Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Looking forward to 2011

I hope you all had a good Christmas.  Santa bought me some lovely presents including a whole cache of new needles and some stitchy books.  I haven't done any crafting at all since before Christmas, the last few days before the big day were taken up with baking and wrapping presents and then we spent a day with the in-laws, a day with my family and then a day with the whole extended clan.  Since then I've been reading!  I thought I'd catch up with some blog reading today - only 500 odd new posts in the Google reader - you lot have been busy!

I thought I'd write a quick post about my new year's resolutions (crafty ones of course!) but thought you might like to see the books I received (they've also been added to my Craft Book Challenge page):

Product Details

Stitched So Cute by Mary Engelbreit

Crafting Christmas Gifts: 25 Adorable Projects Featuring Angels, Snowmen, Reindeer and Other Yuletide Favourites Cafting Christmas Gifts by Tone Finnager

Simple Sewn Gifts: Stitch 25 Fast and Easy Gifts
Simple Sewn Gifts by Helen Philipps

Last-minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts
Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson

Scandinavian Needlecraft
Scandinavian Needlecraft by Clare Youngs - I've wanted this one for ages!

I thought I'd be desperate to dive in and get sewing now the pressure and deadlines are off, but no, I seem to be lacking in motivation now I've got all the time in the world.  Ah well, maybe tomorrow - I am off work until the 4th Jan.

I also received two beautiful scarves from my ultra-talented mum.  One crocheted and one knitted, I will take some photos to show you.

So, onto the resolutions.  I may well add to this list but here's to start:

1. Work through TAST1 and TAST 2
2. Complete my crocheted granny square blanket
3. Learn some new crochet stitches
4. Learn some new knitting stitches
5. Complete one project a month from a craft book
6. Try needle felting
7. Try beading flowers
8. Try silk ribbon embroidery again
9. Finish my crewel embroidery
10. Start and finish another dancer's cross stitch
11. Get Christmas presents made by the end of October

That should be enough to start, I'll probably make a page dedicated to them where I can log my progress!

If I'm not back before (i.e. if I haven't made anything) have a very happy new year!


PootleFlump said...

I have the Christmas Crafting one by Tone Finnigan. Its really good. Im going to check our the patchwork one. Never seen it before and quite like the look of. Happy reading!! x

Ms Muffin said...

Wow, those books look lovely! I will have to go and check them out ...
Which one do you like best? Well, if there is such a thing ... just curious ... :-)

Marilyn said...

They look like good books. Enjoy them !!!

Good luck with the NY resolutions. They sound interesting but challenging.

Sandra :) said...

I'm with you on getting gifts ready for Christmas BEFORE Christmas - I tend to leave the decisions too late, then I'm sewing and fretting like a fiend the whole month of December! If we even did a SINGLE gift each month we'd be way ahead of the game!

Sara said...

Hi Wendy! So happy to see you at I am loving that little Doodle Stitching book! I will have to add a few of these lovely books to my list. I have been browsing around your blog and you have made so many beautiful things. Thank you for sharing your lovely blog!