Thursday, March 4, 2021

March and April 2021 plans


As most of my long-time readers know, I am an accountant in Canada.  Our Personal "Tax Season" has a NORMAL deadline of Apirl 30th.  This means March and April are CRAZY BUSY for me.

Some years are better, but with COVID, I have really not slowed down from last year this time.

So... I am grouping March and April plans in one post, and I may not update until the first week of May
This will hopefully take some stress off of a hobby that is one of my 2 stress relievers (Stitching and now Knitting)

I'm also keeping my plans very minimal

1.    Ink Circles Day

I am still planning on doing a minimum of 2 hours on an Ink Circles on Sundays.  I will concentrate on Henna, but may pull Castle Walls out as well

2.     Jardin de Plaisir

        This will be my main WIP that I will pick up.  No pressure on how much, just to enjoy it.

3.    Peppermint Purple SAL

        I would like to catch up and stay caught up on the rectangle version.

Other considerations:  I also try and make some progress on my ornaments, but not going to stress about it.

If you would like to see more current updates, I will be updating my Instagram account more frequently

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

February 2021 update


Recap of my February Plans

  1. Ink Circles Day (Currently Sundays) - all weeks done
  2. Page 2 on Jardin De Plaisir - nope
  3. Progress on Winter Snowfall - nope
  4. Ornament - started but not done
  5. Keep up with Rectangle version on Peppermint Purple SAL - nope
As you can see, February was a bit of a bust.  Work has been insane already and I’ve been too tired when I get home at night

More details:

1.    Ink Circles Sundays. 

I only worked on Castle walls on Feb 7.  The rest of the month I worked on Henna Mandala

2. Jardin de Plaisir 

I was hoping to get page 2 done, but no luck.

Here is where I did get to

3. Winter snowfall

I was hoping to make some progress but it didn’t get any love.  Here is where I ended in January 

4. Ornament

Again, not done.  I did start it though.  Ornament 2 from the Shannon Christine Ornament club

5. Peppermint Purple SAL

I wanted to keep up with my rectangle version, but haven’t touched since week 6


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Mid Month Update - February 2021

Recap of my February Plans

  1. Ink Circles Day (Currently Sundays)
  2. Jardin De Plaisir
  3. Winter Snowfall
  4. Ornament
  5. Peppermint Purple SAL

How its going:

1.    Ink Circles Sundays. 
    • Feb 7 - Worked on Castle Walls
    • Feb 14 - Worked on Henna Mandala

2.    Jardin De Plaisir
    • Making progress on Page 2

3.    Winter Snowfall
    • No progress made yet    
4.    Ornament
    • Started Feb 11th       

5.    Peppermint Purple SAL
    • I got weeks 5 & 6 done on the rectangle version


Monday, February 1, 2021

February 2021 plans

 I don’t want to make too many plans for February due to work.

1.    Ink Circles Day (Sundays atm) 

I plan to stitch on Henna Mandala and Castle Walls on Sundays 

2.    Jardin De Plaisir

I would like to finish page 2 in February 

3. Winter Snowfall

I would like to see a bit of progress but putting a set amount on it

4. Stitch an ornament 

I plan to start the 2nd ornament in the series from Shannon Christine

5. Keep up with the Peppermint Purple SAL

This plan only includes the rectangle version.  If I can keep up with The square version, that would be a bonus. 







Sunday, January 31, 2021

January 2021 update

 Where the heck did January go?!?

To recap, here was my January plans:

My January Plans

1. Start Jardin de Plaisir from Long Dog Samplers

2. Join Christin for Ink Circles day once a week (For January we are doing Sundays)

3. Stitch an ornament

4. Start the Peppermint Purple SAL

5. Take part in the #24HOCS event in January (can I get to 24 Hrs??) and start Winter Snowfall (also with Christin)

How it went:

1. I did start Jardin and have managed to get page one done

2. I managed to be 5/5 for Ink Circles day

Jan 3rd - Dragons of Sumatra

Jan 10, 17, 24, 31 - Henna Mandala 

3. As reported in my mid month update, I did get an ornament done

4. I started both versions of the Peppermint Purple SAL.  Bothe are caught up to week 4.

5. I managed to do very well with the #24HOCS and managed to get all 24 hours in!

I switched up projects, but did manage to start Winter Snowfall (Shannon Christine)


All in all I managed to stitch 28 out of the 31 days (even if just for a bit).  The other days I knit, so I say this was a win!

I also accomplished all my plans

Let’s hope February is as productive 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Mid Month Update - January 2021


We are in a new year, but some things are still the same.
I hope you all are coping with this crazy world as much as you can!

I hope to blog more often this year, but don't want to set myself with a schedule I can't keep.  So trying to at least month a month, and also trying for a mid-month post when I can.

My January Plans

1. Start Jardin de Plaisir from Long Dog Samplers

2. Join Christin for Ink Circles day once a week (For January we are doing Sundays)

3. Stitch an ornament

4. Start the Peppermint Purple SAL

5. Take part in the #24HOCS event in January (can I get to 24 Hrs??) and start Winter Snowfall (also with Christin)

How it is going:

1. I did start Jardin de Plaisir.  I'm loving this project, and hope to continue to show it love through the rest of January

2. So far I'm 3/3 for weekends.  My plan is to stitch a minimum of 2 hrs each Sunday on an Ink Circles pattern.

  • Jan 3rd - Dragons of Sumatra (No pic... oops)
  • Jan 10th - Henna Mandala
  • Jan 17th - Henna Mandala

3. My January ornament is finished

This is from Shannon Christine’s Ornament Club

4. I actually started 2 versions of the Peppermint Purple SAL.  I'm doing the rectangle version in the charted colours (I love Clare's use of colour).  I decided I really like the square version too, but wanted a different colour scheme.  I went to Stitch Pallets and found a pic that I loved to inspire me.

Rectangle version - charted dmc

Square version - own colours

4. The first 24 hours of Cross Stitch marathon is this weekend.  I took Friday off to get an early start :)  I will be posting lost of updates on Instagram this weekend if you want to follow my progress.

Other stuff:

I'm also attempting TUSAL this year again
Here are my orts up to January 13th

Friday, January 1, 2021

2020 in review and 2021 plans



I got a fancy new ORT container in the summer, and I adore it.  I wanted something different and I think I accomplished that.

Here are my ORTS for the year

To follow my tradition, I also made them into an ornament

2019 WIPS

I started the year with 14 WIPS.
1 was completed (Tapestry) and 2 were removed (Prickly and Mini Monsters)
The following will continue onto 2021
  1. Canada Sampler (2017 WIP)
  2. Fantasy Triptych (2017 WIP)
  3. Dragons of Sumatra (2018 WIP)
  4. Sneek (2018 WIP)
  5. Death by Cross Stitch (2018 WIP)
  6. Shakespeare's Fairies 
  7. Zen Garden
  8. Templar Prophecy
  9. The Red & The Black II
  10. Words to Live by
  11. Castle Walls
2020 Starts and Finishes

I started 12 new projects in 2020 including 5 ornaments
I finished 7 and one was removed
The following continue onto 2021
  1. Worker Bees
  2. Starburst
  3. Celtic Band Sampler
  4. Henna Mandala
This leaves me with 15 current WIPS, which I am perfectly okay with.  However, I would like to see even a couple of the 2017/2018 WIPS get completed.

2021 Plans

My January 1st start is picked and all ready to go.  This will be done with a few friends again.  I love this tradition we have!

I also plan to do the Peppermint Purple 2021 SAL.  I am doing this one in the same style as 2020 (rectangle) and with the called for DMC.  After Clare released the framework, I am now thinking I may do both as the square is amazing.

I would like to get back to doing the monthly ornaments again.  Shannon Christine released a SAL in October called the Cross Stitch Ornament Club.  I have them all kitted and planned to start them right away.  That did not happen, so I'm now planning on using them for 2021 ornaments.  There were 10 released and a few freebies, so the numbers are perfect!

Something else I would like to get back to doing monthly is the Words to Live by Project.  I was doing well with this until COVID and tax season struck (not sure who to blame, but money is on both).  So will see how the months go and maybe I can have this one done in 2021!

I would love to say I'm going to keep up with my blog in 2021, but I just don't know what this year will bring.  I know I would love to do the weekly updates, but for now i'm going to try and do at least a monthly update... fingers crossed.  If you are on Instagram, I do post much more frequently.