January Gifted Gorgeousness and People’s Choice


I have a double dipping post for Jo’s SALs at Serendipitous Stitching this week. Some of my new starts this month, which are part of the New Starts in January for People’s Choice were also gifts, qualifying for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL.

This week I started Plum Street’s Birthday Tart, the chart was a Christmas present from my husband.

Really, everything I buy is a present from my husband if we’re honest, but this was one he bought himself and wrapped. Plus it is birthday themed so that’s gift-y too! I just have the pumpkin going so far. This design has such sweet colors in it though mine look darker than the model.

Now the next project was not a gift-it is just a new start: Victoria Sampler’s Learning Collection 5-2 to begin learning Hardanger. Just another night of stitching I think and then I will be ready to cut! I was very careful to line up my Kloster blocks so I think we’re all good there!

One more gift is something completely new. This is Lorna Bateman’s ribbon embroidered pin cushion which is a kit my mom gave me last year. I have done only a teeny amount of ribbon embroidery before but I LOVE this design and am determined to do a few new things this year to branch out beyond cross stitch. Because this is a complete kit with excellent instructions, I thought it was a good place to begin.

It’s going quicker than I expected and I am beginning not to be scared of it. 🙂

Before and After


I am loving the Chatelaine Frosty Knot Garden. This weekend my husband and I watched The Hobbit. The Extended Edition. That thing is nearly 9 hours long. I liked the movie but I do not like watching battle scenes and there were many battle scenes. So, I got a lot of stitching in! Here are my before, during, and after pictures.

I got to a good stopping point so I am putting it down (So hard to do! I am really enjoying this stitch!) and taking up some other things that need attention. I can’t wait to share them with you in a few days when I have emerged from Middle Earth!

2018 Wrap Up: 34 Finishes


I can’t even believe it. I finished 34 projects (Or segments of bigger projects) last year. Now not all of them were started in 2018 so don’t be so impressed and think I started AND finished that many in one year! Or even suppose that all the final finishing was done! And yes most of them are small or ornament size. But I did finish a lot and I’m so proud.

I’ll try to include some info on the pieces in case you don’t want to hunt for the original posts.

FFO’d Smalls:

GPA English Sampler Pillow

Lounging Hare Pin Cushion Box from Sherri Jones’ class

Home Sweet Home Pin Pillow by Abby Rose Designs

Bird N Blossoms by Homespun Elegance

Just Nan Mr. Nutley Owl


French Garden Fob from The Drawn Thread

In the Sweet Pin Pillow by La D Da

American Goldfinch Silken Wings from Crossed Wing Collection

Scarlett House Button Posies Fob

Lizzie Kate Birds and Bugs Stitching Wallet

Victoria Sampler’s Christmas Tree Scissor Keep finished as an ornament

Mill Hill Ornaments

Victoria Sampler Learning Collection

Need to be framed 🙂

Lazy Alphabet by La D Da

Charmed by Raise the Roof

Free Alphabet Heart from DMC

Joyful World Calendar by The Snowflower Diaries (Free design on her website!)

Other Ornaments that Need Finishing

Bent Creek “Little Santa”

Country Cottage Needleworks’ Snow Birds from JCS

Sekas and Co. “Stained Glass Ornaments”


Threedles Christmas 2016 Ornament


Sunflowers by Jeannette Douglas

Baby Celebration by Just Nan


So there they are! Whew! Here’s to as much progress in 2019!


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