Friday, January 29, 2016

January 2016 Smalls SAL

Happy New Year!

2016 started off with a bang as my father fell and both dislocated and broke his ankle while visiting New Year's weekend.  He had surgery Jan. 14 and is recovering in a rehab facility, but my stitching time has been drastically reduced  since I work full time and then go to visit him at night.

Nevertheless, I did manage to get a few finishes in for the wonderful SAL that Heather, from Stitching Lotus sponsors.  If I was more tech savy, I'd add her link to my blog, but in the meantime, I'll just say "thanks Heather!"


The snowman is from a Sudberry House flyer and is for WOCS, The cats are for a calendar I made for a friend and are patterns from Happiness is Cross Stitching.  The card is a custom designed card for a neighbor that stopped and helped my dad when he injured himself. It's a long story, but with unusual circumstances, and I am very thankful that he stopped to help.  Our neighborhood is called the "Dam East"  and  my dad is from South Dakota, hence the personalization of the card.

I'm also participating in Deb's Ultimate 2016 Crazy Challenge.  The goal is to start a new project ( start, not necessarily finish) every day for January and February.  Last year I had enough starts for Jan-Mar. and I know some people are trying to do one start every day of the year.  I'm not sure if I can accomplish that, but I am starting Christmas cards early this year:) You can also  include work made on WIPs.   It's fun to see the different projects that people work on and to be inspired by other stitchers.

That's it for now.  I hope to have  more stitching time in February as things with my dad settle down, but we'll see.

Happy Stitching!



  1. I love those calendar cats. what a great idea to put on a calendar. I can tell you are a great friend. Thoughts go out for your dad, speedy recovery

  2. Congrats on all of the adorable finishes Michele.


  3. Lovely heartfelt card. I fell on New Year's Day. Maybe it was trendy? I hope your father recovers quickly!

  4. Hi Michele, all of smalls are so cute! Happy stitching!

  5. Such wonderful stitching, just in time for Sweethearts Day lovely.


  6. The calendar pages are so lovely.
    I hope that your father's recovery goes smoothly and fast.

  7. Plenty of lovely stitching & finishing, considering your father's health issue. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

  8. Great finishes! And thanks so much for taking part in the Smalls SAL.

  9. All calendar cats looks so cute, wonderful finishes.