Friday, 9 January 2015

First Finish of 2015

It's hard to believe we are already a week into 2015! Sigh. Why does time have to go so fast?! Jess had her final shift at her temporary job on Tuesday.  I think we were both hoping they might offer her a permanent job but we will have to see. There may be something in the pipeline but I'm not holding my breath!

I decided not to have my usual New Year's Day new start this year. I figured that I already have enough on the go and I really want to get some of the series finished as soon as  I can. I think I've got a little snowed under of late so my first aim of 2015 is to finish the Frosty Forest series ( 6 down, 1 started, 2 to go ) and the Garden Journal series ( 7 down, 1 started, 4 to go! ). It will take me a few months but I would like to try and give myself a little stitching time during the day at least once a week to get further on with them. Then I will just have the monthly cottages series and the classic ornaments which Barb and I starting tonight.

So the first finish that I can show is this :).

Country Cottage Needleworks February Cottage

32 count Natural Opalescent linen

DMC
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I just love the colours in this one. March will started next Tuesday :).

Barb and I have restarted our Halloween SAL. You may remember we both stitched Barbara Ana Designs Wicked Since for our first one and we both thought we'd be stitching different ones for the other 11 but no we both chose Blackbird Designs Spell of the Moon! This is my start from Monday. I had looked online before I went to Harrogate for the thread list and wherever I looked must have had it listed wrong as I had one wrong! So I used the DMC listed in the chart instead but it looks dark compared to the picture so not sure whether to pull it out! Think I have too much of it stitched now ( it's the grey ).

I made a little more progress on Snowgirl's Cottage on Wednesday.  I love how this looks. I'm wondering how to finish it when it's all stitched up. Maybe a cushion or something like that as I don't want to get it framed. I'm running out of space!

I haven't stitched much on my SAL with Chris lately so last night I decided to see if I could get page 1 finished. It didn't quite happen but I'm getting there. Chris has almost finished hers although she may have it done now.

Finally my robin. It's funny how you think I'll never get this finished but then you look closer at what you've stitched and what you have left to stitch then you start thinking I can do this! Out of 9 pages there is actually only one full one although some of them are close to being full ones!

I received a lovely belated birthday note and gifts from dear June this week. Isn't it a wonderful package to receive in the bleakness of the aftermath of Christmas? I have hung the heart and angel together :). Thank you so much dear June. 

That's all my stitching news for now. I've been trying to get some finishes sorted to make up. Tea Room and Needlework Shop are half way done as is Snow  Angel which was my New Year's Day start last year.

Until next time.

Take care everyone.

With much love

Sally xxxxx

36 comments:

Mii Stitch said...

Sweet finish! The February cottage looks fab with all this pink :) Looking forward to see you progress on the various series stitching.

Clare - Aimetu said...

Lovely first finish Sally - Halloween already! it's looking good :)

Jane said...

Congrats on your first finish of the year ~ it's very pretty and the pink really pops on your chosen fabric!
I'm always in awe of how many WIPs you have on the go at one time but your photos always show good progress and you always stick with them ~ I can struggle with just one!
Lovely birthday package ~ definitely a nice way to cheer these gloomy January days up xx

Vickie said...

Beautiful colors in the finish Sally. I think that was a great idea to just roll on with what you have started already here.

Cindy's Stitching said...

I have done that piece too. I love the colors in it. Enjoy your new stitching projects

Heather said...

The February cottage is my favorite! :-) You are making fantastic progress on the Frosty Forest series! I need to pull mine out and work on it!
Your other stitching is lovely as well!
I hope everything works out with Jess!
I hope you have a lovely weekend filled with lots of stitching time!

Miamina said...

Gorgeous finish and lovely progress on your other stitching.

You always pick projects with lovely colours. Can't wait to see the others progress and finished!

Ali said...

A lovely stitchy start to the New Year! Fingers crossed for good news for your daughter x

butterfly said...

Always such a lovely post , great stitching starts .
Have a lovely weekend .

Brigitte said...

Wow, already a finish. Congratulations. And wonderful progress on your WIPs. The Robin piece is comeing along great and that little bird is looking so lovely.
I can understand why your didn't start a new project on January 1. These series pieces are a lot of stitching but they are worth every single stitch. Such wonderful designs.

Linda said...

I love all the projects that your working on Sally. You have made nice progress on them.

Linda

Dani - tkdchick said...

Hey Sally I haven't been on the blogs in so long! Happy New Year!

What a lovely first finish of the year! I know what you mean about wanting to get things finished this year! I'm in the same boat, and my desire to stitch is keeping me off of the computer and off of blogs... which is good and bad... as I miss the stitching blogger community!

All of your projects look just fab!

Kate said...

Fabulous First Finish Sally. Love the SAL piece that you are doing with Chris.
Happy New Year!

Loretta said...

You have some beautiful there. Congrats on the finish!!!!

Mary Ann said...

A very pretty first finish for the year, Sally! And, all of the pieces you are working on look great!!

Michelle said...

Oh Sally all your stitching pieces look so nice xx

Angela P said...

Lovely first finish of 2015! Congrats :)

Emma/Itzy said...

The cottage finish is lovely and it sounds like a good plan to finish off some things. I am hoping for the same this year and getting that stash pile down a bit!

Margaret said...

Great finish! Love all your WIPs too. I was going to have a new start on January, but I decided against it too. At least for now. lol!

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Congrats on a finish so early in the year! It's very pretty. I love your WIPs, too, especially the one you're doing with Chris.

Christine said...

Lovely finish Sally, and all the WIPs are looking good. I really love the Christmas heart one

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Good progress on your stitching. Like you, I love the colours in the February cottage.

Kay said...

Gorgeous stitching. I need to start my February cottage soon to make sure it is ready on time. x

Andrea said...

A wonderful finish and it is always so nice to see your progress on the others you have on the go. I do like the SAL project you have with Chris, such a pretty Winter piece.

Maggee said...

Great finish! Pink for February--two of my favorites! Coming along on all the WIPs. Every day brings you closer to a finish! (I have to remind myself of this too!) Hugs!

gominam said...

Nice colors! I love adore your robin, it looks so pretty.

Julie said...

Very pretty first finish and lots of regress on your others too.
The heart is a beautiful design.

Mylene said...

Lovely first finish of the year, i too like the colours for this design.
Beautiful updates on your WIP's.
Hope all goes well for Jess!

Lois said...

Such a lovely, bright, cheery first finish Sally! Nice progress on your other WIP's too. I'll keep my fingers crossed for Jess that something permanent turns up.

Anne said...

Beautiful finish Sally! Can't wait to see the March one! Nice new start on the owl too. I see there's been progress on Robin! Such a lovely design!

Belinda said...

Happy new year Sally and beautiful progress on your stitching. I love the February country cottage. Very pretty! happy stitching for the year ahead.

Carol said...

I sure hope Jess's job may become permanent, Sally! That would be a nice start to her new year.

Love your pink cottage--so cheery in this dreary winter weather :) And what great progress on your robin, too.

Happy Stitching!

Frances N said...

You have some wonderful things started! I really love your February cottage--those colors are so happy! I love pink! Can't wait to see each of these things finished! You are doing a great job!

Annette-California said...

Congrats on your first new years finish and its beautiful! Love all your on going projects and its great to roll them over to get some done.
LOVE the UB designs - Winter!!!
Happy New Year love Annette

Karoline said...

Cute finish and your other projects are looking lovely.

Good luck with your stitching plans

Shirlee said...

Everything is coming along so beautifully my friend : ) Praying that Jess will be offered a permanent job soon.