I've got my first 4 finishes this month to share with you! I made a real effort this weekend to just wrap up those small projects I was working on this month. So far so good.
First up, Mill Hill Ice Skates.
I just love the bead laces on this - such a nice touch to the skates.
Next, also from Mill Hill, the Love Stitching ornament.
This one was a lot of fun. It was nice to have the extra stitches on top of the base of cross stitch rather than a million beads for a change. There are still a few in there - red and gold - but considerably fewer than some of the other Mill Hill kits. The charm is just adorable too. I did decide to use the beads for a hanger at the top as the finish instructions suggested. I'm a bit worried about that string breaking and having 100 little beads rolling around, but I guess this one just needs a little extra care when out.
Next up, Lizzie Kate's Be Kind to Animals.
I only have a few of these Green Flip-Its since I intended to finish and frame them separately. I'm so pleased it looks fine without the additional border on the left. I had considered adding the left side border and moving the right side out one stitch, but decide to leave it as charted. I think it will look just fine once framed.
And, last but not least, in honor of the month of February...
Lizzie Kate Flip-It February
This picture really is pretty sad - blurry and dark, but the project is just beautiful. I stitched this one on the recommended 28 ct French Cafe Mocha Linen but I have to say I'm not a huge fan. The Green Flip-It series above uses Light Mocha Cashel Linen which I much prefer, but this was still a very quick stitch. I typically take pictures as I progress so that I can see the change over time on the projects, but with this one I just realized it went so quickly, the first picture I got was the finished project!
Now, on to finish some of the other larger projects I have in process. I'm beginning to despair that I can ever finish a large project. It seems I'm easily distracted by these smalls and just need to finish them before I return to my larger projects. Anyone else have that problem? Of course, once I get started on the big project and really get into it, it's hard for me to put down. I guess we'll see how it goes. I will be sure to post an update by the end of the month - can I finish a few more and make it a bit closer to my goal? I sure hope so...