A lot of people don’t know that aside from being an extremely busy mom, and super overwhelmed web developer (and occasional designer) – I am pretty into cross stitching. Well, into lots of crafty things, but mostly cross stitch and occasionally quilting. I’m also a total video game freak, but that’s a whole different discussion.
So, I saw this cool premise on another blog where you post photos of your old WIPs/UFOs (they said 10, but I only have 7 WIPs, but I’m sure I’ll be starting plenty as the year goes by) and then once a month you post your progress on those projects. It’s called a Turtle Trot, aptly named methinks.
Last year I only had 3 finishes (not counting some silly small ornaments). And the ones I finished weren’t that impressive. Basically I spent the summer working on them, and by the summer I mean a portion of July and August, and then got super busy again and dropped all my projects. Another major reason for my lack of stitching is for quite a while I was having serious pain in my wrists/thumbs from too much repetitive motion between the stitching and the typing I do all day.
But, all that aside – I’ve decided this will be a great way to keep progress of my stitching, finishing projects – and to get me back into blogging again.
I typically blog in my livejournal (started in 2002), but I’m SO over that service (or lack thereof). So, I decided I should utilize my personal domain for something other than collecting virtual dust!
So, I’ll be honest – it’s been quite a long time I’ve participated in any real online communities… probably since 2006/7. I used to love interacting online with many different communities (mostly communities of interests within livejournal) and then some forums outside. But, I tired of the increasing online drama (I had enough real life drama!), and just didn’t have an free time to dedicate outside of my growing family.
I still don’t have much free time. But, let’s see where this goes!
So to begin, these were my three finishes from last year:
Now, for my WIPs for 2014 (and the story behind some of them)!
I started this kit when I was 16 years old! Sadly, I am now being catapulted much faster than I would like to 31! Wow. 15 years. My interest in those years was always there, but I was better doing smaller ornament projects. This was my very first fill kit that was bigger than 3″x3″ I believe. I worked really hard on this, and I’m not entirely sure why I stopped. I assume I either mis-counted and got discouraged, or life in general came along. I swear if this is the only thing I finish this year I’ll be happy.
Another start from my teenage years – probably about the same time. I had very little funds, so scoring a new kit was extremely exciting. Once again cannot remember why I stopped, but I definitely want to get this one finished this year – my hubby is a huge Charlie Brown fan!
This was something I started again as a teen – late 17 or 18. I stopped because my friend and I no longer were speaking… But, as life goes on you learn what is important, and thankfully we made up after 5 years of not speaking (that was also many years ago!). I plan on one day finally finishing it and giving it her!
I started this in September of last year, but stopped after getting swamped with work. I love these bears, definitely going to get this one done this year.
I started this the year before last, intended as a Christmas gift for this Christmas. As you can see, that didn’t happen. I actually have two of these kits – one for each set of grandparents. Another must finish (time two if I don’t get too bored!).
This I started in 2005/2006 I believe. It was intended as a Christmas gift for an aunt who loved birds at the time, but she no longer does, so I guess I lost my motivation. I do want to finish it because I think the colors are just beautiful. Perhaps frame it for my own house!
This was also a start from last year – I started this right after I finished Pooh and Eeyore, but I somehow miscounted(!!) and got frustrated and stuck it in a drawer. This will also be finished this year. I need to suck it up and go back and fix what I messed up!
I have a few other’s that I haven’t finished but one I cannot find anywhere – it was a birth sample – I believe it was called “Wild Things” or something to that effect. Three others I did find I have little to no intention of finishing. Maybe one (a pink Victorian house) – but not the others. They are stamped and I really hate stamped work (unless they are the baby blankets or bibs – somehow that isn’t so bad). No offense to the stamped cross stitch lovers – I just hate having white show through my x’s and the overall look isn’t as detailed as I enjoy.
This year I also plan on utilizing a new toy I bought – I got a Z Lap Frame (with Clamp) – which will hold Q-Snaps, stretcher bars or scroll frames. What! So, I’ve been a hoop user since day one. I have hoops coming out of everywhere! Plastic, wood, even old school metal ones. Adjustable screw types or the kid that have a spring and you have to fit it over the smaller hoop that has cork on the outside.
I’ve only learned about Q-Snaps this past year, and to tell the truth I wasn’t really interested until I found this Lap Frame. I DO have another lap frame – I think it is this lap frame – but I spent a little bit more more than listed here. I just can’t figure out how to use it. I was a little disappointed. Plus, at the time most of my projects were ones that were much to small for that frame. So, anyway, with the Z Lap Frame, that problem should be solved. I also purchased 3 different sizes of Q-Snaps to start with, 11″ x 11″ being the largest they had in stock at the time. I’m so excited.
I also splurged on ONE new kit Snow Bear and Sleigh because it was a) on sale b) and I had a coupon and c) I’m an addict.
I really can’t buy any new kits (unless you know I go to the physical store and they are on sale and you know, it’s a once in a lifetime thing….) because I probably have over 100 kits I’ve collected over the last 15 years still untouched in their packages. Not to mentions the hundreds of bobbins of floss, fabric out my hoo-hah and patterns and books! Oy vey!
Anyway, off to finish this stamped bib!