Farewell To 2014

As I sit here typing this I can hear the fireworks sounding off outside in my neighborhood.  Yes, my city is one of the lucky few in the state that allows this on New Years Eve.  Since I don't venture out on New Years Eve I thought I'd write a last day of the year post.

My weight loss goal has been a bit of a roller coaster this year.  I never did get on my tread mill and do any workouts.  I did however manage to get on my bicycle and ride almost every day from June to October.  I started out at 226 lbs got down to 206 lbs and now at this last day of December I'm back up to 230 lbs.  So starting the first Sunday in January I'll start all over again, and maybe in 2015 I will reach my goal and stay there.

As for any last minute stitching, my Norwegian sampler won't get done by the 7th of January.  I'm afraid it's going to be an IOU birthday gift.  Here's the latest update.

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As for my 2014 ORTS I've decided to keep them in an end of the year bowl.  They're being guarded by Tessa the Turtle.  Next year for my TUSAL posts I'll just show the amount of orts for the month and empty them into the bowl.  Then when the bowl fills up I'll use the orts as stuffing for a biscornu or two.

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

A Two For One Posting


Oops, looks like I'm a little late for my last Wipocalypse of the year.  So I thought I'd split the difference and post both my TUSAL and Wipocalypse together.  

But before I get started I'd like to say what a marvelous time I've had.  Not only was I motivated and encouraged by the monthly theme questions.  But also by the new on-line stitching friends I've made through-out the year.  I hope to see you all and your new wip progress in 2015.

Theme: Recap your accomplishments for the year! (Your finishes, your final before/after photos, etc).

Be sure to click on the pictures to get a bigger view.

First I'll start off with the only finish I had for 2014.  It was a gift for my boyfriend Tony.

A Vikings World
Designer/Publisher: Lisa / © Designs by Lisa
Finished: January 5, 2014
Stitched on Brittney 28ct. Evenweave, Color: Bone using DMC cotton floss. The name at the top of the ship reads as Anthony Jorgen.

And now for the three WIPs I worked on: Camelot Sampler, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and Musical Bell Pull. Even though I didn't finish them, two out of the three got a lot of work done on them, and I am closer to the goal of getting them finished.

Camelot Sampler


[My total progress so far.]

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Day Six was the only block I worked on this year.

[My total progress so far.]

Musical Bell Pull


[My total progress so far.]

And last but not least, the two new projects I started this year; my biker's vest patch, and my Norwegian alphabet sampler, along with my little TUSAL beaker to bring this post to a close.

Biker's Vest Patch



Norwegian Alphabet Sampler

If the frame looks familiar that's because it's "Birds of A Feather" by With Thy Needle & Thread.  The center of the sampler will have some original elements.  What they'll be even I don't know at the moment as I'll just stitch them as I go along getting ideas from other samplers I've seen.



And finally......

The latest orts are from the sampler in the above picture.
Thank you all for visiting my blog and becoming my friend in 2014.