Saturday, February 22, 2014

Olympic Stitching...sort of

Well, my big plan for finishing a long-time WIP kinda fell by the wayside, mostly because I found this little cutey! 

Tomato Pincushion punchneedle pattern by Country Threads.

I found it on sale and couldn't resist sitting right down and punching it. Love It! least I did finish something during the Olympics!

Now it's time to get ready for the WSU Basketball game, where NO STITCHING will be accomplished. I'll be toooo busy cheering on the team.  We're 28-0 for the season...cheering for 29-0!

Friday, February 21, 2014

WSU Basketball

Go Shockers!

Wichita State University is having a GREAT Basketball season! 28-0 at this point!
Profile pic is a stitched version of the mascot WUShock. I love that piece!
Congratulations Shockers...and keep it going.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Olympic Stitching


I've always loved the Olympics. When we were kids we would gather in front of the tv and be mesmerized by the athletes and the competitions. (Remember when the Olympics were held every two years, alternating between Summer and Winter competitions? Oh the anticipation that wait brought on.) And isn't the USA Team doing awesome so far!  I love Slopestyle and Snowboarding!  And I'm sorry Evgeny Plushenko from Russia had to withdraw from figure skating. I love watching him.

Blogland has several people talking about their Olympic Stitching projects, so I thought I'd join the fun! My project has been languishing a very long time in my stitching stash, just waiting for more than a once-a-year passing glance. It's Bent Creek's "Glory". Fitting, no?

I love this pattern, but large blocks of color get boring and I go looking for a flower or something else to stitch. BUT...This is the year of finishing - finishing stitching on projects, or turning stitching into a finished ornament, framed picture, etc. So I'll challenge myself to stay with this one to the end!

Glory - Bent Creek design

Happy Stitching everyone! Go USA!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

(sing it to Pink Floyd)    School's out for the snow days!

2 days! I consider it a gift! I used that gift to finish Frank! a SamSarah design from the Just CrossStitch Halloween Ornament issue. He is on perforated paper and (finally!) joins the other 3 designs they have published. I love these little characters. Can't wait to see what comes next! 

I did start a few household chores, and that's where it stopped. It's back to work tomorrow, so I guess I better get a few other things finished. Oh, yeah...then shovel the drive. There's always a downside ... ha!
Here's Frank!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Groundhog Day


YEA!  My first finish for February. (Bent Creek freebie)  (tiny woo hoo! I'm still on a finishing roll)

Then... well, rats. 

Punxsutawney Phil says 6 more weeks of winter. Not like we didn't know, based on what's coming this week (snow!), but who likes to hear it from the Philster.

And, rats again.

The Super Bowl was a route. Painful from beginning to end. I don't like blow-outs. I'd rather see a good, tight game.  But, hey...Congrats to Seattle Seahawks for playing their game! They did an awesome job.

And that, sadly, is the end to football on Sunday's. Must be time to start thinking about gardening ;-D

January Challenges

Hello 2014!

I spent the holiday break reading blogs. Lots of blogs. Read about Stitching from your Stash, and TUSAL, and It's Geek To Me's Themealicious (love this one. have followed it for a couple years).

They got me excited to try to challenge myself.

I have a bad habit of "almost finishing" projects. Missing a thread? Put it aside and work on something else.  Miscounted and need to rip out some stitching? Blah...ignore...hide it.

Well...How about, instead of ignoring them, let's pull them out and see what I can finish in January?  As in, finish the stitching, or finish the stitched piece (pillow, ornament, etc.). 
OK...Challenge On!

The first part of the challenge was to finish some of those 90% done projects. I thought I could do one a day for 3 days. But...I finished a project each day for the FIRST 12 DAYS OF JANUARY!!!  I was having so much fun after the first few I just kept going. Some were new starts...small projects like JABC freebies and Mill Hill ornie kits. (I promise I didn't have that many things 90% done :) ).

WOO HOO!!! WHO KNEW I COULD DO THAT!  20 projects! Finished a stand-up, finished some punchneedle pieces, made a few stitched pieces into pincushions and ornaments. Stitched and finished a few smalls (the sleds were FUN!). I'm not sure why this was such fun, but I'm ready for the next challenge. I need to decide what February will be. Finish a large piece? Continue with my finishing? I have some sewing projects that really need to be on the challenge. We'll see!

Some of my Jan. finishes. Designs include Mosey n Me, JABC, La D Dah, Foxwood Crossings, With Thy Needle & Thread, Twisted Threads, The Primitive Hare, Mill Hill.