Tuesday, January 28, 2014

And the Year Rolls On

Can you believe that January is almost over? I can't say that I was sad to see 2013 leave! It definitely wasn't one of best years (health wise) for me. Things are beginning to level off a bit and move in the right direction. I have my good days and I have my bad days like everyone else. As the saying goes "what doesn't kill us, makes us stronger"!

Now that the holidays are over, my sights have turned to Spring and Summer which will be arriving soon! Also DSL will be making a return in several months making the days longer and giving me more time to enjoy my backyard with nesting birds and beautiful flowers!  I always enjoy a good snow at least once a year. The kind that falls so thick and heavy you can barely see your hand in front of your face and the snow flakes are so big and wet, you just want to stand outside and catch them with your tongue. But -- we have not had any snow for several years and without the snow, the super cold temperatures just aren't worth it so I say "No snow? Bring on Spring!". I have even picked out several birdhouses and plants I would like to get for the yard this year.

I worked on Mary's Sampler earlier in the month and got frustrated because I just did not make as much progress on it as I had originally thought I would because of so many awful hand cramps so I put it aside for now and picked up The Apostle's Creed to work on some more. I haven't worked on this one since November when I took it with me to work on during my treatments each week. I really want to get this one finished up in time for the framing sale at my LNS. Maybe the hand cramps will die down once the awful cold dry weather moves on. I will share some stitching pictures next time!

I decided that I will focus on my current stash for stitching this year. Oh, I know I will buy a few charts here and there. I signed up for the new Loose Feathers designs last year and am still receiving them but I have so many great designs in my stash, it seems a shame to just let them sit. I found the perfect challenge for me (Stitching from Stash) but sign ups were closed (just my lazy luck) so this will be my "Blast from the Past" year! Some may be designs that have been in my stash for years while others have only been there for a few months. As long as it was added to my stash before January 1, 2014 it will qualify! I will follow the same basic rules that the SFS challenge is using and allow myself no more than $25 a month for supplies and charts. I made my list and am even ready to start several others along with my currents WIPs. Could this be a more than one project at a time year for me? I would share my list but I think I will just wait and do that as I begin to work on each one. After all, life happens!

My spending for January includes December's Loose Feather (which I forgot to pick up last month) chart and January's Loose Feather chart coming to a total of $18.79..

Thanks so much for stopping by! I always enjoy your visits. Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014