Friday, January 27, 2012

Been bad. Been busy. Been grumpy. Been accomplishful... no, not so much.

Hello world.  I was going to be so much better in 2012.  I was going to:
1.  post at least once a week (and mostly twice)
2.  adventurously (and against my better judgement) sally forth into the Crazy January Challenge
3.  not care so much about stupidity in global corporations (well, one particular global corp)
4.  read  a lot
5.  stitch a lot
6.  finish a bunch of WIPs
7.  become a better person
8.  cure the common cold
9.  stop buying so much stash

Progress thus far:
#4 -- going pretty well
#1-3 and 5-9 -- not so good

So now that we've covered my failures in brief.   Maybe I ought to share some of my more picturesque downfalls.  Let's talk WIPs, shall we?    It's not like I lacked for them coming into 2012, afterall I had plenty going in to 2011 (and 2010, and 2009, and 2008, etc.), but apparently I thought I needed more therefore:

Lsat week I started:

and after spending a traditional evening switching colors I have made it this far:

Yes, I did pull all belle Soies for this.   I can't help it;  they're yummy!

I've been maing some progress on my Ladies Day --

That purple dress is alternating rows of Belle Soie "Princess" and DMC and I love it almost as much as I love that pot next to her.

Just this week I made startling progress on my VBeatrix Potter.  She's all the way to here now --

See that bottom, central brown motif?

Yup, that one.  Since before Christmas I have finished the left-hand side of that.  No.  Honest.  Ok, you can stop laughing now.  Yeah, yeah, with progress like that I'll never set the stitching world on fire.  I know.  I know.  Two-three more years and I'll be done!

But hey, I've been sooooo busy on other things (not)...

This LHN ornie was goint great guns until about an hour into my flight to Washington, DC on December 17th and hasn't seen the light of day since.

This Prairie Schooler ornie got started before Christmas and also hasn't see the light of day since:

But, since I'm never one to be disuaded by undone projects, I simply had to start some more new things like this needlepoint ornie:

And this stocking which is for the lettest nephew -- it will primarily be done by his grandmother (my sister).  I'm just getting it started and then I'll hop i nto finish the background:

My sister and I have this lovely arrangement.  You know how I feel about "fiddly bits" (you know those patterns that require constant color changes and such?   Well she like that.  She says it keeps her from being bored.  Well, she's putting in the penguins and I'll do the background -- works out just fine for me.

So let's see, if I start the Crazy January Challenge late I can already claim new starts of: 
1.  penguin stocking
2.  cocoa needlepoint
3.  Virtue's Ways
and I could swear there were a couple more.  Then again, I could just be thinking of all the stash I've been hauling in.  That will ahve to wait for another day.... sorry.

Happy stitching to all, and may your 2012 resolutions be going better than mine are!


Margaret said...

Hey, at least you're reading alot. lol! I love all your stitchy projects. Everyone needs more WIPs too!

Beth Pearce said...

Funny,I was going to start my comment just like Margaret, so what she said. And, I was also going to say that you stitched pieces are really coming along fine, but that probably isn't right. What I can say is that I love all the different styles and choices you make in your WIP's. You really are not one to stitch in a design rut. And whenever I come to your blog my desire to needlepoint again gets a little push, but I am doing my best to ignore it.

barbara said...

Love your list and am totally cracking up at how similar we are!

Ruth said...

On the plus side you are flying at no 4. I 1. never make resolutions, why make what you know your not going to keep and 2. concentrate on the positive..your reading oodles and oodles, now thats no bad thing. Love your projects both new and old and I'm sure they'll all get done.

Thoeria said...

LOL .... as always your post had me in stitches (the laughing kind not the know...stitchy kind!) Your wips are coming along - that's something!

Lesleyanne said...

Your wips are looking great. I don't make resolutions and then I can't fail them lol. Great post - made me laugh.

Siobhán said...

I just sent you a friend request on Good Reads but don't feel bad if you don't accept! LOL I prefer GR to FB and that sort of thing--much more my speed!

I figure, as long as you're enjoying yourself, that's what matters. I am the worst at picking goals and then doing nothing, just because I thrive on being awkward. Love all of your projects!

Carol said...

I hear you, Ruth! I've been spending more time reading this year and playing with my iPad... but that's not so bad... There are worse things, right :)

But, you're getting some great stitching done even if you wish it were more...

Shelleen said...

Everything looks great. Now I can't wait to see some finishes lol.

Joysze said...

The year is young. :D WIPs look beautiful.

Always smiling said...

What a variety of lovely stitching you are doing. I managed to stitch Beatrix in the year but it was touch and go whether I would finish! Keep stitching you can do it!!
Chris xx

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your Ladies Day!!! Never seen it before. Sounds like you have the prefect deal with your sister... ;o)

Paisley said...

Well, one out of nine isn't bad. And it's early yet. You might still find a cure for the common cold.

Gillie said...

Mm, I read a lot too but did get my 15 started, but not much more. My only resolution was to walk every day, and I have. The WT would have loved you to cure the common cold, oh well!

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