Saturday, August 17, 2013

Giving up the ghost

So I have finally admitted to myself that I will not be able to finish BAP-T in time for Alan's retirement. Too many things got in the way and then I lost all momentum on this project and now I am way behind. I have decided to pull out an old chart from a 2007 JCS called Tanglewood. This chart was created by Tracy Horner of Ink Circles and the thread is from Carrie's Creations. I have ordered the thread from Carrie. Unfortunately Carrie had a death in the family and there will be a delay of a couple of weeks before shipment. I don't think this will be a big problem because since it was charted for overdyes, there is not a lot of thread changing. I have liked this chart ever since I started it, but never got around to ordering the silks.

I'm a little sad about the change, but I think Alan will like it. My oldest brother has been asking me to do something for him forever. I've done little things but nothing big. I think BAP-T might become his. Right now I like it, but I don't like it enough to want to hang it in my house. This might change as I work more on it, but if it doesn't BAP-T will be his.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Reorganization of stash

I woke up at 7:00am Sunday morning and by 8:00am I was in my craft area trying to straighten up and reorganize. Ten hours later I was about as done as I could be. I'm not entirely happy with the area but until I am able to move some of the furniture out and put in true storage furniture I just have to be happy that it's not as messy as it was. Two things occurred while I was going through this process. First, I discovered stuff that I forgot I had purchased. Who does this? Stash obsessed cross stitchers that's who. Second, I had to face the fact that I stitch things but then don't do anything with them.

So with this in mind, I collected everything I have stitched in the last couple of years and took pictures. I then placed them in a prominent spot in my craft area. My plan is to completely finish at least one finished project a week. I also on having at least three of my "to be framed by a framer" items framed by the end of the year.

As an incentive to myself, I am created two new pages. As I complete a finish, I will take a picture of it and put it up on a new page which I will cleverly title Completely Finished Finishes.

Here's hoping that I actually follow through.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Some finishes

Just a quick post to share some finishes.

I finished Lizzie Kate's Housework. I'm trying to decide if I want to frame it or if I want to do a soft frame. I'll probably go with the traditional frame because it will be quicker. This was supposed to be a gift for my sister, but I'm leaning towards keeping it, as it speaks to me :)

I also finished a JABCo You Lucky Dog for my brother Robin. He has a houseful of dogs and it just seemed appropriate. 

I have kind of sort of abandoned my BAP-T because it was just wearing on me. I now have several projects in rotation. I am working on my Passione Ricamo Mystery SAL, a Cross Stitching Art SAL stitching her Siren pattern, working on a Falcon from UK cross stitch mag, working on the Bethlehem pattern, getting ready to start the Edgar Allen Poe Sampler from JCS Halloween edition for a SAL and also a Halloween freebie. I do plan on putting the BAP-T back into rotation because I do want to finish it. 

Happy Weekend Everyone!!!!

Just keep stitching, reading, gardening, relaxing...whatever makes your weekend wonderful!