Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 in review

This has been a strange year. Lots of ups and downs. Mostly down until near the end of the year when my luck seems to be picking up.

Here were my goals from last year.
  1. Find a job. This is a must but I'd prefer sooner rather than later. The job hunt will start Jan. 2.
  2. Stitch only from my stash that I have at the moment. (see button on right and additional post here)
  3. Complete some sewing projects (my own additional stitch from stash)
  4. Reorganize my craft closet, again. It's nice for a while but gets messy after a bit. Will be easier to accomplish after #2 & #3 have been worked on.
  5. Clean up my facebook friends.
  6. Write something, or come up with an idea that I can produce myself without the backing of a major studio.
  7. My mom's goal for me is to find a boyfriend.
How did I do?
  1. Found a job. It's a freelance, but it's income I didn't have most of the year.
  2. I tried, but I ended up adding more to my stash than finishing things. See this post for a more detailed information.
  3. I finished two.
  4. I did it. And so far, it's stayed neat. Maybe one extra bag where it shouldn't be. Click here for more details.
  5. I did a bit of trimming at some point.
  6. I didn't end up writing anything, but I started outlining a few things. Even skipped NaNoWriMo this year. My brain was elsewhere this year.
  7. Somehow, despite not really looking, I did meet someone and we've gone out a few times. Nothing serious yet, but I think I can say completed.
So 5 out of 7. Not bad. Now, my goals for next year.
  1. Find a full-time job.
  2. Improve my stamina.
  3. Finish 2 cross-stitch projects and 2 pages of a GK/HAED.
See you in 2015.

Monday, December 29, 2014

SFS2014 - Wrap Up

Well, the year is over. I know I did a December post, but I felt like I should do a bookend post to mirror this one.

So, I stitched from my stash and really didn't buy anything new until November. That's when I used the exemption and went a bit crazy. In my defense, I did finish 6 things I bought at that time.

Beginning of the year I had a run on fabric, and the summer was a major yarn haul.

Bold = current WIP
Italic = kit
Strikethrough = finished
Red = started this year

Cross-stitch and other needle crafts:

  1. Argentine Tango - RTO
  2. Beauty From the Deep
  3. Best Friend
  4. Black Stallion
  5. Buterfly Pillow (needlepoint)
  6. Cat Purse (plastic canvas)
  7. Cat stocking
  8. Cats... 
  9. Cats on the Quilts (longstitch)
  10. Celestial Dragon
  11. Dance Me Out
  12. Dancing Couple
  13. Dragon Carousel
  14. Fairy Melody
  15. Fairy Spell
  16. Fantastic Landscape
  17. Fantasy Triptych
  18. Felted Penguin
  19. Flowers
  20. Foxtrot - RTO
  21. Frog Pile
  22. Grand Ball
  23. Horses of the Apocalypse
  24. In the Garden
  25. 'insanity'
  26. Kitten Recital
  27. Legend of the Dragons
  28. Legend of the Spellcasters
  29. Millennium
  30. Mystical Wizard
  31. Peacock Tapestry
  32. Put Your Red Shoes On
  33. Sacred Connection
  34. Seashells (needlepoint)
  35. Show Horse corral (needlepoint)
  36. Stargazer Lily
  37. Stroke of Midnight
  38. Studio Tango
  39. Sugar Plum Stocking (felt)
  40. Sweater Stocking (felt)
  41. The Accolade
  42. The Arab Tent
  43. Tiger
  44. Tree silverwear holders (felt)
  45. Twilight Silhouette
  46. Watchful Eyes
  47. White Tigers 
  48. The Minstrel
  49. Princess and Dragon
  50. Romeo & Juliet 
  51. Cinderella and the Prince
  52. Cinderella's Coach
48-52 are ones I had mistakenly left off the list when I made it. I was reminded up them while I was reorganizng my stash. The following are new

    1. Kitty Trio
    2. Indian Peacock
    3. Peacocks (Anchor)
    4. The Oriental
    5. Friends
    6. Leopard in the Grass
    7. Blue dragon fairy
    8. Sleepy hollow

The only thing I got done on my original crochet list was the Starburst Afghan. I did make progress on the Cathedral Rose Window one though. Everything else I finished was a new project from my various yarn hauls during the summer. Oops.

I didn't do too well with my original sewing project list either. Just the cat the the Xmas tree.

So 7 projects finished that were in my stash when I started. 23 total completed.

I need a new system for next year, besides keeping me out of the stores and away from sales. Also a smaller list of projects to pick from, which I believe I've figured out. Stayed tuned for a post on SFS2015!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Back to regularly scheduled crafting

I finished my final Christmas ornament on Christmas Eve. Just in time. All 6 of the ones I made this year are now on my tree.

So, I went back to Peacocks. Almost done with the first page.


I had a lovely, quiet, Christmas. My gifts this year seemed to have a 'beauty' theme to them. I knew I wasn't getting any craft supplies. My parents believe I have too much already.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

SFS2014 - December

Has it really been a year since I started this challenge? I think I did pretty well, with the exception of my "exemption month". It's probably a good thing next years edition doesn't include one of those. Anyway, this is what I've worked on this month.



Divine Hat

Two Mill Hill Ornaments


3 dimensions ornaments with one still left before Christmas. 

"Hoot" the owl.

And part of my threads that I ordered on Black Friday arrived.

Still Christmas-y

I finished more ornaments. One more to go!

And the stuffed animal I showed a partial preview of last post. Say hello to "Hoot".

And (most of) my sparkly/specialty threads arrived. Left is Looking Glass, right is Christmas Tree V.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I worked on a lot of Christmas things this week. Completed the other Mill Hill ornament kit.

Finished the stitching on a dimensions kit. Just need to cut it out and add the hanger. 
Made two hats and a scarf as presents. I can only show one hat here as it has been given to the recipient.

Put up my tree.

And the one non-Christmas thing was started a stuffed animal.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Light Week

I was surprising busy this week. Either that or I kept switching crochet projects that are meant as Christmas presents and can't post photos.

However, I didn't work on Insanity this week. I did a bit of work on Peacocks because I have other projects planned for my overnight.

3 of my orders came on Saturday, finished this guy last night and almost have the other similar ornament finished as well.