Thursday, January 4, 2018

End of 2017 Round up and 2018 Plans

I hope everyone had a good Xmas and a Happy New Year! Or enjoyed days off if you're not celebrating anything in particular. :)

I've been reading some of your New Year's plans posts and end of year posts and trying to decide how to write mine. I like how Rachel did hers quite a bit and may steal some of her ideas, with her permission of course. 

I read over my end-of-year post last year and you can find it here if you're interested. I had 3 WIPs I wanted to finish, Somebunny to Love, AAN Spider Banner and Letters From Nora S, H, and G. 

I did finish Somebunny:
WOXS Somebunny on Chromatic Alchemy Aether 28 ct 2 over 2

but not the others. I still need to fully finish Somebunny as well and get my sewing machine out to fully finish a few others too. I think I even have the material for backing for some, so it's just getting the time and effort together. 

I did manage to finish the Palkolap monthly series and send them all to my Grandma, so that was a big win! 

Princess and the Dragon went from here:
to here
1 over 1 full crosses on 28 ct Amarinthine by Chromatic Alchemy

I'm also really happy with my Ink Circles Reflections of Canada finish:

My rotation last year was to work on something different each week, be it a BAP, SAL, WIP, etc. I'm not going to do that this year, I think I'm going to steal Rachel's idea of "compulsory" stitching and work on what I want to finish this year before changing over to something else. 


1) Join the Xmas Ornie SAL found here

I keep meaning to join so I have more xstitch ornaments and this might be the best way to keep myself on track. This way I won't be scrambling to find ornaments for DD's teachers next year, and they make nice gifts. I will attempt to complete one ornament before stitching anything else each month

2) Crazy idea

My business partner is turning 50 this year and he has 2 daughters. One used to dance ballet and the other still does, and I think he would like it, so I'm debating about trying to get this done by June. I did make a start:

So this would be my focus piece for the first few months of the year if I can get enough complete. I'll know by May if I'm going to get it done in time or not. 

3) Finish WIPs

Rachel's goal is to work on one each month from her CJC pile. I have a few leftover from my attempts at that as well, okay, lots... and there are a few I'd like to finish more than others. I'm going to try and list them all somewhat in the order I'd like to work on them.

1) AAN Spider Banner
2) WWS Tribal Dragon
3) Letters from Nora, S, H, G, L
4) Mill Hill Covered Bridge
5) Fishing
6) Princess and the Dragon
7) AAN Maple Leaf
8) Kiss for a Snowman
9) HAED Mini Winter Magic
10) HAED Bailey Basset
11)  Do Not Meddle
12) Frosty Friends x 6
13) Boo House
14) Ocean Curiosity
15) See Ya Later Alligator
16) Butterfly Quote
17) Under the Sea SAL
18) HAED Dragon Under Glass
19) Warbreaker
20) Messy But Mine
21) Basset Hound
22) Xmas Dragon
23) Twilight LeMans
24) Land of the Dinosaurs
25) Confetti of Hardanger
26) Helene et Mahelia Xmas 2014 SAL
27) Blue Fractal
28) Sleigh Ride Stocking
29) Snow Guide
30) Vermont
31) Savannah Birth Record
32) Joy Snowglobe
33) Dragon Dreams 12 Dragonlets 3/12 complete
34) Otto
35) I Love You More
36) Link
37) Fleur de Lys
38) In Harmony
39) Ladyfee SAL
40) Tree of Stitches
41) HAED Siberian Forest
42) Dimensions Christmas ornaments x 5
43) Here Comes Treble

I think that's it? There are a lot of them... But I'll continue to get through them and try and get some of mine fully finished as well. Jo of Serendipitous Stitching was finishing on Sundays, and that is a good day as it's usually off, but it's also usually the day I spend with DD, and that hour or two I get when she goes to rest often ends up with me having a nap as well! 

I've joined a couple Facebook groups, Soulful Stitching for their year of WIPs and some of the Stitch Maynia events and that might help me get to work on some of everything. 

Good luck to all of us accomplishing all of our unrealistic stitching goals! :)

Happy Stitching,



  1. Great list Tiffany. You should be able to manage some it. Looking forward to seeing your progress on them.


  2. I hope your stitchy plans work just the way you want them to! Good luck with stitching the piece for your co-worker; that is very kind and thoughtful of you.

  3. That's quite a long to do list considering the size of some of the projects! I'll keep my fingers crossed that by the end of the year a lot of them will have been deleted and not many more added! Good luck with your goals too; they seem quite achievable providing this thing called 'life' doesn't get in the way! :)

    1. Thank you, I hope I can get at least some of them done. I'm maybe going to join Jo's 18 in 18 to focus on certain ones and try and get a few finishes completed.

  4. Happy New year


  5. Fabulous list, Tiffany and this post gives me inspiration to get myself really organised stitching-wise this year (once we get home from our trip, of course!). Good luck with your 2018 goals.

  6. P.S. I meant to say how lovely the design is that you have chosen for your business partner. Good luck with the stitching.

  7. You can do it! I'll be cheering you along from this side of the monitor. I seen you joined Soulful Stitching. Me too. The YOW challenge seems like a great idea. I picked 20 out that I really really want finished this year...out of my 75! LOL Love your new pattern for your business partner. Good luck! You can do it!!

  8. Happy New Year and I hope you enjoy all the stitching you have planned,the ballet dancers is a lovely design.

  9. Yes, that's one crazy idea! It is a beautiful design though.
    Glad that you are joining the Christmas Ornie Challenge too. I love the song themes although I am doing the 12 Days, I will be posting inspiration posts each month.

  10. You have some great plans and a very beautiful crazy idea! Not impossible if you can focus though, I think. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress!

  11. Good luck with your ambitious list and crazy idea haha! I bet you can manage it if life behaves (like it always does). It's so fun watching the Princess and the Dragon grow. :D

  12. Good luck with your stitching plans:) I have been doing the compulsory stitching since past few years. I also have the same problem with Sundays. Though I don't work anymore but end up with afternoon nap on Sundays, the only difference is my DD rarely sleeps now:)

  13. Happy New Year and hoping you will manage to reduce your wip list with plenty of beautiful finishes ;)

  14. Good luck with your plans for this year. Nice design you have chosen for your friend.

  15. I love your "unrealistic stitching goals"! Good luck with them all! I'll look forward to seeing your progress this year--hoping to see one of those bassets pop up...

  16. Wonderful list and I look forward to all of your progress :)


Thanks for any comments!

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