so there was a lot of footfall. I still have some stuff left and I intend to put that stuff in my etsy shop in the New Year. Here are a couple of pictures of my stall plus me and one of my staff (both my mum and sister came to help me !!!!!!!!) ....











I have also made progress on Siberian Forest, I will not post anymore pictures of this until I finish because I am sooooo close ...





Happy Stitching Everybody !!!!!!

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