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Friday, January 29, 2016

January Smalls Check-in

I have to say, I made a good choice in paring down my SALs this year.  I am enjoying my stitching much more now that I'm not chasing so many deadlines or feeling bad about missing them. I do need to get myself back on a more regular posting schedule now that I don't have all the SALs to remind me, but that is a small matter.

The snow that I showed in my last post was just the beginning.  The storm really wound up Saturday and we were in as close to blizzard conditions as I care to be for a while.  We ended up with just short of 17" of snow.  Things are just now getting back to normal work and business-wise.  Fortunately, my boss is very good about teleworking, so I was able to stay home and not worry about the ice, snow and whatever else was on the roads.

The nice thing about working from home is that I had a very short commute and stitched most evenings.  I'll do a general stitching update later this weekend because this is my Smalls SAL check-in post.  The smalls SAL is hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus - clicking on this button or the one on the left should take you to the rules, dates and sign-up page.  Right now there are 71 people signed up and you can too at any time.  The rules are simple - stitch a small (your definition) and post a picture on the last Thursday of the month.  You can't get much more low stress than that.

I have said it before, but if it weren't for smalls, I would have very few, if any, finishes.  This month, I finished two!!

The first was Marc's Samplerlife Rose

and the next is Third Day from the Plum Street Samplers 2015 Sunday Mystery SAL.  Yes, I know I said I was going to start the next Sampler Life block, but this one was screaming louder.


I probably could have finished Seventh Day too but that little tree in Third Day? I stitched and ripped four times before I got it right, I was so frustrated with myself which I'm sure didn't help any at all.

Christmas Presence and Shakespearean Fantasy  are on the stitching agenda for today and Christmas Soldiers for the weekend.

16 comments:

blue star stitcher said...

17 inches counts as a blizzard for me, glad you were able to work from home. With three kids and dogs I don't know what we would do if it snowed that much here! Great progress on your smalls, I like your idea of counting each block of the 12 days one as a separate small.

Robin in Virginia said...

Both of your smalls finishes look great, Susan. Way to go on getting them finished! Enjoy your weekend and may the snow continue to melt.

Linda said...

Congrats on the cute finishes Susan. Nice that you were able to work from home.

Linda

Melinda Forbes said...

A blessing for sure, you were able to work from home, Congrats on the finishes.

Sarah said...

Your rose is beautiful.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

That's about 17 years worth of snow for the East Coast of England!
Great work on your Smalls this month. The 12 Days is looking good despite the attack of the frog.

Justine said...

Two lovely finishes! I really like the Plum St 12 days on one piece of fabric. The colours are just beautiful.

Sherry said...

I started to join more challenges and SALs but decided not to. I am better off just doing my own thing at my own pace! I love your stitching.

Anna van Schurman said...

Oh, I hate it when a small motif confounds you! You had some nice finishes this month!

Heather said...

Great finishes :). Good for you for sticking with it I totally might have frogged once but no more than that lol. "It's personalized" is my stitching motto

ANGIE said...

Hi Susan, your finishes are so beautiful! Happy stitching!

Leonore Winterer said...

I'm glad your stitching and SAL schedule is working out for you, and even more glad you survived that blizzard! Cute small finishes, I'm looking forward to your general progrss update :)

diamondc said...

Lovely flower, beautiful stitching on your projects, so sorry you are getting the snow we usually get.

Blessings
Catherine

Kate said...

So beautiful!! Making the most of snow days arent you :)

Mii Stitch said...

2 lovely finishes & beautiful stitching!

Heather said...

Great work! And I'm glad you decided to join the Smalls SAL again. I try to keep it as low pressure as possible. It is mostly a way to stay accountable to yourself, since I know many stitchers like to do an ornament or so a month. And, goodness knows, I need the help to keep on track too! ;)