Thursday, January 27, 2011

Update and recap of Fall 2010 (part 2- the stitching)

First up lets take a gander at last years *ahem* list of stitching to do:

  •  Baby Blocks JCS mag--WIP
  • Quaker Turtles- With my Needle --WIP
  • Baby Sampler --WIP
  • Nine Patch Sampler-Brightneedle --WIP
  • Home of a Needle worker-LHN--WIP
  • Blackbird sampler-Blackbird Designs --WIP
  • Grand Old Duke -Arelate sudios--WIP (yeah i just started it...what of it?)
  • A is for Annabelle- Nora Corbett
  • Sampler snowman- Homespun elegance
  • Sweet Lavender- Crazy for cross stitch nov 2002
  • Snowman needleroll- M designs
  • Americana Sampler- twisted threads
  • Let it snow-JBW
  • 5 christmas ornaments (kitted)
  • 3 HOE exchange
  • EGA mystery sampler-Cherished stitches (Louise Henderson is  our vice-president)
  • EGA guest teacher project -to be announced

Um yeah... want to guess how many of those  I actually finished? 1, the first one- Baby Blocks.  I think this is a sign that list making is going out the window.

So what did I do?
  • Snowman Photobooth by Bent Creek
  • 2 Sue Hillis Retreat exclusive needlecases
  • Catherine Jordan  QuakerNecklace
  • book mark from EGA
  • EGA needlecase for raffle basket
  •  LHN exchange - Lady Bug  Lady Bug
  • ornament exchange- Moonlight serenade by Midnight stitches
  • The aforementioned baby blocks
  • 5 Halloween ornaments
    • Oct 31 -Glory Bee
    • Jack O'lantern -Casey Buonaugurio (I have to stop stitching her stuff, I have to look up her name every time!
    • Sue's Boo Fob- Fancy Work
    • Pumpkin Boo -Mill Hill kit
    • Wicked -Primitive Betty Freebie
  • 2 Valentine ornaments
    • Love -Plum pudding needlearts freebie
    • February Pinkeep - Maryse Dupont Freebie
  • 4 christmas ornaments 
    • Tiny Tree- Elizabeth Designs Freebie- for EGA exchange
    • Partrige in a Pear tree- Glory Bee
    • Hope Needleroll - Jeanette Douglas
    • Christmas Joy Needle Book Cherished Stitches
  • Been working my butt off on the EGA seventeenth Century sampler, nothing against the EGA but honestly this is what has been slowing down my progress the most on my other projects, we are given a month per band but it takes me a month of my 1-2 hour evenings 3 nights a week (if i am lucky) of stitch time to finish before the next band. the funny thing is that most of these ladies are older than me (read retired or sans children in house) and I tend to keep up more often than them. I will be very happy when this is over, and may bow out of future large commitments -it is crampin my style.

 Here are all the photos in slideshow mode, if you click on the picture in flickr it will give you more detail about the designer and name etc.

I do want to show you the ornament i got in my christmas exchange with the EGA.  I totally won the lottery on this, this is a gorgeous piece of needle work. Do not ask me the designer or anything about the stitches, I know almost nothing about needlepoint...but i know talent when it shows itself: (and I do know the pom pom is turkey work)


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A update and recap of fall 10 (Part1)

Hello everyone, How was your 2nd half of 2010? When i ditched my blog in August I really ditched everything in the blogosphere, I stopped reading almost all blogs, reading message boards, participating in exchanges, being on twitter, and really slowed down my own stitching.  After some serious reflection I think this outlet fulfilled a need I had back in 05 that has since disappeared. But i cannot bring myself to shut her down. SO i thought I would post a brief update about what  happened  in my life, and part 2 will review the stitching i HAVE done in 2010. I have no idea how often i will be around in the future...continue reading to see why.

  • We went on a family vacation to a lake in VA this summer- tons of fun
view from lske house
  • I had a VERY hectic semester, I helped design a online class for high school on a 2 month deadline, and i took a grad school class which ended up a total disaster in the long run. (I got an A but am not sure i deserved it really)
  • I planned and executed a HUGE Halloween party, so of course there was buying and crafting and planning, and we had a modest turnout...but could of been better. (I was the Ghostess, Ian was Ashe from Army of Darkness, and A was a Witch)





  • I became pregnant -planned very carefully as usual, this baby is due June 14, 2011.  So now I know I will have to really cut back on crafts/stash, but this decision was well thought out for the past 3 years.  so currently we are purging our craft room, now the new baby room. (photos are mid purge) On the up side I am finishing a bunch of stitching, which will be the next post.