Monday, February 25, 2013

First Finishes of February

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...

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