Thursday, 31 December 2015

End of year review 2015

Here we are - the last day of 2015! I hope this year has been a good one for you all.

I had a good year stitching - wise. I don't think I shared this photo before but here's my favourite finish of 2015 - right at the start of the year!

Cut Thru North Pole House 
by Bothy Threads 
Started 29th August 2013
Finished 10th January 2015

Other highlights of the year...

Taking part in Debbie's Crazy January Challenge in honour of SoCal Debbie who sadly passed away in 2014. I finished 12 of my 15 new starts. Here's a favourite finish...



Meeting fellow stitchers Ingrid (Mii Stitch) and Rachel (Ten Hour Stitcher) in April for a day's stitching and chatting at Nimble Thimble in Oswestry, and then again for our very own Stitching Retreat at Dairy Cottage! No photos as we're all camera shy but here's a special stitch - chart gifted by Rachel on our first meet up, and stitched by me on our retreat!

Stitchers make the Best Friends by My Big Toe Designs
Started 16th October 2015, finished 17th October 2015

"Killing off" four UFOs which in my heart I knew I would never finish, leaving me with a leaner list from which to choose in 2016. Here's just one that bit the dust...

The top left hand corner of Treasure Hunt Bookshelf
by Aimee Stewart (HAED)

I start 2016 with 11 WIPs / UFOs and my intention for the year is to reduce that number to just 5. I'm cutting back on SAL commitments and won't be joining Crazy January Challenge this year.  I intend to enjoy my stitching and hopefully finish some projects, particularly those I started for my sons, who are quickly growing up! I hope you won't get bored of seeing the same things and will continue to cheer me on as you have done in 2015.

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and creative 2016!

Justine 

42 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a good year in stitches! I'm looking forward to seeing your finishes next year!

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  2. You have had a fantastic year of stitching and have churned out more great finshes than you probably realise. Good luck with reducing your WIP pile next year. If you get bored with any of them you know where my scissors are!! :)

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  3. Love your Cut Thru North Pole finish.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year,Justine.

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  4. Great job for 2015! I've always admired Bothy Thread stitchers with all those backstitch, whew! Happy New Year:)

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  5. Love the North Pole Cut Thru, they are such fun designs.
    I quite like seeing the same projects as they grow through the year.

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  6. Very beautiful work congrats
    I wish you happy new year
    Buon Anno Auguri
    Giovanna

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  7. Wishing you a very Happy New Year. Well done with all your stitching projects in 2015 and I hope you have a productive 2016 x

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  8. I will be here to continue cheering you on! A Blessed, Happy New Year to you all!

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  9. Congrats on all your finishes!
    Tried to kill of a few UFO's myself. Nice to get them out of the way!
    Happy new years!

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  10. So sad to see a project go but the value is not in the finished product but the enjoyment that you get out of working on it. I also have let certain projects go unfinished. Lovely year you've had, thank you for sharing!

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  11. Beautiful finishes my dear..
    Sending you big hugs
    Happy new year x

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  12. Beautiful stitching. Happy New Years!

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  13. Congrats on the awesome finishes Justine. Looking forward to seeing your pieces progress in 2016.

    Happy New Year,
    Linda

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    1. Thank you Linda - good luck with your Crazy 2016 challenges!

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  14. I love these year end posts and I love to see what all the stitchers are planning for the new year.
    These cut-through pieces are all so great, they are a very original idea by the designer.
    Killing off 4 UFOs - does that mean that you gave them away? But I could understand that. When your heart isn't with your projects, it's no fun to stitch them. And having fun when stitching is the most important thing for me.

    Looking forward to seeing your stitching in 2016. And I will continue cheering you on. Happy 2016!

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  15. Lovely stitching in 2015!! Happy new year to you and good luck for your 2016 stitching plans :)
    I participated in turtle trot SAL for two years and I did lot of stitching but then since last year I decided to slow down and stitch whatever and whenever I want to stitch. I did not participate in any SAL because I would not have kept up with the updates and stitching rather I enjoyed cheering up the journey of SALers :)

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  16. You have had a very productive stitching year! Best of all, I'm sure you'll agree, was to meet two lovely ladies ;)
    Happy New Year and stitch whatever takes your fancy!

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  17. happy new year Justine... I love your Bothy finish, they're so detailed! Seems a lot of ladies are cutting back on their SALs & swaps. I've enjoyed reading your blog during the year & I look forward to continuing that during '16!

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  18. The Cut Thru is fabulous.
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year Justine, a year filled with fun and happy times and also plenty for stitching.

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  19. Happy new year Justine! Congrats on your finishes and good luck with your goals next year!

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  20. Happy New Year Justine! Your stitching is beautiful, looking forward to following your progress in 2016 :)

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  21. I will definitely be cheering you along on whatever you decide to work on. Just have fun and stitch whatever makes you happy. Happy New Year!

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  22. Some great finishes, I love the North Pole house! Good luck with your 2016 goals x

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  23. Gorgeous stitching. I look forward to seeing what you're stitching on this year. I am avoiding SALs this year and just going to stitch on whatever I fancy.

    Have a wonderful year's stitching :)

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  24. Cheers, for "Killing off" those projects we wonder why we ever started -- Thanks for sharing on your blog, its great to know others often feel the same as me

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  25. Your Bothy Threads Cut Thru is amazing, I love those designs. Congrats on all your finishes for 2015 and I look forward to seeing what you stitch up in 2016!

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  26. I'm happy that I found your blog this year, Justine :) It's been fun getting to know you and following along on your wonderful stitching journey...

    Wishing you and your family every happiness in this new year!

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  27. Happy new year. Lovely to see North Pole House framed up. Great plans for 2016.

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  28. Wonderful finishes! How great that you killed off some things, I am not sure if I could do that.
    Wishing you a wonderful 2016!

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  29. That is a wonderful finish! I won't get bored. I do know what you mean because I prefer to stitch bigger things and I often think I haven't much to show on my blog. Good luck getting control of the WIPS.

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  30. You have some amazing finishes! I look forward to cheering you on as you work through your WIPs & UFOs! :)

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  31. Lovely Stitching in 2015. Its good that you decided to abandon the pieces which were not fun to stitch any more. I think it is a wise decision now to join any SAL with new starts and concentrate on the WIPs. May be I'm weird , I like finishes more than starts.So I will be cheering you up to complete the WIPs.

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  32. Hello!

    Lovely finishes and great wips. I enjoyed looking at your stitching!

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  33. Hello!

    Lovely finishes and great wips. I enjoyed looking at your stitching!

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  34. Cut Thru is fabulous. Looking forward to your stitching in 2016.

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  35. Hi Justine - happy new year. Thanks for your comment on my final post. I have enjoyed blogging and will keep in touch. As I said I may start blogging again but this time I will get a free blog. Love your stitching especially the Cut Thru. Joan

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  36. Congrats on having such a good stitching year! I hope you had a lovely New Year's :D

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  37. You had some lovely finishes in 2015 I really like the Bothy!!!

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  38. You've done a lot of lovely pieces Justine. Happy New Year!

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  39. A lot of pretty stitching Justine. Love the Bothy design, so intricate and interesting. Happy New Year.

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  40. You had a great stitching year :)
    Love the north pole one never stitched s cut tru one yet
    What did you like about it so much ?
    Bookshelf is allso on my to do pile but i am allso a bit overwelmed with the size :)
    Good luck with the reducing
    I know you can do it in 2016
    Look fotward to see those finishes

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