Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Getting Started and Getting Ready for The New Year!

Hello Everyone! This isn't my first blog, and I must admit I am not to good at keeping them up, but we will see how well I can do with this cross stitching one :)

I also have another blog that I haven't done much with in a long while, but that is my quilting blog. The reason for the non use is my sewing studio still isn't organized! I worked on it quite a bit the end of this summer, and then life got in the way, and it needs a ton more straightening/organising for it to be a productive creative space! Maybe this can be one of my 2015 goals!

Onto stitching - I have been a cross stitcher for about 20 years now - I started at about 17, so you do the math ;) I have crossed stitched off and on over the years with other crafts - mainly quilting - taking up my time. But in the last 2 years I have mainly concentrated on stitching! The main reason for that is for the previous paragraph - quilting studio = tornado mess! But I do dream of a quilting studio with a quite stitching corner in it, and quilting my days away while stitching the evenings and nights away.

I tend to like fairies, mermaids, floral, butterflies, oceanic themes, and things of that nature. Not to much into animal stitching I guess you could say - bears, deer, cats, dogs. I will stitch the occasional deer in a cute pattern, or a squirrel in a scene, things like that but not a huge one themed around and animal. Nothing against wildlife - I think all life is precious, and I have 3 furbaby dogs, but just not my stithcing thing :)

I have joined several SAL's (Stitch Alongs) for the New Year, but with the biggest one being what's called Debbie's Ultimate Crazy January Challenge 2015 or short for DUCJC2015. This is in memory of a lady who passed this year, and organized these types of SAL's for the last several years. Even though I didn't know her, her passing affected me in a way that it made me think of how I should enjoy life and my craft, as you never know when you could put in your last stitch! This SAL is you start a new project EVERYDAY for the month of January 2015 - yes 31 projects! OR you can be Super Duper Crazy and start 59 project for January and February for a total of 59 projects! I am for sure doing the 31 and thinking that I am crazee enough to do the 59 ;)

Several other SAL's I am doing is a New Year New Project and a Mirabilia SAL on a wonderful Facebook group called Cross Stitch and Discuss #2. This is a lovely cross stitch group, and I have really enjoyed being a part of it and looking forward to 2015 in this group!

In my next post maybe I can round up my 2014 finishes with pictures in a Year Roundup! I was just thinking today that I really need to make me a chart and keep up with my start dates, progress updates, and finish dates!

Here is my current project that I am working on, and I am trying to get it finished before 2014 ends. It will be my last finish for the year!


  1. Hi Susan. Welcome to blogland. My name is Linda and I am the one that started the Debbie facebook challenge. I am very excited to have you joining me in this adventure. I have added you to the sidebar on my blog. When you have a chance, come by and say hi. http://www.bengalcatlover10.blogspot.com/


  2. Hey, I'll keep checking in - we are in a crazy challenge together!
    Evalina, This and that...

  3. Nice blog! I am crazy enough to have 59 starts myself! but i am working on some ufo's too! hugs, and happy stitching, Queeny