The Frosted Pumpkin’s 2017 Happily Ever After SAL:

I changed a little on Sleeping Beauty: I didn’t stitch the “lamp”/whatever or the stars. I put in little fairies instead and made the cat black, after mine.

I know I babble a lot about new projects and I’m so excited blahblahpromisesblahblah. So, starting now and into 2018, I’m going to work on focusing. On everything. I don’t need to do everything all the time! It’s been tough, honestly, I’m so used to multi-tasking I get lost in things and forget to appreciate them.

I thought the best cross stitch to finish this year (2018) and focus on would be The Mighty Samurai by Dimensions Gold. I bought this kit…geez…15-20 years ago?? It was my biggest goal, my unicorn. I got this far in it on 2004 (see below) and picked it up today. It’s such a lovely pattern; the colors, blending, etc. Way back when we watched a bunch of Toshiro Mifune movies and I did the work in the pic. I named this guy Toshiro because naming things comes naturally. ;-)

Hopefully the first of many WIP pics…

I’m going to take this to the in-laws for Christmas eve/Christmas gatherings along with my kindle.

And nothing else. No knitting, crochet, two more books, my planner, etc etc etc. I need to slow my brain down and focusing should help that, plus I get to work on my most anticipated project! I’ve had this guy on my mind for so long…what a relief to concentrate on it. Speaking of, I’m trying to only read one book at a time too! Ugh so hard!! But I foudn some cool looking ones by Clive Barker, the (or “my”) master of the terrifying horror novel. I blew through Hellbound Heart this week and just started The Scarlet Gospels. Since most of his work was published in the UK, it’s hard to find copies here, especially on Kindle. So I may have to visit my friendly neighborhood bookstore for more once I finish Scarlet Gospels.

Anyway, babbles over. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and if nothing else, a boring one or even better, a warm and relaxing one! Remember you are loved and it’s always ok to believe in a little magic.

It’s here!! I had to wait for 12:00PT to get the pattern, so I organized everything. It’s one of my favorite parts of a project, honestly. I’m so chuffed about the stitch organizer they sent and my little Yoshi egg needle minder (from P).

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The first pattern is for January, (the Owl and the Pussycat!), plus the entire border and center motif. I found it easier to stitch the center motif first then go to the first Monty’s pattern. After watching lots of Game of Thrones episodes and a couple movies, as well as taking this with me everywhere I’m this far:

I’m working on the Dr sampler, too. I decided I’ll add the backstitch as I go as well. I’m working on a page at a time. There is a lot going on so I think if I just do one page at a time, including the backstitching, I won’t get overwhelmed or bored. I usually backstitch everything last, so we’ll see how this goes.

Everything so far!
Been working on the scarf and sonic screwdriver. I love the pizza slice needle minder.

Monthly progress pics! I take them as often as I can remember…I love the color scheme of the border and the fabric is so soft. I’m having so. much. fun.

woohoo! I think I’ll add the border as I go. I don’t have the energy or the time to do it all right now!

I think I’ll go over the stars with some rayon thread to make them pop out a little better. Onto February!

P.S. Sorry about the hiatus. You know how it is, life gets busy, and some things have to wait, like blogging. ;-) Hope you are having fun stitching something too!

I got into the planner craze in 2016, big time. I mean, it’s what us 90s kids used to do back in the day, right? So it was easy to fall back into the habit. I still have my DayPlanner from 1997 because it was awesome. I even used it as a purse, I was so cool. I’ve always been the kind of person to remember more if I write it down. A lot of people use their phones, and I do too, but mostly for the calendar reminders. All the fun stuff goes in the planner. Add colorful pens, cute washi tape, and so! many! stickers! It puts me right over the moon.

Buckle up, this is gonna be a big post with lots of planner love and pictures!

I had been using a notebook at work for a long time because it was a nice, easy, and super effective way to keep everything organized. I never used fancy stuff like stickers in it though. Mom gave me a couple of her old school (haha she was a teacher get it) lesson planners that are organized by class and week. I love the size and the layout, so I used it for the 5 working days of the week. Once I left my job, I didn’t want to waste the notebook, plus it’s what I got used to by that point. So I’ve been playing around with layouts and styles, still weekly, and now I’ve been working on getting the next notebook ready for 2017! I filled up the old one so this time I got to plan it out better. I am a pinterest qween, so I pin a lot of cool ideas and inspirations for the planner there, including lettering ideas. (I’m totally going to get into hand lettering, but that’s another post for another day.)

I made a list of what pages I wanted and got those started by writing/drawing the titles. Here’s what I have so far. I put working pages in the back of the book so I can add more as needed. Index is in the front along with a quick reference page – I’m even numbering the pages for this reason. I think I’ll be able to get more than one year in here, which would be pretty nice.

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…you get the idea.

Other supplies! Fun stuff!

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I have a subscription to PipSticks and if you love some sticker awesomeness, you should look into it! They have every kind of sticker you remember and love, as well as some new fabulous designs I’ve never seen before. This little sticker pack is a ray of sunshine once a month in my mailbox.

It helps immensely that I got a new desk over the holiday break. It was my grandpa’s desk! I remember sitting at it and reading comic books when I was a kid, way back when we’d drive to across the west to their place for Christmas. Those were very good days.
This winter we went full tilt and reorganized/cleaned out the office. Our office is our main “adult” space that the kids don’t get to play in, so you can imagine how much we’ve squirrelled away over the years we’ve lived here (thirteen years already?). I found stuff from high school for pete’s sake…anyway, we got a bookcase to hold the stuff that is usually piled on my desk, to make room for the new one. I’m focused on keeping it nice and neat this time. Everything I use is within reach now! What a concept.

I hope the new year treats you well! I’m hopeful and I personally plan to make my 2017 as colorful and fun as possible.

I finished it last week!

I used a pale pink hand dyed Aida and DMC 413 (pewter grey)
I used a pale pink hand dyed Aida and DMC 413 (pewter grey)
Here is the link to the shop again. It’s a delightful rabbit hole of awesome cross stitch patterns! I have a few more from her to get to someday.

My Frosted Pumpkin SAL starts on January 15, so I have until then to finish another WIP, the Yei I started in 2013.
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Honestly, I hope to finish it by New Year’s day! Whew! What a great way to end the year! I am working on my planner for 2017 and have a whole page dedicated to cross stitch WIPs, so I can keep track of what I’m working on. I’m already using it and it has helped a bunch. More on planning soon…

And Happy Thanksgiving!
We watched the last four episodes of Hannibal last night and I made a lot of progress on the Golden Puppy! I finally feel like it’s going downhill, you know? I just have to fill in the head with one more color and finish the half stitches in the corner. Easy peasy.
So I started this one in December 2008, which was before I got big into knitting and crochet. I lost the original pattern and emailed Dimensions about getting a new one. They sent me one for free a couple weeks later! That was in January 2014. I kept putting it away and forgetting about it until this year. I didn’t know what to do with it when it was finished (which makes a difference in my motivation for finishing something), until I gave up on Man’s Best Friend. ta-da! I had almost come to terms with finishing it next year, but after last night I really think I can finish it by Christmas.
woohoo!

from early November
from early November
And from last night!
And from last night!
I also found the butterfly project at the bottom of a project case, under the Dr Who sampler. I did one more butterfly. I’ll make this the next portable project after the puppy is finished.
tiny purple guy near the top
tiny purple guy near the top

Oh, wait. I should probably clarify what I mean by “portable”. I think there are three kinds of cross stitch projects: portable, average, and epic. Portable projects are anything 5×7″ or smaller that can fit into a small tin or pencil box. I can fit them in my jacket or bag, no problem and aren’t too fussy (lots of color changes, blended thread, beads, special stitches, etc). Average is anything that isn’t too big or too fussy to carry around wherever. I use a makeup bag from Thirty-One to carry a few projects at a time and it’s super convenient. Dr Who sampler and Reflections of London are in that bag, along with most of my supplies.
Epic, on the other hand, are not portable. They come with dozens of thread colors, multiple thread blending combos and many pages of patterns. My epics are mostly Dimension Gold kits (like Mighty Samurai) but a lot of people are into Heaven and Earth Designs or Cross Stitch Collectibles. I think these are epic in size alone, even if most of them don’t have more than cross stitches (no special stitches or attachments like beads).
Since I’ve been flying through these old WIPs, I can’t help but think about my samurai. His name is Toshiro, btw. You know you’re a goner when you name something. ;-) I have the Dr sampler to finish too. At least that one is fairly portable. Toshi is not.
I digress.

I hope you have a wonderful day full of loved ones and good food. I hope you treat yo self to something nice, because you deserve it! Not just on holidays, every day, any day. You’re awesome!
Thanks for reading! More stitch madness soon!

P.S. I’m planning a few changes to the blog starting next year: planners, book reviews, lots of rambling, and lots more cross stitch adventures.
P.P.S. Been working on London too, when I get tired of yellow thread.

Almost out of thread again! I think this is my third skein of DMC 413. One more should do it.
Almost out of thread again! I think this is my third skein of DMC 413. One more should do it.