Friday, January 24, 2014

Having computer problems & photos

Sorry folks, I have been having problems logging into blogger, don't know why, will have to check into it some more. (big sigh). I know that I owe you some photos of last years completes so here are a couple of them. This is the Santa biscournu that I did for my friend Janice, it was one of her Christmas presents.  On the bottom side I attached some buttons - Christmas tree, snowman, poinsettia and of course a Canadian flag - yes, I am showing off my pride in my country.  Hmmm, now I have to find the other photos, I really hate it when I can't find something on the system.  Am I the only one like this?  Found the one that I wanted, it is a picture of the biscournu before I stitched it together.  As you can see, Janice has already put it to good use, see the needle sticking out - she was absolutely thrilled to receive this.  Well folks, time to find the other pictures and maybe do some more stitching this afternoon.  Take care, love ya, big hugs. Louise

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I'm still here

Hi there, did ya think that I fell off the face of the earth? Since the last post, I have had a major head cold (I think its going around - tis cold and flu season). And I have barely stitched at all - I mean days without stitching!! Gasp, gasp.... in fact, I must be very honest with you - gulp, my daily challenge isn't up to date! I know, I know, you are all thinking that Louise has to be really sick to not be stitching! Part of the problem was a major issue I was/am having with my cable company (I won't get into it) which was/is extremely frustrating and depressing. I have run through the gamut of emotions from anger to resigned futility and thats pretty bad. So even though I haven't stitched, I still pulled a design every day. This means, my challenge is going to proceed a little differently this year. I will pick a pattern every day (so far, I am up to date) and I will complete them on an on-going basis. Does that make sense.... Okay, I am off to complete the UFO's from 2014, pull todays design, make me a lovely cup of tea and get stitching! Yea.... all I can say now is "I'm Back!!" Hugs to all of you, Louise

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Jan 2014 Challenge - Day 2

Hello again, right now if you have read the previous posts, you are probably thinking that I am absolutely nuts!! and you might be right. (lol) But you have to remember something - all the ornaments I make, I then sell at a craft fair to raise money (and awareness) of this rare disease - so I have to start early and early in the year is January 1st!! So yesterday I started "Santa & the Children Silhouettes" by Homespun Elegance Ltd and today I started "Oh-ho-ho-ho" by Babi's Treasures. I spotted these little gems about two years ago on the designers blog. They are done in one colour and then made up to look like Christmas crackers. Cool, eh. I can't wait to finish one to show you what they look like. I liked all 12 designs in the Christmas Collection, so fair warning to you, all 12 are in this years challenge. Okay, so you are thinking that this sounds like something that you might like to do BUT not to the extent that I am doing it - fair enough. My challenge to you.... pick one new project or pick a UFO that you have wanted to start/finish for a LONG time but there was other projects ahead of it. Start this project this month and I challenge you to finish it within the year. Have fun, tell your friends, let me know how you are doing. Leave me a note and join in the craziness of my challenge. I will open a new page (if I remember how) for the 2014 challenge. I would be happy to have you join me on my adventure. Hugs and kisses, Louise

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

January 2014 Challenge

Hello and welcome to 2014! I remember when I was little and thought that 2000 was far, far away and look, here we are 14 years later in 2014. It's true, the older we get, the faster time passes!! So its another year and this means a new challenge. This time I am going to be more realistic - I am only going to start one new project a day for the month of January and they will only be ornaments! Hmmm, I just have one small problem.... I put the names of all the projects on little pieces of paper so that I can draw a different one each day and when I counted all the itty, bitty, little pieces of paper.... I have 38!!! oops, all I can say is thank goodness my box wasn't full. There are some patterns that I stitched in 2013 in the box so as a compromise I will only start an ornament if I didn't stitch it last year. Does that make sense? Sounds good to me... and of course I still have to finish the projects from the 2013 challenge. Here is a quick update to the 2013 challenge - I actually completed 36 of the 52 starts!! But I have to confess I did complete a few other items - I did 2 model stitches for AuryTM, I also completed 10 other ornaments so I think I did pretty darn good for the year!! This leaves me with 14 UFO's to complete from 2013 and oops, I also started 4 other projects which weren't on my list, so the total UFO's for the year are 18. oh dear, dear, dear, dear.... I think that I am going to be pretty busy stitching this year! (lol) On that happy note, take care and tomorrow I will tell you which ornament I started today as well as the Jan 2 ornament. Hugs to you all. Louise