My 2014 Stitcher's Diary is already full for the entire year and it's only January 11th! If I didn't have work interrupting things I could pack more into it, but work = paycheck so hi ho, hi ho and all that. As of January 5th I was at that point in this WIP to really get excited...THE HOME STRETCH! Three more snowmen to stitch up and then the "lights" and string to add and DONE.
|Happy snow dudes|
|Lovely beads in this mess!|
Instead of cross stitching the lights, I'm going to use beads to brighten things up. Since our local bead shop closed it's doors, I am unable to just walk down the street and pick up the perfect beads for this project but I think I found some that will work very nicely.
Before you ask, I just noticed the 12 cents in the picture. No I will not be using the 12 cents in this project, ha, ha. I have no idea why it's on my craft table. You can also see I'm halfway through with snowman number 8. Up to this point I have put in 49 hours. I really thought it would take twice as long, but then I'm not done yet so who knows? I'm still struggling with the time keeping, but getting better at it. Put a stop watch app on my phone that works much better than the one that was already on the phone.
|Nerdy Expando-File for WIPs and UFOs|
I have found more WIPs and UFOs but have put them into my super nerdy expando-file folder to keep them handy. It also keeps them together so things don't get lost or forgotten. I will not have hidden UFOs littering up my totes again! Frankly I'm shocked that I came out of 2013 with any WIPs and UFOs after cleaning up years of mess last year. I'm still coming to terms with it, but it's not all my bad. People want "things" stitched or I get distracted by pretty things...but mostly people want things stitched. I've told you how my brother has "ideas" and yet there is only one of me and I already have a list of things to stitch. I will be doing a blog on Jan 16th for the Wipocalypse 2014 so you will get to see what else found it's way into the file.
My first REAL project for the 2014: Year of the Magnificent Teresa Wentzler is The English Cottage Sampler, and this morning I ordered the fabric!! It turns out to be the very LAST piece in stock because it is discontinued. Whew!! For £20.89 I'm very okay with that order. This translates to $34.00 USD, so I have already gone over my $25.00 budget for January on the Stitch from Stash but I can carry that extra $9.00 over into February and already know I won't be needing anything in February...but we all think that don't we and I am probably kidding myself about how that won't happen and then I tell myself to stop being so ridiculous and follow the rules!!
Anywhoooooooooooo, Once I receive that lovely piece of fabric from the UK I can begin. In the meantime, once I finish the Christmas Challenge I will stitch up Stretch. Last time we brought him up I thought I would use some delicious chocolate fabric, but when I pulled the colors out, I realized it wasn't going to happen that way. I dug around my stash and found a poly blend napkin that has a kind of shine to it, and it's green!
Do you see what I mean about the brown being all wrong? Delicious as it is, it is not for this project. Maybe for one of the ornament patterns, but not for Stretch.
There you have it! I have read some blogs this morning and am THRILLED to see where my GF's are on their TW Projects! Feeling a little behind here ha ha!
Until next time....