Many little things 

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Ahh…it’s the first week of January and can I already be off track? Or am I enjoying an extended vacation and just living by my whims? That’s it. I’ll get serious next week! My whims have me doing 3 ornaments:

First, Christmas Blessings is coming along nicely.


Next up is a Mill Hill kit (you know how I love them) to make a family initial. It seemed like it would be a snap. It is. It’s good for doing in those couple minute moments I find throughout the day-I can do it standing up even. But I just started today so there’s not much to see yet.


Finally for the Christmas Ornament SAL January theme, I picked out Prairie Schooler’s Partridge from 2005 JCS.


I am living  on the edge with my margins of 1/2″, barely enough for finishing. It is measured and centered very carefully-it will work out, but whew-I’m stitching in hand due to the size, which is not my favorite. Why so small? I had a linen scrap the perfect color and I didn’t want to waste it.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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At our house we are still celebrating the 12 days of Christmas with lots of cookies, games, and enjoying time off from the Real World. I am very excited about 2017 and my Grand Plans! I will continue Heirloom Nativity and Random Thoughts, with a reasonable hope of finishing them this year. And if I stay on my schedule, MID-year! Hopefully giving me a chance to start something else big and fun (and there are lots of choices!) I will do the 2017 Smalls SAL and ALSO the  Snowflower Diaries Joyful World Calendar! That is enough. I dare not add anything else Official at this point. But we’ll see. I was very lucky to receive some beautiful projects for Christmas and took advantage of some excellent sales to give me a wealth of beautiful work on into the future.


In the meantime, I couldn’t resist starting on one of those, Christmas Blessings by La-D-Da. It is a complete kit with backing felt and ribbon hanger. This is about 1 day of work-what I could get done on New Year’s Day . Looks like it will be a quick stitch and finish!

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!