Monday, April 1, 2013

Assessing March Goals, Setting April Goals

This was the month for returning to rotation stitching and rediscovering the joy of the process.  No self-imposed pressure to finish any one piece in particular.

2013 BAPs: resume work on TW Woodland Angel Christmas Stocking.  It was a pleasure to pick this piece up again.  I am nearly done with page 7 of the chart.
2013 Challenge: WIPs and UFOs: continue work on Midnight Moogies.  I made pretty good progress on this piece.   I  expect a finish in April.
2013 Class Projects Challenge: continue work on Mystic Smalls, this month's project will be the needlebook.  There are two in the chart pack.  I'll be stitching the one with the dockside street scene.  I have already stitched the stitching ladies twice, on the stitcher's pocket and on the scissor case.  A third time would be a bit much.   Some frogging got in the way of serious forward progress but all in all, I am happy with a finished scissor case and a needle book completely cross-stitched but not assembled/sewn.
2013 Start: kit up and start work on Cedar Hill's Berry Patch Rabbit.  I have made good progress, the rabbit itself is stitched: now it's on to the berries and leaves around him..
Town Square SAL:  continue to stitch The Cross Stitch Shop.  Have made moderate progress but ended up doing some frogging here as well. 
Sewing and Assembly Finishes: Complete three.   Way beyond expectations.  Completed a candle mat, six La-D-Da Cardinal ornaments, four of the Town Square SAL ornaments, the Stitcher's Hideaway 2012 souvenir Halloween ornament, the Better Homes and Gardens Tooth Fairy Pillow, one Japanese Kogin diamond shaped and two Kogin Christmas Tree shaped Christmas ornaments, an Elizabethan Christmas ornament, a gift tote using Jennifer Aiken Smith's Dragon of Compassion, another gift tote using Papillion's Peacocks, a small pin pillow using an Papillion Creations Moonlight Serenade,  the Ink Circles Full Moon Halloween ornament and The Sweetheart Tree's Holly & Hearts Christmas ornament.  Having caught up on such a lot of small finishes, maybe, next month I'll finally be able to tackle some of the larger finishing projects like pillows and the Homespun Elegance pin cushions on pedestal stands.  It would be so nice to catch up with all my sewing finishing but somehow that never seems to happen.
Grand total for the month: 22
Simply enjoy the process. Yes.

APRIL GOALS:  Since I have Easter Week off, I should enjoy a bit more stitching time than is usual for me; though I do want to get some gardening and backyard chores done as well.  Then, of course, there is the dreaded Spring cleaning.  This year, I want to have a yard sale  in May or June and really clear out some of the clutter that has accumulated in our small townhouse over the last 30+ years.  That means I have to get started organizing my inventory now.  A de-cluttered home should be easier to clean and as I am getting older, easy sounds just right.
2013 BAPs: continue work on TW Woodland Angel Christmas Stocking.
2013 Challenge: WIPs and UFOs: continue work on Midnight Moogies. or resume work on The English Band Sampler.
2013 Class Projects Challenge: continue work on Mystic Smalls, this month's project will be the tuffet.
2013 Start: continue work on Cedar Hill's Berry Patch Rabbit
Town Square SAL:  finish the Cross Stitch Shop and stitch The Frame Shop.
Sewing and Assembly Finishes: Complete three.


Julie said...

Congrats on what you achieved last month, good luck with your plans for April.

Anna van Schurman said...

Twenty-two! finishes. Great job on all of your goals.