On New Year's Day, I usually begin to notice the extra bits of daylight at the end of the day.... especially on a clear, sunny day! This is the day when I take down the outside Christmas decorations and begin to dream of Spring! :-) This brings an extra surge of energy to get things done! So, each day, I've been taking a bit of time to tidy part of the house, then indulge in a little bit of stitching, then take care of some much needed paperwork, then a little bit of sewing, then a couple more have-to's about the house, then play with some colorful fabrics...and even the wool has been put on alert to get get ready to be hooked into a rug! :-) It's been a good balance that I hope to continue throughout the year.
In December I had signed up for Fat Quarter Shop's Stitch Quarterly. Each kit is a surprise seasonal cross stitch design with the fabric and floss to complete the pattern...as well as a couple of cross stitch related notions. This month's theme was "Santa Baby"... and I loved everything about this kit!
I was a little slow to get started, but have make some progress. While tempted to put Santa away for a few months... I'm going to stick to it, and finish the stitching part of the design before I start on a different project. After all of the Christmas decorations have been put away, the house is a bit bare... so I "should" be stitching some Valentine's... maybe next weekend.
We had a quiet Christmas... and while hubby and I were happy with a meal and pounds of cookies... Berwyn really wanted a present just for him. He must have written a secret letter to Santa... because one day last week, this showed up...
Hope you had some good laughs while watching that! Now that he's more familiar with it, he REALLY goes bonkers with it! :-)
My plan for this year is to "Enjoy My Stash"! I went overboard with purchasing cross stitch patterns, fabrics and floss most of last year. And, I ended the year with a bit of a celebration with a quilt kit acquisition frenzy! ;-) All I can say is that I signed on for one Block of the Month, one quarterly quilty subscription and one sew along... the remainder of projects were either in stash, or will be stash in the next couple of days...lol! Think Laundry Basket Quilts, Betsy Chutchian, Fig Tree Quilts, Lori Holt and Jan Patek... that's going to be my year in quilts!
My year in cross stitch will be one or two large reproduction samplers...with many smalls. I also have plans for a full coverage piece. The pattern was puchased last year as a Birthday present... I have yet to commit to the fabric and floss (and get started on it for that matter)! ;-) All in good time...
And while absent from my hands for far too long... I'm feeling the need for some woolly creations! A bit of applique and definitely a hooked rug or two!
It's all in good fun...and definitely a therapeutic bliss!
"May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand."
I'm not Irish.... but I have always liked that blessing... :-)