Monday, January 3, 2011

a little finish, a little giveaway and the same old resolution


I have been stitching a little bit more lately--not much with the kids underfoot, tbut they are finally going back to school today--but this is my latest, Acorns and Pines by LHN. I used the recommended DMC on white linen and then "sponge-painted" it with a tea bag.


Is anyone interested in the chart? If so leave a comment and I will include my leftover floss which should be ample to stitch this little piece again. If there is more than one taker I will throw the names in a hat and draw a winner on January 10.

I made a few additions to my sidebar for the new year, the first of which, related to my recurring new year's resolution, is my WIP-of-the-month project. I have been digging through my stash and getting very sad looking at all the nearly-completed projects which have been sitting around for years (does this sound familiar to anyone?) so I am going to try to finish one (or more if possible) per month, and to keep myself accountable will post pictures and the beginning and end of each month of the WIP in question. For January I decided on Frederick here, which was begun, I think, about two years ago and which is absurdly close to being finished. I am not allowing myself to start any new projects until the WIP-of-the-month is fnished. I'm not letting any more new charts follow me home either, until I make a dent in the stash pile (same resolution as last year--though I know it will be broken at some point).

The other addition to the sidebar is not stitchy-related but I thought I would share it anyway for you Lord of the Rings fans--this is the Walk to Rivendell challenge (found at www.eowynchallenge.net). If you walk/run/bike etc. you keep track of the distances you travel and this site has mileage charts that correspond to different portions of Frodo's journey (I chose Hobbiton to Rivendell) so you can see how far you have travelled in Middle Earth (if that makes sense). It's going to take me a while just to get out of Hobbiton, I'm not as quick as Frodo even though we're about the same height :) Anyway, it's an interesting motivator for someone (me) who needs an extra push to get out to the track in the morning.
Don't forget to leave a comment if you're interested in the chart! Until next time...

23 comments:

Meari said...

Congrats on your finish, Marjorie. I may have to try that tea dye method.

The chart is not my taste, so no need to include me.

Margaret said...

Nice finish! I like your WIP a month idea too. Great way to get to those WIPs. That walk thing is an interesting idea. I may have to go over and look. Get me going with the walking again. (I love LOTR!)

Cindy's Stitching said...

Nice finish. I like the added touch of the tea bag. Please enter me in for the giveaway of the chart. Would enjoy stitching. You made some great plans for the upcoming year. Happy new year.

Gabi said...

Nice finish. Love also your fabric.
Looking at your wip makes me realize that I have Frederik and Frederika waiting here for me to start them. Yours look great.

Anonymous said...

That is a great project you done.Congrats on the finish.I would love to have my name put in the drawing.Thanks.
jammiebama67@yahoo.com

Shelley said...

I love the way your tead dyed fabric looks. I may have to try out dying my own fabric at least once this year. I've never dyed anything, except my hair, lol!

I don't have WIPs from years past hiding in a drawer but I really admire your resolution to pick one a month and complete it before starting anything else. Good for you!!

qsnap lover said...

I love your acorns and pines please enter me in your contest thanks Donna

luvmyqsnaps@yahoo.com

AmyJo said...

Oh I love your tea dye method and will have to give it a go !! Please enter me for a chance to win your chart. Thank you it is very generous for you to pass this adorable chart along.

miniquilts@yahoo.com

htimcj said...

You are so close on Fredrick, I am sure you will finish it in January. I love the idea of walking through Middle Earth. How fun!
Heidi-ILCS

Catherine said...

Cute finish! Love how you stained it!

Frederick is sooo close! Love the colors in that one!

The Walk to Rivendell challenge sounds like a fun way to stay motivated.

TammyK said...

Love your Acorn and Pines - very nice job. Throw my name in the hat for the chart please :) Good luck with your new year's resolution.

Jan said...

Congrats on the cute LHN finish, and Frederick is so pretty! Hope you get it finished soon...I love it!!

Happy New Year!

Kimberly R. said...

Love your LHN finish and the tea dye :) I'd love a chance to enter for the chart!
Thanks,
kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

Carol's Stitching said...

Wonderful finish and I love the tea-dye process; it really makes your stitching stand out. Would love to be entered for the drawing and best of luck with your exercise regime. I am also doing a UFO stitch-a-long this year on my blog. Happy New Year!
Carol
mdfiregal at yahoo dot com

Kathy said...

Love the finish! And that is one of the few LHN charts I don't have! I would love to take a chance at it.

Love, love, love, your Frederick and hope you are able to finish him soon.

As for not buying more stash......... I know I cna never keep that one. :) Though I do try not to buy too much. :)

Mel said...

Love the LotR challenge. Thank you so much for sharing it! I'll have to perhaps start that. :)

I'd love to be entered for the chart.

Cath said...

Lovely stitching , please put my name in for the chart draw .
Thanks

Blu said...

Cute finish!
Good luck with the WIP reducing.

AFwife99 said...

I love LHN patterns, and would love to have that one. Please include me in the give away. I think the walk to Rivendell idea is fun. May have to check that out.

Karen said...

OMg...your Frederick is so close...it would a shame to leave him hanging! Good luck in finishing some more of your WIPs.

happy stitching...

Katrien said...

Congrats on your Finish.
Good luck on finishing your WIP's! We're here to cheer you on!

Mary said...

Great finish for 2011! And, a great idea to sponge dye with tea bag after stitching is complete.

Good luck with the WIP finish per month. Love to see pics of the progress!

Please add my name to the drawing. Love the design... thanks

Pumpkin said...

Good for you Marjorie! I can't wait to see Frederick done :o)

I love how you dyed the fabric for Acorns. Well done!

What a neat way to add some fun to exercise :o) I didn't know you could do that. LOL!