Red walk

I haven’t had much time to stitch lately. I’m not especially busy, I just lost my routine and things keep piling up (like dishes, cleaning… everything).

But I did go for quite a nice walk the other day on Red Hill. It’s called Red Hill because, well…

It’s a red hill.

Very red.

I saw a few birds, a blue tongue lizard and these lovely fellas.

I hope to get some stitching done tonight, so look out for a progress pic soon! 🙂

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First challenge

What should arrive in my mailbox today but the Fox Collection catalogue. Temptation! Can my newly forged Stitch from Stash resolve resist this glossy-paged enticement?

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Luckily, my little girl Watson whispered an idea in my ear. The catalogue was shreded to gaily coloured strips and playtime commenced. 😀

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Take it from the top…

It’s January again, how did that happen? I swear it was like August just last week. Welcome everyone to 2014!

I have a rotation listed over at Rotation Stitchers. My focus WIP for this month is The Witching Hour. This will also be my WIPocalypse project for Jan.

I also plan to have a few small projects on the go for couch stitching, travel, stuff like that. At the moment I have Funky Felt Owl, a kit from CrossStitcher number mumbledysomething.

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And I plan to start the last finish in a tryptic I’ve been working on for… oh, years. I’m actually a little reluctant to start this, because I plan to finish it as a wall hanging. Buying fabric for this will put quite a dent into my Stitch from Stash budget. But avoiding stitching it is silly, because this is is stash!

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What’s everyone stitching on in the New Year?

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WIPocalypse 2014

This is my list of WIPs for 2014, all of which will be part of my WIPocalypse challenge. I always feel like I have many, may WIPs but then I see some people’s lists and my jaw drops. How do you keep track of 50 odd WIPs? I struggle with more than five.

The WIPs
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The Lookout – Jayne Netley Mayhew
Started April 2008 – 60% complete
I’ve been working on this stitch most years since I started it, five years ago (*gulp*). It’s lovely to stitch and I adore the fabric. I just had a heavy frogging session this year and it dampened my enthusiasm. But I’m determined to make progress on this in 2014.

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Autumn Dragon – Patricia Allison
Started 2010? – 30% complete
This is the most difficult stitch I’m working on. Blending and metallics and beads, oh my! I really love the design though. It’s just a slow, slow plod.

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Northwind Owl – Dimensions
Started 2012 – 50% complete
A lovely design, lots of half cross stitch which makes it easy. The rest of the design is mainly background, so this should progress fast once I give it some love.

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The Witching Hour – Heaven and Earth Designs
Started December 2013 – 5% complete
A recent start and the stitch currently in my frame. I love it! Absolutely adore stitching this and I’m going to be a little heartbroken when it rotates off my frame at the end of January. I’m making good progress and should see this done in a few years.

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Challenges for 2014

I’ve joined a few stitching based challenges to help keep me motivated, and hopefully meet some of the lovely bloggers out there. The first is

A great idea started by Mel of Epic Stitching; spend no more than $25 a month on stitching stash, stitch what you already have! As an extra bonus there’s prizes every month that you meet your budget. 😀

The other is

run by Melissa at Measi’s Musings. I don’t need too much motivating to finish my WIPs, but I like the idea of the month themes to discuss.

Wish me well on my challenges! Is anyone else out there participating in these?

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Ducks don’t need satellites

In an attempt to get my stitching mojo back I spent some time finishing off projects. I made up four in total, but this is the one that I really wanted done so I could hopefully get out of my stitching slump. My own design, Ducks Don’t Need Satellites.

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It’s inspired by this song, which I really like:

I’ll let you know if finishing off this one has gotten me out of a stitching slump. 🙂

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And so this is Christmas…

The silly season begins. I’ve already had my girlfriend on the phone in tears. This is such a stressful time of year, everyone is so frazzled.

I hope you and yours stay safe and sane during the holiday period. I’ll see you on the flipside.

I should post a picture of a christmas ornie here, but I haven’t even dragged mine (yes, all two of them) out of storage this year. It’s been that kind of month.

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