1.09.2022

2022 Plans

Welcome, 2022!

I only worked on one thing during this first week of 2022, my Frosty Forest piece by Country Cottage Needleworks.  I finished the church block, which I pulled from the "Let Us Adore Him" ornament and sort of adjusted to fit the square.  Totally not my idea - I got it from Angela at Happy Little Stitch Shop and thought it was brilliant!  


I'm about a quarter of the way through the next block and my goal is to finish the last three blocks by the end of the month.  Cheer me on!! :)





12.24.2021

2021 Finishes

I am looking at all the stitched ornaments on my tree, my stitched stockings, and my stitched advent calendar and realizing again what a big part cross stitch has always had in my life.  I haven't been able to concentrate on it for long periods of time since my mom died and then my husband had brain surgery and then I got a concussion, but even then it's always been there and I'm thankful for it.


I finished a number of things this year - and even finish finished one - which is amazing for me.   This Lizzie Kate ABC's of Faith hangs next to my bed and I look at it every morning.  It's one of two pieces I have that I actually had professionally framed.  I finished it during online "Cross Stitch Camp" which was really a good challenge for me. 


My word this year was harmony, so this little Shepherd's Bush Fob kit was perfect...



I finished a page of my HAED Mini Serenity Lane on 18 ct Aida...


Made a sweet freebie from Shannon Christine Designs using Antique Blue 14 ct Aida and some threads from my stash.


Made a Stitching with the Housewives freebie for Sunflower September with FQS Flosstube. (14 ct Vintage Country Mocha, threads from stash)




Finished a 6 or 7 year old WIP - Family Blessings by Imaginating (kit)


Finished 5 patterns in the Frosty Forest series by CCN - I plan to finish this in 2022. (16 count Platinum Aida, DMC)



Finished Block 1 of FarmHouse Christmas - LHN - 16 ct French Country Mocha?, Classic Colorworks.  This series is on my list for 2022 as well - and hopefully I will start the new Fall series when this is done!


Lady in Red by Heritage Stitchcraft, stitched on some fabric from my stash... Monaco, maybe?  This one is in memory of my mom.


I'm actually a bit amazed to see how many I've finished this year!  Since my last concussion a year ago - I've had a number of them through the years - I've had a spike in ADHD type symptoms and sitting still and concentrating to stitch is hard.  I've been trying to stitch for 15 minutes or more a day this year, but it is frustrating when things that used to take a couple of nights now take a couple of weeks.  And then you have to work through the mental struggle of wanting to quit because you feel like a failure and you wonder whether it is worth it.  I'm realizing that I need shorter goals, easier counts and some aspect of novelty / fun /challenge to keep going.  And I want to keep going, because it is good for me mentally and emotionally.  I think I will be making a WIPGO board for this year, working mostly on Aida, and challenging myself to fully finish my projects this year.

On a fun cross stitch related note, I've developed a love for project bags this year.  I picked up three from this Etsy shop - pamsneedleandthread - over the course of the year.  They are gorgeous!! Plus I received one from a stitching friend as a thank you for some handmade cards I made for her. I think I got the better end of that deal!!

I've also been watching the Fat Quarter Shop floss tube channel.  I love watching the incredible amount of projects Kimberly can accomplish in a year.  It continually inspires me and it's fun to see all the new things she works on.  Happy Little Stitch Shop has a lovely floss tube and shop as well.  Angela is so sweet!!

So that's it for 2021 unless I come back and post my plans for next year or I happen to have a finish.  Merry Christmas to any of you that happen to run across this post!

Happy Stitching!
Tricia




1.19.2021

A New Beginning

 Hello friends!

I bought myself a fun stitch after Christmas with some of my Christmas money.  When I was decorating I saw all the stockings and smalls and gifts and ornaments that I had made and received years ago - even though "years ago" seems like yesterday in my mind - and I decided I was going to encourage myself to stitch for fun this year.  Maybe it will jumpstart my mojo! 

My current project is a stocking for someone special.  I have been having trouble for the past year or so just sitting down and stitching for long stretches, so I've been doing "just one length of thread"each time I sit down with this project.  Who was it that did that?  Butterfly??  Whoever it was, thank you for the idea!!


Harmony is my word for the year, so this little fob will be one I start soon.  The Happy Little Stitch Shop is doing a SAL on Instagram that I might join in with.  On the 1st of each month you start something new or work on a WIP, the 4th of each month is for a Patriotic stitch, the 14th for Love/Friendship, the 25th for Christmas themed, and the 30th for Fall/Halloween.  I don't know as I will start something for all of them,  although, come to think of it, I'm sure I have a pattern or WIP in my stash for each of them and I probably wouldn't have to buy anything to start with... -  I do like the idea!


There are so many stitches that I would like to work on this year!  Some that I have in my stash, and some that I've seen and wished I had, so I'm hoping that I will be able to work back into a stitching rhythm.   

In other news, towards the beginning of last year I started to make prayer / comfort shawls.  I couldn't keep my thoughts focused to cross stitch, but this simple, beautiful pattern allowed me to stitch and pray and relax.  I so enjoy making them and giving them to people who need a bit of God's love and comfort.  


Another thing keeping my attention has been watching the antics of this cheeky squirrel.  It took him a couple of months to figure it out, but finally he succeeded in jumping straight up from the deck railing to the birdfeeder (about 4 feet?).  I really miss the birds, because I had so enjoyed watching them, but Mr. Squirrel ate the whole bell in about two days, so no more birds.  It's a good thing he's cute!! :)


Until next time!




5.05.2019

Crocheting...


I'm crocheting today.  It intrigues me, but I am having an awful time settling down to one project.  There is so much to learn.  So many hooks to try.  So many projects out there.  Today I am working on a Daisy Granny Square pattern that I bought from BluPrint (formerly Craftsy).  I am using some yarn I have on hand, which happens to be a multi-color SugarWheel from Hobby Lobby in yellow, dark grey, sage and light grey.  Since I've never made a Granny Square before I am just trying to fumble my way through the pattern once or twice and then I would like to try making the squares with all the color changes in a thinner yarn with a smaller hook.  Unless I get distracted by something else first.

It could happen.

Yesterday I cross stitched a very little bit more on my little pillow project.  I'll work on it until I need a change and then pick out the next one to add to my list.

Soooo... so far I have - 

1. Pine Mountain May Pillow (cross-stitch)
2. Practice Daisy Square

We'll see whether or not my list expands this week!

5.02.2019

Colors

This hasn't been a great morning.  Today was my Mom's birthday and I realized only after I had made a sympathy card for my husband to take to the funeral of his ex-boss.  Putting the two together made me sad.  And maybe a little sorry for myself.  And irritated that I was sorry for myself.  And upset that I was irritated.  But then my eyes were drawn to the jar of colored pencils on my desk and I saw the rainbow of colors that were there.  They wouldn't be nearly as pretty if they were all the same color.  It is the different colors that make them beautiful as a group.  I've had that experience when I was stitching, too.  I might be stitching along thinking "This really isn't pretty!", but then I add in another color and everything pops.  I think that my emotions are like that.  Each day brings different emotions - Some days are red angry days, some are blue and sad, others I am sunny yellow happy, or growing in a vibrant green.  I've had black days which transitioned into dark brown and then lighter brown, and I've had mixtures and shades of the colors as well.  And as a whole they make my life what it is... a beautiful unfinished tapestry being stitched by a Master Designer.  I am so blessed.

I was able to stitch for just a few minutes last night, so I started a Pine Mountain May pillow.  It has bluebirds on it which make me happy. :)


I'm not sure what I will work on today.  I guess we will see!

5.01.2019

Time for a New Start

I'm pretty sure that there is no one still following this blog, and that's ok.  It's been 2, well, basically 3, years since I posted last and those years have been the hardest of my life as I have worked through the symptoms of acute anxiety and depression.  God has worked in my life in so many ways through this time and one of the things He has shown me is that, for those who love Him, His character doesn't include or cause fear, but love; it doesn't make you sad, but joyful; it doesn't cause anxiety, but brings peace.  His life in me because of Christ allows me to be patient and kind.  It is gentle and makes me gentle.  It is good and loves what is right and good.  It is faithful and helps me to be able to fulfill my commitments.  And it helps me to be moderate and not be overwhelmed with wants and wishes, but makes me grateful for what I have and helps me to enjoy using the gifts He has provided.

I've had a hard time cross stitching the past two years.  I think that all together I only completed 2 1/2 pages on my Heaven & Earth Designs Nativity in that time.  But it's always been there.  And lately I've enjoyed crocheting as well.  Nothing big... I have a lap throw a little over half done and I've made a few dishcloths, both knitting and crocheting.  I have a few things I would like to work on though.

So, anyway, I am going to make today a new start.  I'm working full time now, so it is going to be harder to do this, but I am going to pick 10 projects and post a picture of them - kind of like I did in 2013.  I am going to commit to working on those 10 projects for the rest of the year and see what kind of progress I can make.  I want to choose projects that make me think of all the characteristics above.  That make me happy, that encourage me toward peace, that give me a chance to practice faithfulness in working on them each day - even if it's only 15 minutes at a time, and that allow me to actually use what I have and be grateful for it.  I know that I might need to buy a few things for the projects - some floss or fabric - and I know that I have one new pattern I would like to buy - "Live your Dreams" by Silver Creek Samplers...


The rest I will work on throughout the next couple of days and I will post it here as a reminder to myself.  I am cautiously excited to begin this stage of my journey!


2.10.2017

The Nativity Update!

Hello!!  It's been WAY too long since I've updated here.  I will try to do better!  I've been working non-stop on my Heaven and Earth Designs project and have made a LOT of progress.  Here's a picture of my last page finish, and I'll have another page finish to share soon! :)


Isn't it sooooo pretty?  I just love watching it take shape!!

See you again soon!