Sketchbook Project 2011

I am participating in a very fun project – the Sketchbook Project 2011. They send the participants a sketchbook, the participant signs up for a theme and then fills the sketchbook with art interpreting that theme. The theme I chose is Under the Surface. I have lots of ideas swirling around in my little brain, and I’m really looking forward to doing this. :o) I have also enticed a couple of co-workers to do this with me, and I’m hoping my very talented daughter signs up too.

Winter Storm 2010

I just love the dire names our newspeople give to our weather events. We are experiencing “Winter Storm 2010” today here in Jackson MS according to our local news media. :o)

Actually, it is coming down pretty heavy right now, and we have about 4 inches accumulated so far. It is beautiful! And I didn’t have to go to work, which makes it even better for me! A four day weekend, woo hoo!! Lots of time to stitch!

Evil Kitty Baby was not impressed by the snow. In fact, he was quite put out with it.

I did remind him that he started out life as a wild cat, and he lives the cushy life of a domestic cat only because he allowed Megan to catch him when he was a little kitten. Therefore, he should put his big boy cat panties on and get out there in the snow. He gave me his Evil Kitty Baby stare, shook his tail at me, and stalked back into the house.

Honey is my little snow dog. She has such thick fur, the cold doesn’t phase her a bit!

Of course the fact that it was up to her chin did not make her too happy. Flea, little thin blooded chihuahua mix that she is, wants nothing to do with this cold white stuff. She is buried under the covers in bed. Lacey, being much taller, had no problems with the snow.

When it got a little lighter outside, I snapped some beautiful photos. I can see several of them as inspiration for my needlework. :o)

I have been keeping to my 210 minutes per week stitching goal. I will be making a progress report with photos later. I’m off now to gather my puppies into a warm and cozy puppy pile on the couch and stitch, stitch, stitch!

2010 Stitching Goals

I was so excited about finishing EGA Girl on time, that I went through my WIPs, prioritized them with due dates, and made stitching goals for the first half of the year. I really want to give my stitching a greater priority in my life, which means spending less time putzing around on the internet. I want more finished projects and fewer WIPs and UFOs languishing in my craft room.

I have made it my goal to stitch 210 minutes for the next week, which is an average of 30 minutes per day. That seems very doable to me. I’m hoping that I will actually find more stitching time. If I do, then I am going to increase my stitching time goal for each week. But I first want to see how much time I can easily spend stitching, because I don’t want to feel pressured by that goal.

My project list for January through June is quite ambitious. We shall see how it goes!

Soldier Kissing Pillows, 1 per week, 30 pillow tops through 6/30/10
EGA Spadefish Stitching Challenge, due 2/15/10
City & Guild Stumpwork Course Lesson 1, due 2/28/10
EGA Crewel Mastercraftsman Program Step 1, due 4/1/10
EGA GCC Shading Stitches, due 4/25/10
EGA GCC Plum Blossoms, due 5/1/10
Biscornus, 10 due 5/1/10
MS NeedleArts Logo for EGA Banner, due 5/15/10
ANG CyberWorkshop Gathered In, due 6/30/10
ANG Mystery Stitch of the Month, monthly

Whew, that seems to be a lot of stitching! My eyes may be promising more than my fingers can deliver! LOL But we shall see where 210 stitching minutes per week gets me. If I start to feel overwhelmed, I will change my goals around.

I am off to stitch! :o)

EGA Girl

I have had the privilege of stitching on a national Embroidery Guild project, and I am so thrilled! I finished my part of it today.

I stitched the hat. The beret is stitched with black pearl cotton in the woven stitch, and the stripes are stitched in raised stem stitch with bronze Kreinik braid. This piece is the largest project I have ever worked on, and the hardest part was finding a stand that would hold her so I could work comfortably on her! I ended up using my Japanese Embroidery stand. The thing I am most proud of is that I finished her on time! :o)