Lucy Heaton's Wise Men
Here's my first finish of February. It's from a Lucie Heaton Nativity Set. The set was intended for use as Christmas cards, but I will be making ornaments or small flat folds - I haven't decided yet.
This doesn't decrease my WIPs yet - I still have to finish the angels from this set. Then, I will be able to cross another one off my list. I am going to try to finish the angels before I move on in my rotation.
Mother Maya by Ink Circles is next up on the docket. I am looking forward to working on it for a bit.
Alphabet Book Review and Giveaway
This giveaway is now closed - Janet Stanko is the winner - Congrats Janet!
Here's a brief review of Leisure Arts Sports Alphabets to Cross Stitch (Designs by Kristi Bryant). This book of sports-themed alphabets includes ten themed alphabets and one plain alphabet set. Sports represented include: Soccer, Volleyball, Bowling, Golf, Baseball, Tennis, Basketball, Hockey, and Football. Also included is a Bouncy Ball alphabet and a Football Star and a general sports-themed birth announcement to personalize. Each alphabet set includes an upper and lower case set of letters. The upper case alphabets range in height from 22 stitches tall (Golf) to several sets of 17 stitch high. Lower case alphabets range from 14 stitches tall (Football) to 20 (Golf).
There are also 2 blank pages of graph paper included as well as two pages of basic cross-stitch instructions. Some small motifs like a helmet, tennis racket, mitt and ball are included too. This book would be great for anyone who has a child involved in sports. It would also be great for sports fans who want to personalize towels, shirts or other items.
Now for the giveaway: Enter by posting which sport listed is your favorite in the comments. A winner will be selected using the random number generator on January 31, 2017 and notified on February 1, 2017.
Note: This post contains an affiliate link. If you purchase the book I may receive a small portion of the proceeds.
January WIPocalypse Check In
I started the month with 27 regular WIPs and ended up with 24.
This month I worked on the following projects:
Heads Up by Prarie Schooler (finished the rest of the designs in the leaflet)
Holy Family (still a WIP)
Joan Elliot's March Birthday Fairy (finished)
Ink Circles Kaleidoscope (still a WIP)
Le Chat Noir (finished)
Amy from Brooke's Books Little Women Series (finished)
I don't count my projects for my Etsy shop as part of my regular WIPs, but I did want to report what I worked on this month.
Insomniac Interval (started and finished this month)
Pepper's Portal (started and finished this month)
Gee Whiz Ten (started - will be an ongoing WIP)
Destiny's Path (kitted up to start next)
To see photos of these projects, just scroll back through the last few blog posts.
When I first posted this I forgot to speak on this month's topic - "What SALs are you participating in this year?"
I am participating in the WIPocalypse sponsored by Measi's Musings. I am still working on the Snowflower Diaries SAL that I started last year. I am also continuing the Brooke's Books Advent Animals. I have not started a new SAL this year, but I am sponsoring the 2017 Rainbow SAL here on this site. Get the info about it here.
Amy is DONE
I have a finish! And it takes me down to 24 current WIPs. I completed Amy from Little Women last night. Now I am done with all four of these designs from Brooke's Books. The Little Women were fun to stitch, but to be honest I am glad to be done with Amy because she had lots of pink and white and some of the pinks were so close to the same it was hard to keep track of which one I was stitching with. But I think she turned out very nicely and I am looking forward to finishing this project as a wall hanging - one of these days. Right now it goes in the stack of projects waiting to become FFOs (fully finished projects).
Next up in my rotation is a Nativity project from Lucie Heaton. It is by far the cutest project in my rotation because it has little kids dressed up presenting scenes from the nativity. I hope to finish this project and get down to 23 WIPs but time will tell.
A Finish and a WIP
Here's my latest finish and the next WIP in my rotation. I finished up Pepper's Portal from the Connie Gee's Designs Etsy shop. It was a very enjoyable stitch. I used one strand of DMC and one strand of Kreinik blending filament which made it a little fiddly, but once I got into a rhythm I didn't find it difficult to deal with the filament at all. It adds so much delightful sparkle - too bad it doesn't show up in the photo.
Next up in my rotation is Brooke's Books Amy from her Once Upon a Stitch series of the Little Women series. This was always a favorite book from my childhood and I have already stitched Meg, Jo, and Beth. I can't wait to display the "girls" in my bedroom when I am done.
Connie G. Barwick
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