Monday, December 31, 2012

Last update of 2012

I mut admit, it's been a pretty good stitching year. It's very likely that because of all the pressure from participating in the Ultimate Crazy January Challenge, I not only got a lot of projects done but I stayed more focused than usual. Only 2 new starts outside of the challenge, and I finished both of those this year as well.

I am not participating in any challenges this year. No CJC, no TUSAL, no WIPocalypse. Just me and my stitching. I might join in on the occasional IHSW (International Hermit and Stitch Weekend), but only if it fits my schedule. I want to stitch with no pressure or constraints this year.

I still have a lot of projects on the go, so I'm going to spend most of 2013 working on getting that pile down to a more respectable (and manageable) size. I've divided my pile of projects into WIPs and UFOs. I'm just going to ignore the UFOs for now and not feel guilty about it. Instead, I'm going to try to finish a few of my bigger WIPs. I've decided to concentrate on Cirque des Carreaux (Ink Circles), Elizabeth (Mirabilia), Rules For Life (Kincavel Krosses), QS Blue Butterfly (HAED), and of course, Drama Queen (custom).

WIP Goals:

  • Complete 3 pages of Drama Queen.
  • Finish all other WIPs.

Don't think for a moment though that I won't be adding a few new starts into the mix! I have several new starts planned, but I am going to try and restrain myself and not start any more HAEDs (expect for QS Mystic Garden for the HAED BB SAL).

I really do want to start another HAED ... must resist!! (Though I will likely keep buying charts. I just love OWNING such pretty things!)

New Start Goals:

  • Start QS Mystic Garden and complete at least 1 page.
  • Start and finish Ice Blossoms (Just Nan).
  • Start and finish Tribal Butterfly (Sparklies) in rainbow colours for my mom.
  • Start Ciara Blue (Blackwork Journey).

I know I'm a little nuts for thinking I can finish so many "big" projects in one year, but I'll at least give it a good try. There is lots of variety and I'm going to stagger the new starts throughout the year, so I can revel in the excitement of planning and starting.

I do have some last minute progress to show you as well. During the last few days, I've put in some time on Cirque des Carreaux, and have managed to finish page 2 (and a little bit more)! 

It's looking good I think. :) Time to switch off to Drama Queen for a bit and get to work on some of those 2013 goals. 

I'm going to try implementing a small rotation for my projects. To start, I'm going to rotate a full page on Cirque with half a page of Drama Queen. Once I start QS Mystic Garden on January 4th, I'll add that in as a 1/4 page after every half page of DQ. Once I get used to that (and make some decent progress) then I'll add in some other projects. We'll see how well this works. It took close to 9 months to get over the 'switching bug' I got from all those starts in January. It's a miracle I can focus on any one project for more than two days.

Thanks for reading, commenting, and encouraging me during 2012. I really do appreciate it. Here's to a stitchy new year!


  1. Sounds like a nice rotation. And good luck on reaching your 2013 goals.

  2. Good Luck with your goals for 2013. They may be ambitious, but we go nowhere without laying a path first. Can't wait to see what you accomplish! Happy New Year :)

  3. Good luck with your 2013 goals and rotation Adrienne.

    Happy New Year

  4. The stitching is beautiful.
    Good luck for 2013.

  5. I love your plans! I'll be a happy watcher to cheer you on all year long. I'm sure you'll have lots of finishes.