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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Ornaments and Stitching Musings

Oh my goodness fair readers, I'm impressed that quite a few of you are still hanging in with me here! I just realized I haven't posted a single stitching picture in almost 20 days!!!! I just feel like I've had so little to share with you... Stitching wise! This month has been so busy!

There was Kathy's Labour Day Stitching Weekend, school started, I saw Maddona in concert, spent time with friends, gone to the movies, and went out to support the Army Run! Tomorrow night I'm going to hear Beethoven's 5th at the NAC as my friend's backup date. Between all of this, I've been going to physiotherapy, chiropractor and I started back up at the gym. No wonder, I'm crashing hard when I get home and feel exhausted when i get up in the morning!

Besides a lack of stitching time, when I have sat down to stitch, and not promptly wanted to go to bed... I've had trouble settling on what to stitch. I've needed to get an ornament stitched up, I re-started the same one twice and just the other day trashed it. I finally stitched up this quickie.




Unknown ornament by unknown designer. Stitched on 28ct Antique White Jubilee using SNC Cerise Noir, NPI 358 and Mill Hill 00367. Excuse the not great iPhone picture.




I think lately I've done more planning than stitching. A lot of daydreaming about what I'm going to stitch next year!!! For sometime now, Christin and I have been talking about starting a new Teresa Wentzler. The challenge was which one? So after many chats we've finally settled on The Fortunate Traveller, which were going to start in May. Joining us with this SAL will be Beatrice and Bonnie.




Also every year myself and a number of my stitching friends have a SAL/new start on New Year's Day! Some years we have a designer themed SAL and others we all stitch the same design. The 2012 SAL was the Seasonal Mandalas from Ink Circles. The 2013 SAL is going to be Alessandra Adelaide's Leaf. For a change, it's going to be a smaller design.

Another SAL my mind is turning towards is the 2013 Crazy Challenge, that's 15 starts in the first 15 days of January! Yup, crazy! I haven't made any decisions yet, but I've started thinking about it. I've done very well with the challenge this year, I have just a few pieces left to complete, except for one... I started The Big Red just for the sake of having it started.

Next time I blog about stitching I'll share with you what's left to complete this year's Crazy Challenge. Also about a SAL I just started with my Tuesday Night Stitching group.

- thanks for reading!

32 comments:

Barbi said...

ooo gosh! That is a lot of planning, but there are sooo many things that I, myself would like to stitch that it does take planning, doesn't it? I Love that Alessandra Adelaide's leaf and it's on my things to do list as well. There is so much Americana stuff out there, it's nice when you see a nice Canadian one.

sharine said...

Can't wait to see the start of TW:)

Ann at Beadlework. said...

The planning part is so much fun. I do the same with stitching, knitting and crochet so you can imagine how little I actually get done:-)

Lesleyanne said...

Can't wait to see your stitching in 2013. You will have some lovely SALs on the go.

Katri said...

Fortunate Traveler is gorgeous; I have started it, barely... Maybe your SAL will inspire me as well :-)

Talking about posting... I haven't posted anything in my blog in 20 days, or more. I've been a lazy blogger for quite some time now, which is not good at all as I have so many things to show ;-)

Chris said...

I love that quickie ornament. It is such a sweet design. Great stitching plans are shaping up!!

Mii Stitch said...

Can't wait to see your progress!!

Christine said...

The little ornament is sweet.
Ambitious plans there, I think the leaf design is stunning

Giovanna said...

That's a pretty ornament, well done. The Traveller is one of the few TWs which I'd really love to stitch, so I'll be watching you with fondness as you SAL next year.

cucki said...

Can't wait to see your stitching in 2013...super cute ornament..
love for you xxx

Lumiruusu said...

I enjoy planning my stitching too!
The Christmas ornament is very pretty !

Lynn said...

I spend a lot of time daydreaming about new starts too. It will be wonderful to see another TW. I like the idea of the AA too. I've had that one kitted up for awhile now.

Sally said...

Wow you're already planning for 2013? Hmmm maybe I should start thinking about it too as it'll be here before we know it.

Love the ornament.

Bette said...

Planning is half the fun of stitching. I can't wait to watch the progress on the TW. And 15 new projects in 15 days? That is crazy!

Ruth said...

I seem to have lost my bug and haven't posted a stitching post in quite awhile and I've not even had time to read and catch up on blogs. Love the cute little ornament you stitched, I can't seem to settle and I'm between two minds as to whether another challenge will revive that bug or kill it further lol. Love the TW piece you've chosen and the maple leaf.

Annette said...

If I read this.. it means no concerts next year. you don't have the time.. you need to stitch!!!! lol!!!
lovely Xmas ornament stitch.. and two big SAL.... good luck!!!

Melinda said...

really love the Maple Leaf - can't not see a Maple Leaf and think about my childhood spent in Ontario. 15 Starts in 15 Days, now that sounds fun.

Bea said...

Love both of your SAL choices for 2013 - have the TW but have never seen that maple leaf before.

Cute ornament.

Karen said...

I've been eyeing The Fortunate Traveller as well. I will be doing Tracery Dragon as soon as my fabric arrives (hopefully soon!) and if it goes well, I'll be doing The Fortunate Traveller next.

I look forward to seeing what you decide for the 15 project challenge in 2013.

Carol said...

That TW piece you've chosen will be stunning, Dani--can't imagine all the stitches and time that will go into finishing that one, but I know you'll do it!!

Cute little ornament, too :)

Kielrain said...

Oh, I am going to love seeing your stitching next year. Those are some yummy projects. And Crazy 15, I am always impressed with those who attempt that one.

Also, glad to see that I am not the only crazy person who is starting to plan next year.

Joysze said...

Oh phew!!! I"m sooooooooo relieved!!! Here I am kicking myself for still playing catch up with blogs, so I'm glad I haven't missed out too much with you. :D

Planning... I LOOOOOOOOOVE planning. It takes up so much time but you could also being doing other things whilst planning. What's not to love? ;)

Whooo, looking forward to seing the TW come May.

Karoline said...

I like your stitching plans, enjoy your SAL on Fortunate Traveller

Your ornie is cute

Lillie said...

That is going to make a lovely ornament. Happy ASL stitching and enjoy your weekend

Kathy A. said...

I love Fortunate Traveller and wish you all luck as you stitch it next year. Look forward to SALing with you on the Maple Leaf.

Erin said...

Wow, the maple leaf is beautiful! I hadn't seen that one. Can't wait to watch as you stitch!

Ewa said...

Alessandra Adelaide's are REALLY fun to stitch! Also, jealous of the TW - I wish I had it and could stitch it with you guys! I love her stuff!

Anne said...

Like you've mentioned on my posts, there just hasn't been time to stitch! I've been doing lots of planning too...which I love to do :D The maple leaf by Alessandra is gorgeous. I've never tried any of her designs but really love them. This one is so Canadian :D

Caitlin Jordan said...

pretty little stitching :) and love your ideas for your new start :D

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I love both your SAL projects for next year.
I'm working on my "13 in '13" list now trying to decide what to include. I have 2 weddings on there already!

Joysze said...

Oh... I love to plan!!! The trick, of course, is stopping at the planning stage. HAHAHAH!!!

15 starts???? *THUD!!!*

Nic said...

Love the planning. Ooh, some TW stitching.. Got a few to do myself. Love leaf too. Is the plan to get the TW finished in 2013?