Many little things 


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!


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


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!