Friday, 1 February 2013

Stitchy plans 2013....

Hello there!
Today is my first blogiversary! A little while back I had started thinking about how quickly February 1st was rolling round again & what I might do to celebrate my first whole year in Blogland.  A reflective post about how this experience has changed aspects of my crafting & social life? A giveaway with lots of crafty goodies? Well in the end it has arrived while I have been trying to impose some order & calm on life & I am totally unprepared! So you are spared the reflective post & if I can get organised over the next week or so I will get back to you on the giveaway...
Instead I thought I could try & gather my thoughts & share with you some stitchy plans that I have for the year ahead. I didn't want to set exact targets as I want to have the flexibility to start new projects as inspiration strikes & also because my stitchy time in a week can vary wildly, but there are a couple of goals I would like to work towards.
Number One: I would like to make even a small dent in the HUGE pile of Christmassy charts on my "to stitch" list and I can finally admit I am never going to make much progress on it by waiting till the "Christmassy" mood strikes me (usually after Halloween). By those last 10 or 11 weeks of the year my list of things to make feels longer than the other 40 weeks put together so fitting in extra Christmas stitching is a bit like trying to squish a cat into a string bag - it's just never going to work! So the new plan is to try & spend one day a week working on Christmas themed stitching. I reckon even if I can't keep this up all year I will still have achieved more than leaving it all till November ;-) The first project I am working on also counts towards Goal Number Two...  
Number Two: I would like to complete the UFO's (UnFinished Objects) lurking in my room. I have four projects that for various reasons have ended up banished to The Drawer. So I am going to try & spend one day a week working on a UFO.  First up is The Snowman kit I mentioned in my last post. Here is what it will look like...
Here is my progress as of December 31 2012...
...and here is my progress as of January 27 2013...

As it took me a few weeks to formulate these plans I haven't done two days a week of stitching on this in January (one day for Christmas stitching & one for UFO stitching) but there is definite progress & I am hopeful to stick to the plan for February...  
Next up is my dear Ladybird Fairy. I feel a bit bad labeling her as a UFO as she only made the trip upstairs because I really had to put her down in order to finish certain projects in time for December 25th! I am really looking forward to getting her back out as I really don't have that much cross stitch to complete on her...
Once the flowers across the bottom are done it will be metallics, backstitching, & all the beadwork. This should be an easy, enjoyable finish :-)
The third UFO is going to be my BIG CHALLENGE of the year I think. I have admired this kit for YEARS & when I saw it going for a song on ebay I couldn't resist any longer. That was in the summer of 2011 & pretty much as soon as I opened it I realised it was a bit more involved than I had thought. For a start there is a lot of color blending but it also instructs you to use different numbers of threads in your needle in order to create depth. So one symbol on the chart might mean you have one strand of floss in your needle, the symbol next to it might require three strands in two different colors etc. Then of course some are full stitches & some are half stitches - at least I haven't found any fractionals yet! Oh did I mention you can also work on this for hours and then be hard pushed to see much difference? :/ I started this as an "easy" project to take on my travels that summer - my WIP at that time was the Crescent Moon Dragon (black fabric, metallics, lots of beads) so in comparison I thought this would be simpler & expected to come home with it half done. Hmmm....  OK so this is what it will look like eventually...
...and this is where I am....
I think you can just about see one, maybe two horses starting to emerge if you look really closely???
Lastly I have the Christmas Stocking that I started last August to finish.
Originally I had planned to make this for Baby H's first Christmas but at some point I realised this wasn't going to happen & it ended up being abandoned. I would like to finish it though, this was as far as I got before it made the trip upstairs to The Drawer of Procrastination...
Again this project will count as Christmas stitching as well as UFO stitching so (if I am still on track by that stage) it will get two days of attention a week :-)
Of course that leaves the other five days in the week for other projects so I'm looking forward to the next year of blogging & sharing lots of crafty goodness with you all :-)
Thank you for visiting my little blog today, I wish you a lovely, happy weekend!   

16 comments:

  1. Well done on one year of blogging. I know how you feel about the Dimensions kit. Majestic Peacock (my YOTA piece) is the same and can have up to 5 strands in the needle in blended threads but they look great. I love all your projects and can't wait to see more progress on them.

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    1. Thank you! Your YOTA piece sounds spectacular! Happy stitching :-)
      Helen

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  2. You have some great projects to work on! Like you, I am trying to get some early Christmas stitching done.
    Congrats on the year of blogging, doesn't the time just fly?
    Looking forward to seeing your progress on all of these lovely designs.

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    1. Thanks Rhona! Look forward to seeing your early Christmas stitching too, that little mousie is very cute ;) Happy stitching!
      Helen

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  3. Happy Blogversary to you ^_^ That is a lovely lot of stitching you have there.Lots of lovely stitchy hours ahead for you.
    xox

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    1. Thanks Steph, a love a good stitchy day don't you?! Have a great weekend, Helen xox

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  4. I love all of your ufos. Can't wait to see when they are completed.
    Mary
    http://marygracescrossstitch.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thanks Mary, you have some lovely projects too thanks for the link ;) Happy stitching,
      Helen

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  5. Congratulations on your blogiversary! Your ufos are looking great :) xx

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    1. Thank you Elisabeth :-) Your potholder is lovely & colorful, I also plan to try those little owls from Bunny Mummy soon! Have a great weekend,
      Helen x

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  6. Omg that's amazing x

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    1. Thanks Terri, hope you are feeling better soon!
      Helen x

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  7. Happy blogiversary. I love the ladybird fairy!

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    1. Thank you! How are your beautiful kitties coming along? Hope you have a great weekend of stitching, Helen

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  8. Look forward to seeing the ladybird fairy finished! I'm torn on which of the JE fairies to stitch first, once Frederick is done and my Haed UFO too (the list grows longer!) but that one is a close favourite :-)

    With you on the Dimensions kits, Maggie was all changes of strand numbers and colours but the results are brilliant. Frederick isn't quite so bad, phew! The horses are looking great already!

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    1. It is soooo hard to pick between the JE fairies, I started Ladybird as I had everything I needed for her except one packet of beads ;) Can't wait to see your Frederick finished!! Maggie is awesome, definitely worth it, maybe all Dimensions kits are like this? I have one more unstarted one in my stash so will need to go look now! Have a great week!
      Helen xxx

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