A few notes:
Nail polish – Orly Torrid
Travel mucks with the posting schedule…
Three of my ten pieces saw action this month.
Mill Hill Wanda’s Witchery has a little more progress. I worked on the outside frame:
I finished Part 1 of Lizzie*Kate’s Unseen Things Mystery
And finally… I finished January’s Chalk design from Hands on Design
On to next month! 🙂
The last two weeks have been rather crazy and I don’t see that stopping at least until sometime in April. So, while I’ve been spending a lot of work hours, I have managed to do a tiny bit of reading and even put in a stitch or two 🙂
29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
Ben Aaronovitch’s latest entry in the Peter Grant series is Foxglove Summer and it’s set in the English countryside. Loved it!
Hotel lighting and late work hours doesn’t leave a lot of productive stitching time. But I can manage something relatively simple now and then.
This is a “blackwork” design by Bird Brain Designs done in blue. The design is printed on on iron-on sheet and then ironed on the background fabric. No tracing! Perle cotton and a sharp needle is all you need to stitch away. Very little brain power required. Perfect for my travel project 😉
I’m a homebody. Of course, this may surprise you given the amount of travel I do for work, but I truly prefer to curl up on my own couch each and every night with needle in hand. So far this year, it’s been one busy weekend after another and I finally got a quiet one! Minimal errands. DVR full of good stuff and stitching galore (that’s never an issue).
I finished part one of Lizzie Kate’s Things Unseen Sampler:
The fabric is 32-ct PTP Wren and Weeks flosses. I’m *very* tempted to start part 3 (the bottom) and then do part 2. I’m ornery that way, I suppose 😉 We’ll see what happens next weekend!
I also put in the first stitches on January’s Hands on Design “Year in Chalk” this morning.
This is 30-ct WDW Gunmetal linen. January calls for Chalk and Tropical Ocean GAST.
You may have noticed the increased use of QSnaps lately (or you may not – no worries). While I still consider myself an “in-hand” stitcher primarily, the ‘snaps are definitely handy for linens and opening up the holes.
Getting old sucks.
I spent the weekend away with a few friends and found time to make more progress on Part 1 of the Lizzie Kate Things Unseen Sampler. The final installment arrived in the mail while I was gone so now I know what I’m working toward 🙂
As for the Reading Challenge, I finished off Raging Heat (not counting it as I started it last year) and started my book for #29 – A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
I adore this series and excited to read Peter Grant’s latest adventure 🙂
Yesterday was nonstop meetings and appointments, so no post.
However, no real stitching either, so even if I *had* posted, you’d see the same thing 😉
Only two pieces are seeing any action so far this month.
Mill Hill Wanda’s Witchery traveled to CA with me and lo and behold – had some progress! Amazing how that happens. I added the hat on the left:
One of the benefits of paying more attention to my blog is that I can participate in the fun little plans and challenges found on friend’s blogs 🙂
Here are the 10 WIPs I would like to finish this year:
1 – Lizzie*Kate Mystery Sampler (Things Unseen) (New Year’s Day Start)
2 – Mirabilia New Year’s Fairy
3 – Mill Hill Wanda’s Witchery
4 – Ink Circles Round Mandala
5 – Hinzeit Dark Shadows
6 – Scarlett House Christmas at Holly House
7 – Hands On Designs Chalkboard Series (new start)
8 – Mill Hill Jim Shore Santa (new start)
9 – Little House Needlework Brave Hearts
10 – Glendon Place Plum Pudding
Not a bad list…. let’s see how it goes!
As a point of reference, here are just a few of the happenings from 2014:
You are now caught up. As you can imagine my “creating” time (stitching, quilting and knitting) was a bit more limited. I did manage to finish off a few of each type of projects and I’m sure I’ll show them off in the coming months.
This year, I’m hoping for a little more consistency? balance? predictability? I’m not sure. I do know that it would be lovely to have a year a little less stressful and full of change. My schedule is busy, but not unmanageable.
That being said, the blog is part of my mitigation strategy. A little planning, a little more focus and hopefully a lot less stress and an increase in positive results.
Here’s what is in store for the year:
2015 Reading Challenge – not that I need more reasons to read, but something fun to provide post fodder 😉
The WIP List – I will be updating the WIP List as I may have started a few things last year 😉 I’ll also be adding in quilting and knitting projects.
FMSPhotoADay – I’ve added my Instagram feed (azannette414) on the left which will show the photos based on the daily prompts provided.
I appreciate all that have found me again after my year+ break. I wish you all a wondrous 2015!