Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Moving projects forward

Mini The Forgotten - Jan 5

Here it is the start of another week, and I am now trying to sit here for a few minutes and get this blog written. 

Mini The Forgotten - Jan 12
Mini the Forgotten - this is the piece that got most of the crafting attention this week, and I am very happy with the progress that I have been able to make.  It is slowly starting to come along, and I think I am now around 5.5% finished, so yes, a long way to go.

Aussie Friends - Jan 12
The colours are mostly various shapes of grey, but it is an enjoyable piece to work on.  This past week I worked on a lot of the black on the first page as there is a lot of just black stitching in the entire piece, so I wanted to get some of it worked on.

Aussie Friends - there is a project that I picked up and started this past week.  This is a free pattern from Sassy Jacks Stitchery, and it is a fundraiser to assist Fire Recovery in Australia.  The idea behind this pattern is if you stitch it by the end of February and post a picture of the completed piece, Sassy Jacks Stitchery will make a donation on your behalf.

The pattern can be found on the Sassy Jacks Stitchery Website (link).  So if you are someone that likes to cross-stitch, here is a pattern, and you can quickly stitch up and then help others at the same time.


I have been busy with a lot of work lately, so now it is time for me to get back at the work and see what I can get accomplished today. I hope everyone has a great week and you continue to find those little bits of time to do the things that you love doing.




Monday, January 6, 2020

Progress on some projects

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Dec 28
Happy New Year to Everyone.

Here it is Monday morning and another blog to let you know what I have been working on over the last week. It was a different week for me as there was another holiday right in the middle, so that meant things, didn't operate as normal, but now things are back to how they should be working.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Dec 31
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - I was able to at least get the outside border of this design completed this week.  I decided that working on the border one area at a time was what I needed to do so, that is what I did. 

I now have the butterfly section to finish, and I will be working on that a little bit at a time to ensure that I don't mess up any of the butterflies.  I am looking forward to getting this piece finished, but I also have other projects that are currently making me happy so, they are getting more attention than this design.

Linen and Threads have also released their 2020 Mystery SAL, and I will be working on it.  The fabric is sitting, and some of the threads are ready, so now I need to put it all together and see when I will start working on this design.  It is a quaker and family design, so looking forward to seeing how it turns out at the end of the year.

Mini Farewell to Anger - Jan 1/2019
Mini Farewell to Anger - here is a piece that I started on January 1, 2019, and it got exactly one day of work last year.  I am not sure what happened to prevent me from moving it forward, but I have decided that 2020 is the year that this piece gets some attention, and maybe I will see how things go on it.
Mini Farewell to Anger - Jan 3

I picked this piece up on January 1st, 2020 and have made some progress on it so, that is nice to see. I hope to be able to continue to get this piece moved forward over the next few months, but only time will tell.  I know that the section I am working on right now is pretty dull, but once I move up even a little bit, the colours will start to be added in, and I look forward to seeing what they look like on this piece.

Mini Farewell to Anger won't be a piece that is probably finished in 2020, but at least I would like to see some progress on it and that is the main thing.
Mini The Forgotten - Dec 28

Mini The Forgotten - here is a piece that I started December 21st, 2019 and I have also picked it as a project that I would like to see moved forward in 2020. 

Mini The Forgotten - Jan 5
This piece is a lot of the greys and black, so there isn't a lot of colour in this piece, but it is a piece that I am looking forward to seeing more progress on in 2020.  I would like to see that being able to focus on a couple of projects will help me get more things accomplished instead of bouncing around between as many pieces as I did last year. 


Goals for 2020 - I don't have any major goals for 2020 other than try and work on some projects and get them moved forward. I don't get the goals any longer as I never know how much time I will have to work on my crafting as work keeps me busy.  I still want to try and ensure that I can find even a few minutes each day to do something that I enjoy and that is the main goal for this year.


My other crafts are still moving forward very slowly, so there aren't any pictures currently as there isn't much progress.  I will see how this month goes and I will see what projects get the attention when I have the time to work on each of them.

I hope everyone had a great holiday over the last couple of weeks, and now that things are getting back to normal, it is time for me to get the work done that is currently sitting on my desk.  Have a great week and I hope that you also find a little bit of time each day to do the things that you love.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Progress on some pieces

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Dec 20
Here it is Monday morning, and I hope everyone had a great week.  For those that celebrated Christmas, I hope that you had a wonderful day. I was able to find a little bit of time to do some crafting this past week, and that makes me feel pretty good.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Dec 28
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - I decided last week that I was going to sit and focus on trying to get one of the borders finished on the piece by the end of the month instead of trying to get it all done.  I still have to finish off the November section, which I am getting closer to doing, and then I will have the rest of the December section to go.

The November border is going pretty quickly as it is just three rounds of the piece, so hopefully, before the end of the month, I will have it done.  I will work on the December section a bit at a time, and I know it will be something that is on my list to complete early in 2020.

The next design is being released January 1st, so I will see what that looks like, and it will be a project that I will be hopefully starting early in January.

Mini The Forgotten - Dec 20

Mini the Forgotten - this piece got a little bit of attention as well this week but not as much as I had hoped.  I am slowly starting to fill in some of the areas at the bottom of the piece and will see how it goes.

Mini the Forgotten - Dec 28
I am going to see if I can try and focus on this project a bit more in 2020 as it would be nice to see at least one or two of my Heaven and Earth Designs get some love.

I know that it doesn't look like much right now, but hopefully, after a couple more months of stitching on it, we might be able to see a bit more of the detail of the entire piece.

Winter ornament - Dec 27
Ornaments - I ended up sitting and working on one more of the ornaments that I wanted to do after Christmas.  Winter was a project that I could sit and work on while watching some videos that I wanted to see.  The fabric that I used for this was what I found at Dollarama in the Christmas section, and I figured I should be able to get some ornaments stitched up on it quickly.  The snowflakes are printed on the piece, so it gives it a background, so that made the stitching a little easier.  I will be working on more of these ornaments over the next while, as it is nice having some quick stitch pieces around.


2020 - my goal for 2020 is to work on some more of my projects and see what I can get moved forward.  I hope to start the Linen and Threads Mystery SAL early in January, and I have some other projects that I will be pulling out and seeing what I can get done on them.  All my crafting goals will depend on how much time I have to work on them, so only time will tell.


This is my last blog for 2019, so I would like to thank everyone for reading my posts this last year and hope you will continue to read them.  I hope everyone has a Happy New Year and all the best in 2020.

May you find the time to do what you love each day, even if it is just for a few minutes.  See you in 2020.







Monday, December 23, 2019

A bit of progress

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Dec 15
Here it is Monday morning and two days before Christmas. Things continue to be busy for us, so that means that I have been trying to juggle getting bits of crafting done when I can find a bit of time.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Dec 20
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - here is one project that I have been trying to work on but have to admit that I haven't been able to get motivated to work on it.  I am not sure why this border is being such a challenge, but hopefully, soon, I will be able to pick up this piece and get it finished.

I am looking forward to getting it done and, I would like to possibly have it done by the end of the month, but that means that I have a lot of work ahead of me.

One thing that might motivate me is knowing that the new design will be released on January 1st, so I would like to have this done before then. I have the fabric for the next design, so that means that I need to get this one completed.

Mini The Forgotten - Dec 21
Mini The Forgotten - here is a new start for me and it a Heaven and Earth Design, so it is going to be around 14 inches square by the time it is finished.  I started this as I was looking at it, and it was a piece that I had loved for a while and finally got it kitted up and started.

I would like to see how much more of it I can get, but I also want to get a few little projects completed as well.

Let It Snow
Ornament - while shopping at Michael's one day, I found some wired ribbon that I thought that I could stitch on and make some little ornaments.  The fabric is sort of linen but more of burlap, so I grabbed a couple of rolls of the ribbon when it was on sale and yesterday decided it was time to try and stitch on it.

The "Let It Snow" ornament was a very quick stitch, and it was a lot of fun to do so now to see what other designs I can find that will fit onto this ribbon.

Oh, I have found some other materials that I am going to be trying to stitch on, so there may be other ornaments and such appearing throughout the year.

Table Runner - Dec 20
English Paper Piecing - I have continued to work on getting a bunch of motifs made, so I figured it was time to start to sew them together and get the runner started that I want to make.

I have a long way to go before this runner is finished, but at least getting a few of the motifs joined together makes me feel a little better.  This runner needs around 217 motifs, so I have a long way to go, but at least it is a start and now to continue to work on making sure that I can get more of the motifs joined onto this piece.


 I hope that everyone has a great week, and if you celebrate Christmas, I wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas.

I now have some stuff that I need to finish up so that I can have a clean desk before Christmas.  So until I post again, I hope that you continue to find the little bits of time to do the things that you enjoy doing.





Monday, December 16, 2019

A little bit of progress

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Dec 4

Yes, I am here, and it is Monday morning, and I am going to try and get two weeks caught up. This might be a bit longer than normal, but you will understand if you read to the end of the post to see why.   

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - I have been slowly working on this piece, and you can see that I haven't been able to get a lot of time to sit and work on this piece.  I am looking forward to seeing how much more of this I can get done before the end of the year.  I would love to see the rest of the border finished, but I am not sure if that is going to happen with only 2 weeks left in the year.
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Dec 15

I am going to be working hard to see how much of it I can get done as the 2020 design size and the title have been released, so I will need to get prepared to start that project on January 1st.

If things so well, I should be able to see a bit more progress on this project during the week, but I will have to see how things go.

Everyday Shawl - Dec 14
Everyday Shawl - I have been getting bits of time to knit in the last couple of weeks, and I have been trying to move both the grey and teal shawls forward.  I am really glad that I put in the marker for the beginning of the month, as I can see how much I have been able to get completed since the beginning of the month. 

Everyday Shawl - Dec 14
On the grey shawl, the orange marker shows the beginning of December and the green is where I was on December 8th.  I like this shawl as it is simple knitting and something that I can work on when I just need something easy to work on and don't want to follow a pattern.

On the teal shawl, the green marker shows the beginning of December and the orange is where I was on December 8th.  I have been trying to work on this shawl a bit at a time as I am trying to get the chevrons completed so that I can get this shawl also to the point where it is easy to work on, and I don't need the pattern, but it is still going to be sometime before I do that.

Hex keychain
English Paper Piecing - This weekend, I had a bit of time to sit and try and figure out a couple of other ideas for using some of the motifs that I have been working on.  The first project was a keychain using the motifs, and that didn't take too long to complete as it was a simple and fun project.

Hex pincushion
The other project that I wanted to try and make was a Hexagon pincushion, so I sat down and worked on getting it made.  Sure there were some challenges making it as you have the cardstock in all the motifs until you get quite a bit of the pincushion sewn together.  I am happy with how it turned out, and now I am going to try and make a couple more of them.

I look forward to seeing all the different things that I can make using the motifs that I have.  I have some larger items on the go, but considering they are just a pile of motifs, I haven't taken any pictures of them.


QuickBooks Connect - Now, here is the reason why there was no blog last week.  I was at a three-day conference for QuickBooks, which is the accounting software that I use. The conference was wonderful and I learned quite a few new things about the software and other things.

Chris Hadfield at QuickBooks Connect
One of the keynotes at the conference was Col. Chris Hadfield, and it was wonderful to listen to his talk.  We were four rows from the stage, and it was a great spot to see him and also get a couple of pictures of him. The other highlight of his keynote was when, after completing his talk, he picked up his guitar and sang two songs to wrap up was a great day.

The conference was three extremely busy days, and now it is getting back to getting everything else done.


I hope everyone has a great week, and you find some time to do something that you enjoy doing most days.  It doesn't have to be for long, but at least a few minutes of doing something for yourself is important.







Monday, December 2, 2019

Bits of progress

Everyday Shawl - Nov 22
 Here it is Monday morning and the start of another week.  It is hard to believe it is now December, so that means we are one month until we have the start of a new year.

Everyday Shawl - I decided that this weekend that I would try and get a little bit of knitting done on this shawl.  It does take a little while to get across a row, but at least it is slowly starting to get a bit longer.  I am still a long way from getting this done, so I need to try and focus on getting a few more rows completed on this before the end of the year.  This weekend I decided to put in a marker at the end of the row that I completed in November.  I am going to see how much of the shawl that I can get done in December.
Everyday Shawl - Dec 1

I didn't work on the Teal shawl at all this past week, so I have also put a marker on it to see how much of it I can get completed in December.  I am looking forward to seeing what both of the shawls look like at the end of the month as the pictures that I take each week on the grey shawl don't look like I have done much.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - here it is the last month of the year and also the last month of this design.  The pattern was released on Friday, and I started to work on this over the weekend.  I haven't even finished the November section, so I will be trying to get both of these sections done at the same time.
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Dec 1

I am loving working on this piece, so I will see how much stitching I can get done this week on it.  I would like to see a couple more butterflies done this week so I will see what happens.  At least I have made a start, and I know that once I have finished the November and December sections, all that is left to do is do some embellishment on the piece.  The embellishment isn't part of the original design, so it will be something that I will figure out myself.

Other projects - I have continued to work on making the motifs for the English Paper Piecing, so I hope to start joining some of them together soon so that I can start to see the runner come together.


It looks like December is going to be a very busy month for us, so that means that I will be trying to get bits of crafting in when time allows.  I continue to try and spend a few minutes each day relaxing, so that is normally when I get a bit of stitching done.

I hope everyone has a great week, and you can also find a bit of time to do the things that you love to do each day.  It doesn't matter how long you spend doing something you enjoy; it is at least a bit of time to relax.

Monday, November 25, 2019

A few projects worked on

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL19 - Nov 13
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL19 - Nov 24
Here it is another Monday morning and, I have a few things to show that I was able to work on last week.  Life has been busy, so I haven't been able to get a lot done, but at least I can see a few projects moving forward a little bit at a time.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - here is the November border for this piece.  I am now trying to get the border done before November 30th when the final section will be released.  The final section will be the design that will fill in between the original part of the piece and the border that I am currently working on. 

This piece is coming together, and I am looking forward to seeing what the border is going to be like. I have loved completing all of this design so far.  It is hard to believe that the Peacock was the January design, and all the other sections came out one piece a month.

We have heard there is a new design for 2020, and that will be released on January 1st, 2020. I am looking forward to seeing that that design will be based on.
English Paper Piecing

Everyday Shawl - Teal - Nov 22

English Paper Piecing - it was time to start working on another project with the English Paper Piecing.  I have an idea that I would like to do with these motifs, but it also means that I have a lot more motifs to get done. 

English Paper Piecing for me seems very relaxing to be it making the individual motifs or sewing them all together.  The process for me is something that I enjoy. If I can get some more of the different colour motifs completed this week I, might even start to work out the overall design, but that will depend on how much time I have to work on this project.

Everyday Shawl - here is a project that I finally pieced up again and got a few more rows done on the grey version of it.  I still have a long way to go on this piece as it is just over 20 inches, and it needs to be around 30.5 inches before I am at the halfway mark.  I hope to find time each day to get a few rows done on this piece to continue to move it forward.

Everyday Shawl - Grey - Nov 22
I worked on the grey version of the shawl for a while, and then I decided it was time to start working on a teal version of the shawl as well.  I have now got around 12 rows on the next version of the shawl completed, so I will see how I can make progress on both of them over the next little while.  The teal version is the edge pattern, so that takes longer to knit than the body so that I will be using each of these projects for different times. 


Other projects didn't get any attention this last week, but at least I was able to see some progress on a few things.  Now it is time for me to get the word done that is sitting here on my desk. 

I hope everyone has a great week, and you find a bit of time to do something that you love, even if it is for only a few minutes a day.