Welcome to my new little corner of the web! It's a brand new year to make a fresh start and what better way to do that than to make a new blog? Some of you may know me from my old blog and have followed along with me through the struggles of the last few years but I'm declaring 2014 as a new start. It's time to put the struggles to rest and start fresh with a new outlook and new perspective.
I don't know what this year will bring but I'm hoping for a new path in this journey filled with love, laughter and good friends to share it with.
So lets start this party off right with some pics of what I hope to accomplish this month:
This first pic is my progress of a piece by Just Nan called "Garden Prince". It is a box topper and will have a little frog charm on top. I'm using just regular old DMC floss for this and stitching it on 28 count ivory linen. This is actually going to be an exchange piece for a Valentine's exchange I'm participating in on one of my facebook groups. I'm hoping my partner loves it as much as I do.
This next piece is a SAL I've been working on the last couple of months. It's a freebie and you can find it here: http://www.jardinprive.com/index.php?page=gratuit
The final part came out today so I'm hoping to maybe get a finish with it this week. I plan to frame this one and hang it up on one of my walls. I think it's a fantastic reminder of what to aim for in the new year!
This next piece has been the bane of my existence for the last 5 or 6 years. This was a free SAL from Ink Circles way back in 2008 or 2009. I went into it with all good intentions and even had a friend RAK me with the special Carrie's Creations floss it called for. I don't know why, but I have struggled to get this done for years. It seems like something always happens with this project and it just made me miserable whenever I would work on it. I finally brought it out of hiding re-named it "the Dirty Word" and started stitching on it again. I tried to finish it for 2013 but it just didn't happen. THIS is my goal for the first month of 2014! I shall conquer this! (did I really just put that in writing?) Maybe putting it out here in cyber land will make me accountable and motivate me to get 'er done? I guess if it's not done by January 31st you can all beat me with wet floss....*grins*
There are so many things I'd like to start over with this year and so many new goals I've set for myself. One of the big goals is to finally finish up the charity quilts I started 3 years ago. Some are completely finished, some are still in the works. The original plan was to have them done within a year, but life really through some curve balls at me and they just never got done. After moving to a new state, moving house multiple times, breaking my back and just general life stuff, I'm going to try again. I know many of you made blocks and sent them and they are much appreciated. I hope I can do justice to all those blocks and make some wonderful quilts for those kids. I will be going back to Oregon in the Spring and am hoping to have them done and be able to drop them off in person. If I can, I will get pics to show everyone.
That about wraps up my beginning thoughts to this new year. What are your goals? Whatever they are, do them with passion! Let your creative flag fly! Happy New Year to all of you! May you all be blessed with happiness and good fortune and keep your needles smoking!