Tuesday, 26 January 2016

It's all in black and white

I had a good weekend session of stitching and have managed to complete the first block of Save The Stitches.

It stitches up surprisingly quickly so may be my target for the year isn't so far fetched.

I've done a bit more on Dragonfly as well and she'll come back out again now - even though Chinese Garden is calling me.

Happy stitching.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

New Supplies

The supplies for Chinese Garden have arrived.  Pretty!!!

Sparkly, pretty, lovely, tempting!  I so want to put in those first few stitches. I'm going to resist, for now at least, lol.

But Dragonfly is still progressing.  Here's the next bit, quite a good start for the next page.

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Another page complete

Yeah, celebration time!!!!

Finished page 15 of Dragonfly, that's another step closer to finishing her.  I'm feeling motivated to complete this now.  It seems so close.  One more full page and then four partial pages.  I might actually get this one done before the end of the year!

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

1st Goal Achieved

Yes I have achieved my first goal of the year, but it is a bit of a cheat as it was just to buy a chart.   Chinese Garden Mandala by Chataleine Designs.  It's a beautiful design with lots of specialty stitches.  I've also given in and bought fabric, thread and beads.  The original design calls for lots of different specialty but one type that is used quite a lot is no longer made, so I've decided to go for the DMC conversion (which also makes it a lot cheaper).  The chart is here (the advantage of pdf download), beads are on there way from the USA and fabric and threads from the Sew and So.  I will have to resist the temptation to start this though.  I really must finish something else first.

Happy Stitching.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everybody.  I hope 2016 is good to you all and you get lots of stitching time and progress.

I've been thinking through my plans for the year, I don't want to be too ambitious as I would actually like to achieve some of them, so here is what I have so far:-

* Finish "Dragonfly"
* Finish "Curl Up With A Good Book"
* Complete 6 of the 12 blocks in "Save the Stitches"
* Do something with "Christmas Pots" - this is finished but just sitting in my box not "finished" if you get what I mean.
* Stitch the Halloween design I bought last year - in time for Halloween ideally!!!!
* Buy "Chinese Garden" - this one's easy - not sure I'll start it yet but need to buy the chart and then work out what I need for it.

That's it I think.  I'm sure other things will happen during the year, little charts and things but these are the things I want to achieve.  If I get other things done as well that's all the better.

I'll compile another page with these and where I am at the moment and post progress as I go along.

The one other target I have is to loose weight!  I say this every year but I really mean it this time.  I need to get fit and loose weight.  I won't bore you with every minute of my progress but I'll try to find a ticker or something to put in the side bar and might shout about it when I hit a milestone.  I've got about 2 stone to loose and want to loose it for our holiday.  We're going abroad for the first time in years and possible the last time as a family as my eldest is 18 and will soon be doing her own thing and not want to come away with Mum and Dad for much longer.  So I want to be in swimsuit shape, I'll never be bikini shape again, lol.

Happy stitching everybody.

Here's to a good 2016!