Instant Gratification

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I have signed up for the 2017 Smalls SAL at Stitching Lotus and it’s a good thing too. With a couple big projects going, I need some little things that will actually get done more quickly to stay inspired and feeling like I’m productive! I decided to get started early on the one for January, Mon Petit Jardin by Atalie. I LOVE Atalie, but it is not available anywhere I can find in the US. I have been lucky to get some shipped to me from all over, and in the process discovered some really wonderful shops in France, Belgium, and Switzerland.  Getting her recommended colors-all from her own overdyed collection-is another matter so I swapped out everything. In a couple days I have it about half done. Not too bad a start for something due January 27!

Between the Holidays

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Between Christmas and New Years and family and feasting there has not been a lot of stitching going! And Random Thoughts seems to be coming along SO SLOWLY. I’m not sure why-it seems like it should be quick. And you know, I was saying before about Birds, that I always thought many pieces from Drawn Thread were a little drab color-wise-and I must be wrong because Birds was very nice…weelll….this is a little too drab for me. No, No! I like it and the motifs are sweet and I like all the variety! But the colors…well if I had more confidence for that and if it didn’t already come with the silks, I might try to brighten it up.

Now here’s a little more on it and I think as I get more elements on it that will help a lot. It is subdued and that’s restful anyway. 

Random Thoughts

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Here’s how the Heirloom Nativity is coming! I love it! So pretty! And this first part went rather quickly so that is nice.

Now  I did cheat a little bit on  my plan..I got the first 7 bands done, but then I started up the 8th, just to finish up the evening last night. I would have gotten more on there, but I miscounted and had to take out half of that snow/tree trunk, and serves me right for not sticking to the plan! I will pick it up again in January. I hope it will be a finish for next year!

Tonight I moved on to Random Thoughts by The Drawn Thread, yes another Drawn Thread. What can I say, I love the variety of small motifs in her designs and the chance to learn some new stitches!

I started with the center motto, 1 over 1 which in a way is refreshing not to have to railroad all the stitches and be counting 2 all the time, fearing to get off, but boy is it tiny! So far mine says “this of no -e & stare.”  Hopefully before Christmas you can see the whole motto!