Sunday, 19 January 2014

WIPocalypse January check in

Here's my check in post for the 2014 WIPocalypse!

The main project I've been working on is my March deadline WIP - Baby Hugs by Design Works.

Here's my progress:

I've stitched a little of Busy Bunnies, which I believe is my oldest WIP, but haven't taken a progress photo.

The check in posts have a different topic each month, January's is: Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year.

So, I'm Julia, I'm a single, working mum to a gorgeous little boy, and in the time when I'm not at work and my boy is asleep, I like to cross stitch, play World of Warcraft and drink large amounts of tea and coffee (actually the last one I do when I'm at work and my boy is awake...)

My WIPs are all listed on the 2014 page, I was up to 15 including my planned starts for the year when I stumbled across the AAN 2014 SAL and signed up for that, so that will be 16 (unless I get some of the WIPs finished!)

Goals for the year: start and finish Baby Hugs and Cat Cushion, finish Siberian Tiger and Busy Bunnies, and make some progress on the rest of my WIPs.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

AAN 2014 SAL

So, because obviously I haven't got enough cross stitching planned for this year, I stumbled across another SAL! I can just about almost guarantee this will be absolutely the last one I sign up to this year, really.

AAN 2014 Mystery SAL - Halloween Town

To be fair, Autumn is my favourite season and I love Halloween / Samhain, and this design just seemed perfect for me so I couldn't really be expected to pass it by. Oh yes, and my birthday is this week, and there's an R in the month...

Now I just need to decide on the fabric! I'm tempted to get some hand dyed 32 count, but I'm not sure which shade to pick.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Baby Hugs

A new start! Baby Hugs by Design Works. My aim is to get this one finished by March.

This is what it will look like:

And here is my progress:

Its stitching up quite quickly, the design has much bigger blocks of the same colour than most of my WIPs.

Another 2014 SAL - Christmas Themed

After signing up for the 2014 WIPopalypse, I soon found another SAL that seemed perfect for me!

From the cross stitch forum I post on, it's a commitment to try and create one Christmas type item each month for 2014. Seeing as I always plan to get my cards done early but inevitably don't, I'm hoping this will give me the kick to start early and end up in December with all my planned Christmas stitching done.

My goal for this SAL is to finish a card a month. I normally stitch about 10 cards each year, so that also leaves 2 months free to get some ornaments for the tree done too.

I'm looking forward to participating in this SAL. Cards are nice quick finishes that I can work on during lunch breaks at work, so I should be able to complete my goals and avoid the usual rush in the week before Christmas to get the last few cards done.

I'll aim to get each one done for 21st of each month, so first one is due for 21st January... I'd better go and find a design to stitch!

Sunday, 5 January 2014

WIPocalypse 2014

I found this SAL on Measi's Musings and thought it fitted well with what I had planned for 2014 - making some progress on all my WIP's.

The WIP's I'm including in my SAL are all those currently in progress on my 2014 page, plus my 2 new starts for this year; Baby Hugs by Design Works and a Cat Cushion from the World of Cross Stitch magazine.

First monthly progress post will be on 16th January.

Here's the list of WIP's:

1. Calicos Mystical Pumpkin
2. Rabbit Rendezvous
3. Peter Rabbit Birth Sampler
4. Busy Bunnies
5. Winter Sun
6. Shire Horses
7. Yellow Submarine
8. SK Trick or Treat
9. Siberian Tiger
10. Siberian Forest
11. Peacock Tapestry
12. The Stag
13. African Sunset
14. Baby Hugs
15. Cat Cushion

Loose goals: start and finish Baby Hugs by March, Cat Cushion by August, finish Siberian Tiger by November and Busy Bunnies (which has been on the go since 1998 :O ) by the end of the year. And as much or little progress on the others as I can fit in!

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy 2014!

Well it's been a shockingly long time since I last updated this blog. With it being New Year's Day though, it's time to get back to blogging my cross stitch stuff.

And also it's time for New Year's Stitching Resolutions!

I'm going to limit myself as far as possible to two new starts this year, one for my sister's baby due in March, and another for a friend's birthday (excepting small stitches like cards of course).

Other resolutions are to make some good progress on my WIPs, maybe even a couple of finishes! I'm setting up a page to list them and photos taken of where I am now with them, and then I'll see how far I've got with them on 31st December 2014!

Happy New Year to all, may it be full of unexpected but welcome stash additions, plenty of quality stitching time and some nice finishes!