Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Positive thinking - update

Positive thinking - Feb 5th
The Olympics have given me a chance to sit in the evenings and when I have been taking a break from work to watch a specific event.

Positive thinking - Feb 17th
With just under a week to go for the Olympics I figured it was time to show you some progress on my stitching.  This piece is being stitched on 25th evenweave and over one thread so it does take a bit of time to do some of the sections of it.  The longest time was spent doing the two sections with the flowers as it took me quite a while to motivate myself to actually do those two sections.  Now that they are completed I am hoping that the rest of the piece goes very quickly.  I am aiming to have all the stitching done by the end of the month so will need to put some effort in to getting that done.

The piece consists of five different parts and I have now completed the first three sections so just have two more sections to go and thank figure out how I am going to finish the piece.

Positive thinking - Feb 17/14
If things go well I am hoping to have this done so that I can get back to my Cirque des Cercles by March 1st.  Yes that piece has been put aside while I have been doing this one.

This year I would really like to get some of my cross-stitch pieces finished that I have started instead of just starting more.  Of course, this week I found another pattern that I really liked so want to start it soon but it's currently hidden by DH so that I don't start it until at least April.

Now it's time to get some work done and maybe see what events are on today that I can watch.

Monday, February 17, 2014

A finish finally

Blackwork Knight - Dragon Dreams Inc
 This weekend I decided that it was time to try and finish up a cross-stitch that I had on the go for a while.  A while is since October 2013.  The top picture is of the Blackwork Knight by Dragon Dreams on November 18th, 2013.  The bottom picture is Blackwork Knight on February 16, 2014.

I decided that considering I didn't have a lot to do on this piece that I would sit down, watch the Olympics and finish it or at least try to finish it.  I had done a bit of the background between November and February but kept putting it off.  I sat down turned on the Olympics and started working on the background.  It was something that I knew I would be happy once it was completed.  I also knew that I would need a couple of hours of no real distractions so yesterday was a good day for that.

As of Febuary 15th. 2014
I enjoyed working on this piece because I have the Blackwork Princess that I completed a number of years ago.

Blackwork Knight- Feb 16/14
Of course I have been working on my Positive Thinking piece as well over the last few days so want to post an update on that piece as well.    This weekend is a three day weekend here in Ontario so it has meant that I could focus on some crafting for a bit longer than I normally can.

It is now time for me to go and work on Positive Thinking for a bit longer to see how much more I can get done on it.  I have some goals that I want to reach before the end of tonight on the piece so will have to try and get them done.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Pre-Olympic status

Positive thinking
So the Olympics start officially tomorrow so figured I wanted to show where I was before I work on this during the Olympics.

Of course I have other projects that I am also going to be working on so will see what I actually get accomplished while sitting and watching sports.  Yes, I do enjoy sports normally but when the Olympics are on I take a lot more interest in sports that I don't normally watch.

This cross-stitch is going pretty quickly as I did the last three words last night.  I haven't spent a lot of time on this project since the weekend so will see how much I can get done between now and the closing of the Olympics on February 23rd.  Work is also still needing to be done so I can't spend all day sitting and watching but I will be planning my work schedule around some of the events.  I may work more in the evenings over the next couple of weeks.

Well since today there are a few events I am going to have to work and also watch some of those over the next few hours.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Weekend of stitching

Positive thinking - Jardin Prive
This weekend considering it was snowing out I decided that I was going to spend some of my weekend stitching and that is exactly what I did.

The piece that I started was based on a Norman Vincent Peale quote on positive thinking.

“The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.”

Norman Vincent Peale, The Power of Positive Thinking

The pattern was from Jardin Prive and it was a Stitch-along on her website.  It was done a while ago but I had just heard about it in January.  When I thought about doing this pattern I immediately decided that I wanted to do it and a few friends have also decided to do it.  The deal was we were going to start it on February 1st.

When I sat down yesterday to start the piece I decided that if I got to the end of the word happiness by the end of the weekend I was going to be happy.  Well I got to the end of your on Saturday and then today did the lady, hearts and the rest of the words that I have done. 

This piece is working up at a good speed which is nice because I think part of my challenge is if I don't see results quickly I get tired of the piece and I start something else.

This week I have quite a few things to do for work and for school so not sure how much I will get done but am already looking forward to spending some time next weekend on this piece.  I have put the needle down for tonight so will see when it gets picked up again and hopefully not to long from now.