Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year Plans, Hopes and Dreams

Hello dear stitchers!

I hope that everyone is enjoying a fabulous New Year!  Hubby and I spent New Year's Eve snuggled up on the couch with chips and salsa and one of my favorite wines.  Calm.  Quiet.  Perfect.

Stitching was definitely on the agenda last night as well.  I started with my SAL piece, "The Sparrow"  and ended the evening with Richmond Sampler.  Yes, I am still stitching away on Richmond but there is light at the end of the tunnel.  Seriously!  BRIGHT light at the end of the tunnel.  I will share progress soon.

I decided to take the plunge and sign up for Measi's WIPocalypse challenge.  Lord knows I have plenty of WIP's so why not challenge myself to finish them?  As I went through my stash, I realized that I did not have as many WIP's and UFO's as previously thought.  So, that was a nice surprise!  I have compiled a list of WIP's - old and new - that I plan to focus on.  I also added in a few new projects that I would like to start in the new year.  I realize that I will not start all of the new projects but I thought I could at least list the possibilities!  So, here is my list...

WIP's already started:

Richmond Sampler - The Essamplaire (almost there!)
Rebecah French - The Essamplaire (1/3 finished)
The Sparrow - Tree of Life Samplings (2/3 finished)
Family Record Sampler - Hester's Needle (1/4 finished)
Twenty-Third Psalm - Vera K (2/3finished)
Nantucket Rose - Lavender and Lace (2/3 finished)
Santa and the Merry Animals - Homespun Elegance (a few stitches)
Cynthia Burr - The Essamplaire (this probably won't see the light of day in 2012, but a girl can dream)

A wish list of projects that I would like to start in 2012:
(Note - it is highly doubtful that I will start more than two or three of these projects...but a girl can dream!)
Shores of Hawk Run Hollow - Carriage House Samplings
272 Words - Primrose Needleworks
Elisabeth Hoover - Scarlet Letter
Of Female Arts - Primitive Needle
Peppermint Twist - Little House Needleworks
Winter Sheep - Little House Needleworks
Other ornaments - TBD

As you can see my wish list of starts contains quite a few BAP's.  Therefore, I have chosen to also participate in Becky's BAP challenge.  Hey, if I am going to indulge in a BAP, might as well do it with other BAPers, right?  However, I have promised myself that I will not start another BAP until I finish Richmond Sampler.  A little incentive never hurt anyone, right?

I realize my goals are pretty lofty and quite honestly, if I can get four or five of my WIP's finished this year and a half dozen ornaments stitched, I will consider it a good year.  Several of my WIP's are dangerously close to being finished (I consider "dangerously close" to be over half finished - yeah, I am generous) so finishing four or five should not be a terrible stretch.  Here's hoping. 

My New Year's Stitching Resolution is to revisit my goals, make changes if necessary and figure out what to focus on each month.  I am generally not that organized but I love my stitching too much to keep putting it on the back burner. 

Now, I thought I would leave you with a few snaps of my Christmas presents... 
"One Stitch at a Time"
Jim Shore

 I collect Jim Shore Santas and my needle worker is right at home with them!  Of course, she will stay out all year!
 My Longaberger Sewing Notions Basket - it is a discontinued basket but hubby found one for me!

 It came with the wonderful liner/dividers

 Lovely presents from my friend, Robin.  Am I not just the luckiest girl?  I love the pillow and it has a place of honor right beside my stitching chair.  Penny America contains all of the beautiful threads so we can stitch it together as one of our SAL's

Robin remembered my love of brownies so she found this delectable recipe book.  I have not tried the
recipes yet, but I promise it will be soon!  They are very famous brownies...listed as one of Oprah's Favorite Things.  Hey, if they are good enough for Oprah, then they must be good enough for me!

Thanks to everyone for your kind comments and well wishes for the holiday season.  I look forward to catching up with everyone very soon!

Happy Stitching!



Anonymous said...

Super update, Valerie! I look forward to seeing progress on many of your works! Good luck to you on your quest! I get to nag or harp about ornament stitching? I am looking forward to our ornament/small SAL in 2012!


Catherine said...

Great update - and a Happy New Year to you! Loved all the goodies! Good luck with all your goals!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

A lot of your to starts and WIPs are ones that I have on my list too :) I got the Jim Shore Needleworker last year for Christmas, I love her and she sits by my stitching chair year round too!
Merry New Year!

pam said...

Definitely a brave stitching goal list. Get busy girlie

Margaret said...

I so enjoyed looking up the samplers I wasn't familiar with on your lists. So many pretty pieces! I can't wait to watch your progress on them! Love your Christmas presents too. Jim Shore makes such nice things, doesn't he? And Longaberger -- yum! Lucky you! Nice present from your friend as well! Happy New Year!

Faye said...

I love the Jim Shore Needleworker figurine! I will have to try to find her.... I definitely would leave it out year round... And, your list of WIPS is impressive. You have alot done on several of them! I'm with ya...I have a few and a long list of want to starts...Fortunately, I have most of them kitted so I wont have to spend a bundle.... Cant wait to see Richmond. I started following it at your first post....It will be one of the most stunning pieces you own! Take care my friend, Faye

Jonette said...

Happy New Year! You will enjoy the brownie book. I have it and the recipes are great! Happy stitching!

Katrina said...

What a fun post!!!! Love your basket and Jim Shores piece and yummy brownie book :-). The pin cushion is so sweet too. Great projects for the new year, can't wait to watch your progress.

Jenny said...

Happy New Year Valerie! I love all your Jim Shore Santas and your needleworker is wonderful! Not to mention the sewing basket - what a find!
I am trying to do what you have already done and pull together a list of WIPs that I should stick to and projects that I would love to start.
I am still up for Shores, but no hurry... is it bad that I feel stressed about pulling together the 2012 stitch list? LOL

Penny said...

You have some pretty WIPs started and I like your wish list for 2012 too! It's funny when I look at my WIPs how many are very close to being finished. Love the Jim Shore needle worker.

Tanya said...

I am looking forward to seeing your Richmond Sampler. It is such a lovely sampler. I am looking forward to seeing your post on WIP. I love longaberger baskets.

Joysze said...

Happy New Year, Valerie!!! For a moment there when I read that you didn't have as many WIPs and UFOs as you thought, I was afraid you were going to say you'd start more. ROFL!!!

I love brownies too!! Yum yum.

Caitlin @ Naughts Cross Stitches said...

Good Luck!

Suzanne said...

I spent NYE stitching while watching the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. I got some good stitching done.

You have some really lovely WIP's in your list and some great new projects as well.

You received some great gifts.

Come Explore!