LOVE BIRD Heart
I enjoyed sharing these hearts with you; I hope you liked seeing them.
Have you ever worked on a project that involved a lot of thread changes (HAED, for instance) and you just let the threads dangle, hoping they wouldn’t get tangled or dirty? I discovered that a tiny plastic bag can keep these threads clean and separated. This bag came with a garment I purchased that had an extra button and thread in the bag. Several of these could be used at once without creating a weighty drag or bulkiness while stitching.
There are a total of 95 motifs in 9 parts in all and since that sounds so daunting I've decided to set a goal. Did you know there are 3 parts to effective goal setting? I didn't learn this until recently.
1. The goal must be realistic, obtainable: do-able. In other words I can't say I'll finish this project in 2 days because I can't humanly stitch that fast.
2. There must be a timeframe attached to the goal (mine is September of this year). Otherwise, I would take forever.
3. It must be measurable (I always have trouble with this one).
My Goal: I will stitch Parts 3 through 9 until the project is completed in September 2009. If I break it down in smaller increments it doesn’t sound so daunting – I will complete stitching Part 3 in March, Part 4 in April, and so on. Sorry for my rambling – I’m giving myself a pep talk – sort of a motivational kick in the pants. So many projects, so little time. . . . . . but I'm smiling!!!
Honey Bee Skep by Liz Turner Diehl
Chart is Lovebug by Erynne Designs available here.
18 ct white Aida, pink flannel needle pages, DMC cotton floss, assorted beads
The heart appliqué went on the back. Just right for a little girl to watch her reflection as she makes faces into it.
The heart bead and a little ‘love’ charm make up the scissor fob.
Winter Fun (silk & 28 count linen kit) from Periwinkle Promises
Little bit of cross stitch, mostly specialty stitches - sew the back on, stuff it, add tassels and it becomes a mini pillow. I think I'll had a little floss hanger to the back & hang it. Of course, it doesn't have to be made into a pillow - it could be the front of a needlebook or it could even be framed.
Snow(man) Keeper free chart from The Drawn Thread