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Christmas finishes & Crazy January Challenge

As mentioned in my previous post, thanks to season 1 of Fringe and a very lazy day yesterday where I didn’t even get dressed, I managed to finish both of my WIPs from Christmas:

Heart in Hand Needleart-Wee Valentine Bird
“Valentine Bird” by Heart in Hand Needleart
stitched on 32ct Lambswool linen by Wichelt
with recommended threads except subbed DMC 926 for GAST Straw Bonnet
added a gold heart charm as I didn’t have a suitable heart button

Blue Ribbon Designs-Perched on a Pumpkin
“Perched on a Pumpkin” by Blue Ribbon Designs
from JCS Halloween issue 2010
stitched on 32ct Willow Green Belfast linen
with recommended WDW threads but subbed DMC 310 for Mascara

I also had time to start one more that I’m about 2/3 through (Autumn freebie by The Stitcherhood) – another few episodes of Fringe and I’ll see this one finished as well:

Autumn freebie 27Dec10

Then it’ll be time to pick up Bittersweet Seasons once again – although I now realise that I don’t have the Mill Hill beads for this one (I really am useless!!!!!), which means I guess it won’t be a 2010 finish like I’d hoped.

I’ve also been updating my stitching list for the Crazy January Challenge 2011 – I’ve decided I might stitch Jardin Prive’s Christmas chart for Brenda and Nigel one Christmas, so I opted not to start it on Christmas Day (which was my original stitching plan), and have added it to my January stitching list as well.  I’ve also added Katie’s Christmas gift (Prairie Moon’s Christmas) and a teddy bear group that I want to stitch for Brenda’s birthday this year … not entirely sure I’ll get all these done this year, but it’ll be fun trying!  I think the hardest thing for me will be to not start any other medium/large designs until I’ve finished these ones – there are still a good dozen or so that are screaming to be started on top of this 15 (not to mention the minimum of 12 ornies I want to stitch next year!!) 😉

1. Waxing Moon Designs – Halloween Short Stack
2. The Goode Huswife – With My Needle (modified, without the wording)
3. From Nancy’s Needle – Lavender Blue Celtic Knot Quilt (canvaswork)
4. The Victoria Sampler – Crimson Fire Sampler
5. Bent Creek – Winter Snapperland
6. Dimensions kit – Tiger Reflections
7. Judy Odell – My Treasures Workstation
8. Little House Needleworks – Ladybug, Ladybug
9. Jardin Privé – Christmas
10. DMC – Baby Lorikeets
11. Prairie Moon – Christmas
12. JBW Designs – Autumn Harvest
13. Shepherd’s Bush – Baby Bug Ball
14. Leisure Arts – Teddy Bear Reunion
15. Forget-Me-Nots in Stitches – Raphael’s Raspberries

And on that note, I’d better get my A into G and get my first load of laundry into the washing machine (as it’s washing day for me today), and pick up a few groceries, as it’s back to work for me tomorrow (no rest for the wicked) … then I think I’ll just have to finish off season 1 of Fringe and finish off that Autumn freebie 🙂

7 thoughts on “Christmas finishes & Crazy January Challenge”

  1. Congrats on the finishes, those are super cute! I like the WIP you posted too. You’ll have it finished before you know it. I enjoyed reading your list of 15 projects. Sounds like fun! I’m getting my list together and should have something posted in a day or two…

  2. Great finishes Anne. You’ve got some lovely projects lined up for the 15 starts challenge. I’ve stitched the Tiger one, it really is a beauty… so life-like.

    Sounds like you had a great Christmas, apart from the eight-legged uninvited dinner guest. You wouldn’t have seen me for dust either!

    Thanks for the comment you left on my blog! 🙂

  3. I was just looking at all of your finishes on the Worlds Largest Collection of Smalls blog, and then came to your blog here from there, and wanted to tell you that your stitching and finishing are beautiful!

  4. Wow, you have set a challenge for yourself indeed! I’m choosing relatively small designs for the challenge. I know myself, hee hee!

    Your finishes are adorable, and now I’m in the mood to stitch something non-Christmas, although I still have to finish up one little Christmas ornie.

    I’m having a little give-a-way if you’d like to stop by. Some St. Valentine’s linen to be raffled on New Year’s Day!

  5. the valentine bird is so lovely!
    your challenge for 2011 is amazing!nice projects – waiting for see more 😉

    Happy new year!

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