Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2015 Goals and Resolutions

Two heavy words. So let's start with my lighter interpretation: (btw, this post includes images of past projects, don't be confused and say "Whoa! She's a fast stitcher!" NUH-UH!)
1. Sampler- It has been a while since my last sampler-like project(maybe 3 years ago, pictured below). For this year I still want a simple one. Currently browsing the net, preferably one with sheep on it (since it's their year!). So far, I've found the Lost Sheep. No time yet to look into books and magazines.

2. Black fabric - I'm considering this as "the Challenge." I dread stitching in black as much as I love white aida. The puppy is my only finished xstitch in black (I couldn't just say no to this puppy). It was intended then for my brother who adored his dog "Buffy". Unfortunately, Buffy "left" during bro's college years T-T 
For this goal, I might start this kit (once Oriental Lady is done): 
 Sunflower Vase -   Drawn to it by the vibrant colors, originally saw this kit priced $54 at a hobby shop. Looked it up in amazon and voila! bought it for under $14. Wasn't that a steal?!?
 I'm now feeling more confident on this one because I have found this:

It was the last piece dangling up, up there at Michaels. Grabbed it and bought with my 50% discount coupon. Yippee!
 3. Restart the BAP - the operative word here is "restart." Finish is too strong a word. Moving on...
4. Person or Face - Can be group of people, woman, man, kids, fairies, angels. Does not have to be full body, may or may not be a herculean task, does not have to be done within the year. Search ongoing.
5. Magazine chart - Find a pattern or two so I can reduce my scraps.
6. Christmas theme - does not have to be elaborate (because it needs to be done by December!) I wish I had a picture to show here- of one I did way way back, forgot the pattern title but it was bought at LNS. It's of dogs with Santa hats lined up singing a Christmas carol. It's a very simple chart, with 10 colors at most. It's on display every Christmas at the in-laws'.

1. Have the tenacity for b-a-c-k-s-t-i-t-c-h. You read it right. This has been my Achilles heel (French knots come in second). The culprit for all my UFOs. Case in point:
You get that urge to just start stitching anything, anywhere? This is one of those moments. Did not care for the cloth size, planning nada. Book borrowed multiple times at the library, until I decided to buy the book at amazon. Now what have I done... Seeing that narrow space-- nah, I'm done with you. Another excuse to avoid the Backstitch. I hope I won't do it this year (fingers crossed).
Oh, here are two projects that I have lost the patterns, might have lent it to someone eons ago: 

2. Apply the LEAN 5s: Seiri (sort), Seiton (straighten), Seiso (shine), Seiketso (standardize), Shitsuke (sustain). Last weekend I started "bobbinating" my other threads (the ones for the BAP that became UFO), wiped my unused/empty cases with alcohol pads (what!?!), and used it for other stuff. Arranged my cloths in expandable plastic tube (will be buying more if I get a chance). Now the last one is to sustain the method, we'll see... 

3. Use the stepper. I also dusted off our humble stepper. Must admit, when one starts stitching, time flies you never notice you've been sitting there for so long. Please, please, please try to avoid getting DVT. I will be taking this break every hour. (see how my mind works when confronted with Backstitch). Just trying to squeeze in a little workout here. 
4. Be a conscious buyer. I don't really overspend, I try to get the best deals, but the problem comes when there are good sales/discounts everywhere, finding it hard to resist. Here's a confession of my SINS last year (stuff i'll never stitch; books and mags not included): 
That's it for today. Hope everyone can stick to their lists =^.^= (may the force be with you).
Thanks for visiting. Happy stitching!


  1. I have a little stepper similar to yours only mine doesn't have a counter on it. Good idea to jump on it for a few steps. Good luck with your 2015 goals.

  2. Great goals and resolutions! I wish you lots of luck with all of them. Ugh, and I'm with you on backstitching; hate it!

    1. Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone on the backstitch, lol.

  3. Wishing you all the best with your goals & resolutions for 2015.
    Love the fishes design, it's so colourful!

    1. Thank you. I wish I could find that fish pattern again (sigh)...

  4. Love all your cross stitch projects! love the puppy, SO cute :) the sunflowers look like it will take forever lol had to smile at the stepper :)) I have one too hahaha

    1. I'm still thinking hard on the sunflower, haha. Thank you for the comment.

  5. I love your goals. You have some nice WIPS there

  6. Good luck with all your goals!

  7. I wish you the very best of luck to make all those finishes.
    Thanks for visiting me after FNSI... Hugs xox

    1. Thank you. I've been following your blog, so many nice stuff in there!