Tuesday, 30 January 2018

January SAL check in

How did the end of January get here already? It feels like it was just last week we were having to change over to 2018. I finished off 2 smalls this month. The otters & this bookmark. I certainly have need this reminder of late. Be focused, not fixated. I've been quite distracted this past while.

http://stitchinglotus.ca/






Not much else to add for this month by way of stitching. I've started working on my brother's wedding piece. It's coming along much quicker than I thought it would. This photo doesn't really do good for showing the colour of the cloth - its actually on a light blue with a faint cloud look to it. A piece of grey cloth arrived in the mail this morning, I'd forgotten I'd ordered it for this project. Whoops. It will not doubt work well with another pattern I've got in my stash though.
Over at work, I've had Satsuki at my desk and giving her a little more body. 


*Here's hoping February will be more productive*



Wednesday, 10 January 2018

A good start: finish #1

Holy ice packs Batman! Brrrr!!!! We're still in this grotesque deep freeze here in Alberta. I came out of dance tonight (it's Wednesday so it was Tap & Ballet) and it had dropped back to -32. With a wind so sharp it felt even colder. My poor vehicle protested the whole way home. Luckily no one was behind me so I could go a little slower than the speed limit since the highway was icy and I kept losing traction. I can't wait for it to warm up a bit. -20 or so is manageable but this -30 to -46c stuff needs to go away. This little guy gets it! 
Here's my first finish of the year! This adorable Otter Family. My da-otter (daughter) has claimed it for her room. She actually had said "it otter go into my room.." Her father rolled his eyes at our puniness. He's not as droll as we are. *snicker*


The previous start: long awaiting in my bin, that I've pulled out to work on getting complete this month is Sakura. A pattern from Lisbei's website (http://ludinthemist.canalblog.com) 


And even more thrilling is thatmy husbands Christmas stitching is all framed now. He got the piece for the holidays & thanked me, but now that it's in a frame & on the wall he loves it more. This R2D2 pattern is from an Etsy shop
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/551554197/star-wars-cross-stitch-pattern-r2d2




Happy New Year! (2018)

It's looking like it's going to be a great year and I'm excitedly full of ambition in regards to my stitching projects and book reading challenges. Thus far there are 4 weddings to stitch for and a couple babies are due. I've got the 2 patterns picked out for both my husbands buddy's nuptials (I had started 'Adam & Eve' this past fall for that one but it was set aside...and now need to do up a baby sampler for them as well. FINALLY got their girl *thumbs up*) and will be doing Nimue's "Moonlight Fairies-Clair de Lune" for my baby brother's summer wedding.


  My library put up a reading challenge this week to encourage more readers to use their facility. I use the GoodReads website/app and set my 2018 personal challenge at 20 this year. A doable number but it's also mood boosting when I go over that number. Pairing my GR challenge with the "help" list from the library will make book selection much more amusing. 

The Titles I've taken out this week are:
  • Eden Robinson's: Son of a Trickster
  • Jenny Colgan's: The Bookshop on the Corner
  • Jessica Greyson's: The Angel Makers
  • Ben Winter's: Underground Airlines
  • Libby Cataldi's: Stay Close; A Mother's Story of her Son's Addiction
  • Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk's: Sanaaq; an Inuit Novel
As well as: George Ryga's: Athabasca Ryga.....which was loaned to me by a lady in my community who is currently putting together a filmed documentary on his life's work. (to be released sometime this year).  


Success from last year: I finished 50 pieces in 2017! *Whoop* There are 16 new starts though that have rolled over into my "needs to be done" bin.

I'm looking forward to participating in Stitching Lotus' smalls SAL again this year. If any of you haven't been a part of it before & would like more info: Just pop on over to her site. It has helped keep me a bit on track, participating these last two years, at least by way of getting one stitching done. Since the submission pieces don't even have to be new starts, it's also good for encouraging one to complete something off the every growing UFO/WIP's list. :)
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