End of 2016 Wrap Up....

Back in May I lost my stitchy bug and it still hasn't fully returned.  I've kept the stitchy embers alive by working  a few stitches here and there over the last 7 months on "Now I Lay Me..." by Paragon Needlecraft  (a stamped cross stitch) I finally finished it Nov. 26.

I've also been binge watching FlossTube and have discovered that I really like watching the male stitchers and their perspective on stitching.

As for the SALs, WIPocalypse and TUSAL, I'm undecided if I'm going to continue with them in 2017, it all depends on how I feel (mentally) at the end of January.

I'm also undecided if I'm going to keep "My BAP Blog" as I haven't really posted anything to it and what's the point of having two blogs when I can barely keep up with one.

I suppose I should answer the WIPocalypse questions I missed and show a snap of my Orts for the year 2016.
June 20 – Topic:  Do you find yourself more productive with stitching in summer or winter?  Neither really, I stitch incredibly slow no matter what time of the year it is.
July 19 – Topic: (two options) If you are participating in the Olympic Challenge, tell us about your plans – which type of challenge you’ve selected, the pieces you’ll be stitching on, etc.  If you are not participating in the challenge, tell us how this year’s stitching is going for you so far, and if you’re meeting your stitching goals so far for the year.  I didn't participate in the challenge and I didn't have any goals this year to meet.
August 18 – Topic:  Have you ever read any fictional books that involve embroidery?  If so, give us some recommendations?
Yes! - A needlecraft mystery series by Monica Ferris.  It's about a woman who owns a LNS that's an amateur detective.
September 16 – Topic:  Tell us a story about the journey you took through one of your completed pieces.   It's the piece that's pictured above.  I started it sometime between 1966 and 1970 (12 yrs. old).  After losing interest in it after the lettering was done I put it away and ended up losing the instructions and the thread.  In June 2004 I found it again on Ebay in unopened condition and purchased it for $4.99.  I started it again Sept. 4, 2015 and finished it Nov. 26, 2016.
October 16 – Topic:  What online stitching communities do you enjoy? 
Facebook's Teresa Wentzler and Heaven and Earth Designs Communities, and FlossTube.
November 14 – Topic:  What pattern (or designer) is on your must-try-to-stitch bucket list? HAED's A Stitch In Time by Aimee Stewart
December 14 – Theme: Recap your accomplishments for the year! (Your finishes, your final before/after photos, etc).   Only one finish (see above).
And last but not least....  My Orts for 2016.
Here's hoping that everyone has a Happy New Year and a better 2017.....

Slow as a snail stitcher....

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Windy Rainy May WIPocalypse

Greetings fellow WIP stitchers!  I'm afraid to say I haven't accomplished much this last month when it comes to stitching.  My health issues keep annoying me (read as... so fatigued I can't get out of bed for days).   Anyway I hunted around for something small from my WIP pile to work on and pulled out my "Bikers Vest Patch".  It's been a choke! 1year 5months long time since it's seen the light of day.  I managed some more green and got as far as the gray in the tapestry needle this time around.  Speaking of "around" I really must get a rotational schedule printed out and stick to it.



And now for our favorite part of the show --- this month's topic question.

May 21 – Topic:  What were you stitching this time last year and have you finished it? (via Jo)
The short answer is: I haven't a clue and probably not.
So I went to my trusty blog archive list and checked the date one year ago.  And the answer is...... Mother Skunk and Babies, and no it's still a WIP.

I will be scheduling this to auto post at 6am Saturday as I will be gutting this computer for its 3 year cleaning Thursday night.  If everything goes as planned I should be up and running by Saturday evening.

That's it for this blog blurb. 

Slow as a snail stitcher....

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A Very Short Book Review

The Truth About Leo (Noble, #4)The Truth About Leo by Katie MacAlister
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

If you need a book to help you fall asleep this book will do it. That's about all it has going for it.

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Rainy May TUSAL

What you see in the beaker is from several weeks ago.  I haven't stitched anymore on Pegasus and Butterflies since my Wipocalypse post last month.  Let's just say my chronic fatigue and other health issues have gotten worse. 

On a brighter note HAED started their 20% off Mother's Day Sale today.  I put in my order for max color floss kit for "A Stitch in Time" by Aimee Stewart
 along with a mouse pad of the same image and a package of John James petite size 28 needles.  I was rather disappointed in the percentage off; usually it's at least 30%.  I think what really bummed me out was that any kind of savings was eaten up in the kitting fee they charged ($18.00us).  From now on I'm going to be using Michaels store coupons for floss. As for my order, I have no idea when my stuff will get here, I'm still waiting on the "The Addicts Box - Evenweave" package I bought in the middle of last month.

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April WIPocalypse

Greetings all, I took a look at the WIP list on my website and picked this project to work on. "Pegasus and Butterflies" a Crewel / Embroidery project that I haven't touched since Jan. 27, 2007.  I find I really don't care to work with wool so the poor thing gets neglected a lot.




Now for this month's topic question.

April  22 – Topic: What do you listen to while stitching? (via Jo)
Usually I listen to the radio either a pop/country or 70's/80's music station.  I tried listening to audio books while stitching, but I'd get so wrapped up in the story that I'd catch myself - hands motionless not stitching.  So I stick to the radio if I want to get some serious progress done.  I can binge watch Dark Shadows on DVD.  That old soap opera progressed so slowly in its story arc that I can easily listen and not look; one disk has roughly nine 30 minute episodes.  I'm at episode 74 of 2,225.

Well that's it for this blog post.  Thanks for stopping by.......