Wednesday, January 03, 2018

New Year, New Start

After taking the entire month of December off from stitching and blogging, it's time to start again. We had a great month of parties, baking, eating, family, gifts, Amazon Prime deliveries then ended with me catching a cold and generally feeling run down. So I spent NYE and Day at home, watching football and the Rose Parade, and starting a new stitching project.

This is Promise of Spring by Silver Creek Samplers. I think this is my first project by this designer. I like the alphabet and the sentiment to remind me that these gray days will become bright, sunny, and warm again. I've chosen to stitch with DMC rather than the GAST threads called for and am using a 32 ct Picture This Plus linen in Dapple. Promise of Spring is not a large design, so I should be able to finish it up quickly - for me.

Speaking of finishes, I had a pretty good number of them in 2017, fifteen in all.

1. A Spot of Winter - The Drawn Thread
2. Joyful World SAL, December - Snowflower Diaries
3. Blossoms and Blackbirds - LHN
4. Be Mind - Hands on Designs
5. L-O-V-E - Hands on Designs
6. Daisy Sampler - CCN
7. Springtime - Victoria Sampler by Cathy Jean
8. Hello Spring - Plum Street Samplers
9. Happy Birthday Sampler - Victoria Sampler
10. Pure Love - Snowflower Diaries
11. Spirit of Christmas #1 - Lizzie Kate
12. Spot of Autumn - The Drawn Thread
13. Peace - Blackbird Designs
14. Coffee Quaker - Heartstring Samplery
15. Spirit of Christmas #2 - Lizzie Kate

As for goals for 2018, I'll just take things as they come.

So here we go into 2018. May God grant us all health and peace.


Karyn said...

Happy New Year Von!
I'm glad to hear that you are feeling better, it sure seems like so many were down with the bug this past holiday season. All the crazy weather, I think.
Beautiful start on "The Promise of Spring," and I am looking forward to it's progress...I just love the color and name of your fabric, "Dapple.
Your finishes list is awesome, congratulations on 15!

Vickie said...

What a nice sampler. Super fabric! Glad you are back. I have a lingering cold too. :(
Hope we both have a great year!!

Barb said...

I was getting concerned about you Von, but I do know how very bust December can be. I love your new start, just perfect for this time of year. I look at my budding hellebores every day or so.

Robin in Virginia said...

Happy New Year, Von! I hope you are feeling much better and have kicked the cold to the curb. I really like your new start. What a gorgeous piece of fabric you are stitching it on. Congratulations on your 2017 finishes! I wish you many stitching in 2018.

Mary said...

Happy New Year! Glad to hear you are back stitching after your hiatus. Sweet design for this dreary time of year...

Julie said...

A cold here too...sending this germ free!
Nice list of finishes and such a pretty new start for this year.
Happy New Year

Carol said...

Happy New Year! Hope your health issues are gone by now...

What a pretty piece you are stitching--I have never stitched that designer either, but I do like her work. And congratulations on a great stitchy year! It was fun following along and I look forward to what springs from your needle in 2018!

diamondc said...

Hi Von: I am so happy to hear you are better, it sucks being ill during the holidays.
I love this design, we live here in Minnesota, it seems winter last forever.


Anna van Schurman said...

I do like this one. I bought it at the 2016 Strawberry Sampler stitch in that featured a trunk show by the designer. But I started 47 Hearts instead. Someday... Yours looks very pretty!

Marilyn said...

A great start, love the fabric.
You've accomplished some nice stitcheries the past year.
Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy New year!

RJ said...

Happy New Year Von. Glad you are feeling better. We took some time away from blogging too and now we are excited to get going again. Sometimes we need that time away to really enjoy stitching to it's full enjoyment.

Love your new stitch and know it will be wonderful when it is done. RJ