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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

How About Some Stitching & Goals?

Its been a little while since I've given you folks a "true" stitching post.  First of all lets cover those stitching goals for the month of March and review how I did with February's goals!

February Stitching Goals
  • Stitch one ornament - I stitched two!
  • Stitch two rows on page 5 on The Accolade - Finished Page 5!
  • Finish C for Candy Cane and start D for Dove on Kathy's ABC Christmas Sampler - Yes

March Stitching Goals
  • Stitch one ornament
  • Stitch Just Nan Gingerbread Mouse
  • Finish D is for Dove
  • Work on the Accolade
Okay, time for some stitching!  

During my flights to and from the Dominican Republic I worked on Ink Circles Cirque des Circles.  This piece will be tucked away now until another occasion comes around where its in my best interest to work on something that's just one colour.

Since I've gotten home its been a little challenging to settle down to any of my stitching properly!  Also it has been tough getting back into the sweet rotation I had going before I left.  Four stitching days on each : ABC Christmas Sampler, The Accolade, and Smalls.
Dove of Birds - Christmas Doves II
c2012 JBW Designs
Stitched on 28ct Black Lugana with DMC B5200

Before I picked up anything I decided to finish off one of the Doves I've had on the go for awhile now.  I've now got four out of the six I need to stitch done.  Since there are only four doves in the series, I'll have to stitch two of them twice.  I ran out of black fabric but a day trip to Knowledge and Needles in Brighton this past Saturday cured that problem!

Next I picked up Kathy's Christmas ABC Sampler with the intention of finishing up the Dove during its four day rotation.  Well of best laid plans... I had a hard time getting settled/focused the latter half of last week so I spent two of those evenings with stitching in my had staring at the TV... not much was going on on the fabric.  I should of wrapped up the rotation on Friday, but I just couldn't leave this dove almost done.  So it took me until Sunday to finish it up.  I'm looking forward to the next block, Evergreen.

Gingerbread Mouse - Limited Edition Kit
c2012 Just Nan
Stitched on 32ct Natural Linen
Stitched with DMC, Kreinik Braid & Mill Hill Beads

Back in January Kathy was a real sweetie and helped me source one of the Just Nan Limited Edition Gingerbread Mouse!  For my work on her Christmas ABC Sampler she gifted me with the little fellow.  With the DR trip looming, and not having enough fabric on hand I figured he was best left until I got back from the DR, ultimately March Break!  Saturday's trip to Knowledge & Needle also got me the fabric I needed.  He stitched up really quickly and the finishing wasn't as painful as I thought it might have been!  Tracey has managed to secure me one of the new Bunny kits I'm looking forward to getting and stitching that cutie pie!!!!

I've mentioned twice now a road trip down to Knowledge and Needles on Saturday, you're probably wondering what I got???  We went down to check out what Ann had picked up in Nashville.  Sad to say I'm not much of a fan of what came out in terms of charts.  I still made enough damage in the fabric department! 

Well I think that's it for now.  I'm looking forward to the end of the week (not the end of March Break though) once again its another Knowledge and Needles Retreat Weekend!!!!


Linda said...

I love the fabric and floss you picked up Dani. The little mouse is adorable. The ABC Sampler is looking great. How many letters are you going to stitch. Makes me want to start it. Congrats on finish the dove and your travel piece is coming along nicely.


Ranae said...

That mouse is too cute
Congrats on the goals
And good luck in march

Jackie said...

Love, love, love the Gingerbread Mouse!

sharine said...

Great stitching post with all bases covered. Stash, finishes and plans for more:)

sharine said...

Great stitching post with all bases covered. Stash, finishes and plans for more:)

Barb said...

You did a great job meeting your goals! Love that cute little mouse!

Lesleyanne said...

Congrats on completing your February goals. Great March goals look forward to seeing your progress. The mouse is lovely. Gorgeous new fabric stash. Enjoy your weekend retreat.

Michelle said...

Good luck with your March goals! Some lovely stitchy progress and great stash!

Christine said...

Well done on your goals.
I love that little mouse, he's adorable. You've got some great fabric and thread there too

Nic said...

Love cirque so far. Great colour choice.
The mouse is too cute.
And love the fabric and threads you picked up from your road trip

cucki said...

awwww mouse is tooooooooooo cute
Congrats on the goals and good luck in march..hugs x

Julie said...

Well done on February's goals.
Super stash purchase from K & N.
Awww Mr Mouse is adorable, he's such a cutie.

Giovanna said...

Lovely stitching, and that little mouse is so adorable! Nice new stash too.

Carol said...

Such a great stitching post, Dani! I love your newest JBW finish and the Just Nan mouse is the cutest!! I didn't realize there was a rabbit, too--that will be equally adorable, I'm sure :)

Glad you are back safely from the DR!

Vickie said...

The Gingerbread Mouse is adorable and looks perfect. Lots of stitching done by you, HOORAY!

Beatrice said...

You have been on a roll stitching .
It all looks lovely.
I love the doves and the mouse is so sweet.
See you on the weekend.

Lumiruusu said...

The little Mouse is so cute and pretty ,I have never seen those before..
Christmas ABC Sampler looks lovely and colorfull :)

The Linen fabrics are all very beautifull too ..

Kielrain said...

I love the colour you are using for the Ink Circles piece.

That mouse is sweet... I just wish it hadn't been limited edition. Ah well.

geeky Heather said...

Wow, great job on your goals! Here's to the same success in March!

The mouse is SO cute. I had to restrain myself from buying it since I still haven't finished Barnabee...or the Queen's Bluebird....

Sally said...

I love that mouse! So cute!

Good luck on your goals. You've got some lovely stitching going on.

Karen said...

What a cute little mouse! Can't wait to see the little bunny. Kathy's sampler is looking good too. Great new fabrics and threads! Have fun at your retreat this weekend! :)

♥ Nia said...

ohhhh what a cutie that little mouse =) so fun and original! :D
Good luck on achieving your new goals!!
have a wonderful week! hugs&smiles

Meari said...

ABC Christmas looks great. Love the gingerbread mouse, too!