I’m so close to finishing Reflections of London! I’m really digging into it and I’m on the last part, the last corner. I keep reminding myself “this is the last landmark” as in, I just finished the last Big Ben in the pattern. I want to finish it by the new year because I ordered myself a Christmas present:
The Frosted Pumpkin’s Happily ever After kit! (I went with Aida fabric) The floss and fabric came today! I’ve seen a lot of progress pics of FP kits but this is my first try. So adorable. Plus! How easy is it to stitch one little section a month? I’ll still have lots of time to finish other projects.

Package!! Pick for scale.
Package!! Pick for scale.
How cute is this?!
How cute is this?!
They even sent a thread holder! And a hand written note! That's amazing.
They even sent a thread holder! And a hand written note! That’s amazing.
All the floss was organized so perfectly…*sigh*
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Do you make resolutions? I do. I try to make them manageable anymore, more like goals I can work on. I always strive to learn more spanish every year and I did make a lot of progress this year with Fluent Forever and the Leitner Box system. I will start that daily system in 2017 and continue learning ASL. I’ll practice both! (That goal is harder) The only other one is to finish as many cross stitch WIPs as I can. If that means one or two small ones or even only one epic project, that totally counts. A finish is a finish!
This was from Saturday...
This was from Saturday…it’s the top left corner in the next picture…
And from last night! Woot!
And from last night! Woot!

Only 11 more to go. Then onto backstitch…but one thing at a time. ;-)

Finishing up the left side
Finishing up the left side
It’s harder to stitch this at night with the navy fabric, but it’s very nice to stitch on next to a sunny window.

Dimensions Gold Collection: Petites, #65038
Finally finished! Woohoo! I’m a little tired of yellows and browns now.
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Now I’ll keep working on Reflections of London, the Doctor sampler, and a kit of bright-colored butterflies.

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.