Hello everyone! Today is the 19th birthday of my eldest boy, and where am I? Work. Huh. He’s tucked up in bed as it’s one of his days off. Wouldn’t that be nice?
This past week I have stitched away at Shakespeare’s Fairies, Fairy Idyll and the Genoa Santa’s. I am guilt-free now on Idyll and am liking her again. Bonus.
Also we’re going to be walking every night – puppy sitting. Mase is so enamoured that he is even happy to pick up poo. I had hoped that this would cut out the want for a dog but in other ways I get why – he’s a little lonely as his older brothers move off into different directions and wants a companion. But that’s a problem for another day…
Hello my lovelies! I’ve had an up & down week, and there’s lots of pressure at work (year end on the 27th & an annoyingly slow system) so I’ve been following doctor’s orders and stitching as much frustration away as possible. I am also at payday with money still in the everyday account, and I haven’t spent anything on stitching supplies for myself this month, altho there are 6 skeins I need for Shakespeare’s Fairies.
I did get rid of a huge guilt patch by sourcing and buying another copy of Fairy Idyll and having it posted to Gail. She lent me her copy in September 2017 and I never thought it would take me so long to stitch, & I’ve been feeling awful about it. The chart is OOP and was 25 pounds but… worth it for the relief.
Anyway, this week I’ve got (what I am counting as) two FFO with the Golden Tannenbaum ornaments now ready for the tree, a good start on two Genoa Santa’s and well past the monthly goal on Shakespeare’s Fairies.
Life update: I’ve been on antidepressants for three weeks now & had a check up yesterday. A lot of improvement in my overall wellbeing, my blood work was fantastic & I’ve actually lost 1.3kg (side benefit). I’ve got another check in 3 months & will continue with the meds in the meantime. I also went back to bootcamp this week…. mild ouch.
titching wise I frogged the initial start on Shakespeare’s Fairies by Mirabilia. Neither hubs nor I liked the fabric, so on Monday I went back to the initial plan of Urewera Mist and restarted. Much happier.
At work, I’ve finished the paper stitched version of Golden Tannenbaum by Mill Hill & started a plastic canvas version. Once that’s stitched, I’ll bead them both. Then onto a Santa!
January 6 – Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!
Well. This is my fifth year of WIpocalypse. It’s the most committed I’ve been to any SAL & I put that down to the pressure free, encouraging environment that Melissa hosts. If you’re a crafter, please join up either on your blog or via the Facebook group – we welcome all enablers!
If you’ve not read from my blog before, I’m in my mid-40’s, a working mum to four (ranging from 24-9) & partner. I am book-mad, often found stitching & listening to podcasts or audiobooks, and I wouldn’t mind winning Lotto so that I could stay home and stitch (but I’d have to remember to buy tickets first). We own our home near the base of Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges & can often be found working on it or a friends (my partner was an engineer, he’s bloody handy with a tool belt), walking on the beach or in one of the many beautiful parks Auckland boasts. I’ve been hand stitching since before I was 10, can’t knit an even scarf or crochet to save myself and don’t often pull my machine out (altho I brought a 1940’s Singer recently, purely on impulse as I love the look). I’m a whizz at curtains.
Goals for 2019 (I only have 9 WIPs right now & that’s about right for me) :
Finish SFS in the black
Complete & FFO the remaining monthly Hello There pieces (Mar-Nov)
Re-start Shakespeare’s Fairies & complete one fairy
Work on Tapestry Cat, Fairy Idyll, Arezzo, Four Season of NZ
Mini January Goals:
Finish Jardin Prive’s Eiffel Quaker COMPLETED
Mill Hill Golden Tannenbaum for my Small/Christmas All Year Round
Hello There March (& FFO)
341 stitches in Shakespeare’s Fairies for the HP SAL
Initial Start of SF
Frog of SF
Hopefully with returning to work/school/other crap I will still feel stitchy most nights & achieve all these goals.
Semco Toy Story Sampler (October 2013) – Zac will be 15 soon, & this needs to be done before then! But first I have to hunt it down… DIDN’T TOUCH IT BUT I FOUND IT
Mirabilia Fairy Idyll (September 2017) – Gail has loaned me the chart, & I want to return it this year HALF-WAY THRU
TW Tapestry Cat (Dec 2006!) – because it deserves progress DIDN’T TOUCH IT
Mirabilia Persephone (May 2015) –because I want to get thru that skirt! COMPLETED
Jane Austen SAL (December 2017) –because I want to keep up with the readings FLAGGED
In addition to the above, I did get a few more things completed, & a few starts:
LHN Bethlehem (which I forgot to get framed for this Christmas)
Melinda’s RR choice, Gigi
Lizzie*Kate’s Be Bold
LHN Summer Sampler (I’m FFO’ing that this weekend, finally, as it’s now Summer down here)
Mill Hill ornaments – two each of the Beehive, Trinidad Santa, Peridot and one re-worked Santa for Bec
Mirabillia’s Portrait of Antique Vines (converted)
Mirabilia Renaissance Mermaid for my own RR (& then I beaded it all)
Home*Stitch*Ness Remembrance Wreath (FFO)
Joy embroidery wreath (FFO)
Clouds Factory’s Princess Bride
Cathy’s Hello December, January & February (also FFO)
I am very close to my first 2019 finish – a conversion of Jardin Prive’s Eiffel Quaker.
I gave up Stitch From Stash in November. I went stupid from all the stress and on a spending spree. Overall the year finished $126 in “debt” but I plan to be better in 2019. I’ve begun a course of antidepressants and things are so much better – I’m not anxious (or as anxious) as I was so yay for that.
Anyways, Happy New Year & I’ll be back for the Intro & 2019 Goals post next week.
Man. I am flipping from project to project faster than you can turn the page.
With the lounge rearranged, I no longer get enough light to stitch at night in my big chair with the frame. This had meant a lot of frustration but… solution is to put Fairy Idyll away for a while.
So… big project wise I brought ahead my plan to start Shakespeare’s Fairies on January first. The Urewera Mist fabric arrived & it’s not quite as deep as I had hoped. So I went thru my stash & found Sparklies Winter Sky in 28ct lugana. I’m stitching weirdly but can do this in hand, so it should be fine for the road trip. Altho I am tempted to start SF on the Urewera anyway, just to double check…
Travel projects had also flipped. I brought a small haul from 123Stitch & included Hands On Design Hello There. Currently stitching December, which was dumb. I should have started January then I’d have a head start on the new year…
Home stuff is as per. SIL is coming up for Christmas (cue tension headaches) but in response we’re going away. I’m looking forward to a break!