Friday, December 7, 2012

Catching up

December again and time to reflect and plan in between all of the holiday activities! This year found me in a round of stitching and blogging slumps that I hope to leave behind me as I look forward to 2013. I have so many wonderful samplers and small pieces in line to stitch that I need to leave those slumps in 2012.

Although I planned not to commit to any stitching deadlines or commitments, when I heard about Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year challenge, I decided to join.  I love the spirit of the challenge and that there are no regularly scheduled requirements to meet.  It sounded like just the thing for 2013. What a great way for Nicola to celebrate turning 50!

Here is a sweet little Christmas ornament I stitched. It is the first design of three in the collection, which I hope to finish in 2013.

Christmas is Coming, Plum Street Samplers
Vintage Light Examplar, 40 count LL
NPI conversion

Just a little bit left to finish on this Halloween/fall design.

Crows in the Pumpkin Patch, With Thy Needle and Thread
Almond Creme,  40 count Tree of Life Samplings
Recommended threads with some substitutions

Here is my progress on Mary Gibson. I love this sampler even though I've frogged too much of it! It's also my first A&E.

Mary Gibson's 1824 Sampler, Haslemere Educational Museum
Vintage Pecan Butter,  40 count, LL
NPI conversion with one color change

When I need a break from Mary Gibson, I pick up Sarah Elizabeth. The colors and whimsy of this sampler always make me smile when I pull it out of the WIP basket.  What an imagination Sara E. must have had.  I love the little lady with her hands on her hips, although I'm not quite sure what is going on with her hair and mouth!  You can't tell, but I did iron this piece - very stubborn wrinkles! The colors are much prettier in real life, too. 

  Sarah Elizabeth Brooke, The Scarlett House
Vintage Light Examplar, 40 count LL
Recommended Crescent threads

That is pretty much everything for now.  I hope you have a great weekend!


Laurie in Iowa said...

You may have been in a stitching slump in 2012, but you sure have stitched wonderful pieces. I hope 2013 brings back your stitching mojo.

Siobhán said...

You have some wonderful pieces as WIP, Dona! I love your finished PSS, too. I hope 2013 is full of stitching goodness for you, no mojo-less days allowed! Here's hoping, anyway. ;)

Margaret said...

What great WIPs you have! All are beautiful! Love your Christmas piece as well, and the Halloween finish! Glad to see your blogging again. Nicola's challenge should be lots of fun!

Roberta said...

Hey Dona, how are you? Love what you are working on and the finishes you have.

I am finally settling down and getting some stitching and such done.

Chat with you soon.

Merry Christmas


Nicola said...

You have lovely taste in the charts you choose to stitch.

I am looking forward to stitching with you in 2013.

Katrina said...

All gorgeous samplers!!!!!! Love your blog layout too :-).

Carol said...

I hope your stitching/blogging "slump" is over and that we'll get to see more of your beautiful work in 2013! Your little Christmas and Halloween finishes are adorable :)