Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Hello 2011

Hello all! I've been very preoccupied recently with family gatherings and dinners out with friends to celebrate the turning of the year. I had a very relaxing New Years Eve with my boyfriend and a few friends. It was perfect :) Now I'm ready for 2o11. I always like making resolutions at the start of the year, and even if I don't manage to stick to them, it's still nice to have them. My personal resolutions for this year are :
1) Work hard for good grades for Uni.
2) Have more picnics
3) Take more film when on outings.

And onto the more stitching related ones, this year I'd like to:
1) Complete an LHN design (I keep seeing them on fellow blogs and I really want to do one myself)
2) Host a giveaway
3) Take part in a small exchange (my sewing knowledge is too small to take part in a challenging exchange, yet)
4) Work on my fairies design (I really can't let it hide away for another year lol)
5) Stitch something for a RAK
6) Complete the ornament a month challenge (I would love to have more cross stitched pieces to display when next Christmas rolls round)
These are things that I would like to do throughout the year and I will celebrate my first bloganniversary this year. If that's not reason for a giveaway I don't know what is!

I'm very late in counting up my finishes for this year, but I've only got 11. That's pretty good for me, even though I know fellow bloggers can do five times that amount lol. My biggest design finish of the year was Charlie's Ark which is the piece I first started blogging about. I'm hoping to do many more finishes this year, in lots more finishing styles.

In other news, I did a fair bit of stitching over the Christmas holiday and this is where I'm up to on The Foxes. The girl is just starting to grow and the foxes are all finished, apart from the backstitching. I'm going to keep this design for me and frame it; it's already got a place on my wall waiting for it :)

I got a fair bit of Christmas money and I was thinking of purchasing my own sewing machine. I'm sewing more pillows than ever before, but I rarely get to use the Singer sewing machine we have now because it's very precious to my mum. I was thinking of getting a small but reliable machine of my own so I could get it out whenever I wanted rather than wait for my mum to get out the Singer. What do you think? And do you have any suggestions for good sewing machines? Any advice would really be appreciated :)

We're back at school now and I'm lucky not to have any January module exams this year. There's no let up on the coursework though, and the next Drama performance is in a couple of months. No worries though, I've still got plenty of time for stitching :)
Hope you're all having a great week,

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Sharlotte said...

I hope you get to accomplish what you would like to this year! There is lots that I'd like to do, but I think I better take it one day at a time!

I like to stitch LHN charts and have many. I think you'll enjoy stitching when you get to it.

Fiona said...

lovely progress on the foxes Bekca :) good luck in achiveing your resolutions, I really like your personal one 'have more picnics' :D Happy New Year x

Parsley said...

So nice to visit another fun stitching blog!

You asked about the designer of the Little Hearts SAL. It's Sylvia at and it's FREE.


Dani - tkdchick said...

Becka, glad to hear you had a great Christmas and New Year's. If you plan to do more finishing, a sewing machine is a good idea. I have a basic Huskavana, it dosen't do anything fancy and that suits me just fine.

Your foxes are looking great!

Justflo said...

Glad you had a great 'Holiday Season' Wow what plans for 2011 all the very best with them.

Love the 'Foxes' it's coming along well.

Lynn said...

Good luck with your goals for the new year.
The Foxes is really coming along nicely. A sewing machine sounds like a good idea but I don't know anything about various makes or models.

Carol said...

Hi Bekca! Sounds like your new year is off to a great start with some wonderful (and very achievable!) goals... I think 11 finishes is very respectable, especially considering all you have going on in your life: work, school, applications for university, etc.

I have an ancient sewing machine that was given to me when I graduated from college 33 years ago so I'm afraid I have no advice as to what type of machine to purchase...

Looking forward to seeing the finish on your "Foxes" WIP :)