Here we are, ready to embark on a new year of funzies! Yesterday's flurry of activity was all about getting ready for this very first blog entry in the hopes that I can continue to keep things together better than last year.
2013 Leaflet Project really was a year of learning and I have to say if you think for one moment you don't "have time" to stitch you, my friend, are mistaken. Granted there are days when you truly cannot. I will give you that, but for the most part a person can stitch for at least one hour per day.
Tips for getting that special time for stitching are as follows:
1) Whatever book you want to read is probably on audio so go for the audio, stitch and listen.
2) What dishes in the sink? I haven't been in the kitchen in weeks!
3) There is a laundry room here? You'd better draw me a map.
4) Work to stitch. Work is just a place you must be for a specific time, any other time is stitch time.
5) Take a walk for at least 30 minutes each day. I have a treadmill in Nerd Central Command so that is easy for me, but it is important to get some exercise in daily so your legs don't atrophy.
Just a few handy little suggestions and things I worked out during 2013. It was strange to me how easily a schedule for stitching came. Until summer and the gorgeous weather we had here which means I couldn't stay indoors at all which of course reduced stitch time to zero. I believe that in June and July and part of August I might have stitched a grand total of 10 hours? That's being generous.
So, now, we are beginning our year of Teresa Wentzler! Several of my friends have spent some time and money getting their TW stuff together to take this journey with me. They will never know how truly touched I am by their shared enthusiasm and support. I will be sharing them with you in coming blogs as well as interviewing other stitchers who have completed projects that are being worked on by all of us. If you wish to join please do! We have a button and everything! All you have to do is post a comment so I can add your blog to my reading list and include you in my bloggity updates. Too easy!
Okay, I just took a deep breath so I could refocus here. There is quit a bit going on as you know. We have Stitch from Stash which is a GREAT idea and something I try to practice already but with someone directing that ship, this should make it easier. I do love to "accumulate"......I know, I know, it's called hoarding; patterns and fabric and such, so hopefully this will assist me to not look anywhere but in my stash for what I need. Good thing I've already been hoarding HA, HA!
We also have WIPocalypse 2014 for which I do have a list of things.
Naturally the Christmas Challenge is now a WIP instead of a challenge. This lovely bookmark kit I started last summer thinking I'd make these quick for fun and that is as far as I stitched...sad really.
I started a Nouveau Biscornu last year and worked on it for a bit but didn't like how it was coming out so I ripped out all the stitching and thought I'd start over. I'm thinking it's the fabric that is throwing me off. There are two projects for my brother J who is one of my biggest supporters. He can always think of things for me to stitch, and DOES, but I have to gently remind him there is only one of me and about 10 thousand ideas in his head. Last night I finally finished creating the perfect pattern for one of his ideas. The garish yellow fabric has been dyed twice. He wanted it made like a warning sign. That won't be fun to stitch on but I will do it anyway and then figure out a nice way to have it display for him. It's funny, but seeing these pictures up like this makes me think I have quite a mess on my hands.
And what am I doing for 2014: The Year of the Magnificent Teresa Wentzler? Gosh I'm so glad you asked! I really wanted to have my first project be the English Cottage Sampler. It is the first TW Design I have ever owned and it has been hidden away for far too long.
|English Cottage Sampler Leaflet|
I took this picture of it last night. Cannot keep my hands off of it! I want to start it now. But, the pattern calls for 25 ct driftwood linen from Zweigart. My girlfriend Magical actually found a place that sells it and after converting the Euros to Dollars, figured out that for a piece of fabric the size I need it to be plus shipping, well that is definitely the place to go.
If you want to have a look it's called Sewandso. Granted, by having to order the fabric I need for this piece I will be going over my allotted $25 per month stitching budget from Stitch from Stash but I am allowed to carry over the difference into the next month so I should be alright for two months.
|Stretch and fabric|
In the meantime, while I wait to order, wait for the order to get here and all that, I have a few little projects from Teresa's website that are complimentary patterns and I do have her bookmarks pattern leaflet as well to keep me busy. I've decided to stitch up Stretch the Magic Dragon first.
Remember, I have some lovely old linen napkins that I picked up at yard sales and second hand stores throughout the years and thought this delicious chocolate would be a nice background. I am still thinking about that because I'm not sure what I want to do with Stretch. TW has a nice little note attached to this pattern suggesting we could add metallics and beads and she states the color suggestions are just that "suggestions". How completely FABULOUS!!! You all know how I can't leave well enough alone! But I do love Stretch the way he is, but I probably will add some metallics along with the back stitching for some sparkle like I did for Night in the Garden and that came out beautifully.
And now, please take a moment to check out my GF's that are, so far, taking this journey with me:
This list will grow, of that I'm sure. We have so much to do today so get yourself organized so you can get to stitching!
Good luck on your journey through 2014.....