I’m going to leave the giveaway open a little longer, since this is such a busy time of year. I know that I am WAY behind on blog reading, so I’m sure others are too.
I have managed to check in on a few blogs in the past few days, and I noticed that several people are beginning their look towards 2008. In an effort to keep my mind busy, I decided I would start some planning as well. The past few years I’ve spent a lot of time planning all the new projects I will begin and want to stitch that year. Needless to say, most of them I didn’t get to, and most of them if started, are still WIPs. So, this year I want to change my focus a little bit. I would really like to get my WIPs finished. I have so many – too many. I do enjoy my stitching for the most part and try not to set too many boundaries for my stitching, but I think that in order to finish some of these, I need a plan. So here goes…
Focus on finishing my WIPs. I have planned a new start after every third finished WIP in order to keep me motivated. I have also planned two January starts – one on January 1st, and the other a monthly SAL.
1. NEW – January 1 start and Monthly Red Thread SAL [Mermaids of the Deep Blue 1/1 start]
2. Mystery 9
3. Tesori d’Italia
4. Barnabee’s Quest
5. NEW – Nativity (this will be my 2008 Christmas project)
6. Mystery Sampler
7. Dorothy’s Garden
8. Bay Sampler
9. NEW – Pearl Lights (maybe)
10. Mermaid Treasure Box
11. Midi Mystery 2
12. Queen of the Needle Case
14. Water ACEO
15. Teeny Witch
I will also be focusing on stitching ornaments this year and will work those in as I can. Smalls will also include catching up on my Just Nan WhimZis and finishing up my Essie’s Friends pieces.
I also want to considerably cut down on the number of charts I buy. I have more than enough to keep me busy. I intend to continue with my automatics (Prairie Schooler new releases, Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers and Just Nan Limited Edition WhimZis), and will only buy charts that are time sensitive or needed for an RR/Exchange.
My “splurges” this year, rather than being stash will be having some things professionally framed or finished.
So that’s what I have in mind. Of course, it is all subject to change and may be thrown out of the window totally. But, I would really like to see some of these pieces finished, especially Mystery 9 which has a place in our bedroom already – I just need to finish it! It will be going to Jill Rensel for framing as well.
And speaking of WIPs, I still have two pieces that I wanted to get done before the end of the year (well, before Christmas, really, but who’s counting?). Above is my TW Second Day of Christmas that is for Eric. I haven’t stitched on it since I last showed it to you before our trip. There’s still a whole lot to go on this one.
I also have made a start on the last Shepherd’s Bush ornament – Sweet Baby. This one should be finished soon, hopefully. I may not get my wall hanging made before Christmas though, but we’ll see how it goes.
Hope you’re all having a great week.
Walk to Rivendell: Still in the eastern edge of the Marshes. (Total Miles Walked: 209.25)
I am grateful for Othello and Romeo.