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Thursday, January 02, 2014

First Stitches of 2014, Special Gifts, TUSAL and Stitching Goals

As I mentioned a few days ago I was looking forward to my first stitches of 2014.  My annual tradition of a new start as soon as the clock hits 12:01 on New Year's Day!

We spent New Year's Eve and most of the day at my friend Rebecca's with her family.  This year Beatrice joined us as well which was lovely!


Here's my first stitch of 2014 on Bent Creek's Stitching Row!  Beatrice and I both started it after midnight.  I didn't get in too many more before we were heading to bed!

Also as I've done the last few years I'll be doing the Crazy January challenge where I start a new project a day for the first 15 days of the year!  I am not as planned or organized as I have been in past years so I won't give you a nice long list of new starts, but I'll surprise you each day with what I've started!

Since I'll be starting a new project tomorrow (today technically) here's where I got with Stitching Row today.  I would of liked to have gotten further, but I was tired, took a nap and we had a 2 hour drive home.  The suspension in the truck is a little stiff so the drive was too bumpy for stitching on the way home.

Beatrice surprised both me and Rebecca with a lovely gift!  She gave each of us one of her Mom's ornaments.  I am so touched to be given something that was stitched by Adriana!  Also that Beatrice was willing to part with some of her amazing Mom's work.

Today is the start of this year's TUSAL, the Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long.  Really there's no point to this besides the fact that we show off our orts on the New Moon of the month.  Daffycat so graciously hosts this each year!


Here was my ort jar on December 31, 2013 a full year of orts and I've finally come across an ort jar I didn't have to stuff down to get more orts in!

As is my annual tradition, my ort jar was emptied today!  I always start fresh on New Year's Day!

Also I'm going to get back to goal setting!  So here are my stitching goals for the month of January.

January Stitching Goals
Start 15 new projects
Stitch one ornament
Work on the Accolade

23 comments:

Linda said...

Great new start Dani. The ornament is adorable.

Linda

Zeb said...

Fantastic start :)

And I've signed up to the TUSAL for the first time ever... should be good fun :D

Christine said...

Great new start Dani.
Happy New Year

Michelle said...

Great start, looking forward to seeing your 15 starts in January! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Mad about Craft said...

Happy stitching in 2014!

jhm said...

I didn't make it as far as you did on the stitchery alphabet. YOu can see what I did during the parade though.

http://needleworkerssamplings.blogspot.com/

JHM

Chris said...

Great start to the new stitching year Dani!
I love your new ort jar too!

Bonnie Brown said...

Great start to your stitching row

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Wnderful new start! I love the picture with one stitch... it made me smile! : )

Tricia

Bekca said...

It sounds like you've got a great stitching plan for 2014 :) I look forward to seeing all of your new starts in January.
Best wishes.

Lesleyanne said...

Happy New Year. Look forward to seeing your stitching in 2014. Great new start. A gorgeous gift.

Katie said...

What an amazing thing to be gifted! Happy New Year!

Lana said...

Great start!! I love that piece!! It will be beautiful when finished! What a lovely gift that ornament is! I would feel honored to receive something like that! I never knew her, but whenever you would share photos of Adriana, I was amazed that even at her age she still stitched. She gives me hope that up until the day I die, I should be able to enjoy my love of cross stitch!

Susan said...

Great progress. The ornament is really cute - what a great gift.

Anne said...

Happy new Year Dani!! I like the design you are working on. That colour is fantastic. What thread are you using? Very sweet gift from your friend. Her mom did a great job! You had a good amount of orts in there so must have been a good stitchy year :D

Giovanna said...

Very nice new start!

Meari said...

I think you made quite a bit of progress on Stitching Row.

Happy New Year, Dani!

♥ Nia said...

Those 15 new starts sound really crazy! eheheheh Good luck on your goals :)
Have a great year!!

Melanie said...

Oooo, I love this new start.

Dee said...

Starting 15 projects ought to keep you busy for awhile. I love Bent Creek stitching ...they have the coolest stuff.

EvalinaMaria said...

I love surprises, great start!

Julie said...

Oh Dani, how very special for you to have one of Adriana's stitched ornaments, that's such a wonderful gesture from your friend.

Faith... said...

You had great progress for the first day of your challenge!