I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, now it is almost time for the New Year, 2014. How quickly time flies when you are unaware, or pretend to be ❓
Now most of you don’t know this, I have an obsession with Calendars! Yes, me who seems unorganized most of the time tends to spend my time looking for fun Calendars of all sorts. Pinterest has some great planner boards for blogging and everyday use. Click on this “Menu”, and it will take you to a site with free printable menu planners. Now for all the owl lovers out there I have found a free 2014 Owl Calendar, just click the link. I love it, the pictures are wonderful, it is from “My Owl Barn” and they have a multitude of Owl ideas.
Here are a few of the monthly calendars I have made for 2014,
I have also purchased five different planners and put together two blog planners, yes just a little obsessive 🙂 Now since I have so many planners I will try and plan out my stitching and blogging schedule. I may actually stay on track. My plan is to blog three times a week. If I don’t and you catch me, send me and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, who knows you may get a little something in the mail for your efforts.
This year I am placing my monthly calendars on blog for you to print out yourself. I thought this would be a little treat for you and save you from having to purchase the multitude of calendars like me.
I have been playing with a cashmere stitch variation,
I was auditioning stithes with different threads and middles. As you can see above the different threads.
Starting from the left, you are seeing Vineyard silk in the light green, one strand, moving to two strands of impression in the darker green in the middle, to one strand of impressions, then on the left side I used two ply of Soie d’Alger. I love Soie d’Alger since you do not require as many strands and it lies so wonderfully with a fantastic sheen. In the centers you see smyrna’s in the light green using Petite Silk Lame to Long Arm Crosses using Petite Sparkle Rays. I have also placed two small sequins to see how that would look. This is how I determine if I like a certain stitch and thread combination.
About the circus, well Noe has now moved in to the house. Her first few days truly felt like the circus. She was up at 4am crying non-stop, so by 7am I had a trio of crying cats, Stimpy and Noe inside, Lobo in the garage and Beardie joining in outside in the back. I was running up and down the stairs with food, into the garage and of course outside. Then I had to put a second litter box for the girls, since they will not poop and pee in the same box! Yes I have four different litter boxes to take care of, two in the house and two in the garage. Thankfully Beardie takes care of her own business!!
The condo that Noe is in was purchased at Costco this past weekend. I had been looking for them and the best price that I had found for one like this made in the USA was $200. Well when last at costco I saw this for $65, and that was it, the girls now have a new Cat Condo in their room.
Nixie and Angus are adjusting to the cats moving in. Although Angus does bark now and then and threaten to chase, but his tail is wagging, giving him away. Stimpy just walks past Nixie giving her the eye, and an occasional hiss.
Angus as always loves the outdoors,
The boy could sit outside all day in the snow.
Now before I forget Karen over on Stitcherie is once again hosting the “Stitching Games 2014”. She has promised fun clues for your canvases. Go on and check it out, the rules are the same and it will be so much fun. I will look for a smaller canvas that I can work ten clues into this year, then maybe I will actually be able to complete it. Of course I never did finish stitching Mae West, so she is on the To-Do list for next year Size does not matter, only that you can distinguish ten different areas of the canvas. You will also be able to head over to Stitching Games 2014 by clicking on the Smiley Face on the Right side of blog. I hope to see the faces of you over at the games, it could get you to complete a canvas or two.
I also forget to show you my Drunken Christmas Cakes,
I made seven smaller cakes 4 ½ x 6 inches and 2 large cakes. These were gifts for those who live in the area. I still have a few to finish and give. The currants and raisins are marinated in brandy and whiskey, then once cooked I drizzle the same over top and let the cake marinate. Oh, so delicious!
Now I am not making any resolutions for next year, the only resolution is to have as much fun as possible and stitch as much as I can. Until 2014 stitch as fast as you can. You are not supposed to have unfinished projects on bars. This ensures you will finish all your projects in the New Year, 2014. So for those of you like me, just take them off bars and hang the canvas up. This is an old Scottish Tradition for good luck. When you feel like stitching it pick it up and put it back on bars! Sue, I am going to make a spread sheet like you have of all my canvases. This way I will never purchase two of the same again.
See you in 2014,