First Finish of the Year

…and I’m OK with that. I am absolutely AMAZED I was able to complete it in a month!

“Christmas Island Santa” from Mill Hill’s Tropical Santas collection

And wow, it was all about the details…

 

 

Stitching Journal Pages
First ornament down, 15 more to go (unless the 2018 Santas match the theme):

 

My “Stitch Maynia” was stitching every day. I did good! Only 3 days off (and it was mostly because of travel).

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So what’s next for June?

I am trying to take it slow and easy to keep my stitching stress level at a ZERO. I am also excited that I will be able to visit Stitcher’s Paradise on an upcoming trip (heaven…but I’m budgeting, and I can only take a small bag to fit under the airplane seat!).

  • Start and finish Mill Hill’s “Captain Santa”
  • Complete 1/2 of “Once Upon a Time Sampler” border

Peace, joy, and happy stitching!

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A New Tradition

Left: Last year’s start. Right: Progress since yesterday.

Meet “Christmas Island Santa” from Mill Hill! I started him last year— I didn’t include him in my WIP Parade because of the small handful of stitches I put on him (see left). I picked him back up on Wednesday- it was gorgeous weather, so I took him outside.

Needed a lot of magnets because of the wind. Also…please excuse the stained outdoor table.

I’m starting a new tradition in my home. My husband loves the beach and all things nautical. I’d like to stitch all the beachy/tropical/nautical (and colonial series) Santa’s from Mill Hill so that one day we’ll actually have a themed tree that’s he’s always dreamed of. I already have a few kits to get me started. So I’m steadily working on this one: I started on Wednesday. Progress is on right. I forgot how much fun stitching on perforated paper is once you remember the feel of it.

I’m not officially participating in Maynia, but I am making a conscious effort to stitch every single day this month even if just for 10 minutes. I don’t really have any plans either- just picking up whatever calls to me that day.  I do know I’d like to start Kooler Design Studio’s “Haunted October Nights,” which is currently on its way to me via mail. I’d also like to pick up “Winter Window” again soon- still in love with it, which still really surprises me. Actually, I’m surprised about “Haunted October Nights,” too. Both are styles I never thought I’d stitch (e.g., full coverage, loads of backstitching, etc.). But when you know, you know! Surprise yourself, keep yourself on your toes: sometimes you have to branch out of your creative comfort zone.

Happy almost-weekend, stitchers! I would love to have good weather and time to hermit with my projects. I hope you all have stitching company as cute as I do:

Belle (top), Bilbo (bottom)

Happy stitching!

Stitching Schedules and Planner Love

Happy Fall, y’all! It’s been a rainy start, but that’s just perfect for some stitching and reading.

I have so much to stitch before Christmas that I created a schedule:

As you can see, I’ve already had to change some dates around with whiteout, and I’ll probably have to do it again. Have you had any luck in setting dates with your stitching and actually accomplishing it?

I am working hard on “Knee High” so that it can be done by Friday (cue screechy horror sounds). I’m cross stitching in all my spare time to get this one completed. Here’s a snap of my progress during Saturday’s dinner break at work:

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In non-xstitchy news, Belle is happily settling into her new home. She’s in love with Bilbo. Bilbo…he’ll get there. 🙂 She’s definitely the annoying little sister.
  

She follows him everywhere and won’t do anything without him. Bilbo just rolls his eyes and tries to find a spot of alone time from her.

My new obsession is designing my own planner. After research (read: devouring and pinning planner blogs), I decided on a Midori style planner and purchased a “fauxdori” from etsy. I added inserts from etsy and also Moleskine. Here’s a snap of my planner box with all the goodies. Note: Next month, I’m on an craft spending ban!

My beautiful, handmade fauxdori- “Messydori”

One of my inserts is of course a crafting notebook. I’m keeping copies of my grandma’s knitting patterns in there, cross stitch wish list, and my stitching schedule. I’m also trying to figure a good format for start and end dates, problems, stats for my xstitch projects. Any ideas?        

Last week, I also received a lovely surprise from my parents to help boost my morale. I’m in love with sunflowers right now:

Complete with Belle’s chew toy and my planner box not far behind.

I hope everyone’s Monday is wonderful and that you have some lovely xstitchy plans for this week! I hope to have an awesome progress post for WIP Wednesday. Happy stitching!

Weekend WIP and Christmas Shopping

Oh, weekend, how fast thou doth flee! After working seven days straight (mostly 2nd shift), I was in need of some serious rest. I spent Saturday vegging out binge watching Mountain Men and cross stitching…and had about a five hour “nap.” Today I binged Keeping Up With Appearances and NCIS- all of course while cross stitching.    Dad’s present is coming along, but I’m beginning to think that this will be more of a Christmas present. These colors are making me daydream of Fall weather! Sweaters! Hot tea! The smell of falling leaves! …BUT speaking of Christmas, I bought all my Christmas presents today (well all but one)! I just need to make them; almost everyone is getting a Mill Hill ornament this year. YAY, homemade Christmas! Very proud of myself that I will most definitely get all my presents finished in time.

And speaking of presents, my mom bought me a lovely pair of Gingher scissors as a “Happy Employment” gift. 🙂 I’m in love with them.

Also to brighten any impending Monday blues, here is an angry Bilbo picture. This was taken by my boyfriend after he gave Bilbo a bath. He said that no matter what he said or did Bilbo refused to look at him! We swear he’s part cat or was raised by them before we adopted him!

 Happy stitching!