What with holiday prep, the 18th challenge for the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge, and the fleeting nature of my stitching mojo, I didn't get much stitching in this weekend, although I did at least get my November Bead Journal Project piece started. Here's Snowy, the Owl, with a leaf theme:
He's roughly 1/3 complete and it should be able to get him done before Christmas is I plug away at him. Then it will be on to the Christmasy Owl and the year will be complete!
Well, another week has passed without a single stitch made. A lot happened, just not stitching!
Let's see, on the social butterfly scene, there was dinner and desert with friends who will be on the same cruise as we will be on Wednesday night, there was the holiday reception at the University President's home on Saturday, and there as Girls' Night Out on Tuesday. The Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge kept me occupied for nearly a week. Then there was the holiday stuff: over 120 Christmas cards signed, addressed, stamped, licked and mailed, and gifts for 8 people ordered (THAT was a trauma --- why have all our regular sites gone and made ordering so much more difficult?) and, in one instance, wrapped. More remain to be wrapped and the tree is still not decorated (today maybe?). Of course, it didn't help that I still haven't found my stitching mojo ...
Plans for Christmas Day still haven't been finalized as we have to get past husband's birthday today! So I make no promises for next week as well...
Christmas Season is now upon us and I'm not in the mood! Really. NOT in the mood. I hate to be a Scrooge, but there it is!
Husband decorated the little pine in the front yard:
I put up my hand-stitched ornament trees:
and the foyer tree is up but not decorated.
Otherwise, you wouldn't know it was Christmas around here.
Another week of minimal stitching. I got sucked into a really harrowing round of challenges on a computer game I play, I am working (in my head, if not with my hands) on a papercrafting challenge due next Friday, and I am two years behind on one television series and one year on another (and my DVR is rapidly filling up!)!
I did work on my Crazy quilt Block for December and reported on it in my WIPocalypse monthly report. I signed up for Crazy Quilt Challenge 2015 (bigger blocks next year --- so now I have to come up with some sort of theme).
I planned out and kitted my December Bead Journal piece (even though I haven't started beading the November one). Trying to decide whether I am Bead Journal Project-fatigued or not, and, therefore, whether I want to participate in 2015. What with Crazy Quilt Journal and Take a Stitch Tuesday, I suspect there are enough deadlines in my stitchery and so I should bow out but... if I do, it feels like quitting and I hate that! What to do...
Meanwhile, here is Christmas shopping to do (yes, I haven't really started so it will be online catalogs again this year), Christmas cards to address and mail, and the entire Christmas social whirl to avoid! Oh, do I need a vacation!
This WIPocalypse report is to cover my accomplishments for the year! (my finishes, my final before/after photos, etc). This should be a short report given how little I feel I have accomplished this year but I will have my personal wrap-up on December 31, JUST in case I actually accomplish something more between now and the end of the year (highly unlikely with the holidays had upon us, but I will try!)!!
Bead Journal Project 2014
Ten (of twelve) atc-sized beaded ornaments: "Snowy" Owl, Love Birds, "Celtic" Owl, "Peep", "Goldfinch" Owl,
Anniversary, "Patriot" Owl, "Firebird" cardinal, "Sports Fan" Owl, and "Bat Bird" The last two (one for November and one for December) are sketched and kitted but not started.
Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2014
12 blocks, the latest of which is here:
Take a Stitch Tuesday 2014
Forty-nine stitches which can be seen on "pages" in this album. They included: Linked Chain, Beaded Linked Chain, Shell Chain, Beaded Shell Chain, Eastern, Beaded Eastern, Triangular Buttonhole, Beaded Triangular Buttonhole, Beaded Butterfly Chain, Buttonholed Cable Chain, Beaded Buttonholed Cable Chain, Cretan Looped, Beaded Cretan Looped, Rice Stitch (varieties), Square Box, Rope, ZigZag Coral , Feathered Chain , Beaded Feathered Chain, Long Tail Chain (plain, beaded and whipped), Beaded Vandyke, Bullion Vandyke, Braided Buttonhole, Woven Trellis, Double Herringbone, Twisted Lattice, Chained Bar, Woven Chained Bar, Closed Herringbone, Beaded Herringbone, Alternating Up-and-Down Buttonhole, Beaded Alternating Up-and-Down Buttonhole, Interlaced Up-and-Down Buttonhole, Lock, Double Lock, Beaded Lock, Kiko's Flower, Triple Chain, Fern, Beaded Fern, Knotted Buttonhole, Beaded Knotted Buttonhole, Barb, Beaded Barb and Threaded Cable Chain stitches! Whew!
"Ladybug & Daisy" designed by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai designs
WIPS which are STILL WIPS!
Kind of overwhelmed but the lack of stitchery productivity this year. I blame a rekindled interest in mixed media/papercrafting, a road trip in June and July, and the current stretch of winter holiday festivities (preparation for) for most of this loss of stitching mojo. Then there were the football games for which we got free tickets and sat in the President's Box, receptions at the President's Residence for various events, etc. etc. etc. All of which took up entire days which MIGHT have been spent stitching if I weren't otherwise engaged! We've become social butterflies!
What is even sadder is the accumulation of taped television series on my DVR which could well take a month to view, even in binge mode!
But, as you can see, I have enough WIPs to keep me busy through 2015 and beyond!
Pretty pathetic stitching week this week!
Thursday was all caught up in cooking for (and cleaning up after) the family Thanksgiving gathering.
Friday was the last home game of the season for our alma mater and we had tickets in the President's Box! Great view of a wonderful first quarter and three dismal quarters after that.
Saturday and Sunday, my friend Mary came down for a crafting weekend and I spent all my time either straightening up, sorting, purging or completing two outstanding papercrafting projects (you can see the latter on my blog Carol Stamps ....).
Monday was more cleaning and then an eye appointment which pretty much wiped out any chance of stitchery (I have enough trouble seeing the holes in the fabric without blurry eyes!).
Tuesday was Girls' Night Out and a late dinner at Chili's...
So, while a busy week, not a single stitch was made!
Since this was an International Hermit and Stitch Weekend, I did a lot of stitching (and a completion) that I reported about here. Since Sunday, however, I did accomplish a few more things...
Take a Stitch Tuesday 2014, Stitch 140, is the last for the year while Sharon B takes a well-deserved holiday hiatus. It wasn't a difficult stitch to do (although my cable chain doesn't look quite right) and so the Threaded Cable Chain is now on my latest "Page" of stitch samples:
Here is the finished page, Page 4 for 2014:
I also got to work on "Save the Stitches", frogging a short piece from assignment thirteen's outline (if you look closely, you can see where the linen was distorted from the frogging - I hope that the fill stitches will cover that) and completing outlines for assignment fourteen and most of assignment fifteen:
Only assignments 16 - 21 to go (to say nothing of the remaining five or so assignments that I expect to be in the piece)!
No progress on the November Bead Journal Project and not likely to be in this month of November what with Thanksgiving ton Thursday to prepare for (husband's brother, highly pregnant picky eater niece *and* niece's husband are coming to our house! AAARGH), the last university home football game of the season on Friday (we have tickets in the President's Box --- third time this season!), a potential house guest this weekend. What is more, I'm starting the year off on Monday with an annual eye exam which means dilated pupils and no close vision for at least 24 hours (my eyes take forever to recover from those drops)! Also, to add more pressure to this pot, in addition to Christmas and all that comes with that holiday (Cards to address and mail; gifts to select, wrap and mail; trees to decorate, and the family Christmas get-together), coming up in December are the December BJP (AAACK!)and the December Crazy Quilt Journal block. It's like one step forward and two steps back!
I have lots of things I could have stitched on this weekend, most pressing of which were "Save the Stitches (I'm WAY behind in outlining and have over 10 blocks to fill in) and RYO "Bride" (Stuck on color four). And the Bead Journal piece for November is kitted but not started. But...
the John Clayton "Golfer - Fairway" was ALMOST done and calling my name --- only his trousers and the backstitching were left as of Thursday night, so...
Now he's done (except for the framing) and I can move on!
Sunday night, I finished up color four in the RYO mandala "Bride":
That leaves the BJP piece for November and Save the Stitches. Do you think I'll have much stitching time with family coming for Thanksgiving (not only do I need to cook but the dining room table is buried under jigsaw puzzles and financial records!) and a football game on the weekend!?
You can tell it's winter here when the two girls (the two black ones at the back) let the boy (the brown one in the front) into the pile!
And when the goldfinches are no longer gold:
But still, this is early for snow here, and so while this looks pretty
but the roads are icy, the wind is gusting, and wind chills are really really nasty!
Oh, and it's snowing again today!
Good stitching weather though! I tend to retreat to my room and stitch with the television on, usually binge "watching" programs I have recorded form previous weeks. This week, I stitched entirely on the John Clayton "Golfer - Fairway" piece and completed all the green bits:
Even got a start on his hat, shoes and golf glove, although, since it's white, you can't see it here.
I still have so much to accomplish on "Save the Stitches" and on RYO "Bride", and there is still my November BJP piece to start, to say nothing of the last TAST of the year (which is probably going to be issued next week). I certainly will NOT be caught up by the end of the year and that is very frustrating!
This week's stitches were the Barb Stitch and the Beaded Barb Stitch.
I found this stitch easy to do and like the final look of it as well.
Well, the internet is down in "our area" and I'm waiting for them to call me back when the system is fixed (They don't have any more information for us other than it's down which *I* could tell from teh lack of connectivity of several devices in this household! This seems to happen every time it rains, changes humidity, changes temperature, etc. It would be nice if Time Warner, with all the deep pockets thay have to enable them to merge with Comcast, would actually upgrade the internet system in this area to a working one - but I'm dreaming there! There aren't enough of us in this service area to profit them in that endeavor. And, of course, they won't be refunding us for the lost time either. AAARGH!)*, so I probably won't be able to post this in a timely manner but...
I did stitch this week. Not a varied routine but I stitched and frogged and stitched and frogged on the John Clayton "Golfer - Fairway" and got all but a few stitches of the greens in page one and got started on the second green on page two. The golfer is even more apparent now:
The greens aren't the grass greens shown on the chart's cover photo --- more olive and lime green. But the background is beginning to take shape!BJP Owl is kitted, but I didn't work on either of those *or* on "Save the Stitches" or "Bride". "Golfer" was moving along so well, even if it is using blended threads in a confetti pattern (which is NOT my favorite way to stitch), so I didn't feel like switching projects. We shall see how that motivation holds up over the weekend ...
*What do you know, the internet is now up and running! Only minutes after I wrote the above. But they haven't called me back to tell me! Typical... Time Warner, thy middle name is NOT service!