Friday, December 14, 2007

Planning Ahead

I hope everybody has had a nice week, it went by pretty fast for me. Vonna was talking about her plan of what she is going to stitch in 2008 recently, which got me thinking as well. I have been pretty good about not buying a lot of stuff these past few months. I will be honest and say I have bought things, but not nearly like what I was buying, so it is much better :D I am going to continue on my “finish 20 things before I buy anything else” plan.

I want to finish my Four Seasons and Bent Creek Snappers this coming year and get them framed, that is my main goal for the year. I’ll reorganize a bit now :)

1. The Four Seasons (currently WIP)
2. Hillside Samplings: Bittersweet Farm (currently WIP)
3. Old McMary’s Farm: The Workbasket (currently WIP)
4. Bent Creek Snappers (currently WIP)
5. Plum Threadpack: LHN
6. Forest Snowfall: Little House Needleworks
7. Pineapple Threadpack: LHN
8. Acorns Threadpack: LHN
9. Christmas Mosaic Ornament: M Designs
10. Bent Creek: Summer Snapperville
11. Shepherds Bush: Sail
12. Forest Snowfall: Little House Needleworks
13. Shepherd’s Bush: Bee’s Fob
14. Shepherd’s Bush: Christmas Ornament
15. Birds of a Feather: Bloom Where You are Planted
16. Shepherd’s Bush: Americana Needleroll
17. Shepherd’s Bush: A Mother’s Heart
18. Hinzeit: Dash Away All
19. Sam Sarah: Bloom Where You Are Planted
20. Trilogy: Summer Lineup
21. Valentine Stitchery: The Cape (currently WIP)

I just have so much stash, it needs to be used up. I do use it though, so I am not feeling too guilty about it. I am just excited to be able to use it right now :D I have two big kits I’d love to start, but won’t until The Four Seasons and Snappers is completed :)

I have been working on Bittersweet Farm, I scanned it in. I do this at work on my breaks and at lunchtime. I had put it away for awhile, and finally got it out again this week. I like this chart a lot, there are several specialty stitches and it gives it so much texture. I have swapped out several colors to use up what is in my stash too :)

So, exchanges this year were a lot of fun. I got pretty strapped on them all however, and have decided to not do quite as many this year. I have joined the Birthday Club again, and am so glad that I did, I had fun this year with it! Also I am involved in the Neighborhood RR, which has about 5 more to go, so that will extend into October of this year. I think I’ll do two or three exchanges this year for now, unless I just cannot resist them. :) I’d like to stitch more gifts for my family and friends right now. So, that is my plan at the moment. I am so glad I started this blog and have met so many nice people, thanks for making it such a great experience for me :D Here is to another great year!

I am feeling a lot better now, that bug has lasted a long time, and the kids are just barely feeling normal again, poor kids! I am grateful that we are getting better now though, because Christmas is coming right up!


Jenna said...

I'm glad everyone is starting to feel better now. You can't be sick over Christmas! :)

Barbara said...

Glad to hear that good health seems to putting in an appearance again! :D

Anonymous said...

I love your idea about stitching 20 things before you buy any more charts. I am going to join you as I have so so many charts that I want to stitch in my stash.

staci said...

Glad that you are finally feeling better :)

You have some great projects lined up in your goals, I'm sure you'll do great!

Teresa said...

I am glad you and your family are beginning to feel better. Good luck on your goals.

Anonymous said...

Actually I don't have the mother's heart kit, I wanted it though but since I am going to do the challenge, I won't be buying it soon. Would have loved to do the stitch a long though. I am going to post my 20 projects on my blog right now.

Anonymous said...

The post you remember is this one:

and it was actually a wishlist item. I'm sorry that I wasn't clear on that. I can't wait to see yours though! Maybe someone will gift it to me by then (June?) and then i will squeeze it into my schedule.

Katrina said...

Glad you are all starting to get better, sick is not fun especially at Christmas.

Love your list, I need to work on one too. I am going to do lots of me stitching today. I will do an exchange here and there but not nearly as many as I did this year. I just finished my PIFs this week. I want to end the year all caught up.

Cheryl said...

I really want to do more stitching for me and my family next year too! Exchanges are so great but i hardly seem to work on anything for my house!!
Your wip is coming along great

Vonna said...

Sounds like a great road map of the year ahead...I'm hopeful that I can stick to my guns on my goals!

Marie-P said...

21! Good luck finishing them. I should construct a list of the projects I am working on, then again maybe not...this could be frightening! :)

tkdchick said...

Everyone seems to be a little burnt out on exchanges after this year. I have to admit from reading blogs, there were a lot of them going on!! I joined the Birthday Exchange for 2008 myself. I'm a bit bummed though my partner's b-day is Jan 9th. How am I supposed to send something out in time for that?

Leslie aka zoeandcooper said...

I love your progress on Bittersweet Farm. Such pretty colors.

Michelle said...

You have some great ptojects lined up. I would really like to get some of my WIPs finished off as well. I may use your 20 project idea too!