Friday, January 4, 2019

New Year...New Goals...New Starts...

Happy Belated New Year!

I kept telling myself, as I ran out of time in 2018, next year will be different.  Who am I kidding?  Can I really reinvent myself overnight?  Well I guess I can try, right? I am, it's already 4 days into the New Year and I've already broken some resolutions.  I still haven't been to the gym....but it's usually crowded this time of year anyway...I'll give it another week, or so...  I still haven't organized my stitching goals...I mean I have SOME plans, but they aren't completely ironed out, and I can't find my Discs with my JCS magazines on them *Heavy sigh* I can't even iron out exactly WHAT I'm going to stitch.  I'm WAY behind in some SALs I started last year....I'm almost ready to throw in the towel!!  However, Rome wasn't built in a day.  Though I'm not starting out at a dead run on January 1st, I'm giving myself permission to IMPROVE over the course of the year.  

On a positive note, I did start something new on New Year's Day.  I started the Amazing Marie Antionette's Rose Garden Caleidoscope by Chatelaine Designs.  Yep, on black but 28ct over 2.  It was supposed to be 32 ct. over two, but the person who sold it to me gave me the wrong count fabric.  Oh well, It's on the frame and has some stitches in it so consider it started!!  I was so completely spoiled by DH when he gave it to me for our anniversary.  He splurged and found all the silks and other specialty threads, and beads and whatnot.  Other than being crazy big, it's a dream to stitch with all those silks.  The problem came when the frog came to visit, then took up residency, so I haven't been back since I started that day.  I will though...don't worry!  I apologize for the terrible pictures, it was a cloudy day and the lighting is awful!!

On Wednesday I stitched on Quaker Diamonds by Rosewood Manor.  This poor WIP has been sitting around for ages.  I keep all my projects well covered, so it hasn't gathered dust, but it could have!  haha  I'm going to continue stitching on WIPs on Wednesdays because that seems to work for me, incentive to get things done!

Yesterday I started an ornament.  I've signed up for a few challenges stitching ornaments this year.  You can see them on my 2019 goals page.  I'm hoping they take pity on me and let me overlap some of my stitching.  haha  I'm going to do my best NOT to do that, though.  Everyone hates a cheater, right?  So I started a Victoria Sampler bell pull ornament from the 2008 Just Cross Stitch Ornaments issue.   Then I realized the first month of this year we were supposed to stitch from the 2009 issue...back to the drawing board, if I can ever find those Discs!!!!

Now...on for a little taste of what I did last year for fun.  We took a few trips and I never once showed where we went or what we did.  I have to say, 2018 was a bit of a blur.  We took a trip for a couple of weeks.  We went to Niagara Falls, then on to Toronto where we met up with Ben and his Girlfriend, then left them and went on to Kingston, then on to NY to visit my Mom.  We stopped at Watkins Glen on the way home to walk the glen.  It was a fabulous trip, here are a few pictures of the highlights.    

Niagara Falls....we took a helicopter tour, went to a Butterfly Garden, Toured Niagara on the Lake and visited Fort George in the daytime and the nighttime (ghost tour).

Toronto....we visited the Stanley Cup, went to the Aquarium, took a boat tour, and saw Jason Mamoa (you know....Aquaman?) but couldn't get a good picture of him.

Kingston...took a bus tour, took a ghost tour, and walked around the city.

Watkins Glen

We also took a trip into DC to visit the Madame Tussaud's Museum.  Yes, we are goofy, but we have fun!!  We also took in a Caps game!

I'll write about our recent travels next time!  Thanks for stopping by!


Vickie said...

I especially enjoyed your family pictures DJ! :D

Robin in Virginia said...

Enjoy seeing the photos from your trips! I think your new start is off to a good beginning, your Quaker stitch WIP is looking good as does your ornament. I don't think it is cheating for some of your stitching to overlap in challenges. If you are enjoying your projects then why not!?!?!?! Have a fabulous weekend, DJ!

Katie said...

Good luck with your 2019 goals and getting them ironed out. Great WIPs and beautiful progress. Great travel photos.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

I enjoyed the photos from your trips.
Your Chatelaine will be lovely. I'm sure I've read that some stitchers prefer to use 28ct rather than 32ct for these.

Justine said...

What lovely photos. I was lucky to visit Toronto and Niagara in 2004 and loved it. Such a beautiful part of the world. Great cheesy photos of the celebrities too!
Good luck with your 2019 plans, I think taking it slow and steady is the way to go.

Julie said...

Beautiful array of pictures of your travels in 2018.
Wishing you lots of relaxing stitching during this year.
{{hugs}} xx

rosey175 said...

Awesome travel pictures, the barrel over Niagara Falls is great! And it's easier to stay exercising than to start exercising so good luck! :D/

It's not cheating to have things overlap! Otherwise I'd be doomed ahaha. Lovely start on your Chatelaine too.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Did you find your discs yet? I've chosen the same 2008 ornament, I'm doing three of their bell pulls this year.

Love the holiday photos but some of them are fake. I'm prepared to believe you went over Niagara but those butterflies don't look real LOL