Sunday, 1 January 2017

First post of 2017

Hello and a very happy new year to everyone reading this! I hope 2017 brings everything you hope and wish for.

How did it get to be January again so quickly? Here's a little January stitch for you...

A Bit of January by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Stormy Sea aida from Sew it All
with DMC threads
Started and finished on 28 December 2016

Julie very kindly offered me the whole set of these twelve charts and I plan to stitch them throughout 2017. I have plans to turn them into a perpetual calendar but as regular readers will know I am not very good at motivating myself to finish things so don't hold your breath!

I stitched a few Christmas ornaments in December but haven't yet finished them so I am going to save them until they are actually finished and ready to go on next year's tree before I show them here.

This year marked a first in my ten-year marriage - my husband bought me something stitching-related for Christmas!  Well it was actually from our sons but the idea and money came from hubby so I'm counting it as his first.  I must encourage him so you will be seeing a lot of this one this year...

Santa's Midnight Ride by Dimensions

Luckily I love it as there is a lot of stitching involved!

As for 2017, I haven't made any definite stitching plans. I reduced my WIP list from 11 at the start of the year to 7 by the end though one of these (Sheltered) was a new start so I actually finished 5 WIPs. These are the two I am most proud of...

Cut Thru Rocket by Bothy Threads
Started 2 January 2015, finished 5 June 2016

Cut Thru Pirate Ship by Bothy Threads
Started 6 January 2014, finished 14 July 2016

I would like to finish another two of my WIPs at least, to work on my new Santa stitch, and I am hoping to stitch some smaller things from my ever-increasing stash. I am also planning to join in with Jo's Gifted Gorgeousness SAL again this year.  This really is my favourite SAL as it means I use all the beautiful things I have been lucky to be gifted with.

I wish you all a very happy stitching year!

Justine

47 comments:

  1. Happy New Year sweetie!
    I hope 2017 brings you and your family health and happiness.
    A sweet January finish, it was really nice of Julie to gift you with the whole set.
    I truly adore your fantastic rocket!! I was lucky to admire it in real, it is a work of art!

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  2. Happy new year, Justine!! Congrats on the first stitching gift from your hubby! You sure have those lovely finishes to be proud of and wish you many more accomplishments this year and the years ahead:)

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  3. Happy New Year! Yours is my first read for 2017 and I'm impressed with your finishes! The backstitching ooh. Hooray for hubby and sons, that new kit is awesome! Looking forward to your lovely stitching in 2017. Enjoy😊

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  4. Happy new year!That is a gorgeous gift your husband gave you!AriadnefromGreece!

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  5. Happy New Year, Justine!
    What a gorgeous kit, Santa does look so regal... lovely to see your cut-throughs again, they are amazing!
    x

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  6. Happy New Year love your post and the gift from hubby and boys .
    It looks a lovely stitch .Enjoy your day hugs .

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  7. So far a great start to the New Year. Your January stitch looks great. And great plans for the New Year. Best of luck and Happy New Year 2017.

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  8. What a gorgeous kit your hubby chose for your boys to give you. The man has excellent taste! I will look forward to seeing progress on it throughout the year.

    Happy New Year to you xx

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  9. Love your cut-thru finishes Justine. I started the pirate ship a few years ago and have not touched it since. I don't have the rocket ship but do have most of the other ones. Congrats to hubby. The kit is beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress on it this year. Also congrats on the cute little finish.

    Happy New Year,
    Linda

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    1. Happy new year Linda! I was thinking of starting another Cut Thru this year. It was Cut Thru Mondays with you and Debbie that made me start blogging.

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  10. Best wishes in the new year and on all your stitching projects. The new Santa piece is beautiful, I can't wait to see it come together.

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  11. Oh Justine, A Bit of January is adorable! I am here to encourage you to stitch up February! :) Happy New Year!!

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    1. Thank you Vickie! January was a very quick stitch and I hope to stitch all of the charts this year. Happy new year to you too x

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  12. Happy New Year! Loved seeing this year's finishes and looking forward to your finishes in 2017. That Santa from your hubby is wonderful. Looking forward to seeing that grow for sure.

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  13. Happy New Year! Good luck with your stitching plans for 2017.

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  14. Happy New Year to you and your family which I hope will be filled with lots of happiness. I did a Lizzie Kate months of the year although a different set and thoroughly enjoyed working on them every month - one that actually got completed and is hung up on one of our walls. Love you Christmas stitch and look forward to seeing that one grow. You deserve to be proud of your two cut thru stitches they look fantastic. X

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  15. What a lovely present.I am very much looking forward to seeing you stitch Santa's Midnight Ride.
    Happy New Year,Justine.

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  16. Happy New Year, Justine!
    My you have a lot planned this year!
    Love the calendar chart ..... look forward to seeing you stitch the others.
    It's fantastic that your husband helped your sons to buy you Santa's Midnight Ride!
    Great to see your cut throughs again!
    Have fun with all your stitching this year!
    Hugs, Barbara xx

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  17. Lovely Christmas gift - he chose very well. Good luck with your plans, it will be fun to see how you go.

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  18. The Santa chart is lovely! All the best with your stitching in 2017 Justine. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your projects take shape! Happy New Year :)

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  19. Your January cross-stitch is adorable! I have seen the Santa chart. It is gorgeous! I cannot wait to see your updates. And both of your Bothy Threads finishes are fantastic! I love them both. Happy New Year!

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  20. I love those two finishes and I am sure your boys were thrilled with them. The guys in your family did great with the stitchy gift and I can't wait to see you start on it. Your LK finish is great, I love that set of charts too. Happy New Years and I look forward to following your progress in the new year.

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  21. I would say that the two you finished, the pirate shop and the rocket, were just amazing and quite an accomplishment!! It will be fun to see what you choose for the next year.

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  22. Hello Justine! happy New Year and thank You for visiting my blog ! You January stitch is lovely and your "finished WIPs "are both just awesome!

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  23. Happy New Year! Glad to hear hubby and the boys supported your hobby. It's a beautiful pattern. Good luck with your goals. I'll enjoy cheering you along.

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  24. Happy New Year! Great January finish and great buy by DH!

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  25. Happy New Year. that's a lovely finish to start the year. Your cut thru finishes for 2016 are amazing.
    Congrats on first stitching gift from your husband.

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  26. Happy New Year!
    I really love the L&K Monthly stitches so looking forward to seeing them as you get to stitch them :o)
    Your Christmas present is gorgeous - that is going to be a lovely finish!
    Hugs xx

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  27. Happy New Year, Justine!
    Such a little January finish is a great way to start the stitching year with. And the Dimensions kit that you received as a gift looks wonderful and promises a lot of stitching fun.
    No wonder that the two Bothy Thread designs are your favourites, they look just gorgeous.

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  28. I agree, stitchy gifting must be encouraged! It's such a nice design too, so I hope you will have a lot of fun with this as well as your other projects.

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  29. Just love your Bothy designs, both so colourful and with so many thread changes, wonderful work. Santa´s Midnight Ride looks interesting too. Happy New Year.

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  30. 2017 is GOING to be an amazing stitch year for us all! Congrats on your finished and can't wait to see where 2017 takes you!

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  31. I stitched next to nothing in December, hope to get my mojo back. Happy New Year Justine!

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  32. Sweet January, hoping to get some real snow here soon!
    Your husband made a great choice, very colourful.
    Love, love, love your Rocket and Pirate ship, they are fantastic!

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  33. Such a sweet January finish, Justine! I need to get mine out of hiding and display it--still have my Christmas stuff up as I'm being very lazy this year :)

    You should be so proud of your rocket and pirate ship finishes--really amazing!!

    Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary--I am looking at my 40th in July! Hard to believe how quickly the years pass... Happy 2017!

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  34. January is so cute, I just love monthly designs. Congratulations on the two Cut Thru designs, they really do look good.
    Thanks for the GG shoutout too!

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  35. What a beautiful Santa chart! Yes indeed, give it lots of love this year so you get more for Christmas next year:) I was so impressed with your dedication last year to finishing off some of your WIP's: I would really like to do something similar this year as I started the year feeling rather deflated with all of mine. I don't like left-over food, and I don't like left over projects!
    Good luck with your stitching this year:)

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  36. Great new stash I don't think I've ever seen that one :) Wonderful job finishing up your year as well those are some big projects! Happy new year!

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  37. Wow that kit is stunning! Andvits great to know someone else is working on a quick stitch calendar :)

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  38. Happy New Year, dear Justine. I love your gift from your husband and sons, one that will keep you busy all year and it will be great to see it progress over the year. I, too, am doing a quick stitch calendar, although I have not yet finished January but will soon, I promise. hugs, Kaye

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  39. Happy New Year stunner! Wow hubby has great taste, I love your new Santa chart. You've had a great year in stitches. I hope this year is even better. Have fun.
    xo Alicia

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  40. The Cut Thru finishes are fabulous. Great new chart as well

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  41. I love your January finish - cute! Your husband made a great choice with Santa's Midnight Ride! And maybe with a little encouragement stitching gifts could become a trend? : ) Your two WIP finishes are quite impressive - you have every right to be proud of them!

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  42. Lovely January finish! I think those are some great 2017 goals. I can't wait to see your progress! :D

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