Saturday, June 30, 2018

June Smalls SAL

June 30, 2018

June has flown by and while I didn't stitch as much as I would have liked, I did manage to finish a few projects.

Three Lizzie Kate projects


A Thanksgiving Hootie by Pinoy Stitch

Frankenstein by Sue Hillis Designs

A Christmas pattern by Leisure Arts.  Lots of cards yet to make, so I need to get cracking on my Christmas smalls.  I liked this one so much I started another, which should be finished in July.

And some Mill Hill Zodiac kits to use for birthday cards.


Year to date progress

137 finishes out of 161 starts

  • 27 finishes from 2016 starts
  • 24 finishes from 2017 starts
  • 86 finishes from 2018 starts.
Happy July 4 a few days early,


Sunday, June 3, 2018

May Wrap Up and Year to Date progress


May is over and we are now in the 6th month of the year.  Hard to believe, but it is true!

I did manage to finish another project

I used different buttons that the ones the pattern called for, and may change them out to the correct ones.  I haven't made up my mind yet.

I also made some cards out of some stitched pieces




So, year to date progress is

  • 127 finishes out of 151 starts
  • 25 finishes from 2016
  • 24 finishes from 2017
  • 68 finishes from 2018

I will have some more starts, but not a "start a day" as I want to focus on finishing the stitching and making a "final finish" for some of my pieces.

Happy summer!


Monday, May 28, 2018

May Smalls SAL


Happy Memorial Day!  I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend and kept in mind the true purpose of this "holiday", which is remembering our fallen soldiers. 

The new job is going well, although I face several challenges, including some severe office politics.  I'm not very savvy when it comes to playing games and the "mid-westerner" in me finds it all rather ridiculous.  I'm keeping my mouth shut and just concentrate on proving my worth.

Moving on to fun things. I was able to get quite a bit of stitching in this month, mainly because I didn't walk as much as I should have.

These are from 50 Cross Stitch Quickies Christmas by Leisure Arts and were indeed, quick to stitch



A couple of bats for a friend that is "batty" for bats.  One is a Mill Hill kit and the other is a Brooke's Books pattern that I adapted to match the Mill Hill Kit.

Some Lizzie Kate patterns



Father's Day card for my dad and birthday card for my hubby.


Santa Hootie by Pinoy Stitch

Pacifier for a friend having a boy in July

And the last of the Blackyrose patters, this one in DMC 104

I also finished some pieces I started in previous months



Not sure if I'll finish anything else this month, but I'll post an update later  in the week with my year to date summary and any other pieces I may finish.

Oh, here's the finished graduation cards

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

April wrap up and year to date progress

Happy May Day!

I have survived my first two days of work at my new job.  Yesterday was really tough and no one really knew what to do with me.  My position is brand new to the company and they are still working on the transition. Today was much better as they gave me a project to work on and I had some very good conversations about expectations.

I did manage to finish another four pieces over the weekend,  three of which are the same pattern stitched in different shades of yellow (445, 745 and 3078).  I still have one more to stitch in DMC 104 which will be completed in May.  These will be part of a quilt made by World of Charity Stitching.

And I ended up with another graduation card, for my cousin's daughter.  I tried something different with the tassel (I actually made a tassel) and will continue this for future graduation cards.

My year to date wrap up is as follows

  • 108 finishes out of 120 starts
  • 25 of the finishes are UFOs from 2016
  • 24 of the finishes are UFOs from 2017
  • 59 of the finishes are starts from this year

I expect my finishes will slow down, but I am very proud of the progress I made so far, especially finishing so many UFOs!

Happy Spring!


Friday, April 27, 2018

April Smalls SAL


Hello everyone,
April was a wonderful month for me as I finally got a job!!!  And while I am very excited about this,I know that it will cut into my stitching time.  Dangit!  The new job starts on the 30th and it is a wonderful opportunity.  I also plan on putting some serious effort into losing weight, which means more exercise and, you guessed it, less stitching. It's ok, I really need to get the weight off and the summer will give me a great start.

On to the stitching goodness, thanks, as always,  to Heather at Stitching Lotus, for sponsoring this SAL.

I made a bunch of birthday cards.  I gave a set of 4 to my beautician for her birthday  and the rest I will just keep on hand to use as needed.







Here's a birthday card for my dad, who turns 80 this year.

Here's a Hootie, because it has been far too long since I stitched a Hootie.  This will be part of a birthday present for a friend.

More of the Mill Hill Zodiac patterns.

And a graduation card for my niece. Only one this year, as opposed to the 5 MILLION I made last year.  (Ok, maybe not quite 5 million, but it sure seemed like it when I was stitching them last year)

And finally, a few pieces I started last month and finished this month.


Still a few days left in the month, so I may get a couple more done.

Happy stitching!