Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Year Review & 2014 'To Do' List...

I thought I would post a 'year end' review of all the projects I've done in 2013. 

2 kitchen/bathroom towels:

Towel 1:  Beach Theme

This one I gave to my mother-in-law for Christmas this year.  It was the second towel pattern I bought but the first one I actually finished.  She loved it and my father-in-law actually asked me where I bought it then was impressed when he was informed I had done it myself.  The colors actually look a lot better in person (they are a bight brighter) but this pictures still does it justice.  Obviously it is before I ironed out everything. :)  She is going to use it in her guest bathroom as it is beach themed (when not decorated for Christmas)

Towel 2: Apple & Grape Theme

This one I did for my sister-in-law, Sarah, as a house warming gift for her and my brother Jason's new apartment.  She loves the color red, and while I could have changed the colors in the apples from yellow to red I didn't know that till after I had already started the project.  I didn't feel like changing it and there is red in the border so I felt it would work anyway.  She loved it and it has a nice place in the kitchen hanging on their oven door. 

Joseph's Dragon Wall Hanging:

Ah my little brother's house warming gift.....this one was a pain.  Not because of the stitching but because I had to figure out HOW I was going to make my idea into a reality with pretty much ZERO actual sewing skills.  And my one trimester in middle school of home-ec doesn't count since the only sewing project we did was make a pillow using a kit that we hand sewed and that was...oh....several years ago.  It became a family (and neighbor) project which made it all the more fun.  Mom helped pick out the fabric and rope, Dad spray painted the dowel rod for me (because apparently I wasn't doing it correctly or some such nonsense...doesn't matter I got out of having to do it ^_^) and my neighbor Peggy gave me the use of her sewing machine as well as helped me put it all together since she has made something similar but with fabric no stitch work.  He loved it, as I knew he would, and it now hangs next to his door in his new apartment.

Jim Shore Pineapple:

 Probably my favorite one I worked on all year.  This one I made for my 'Aunt' Chris, who is really just a close family friend.  I've grown up going to her various parties of the the holidays and she loves pineapples.  In fact her old house had pineapple decorations all over.  When she was originally planning on making that home into a bed & breakfast she was going to make a kind of game out of it, see if the guests can find all of the hidden pineapples type thing which we all thought was a great idea. 

Well, she moved to South Carolina recently to be closer to her only son, his wife and the two grandchildren.  After she moved my family and I then found out she had been diagnosed with stage 2 kidney cancer and was undergoing treatment.  She is fine, and so far the prognosis is good.  Since I was unable to get it finished before she left and was then hoping to get it finished for Christmas.  I made my goal but then had to figure out what I was going to do.  I decided to get it professionally framed as this was such a beautiful piece I wanted to do it justice and a simple Walmart/Target/Hobby Lobby/ect frame wasn't going to cut it. The frame is actually a really nice antique golden color that didn't come across so well in my picture taken with my phone (on the right).  I had to stand on a chair to get a good picture of it on the table so sorry about the mess of mail and my tennis shoes. :) The picture on the left my brother, Jason, took with his expensive professional camera so the colors of the matting and stitch-work look a lot better than what I managed to take.

My Mom and Dad offered to pay for the framing and shipping as I put all the time & money into the stitching and materials.  Mom figured that would make it about even although Dad, I heard, wasn't so sure.  Thankfully my Mom did stitch when she was younger so she had an appreciation of the time it takes to make these and she knew the materials aren't cheap. My 'Aunt' received it and called my Mom to tell her how much she and everyone else loved it.  'Uncle' Steve immediately hung it up and they couldn't be happier. 


WIPs and 2013 To Do List:

1)  Teacup pattern for the Army of Teacups.  - I finished adjusting the colors to what I wanted and gathering all the threads now I just have to stitch it. Which shouldn't take too long once I sit down and actually do so. ;)

2) Butterfly/Orchid - going to be for me and another one I will get professionally framed. I was going to give it to Sarah as she loves orchids and butterflies but my Mom was like 'why don't you keep something for yourself instead of always giving away your finished projects?' so...I'm going to keep this one.  I love orchids too so it isn't a hardship. :)
Current WIP shot:

 2014 To Do List:

1) Various TW patterns - many of these are small freebies so I'll work on them as I work on big projects. The exception to this is my Romeo and Juliet pattern
    • "Stretch"
    • "Dragon Rampant"
    • "Future Cast"
    • "Knotwork Bookmark"
    • "Renaissance Bookmark"
    • "Romeo & Juliet"
    • Various other freebies that I may/may not get to
 2) Baby announcement - Jason & Sarah are expecting their first child (and my first niece or nephew!) so I have to work on this first.  Baby is due in June if I remember correctly so....time's a ticking!!  This is obviously just a picture I got offline (1-2-3 stitch) but I thought I would show the one I was planning on doing for them.  Sarah picked it (and the stocking) out from my Amazon Wish List of various kits I have saved over the years as 'someday I'll get these'

3) Stocking - I told Sarah that I was going to make the baby a stocking so she didn't have to go out and buy one.  That being said......I've never done one before.  I'm also going to have to work on this one and have it finished before December of next year so since I am horrible about sticking to deadlines (self imposed or otherwise) when it comes to projects I think I'm going to have to finish this one and the announcement first before I do any other big projects. Again, just a picture from 1-2-3-stitch.

4) Go through my stash and figure out which ones I'm actually going to do and if I have any unfinished ones see what needs to be done and how close they are to completion.   If I don't have a lot to do I might add them to my list. 

If I have any projects from my stash that I don't want because I don't think I'll do them, or I just no longer like them, I'll be sure to post them up here and if it is something you would like it will be a first come first serve give away. 

I don't have a huge stash so I shouldn't take me too long to go through everything.....I hope :)

Can't wait to see what everyone stitches in the new year!! ^_^

Thursday, December 26, 2013

New Blog! :)

So I figured I would use this blog to post WIPs of current projects and pretty much anything else I can think of. 

I am hoping that doing this will help keep me up with my WIPs and self-imposed deadlines.  I hope that this will be a good place to do it and you all can keep me honest. :)  Or at least bug me to post updates.