Monday, January 11, 2010

Cards, A Layout and SAL's

I have decided the housework really cuts into my creative time! I think I should get a maid! But I think Hubby might have something to say about it as I don't work outside of the home! LOL! Now onto my completed projects!

On the Two Peas website, I found a class last year called "A Year in Cards" and I saved them all to my computer. This was last January's class. I have finished my cards for the month! Yeah me!!

This is a layout I completed yesterday of my DD and some of her Christmas pictures! It is taken from Scrapbook and Cards Today Project 12 that has just started. They put up a sketch from PageMaps and it supposed to go all year and give inspiration ( which I am sorely in need of) to complete an album in a year. I am trying to use up paper and embellishments that I have so I can maybe buy more!!

Here is my progress on How Does Your Garden Grow. I still have not finished the Bullion knots, but I did try and gave up after half an hour of fighting with them! I decided to post my progress anyways. I may need to hit my LNS and have Kathy help me! I will continue to try and master these. I remember a couple years ago I had problems with French knots and Kathy helped my with them. I will continue on with Part 6.

I finshed Part 7 of Castles in the Air, and I am loving this one! Below I have posted close-up pics of each side of the peacocks. I am loving all the stitches!

I have one more project I would like to add to my monthlyproject list. Every year I scrapbook calanders for my mother, sister and Hubby's grandmother. And every year I end up doing them two weeks before Christmas. This year I would like to work on a calander layout a month, times 3, so all I would have to do is add pictures and bind it.

It is snowing and I have no plans to leave the house today, so in between loads of laundry, I think I will stitch! I am working on another biscornu and will post it when I am finished. I hope everyone has a great day!

Monday, January 4, 2010

SAL's and New Finishes

I have just started to read a book I have had for years, and I have made many starts with. It's called "Simple Abundance-A Day Book of Comfort and Joy" by Sarah Ban Breathnach. And it's lesson for today is that "Life is not a dress rehearsal". I can't agree more! And with that, I give you my first finish for the year. It is a freebie from The Floss Box, Free Biscornu #33! I managed to finish it from top to bottom in 3 days! I even put it together myself! (Usually I get my mother to sew things for me!) And it has beads! This one is for you Gillie and DJ!

My next finish is a small ornie from JCS 2008 ornament issue called "A Christmas Song" from Full Circle Designs. Now technically, I finished this one before January 1st, so I won't count it! And it's not finished either.

Now, on to my SAL's. The first one I started was Papillon Creations Castles in the Air and it started May 2009. I am now working on Part 7. Here is what I have done so far.

The second one is also by Papillon Creations (their 2008 SAL) but thru my LNS Thread'n'Eye, called How Does Your Garden Grow. I am on Part 5, and all I have left are the Bullion knots. Frankly, they scare the daylights out of me, but I have same scrap fabric to try them. I am waiting for a bright day so that I can see what I'm doing.

And, I just found out about a new SAL from AAN, Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks, called A Christmas Tree. And I kitted it up! It starts in February! It just looks so pretty and I couldn't help my self!
That is all I have for now! My next update will be about my scrapbooking and cardmaking projects!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Year, New Me!

Happy New Year!

I have decided that I need a blog to post my thoughts, my aspirations, my goals, and my projects! These will include my cross-stitch and embroidery projects and my cardmaking and scrapbooking ones, as well as any goals I might have.

I hope to post about once a week to keep everything updated.

For this first post, I would like to outline my creative goals.


Cross-stitch-work out a weekly rotation for my two SAL's, both by Papillon Creations and a couple WIP'S.

Scrapbooking-a layout a week to try and get caught up on all the pictures I take.


Cross-Stitch-an ornament a month, and learn how to finish them.

Cardmaking- three cards every month, so I can keep up with birthdays and other events in the family.

I don't think that all this is too impossible to keep up with, but we will see.