Sunday, 7 February 2016

It's been a while

A long, long while. December was crazy busy and January somehow became the month of recovery. I don't talk about it much but my health isn't too brilliant so after crazy busy times I need recovery time and this time it took a whole month.

During the month I had time to reflect, as one does in January, on what I'd been up to last year and what I want to do this year. One thing I realised is that back to back stitching deadlines are not for me. Yes it's fun making something new every 2 weeks - the ornaments of the month that I posted on the Nerd Central Command International website and the fob a month I posted here but then stopped doing due to lack of time and energy, though I did plan on continuing with them it somehow didn't happen 3 months in a row. I'm going to continue giving free patterns here, but not on a schedule. This will give me more time to make things I want to make and not have to worry about specific things that people are expecting me to make.

One thing I have been playing with as a plan is making 3-D ornaments and this I really want to do as I think it will be fun. So look out for them, and the free patterns, during the coming year.

The other things I want to work on this year are my WIPS, With all the deadlines last year they got left by the wayside and some are in danger of becoming UFOs *yikes*

I will continue joining in with competitions that are hosted on the deviantart group #stitchingpirates. The current one is called Gamers Delight and I have a nice plan for my entry, which will be a creature from the Doctor Who: Legacy game I enjoy so much, but don't play as much as I'd like as I can't stitch and play at the same time. I hope to post almost daily updates on this project once I start it.

I will be blogging about how to make an almost T.A.R.D.I.S. like bag, a bag that can hold so much more then it looks like it should be able to carry, which the Harry Potter fans might see as a bag with an Undetectable Extension Charm, much like Hermiome Granger's beaded bag, but not as big on the inside. The important bit about this bag is that it meets RyanAir's rules about the second bit of hand luggage so it can carry extra stuff when travelling. This will be the first thing I blog about as I do have  deadline for it - in less than 2 weeks from today it has to be ready for the recipient to collect it.

After the wall of text it's high time I gave you something nice to look at so here are some pictures of things I finished but have not yet blogged about.

Ornament of the Month - October
Ornament of the Month November
Ornament of the Month - November

The last 3 are all Ornaments of the Month for December.

This was going to be the Fob a Month pattern for November but alas it was not posted in time for that, however I will give the pattern soon.

I don't think  I ever got round to posting this either but.. not only did I complete this but I also won first prize for finishing this first in the speed stitching contest!

I have a few more things to post but they are still on the way to the intended recipient and as they are a surprise and I know at least one of them reads this blog I'm going to wait till after they arrive to share them.

That's all for now.. I'll be back soon with the start of the bag project!


  1. I kind of feel bad that you had so much pressure last year and very little time for YOU and your stash, but at the same time LOOK WHAT YOU DID ACCOMPLISH! I think for all of us, this year is the take it easy year ha ha. I still have three ornaments to finish, but am delaying that for a bit....soooooooooo tell me more about this travel bag?

    1. It didn't feel so much like pressure all the time, just when I did multiples lol and deadlines and stuffs. Yes I did LOADS! Agreed, lets take it easy and have fun while we do it :) I still have a bunch more to finish - more than you hehehe.

      The travel bag I made for me some time ago was this one: Somehow I can't find it on my blog, oddness. Any way bf wants one too for his trips to see me and as he's been kidnapping mine frequently I really need to do this.

  2. I can see how last year was very stressful for you with all the deadlines - I was there to witness most of it after all! You did get some fabulous work done under all that pressure though, I'm very impressed! But I'm also looking forward to seeing more regular updates from your other WIPs and all the awesome stuff you got going on, and I'm confident you'll find a perfect balance between that and showcasing your amazing designing talent :)

    1. You were indeed :) Thanks! <3 It will always be a bit of a battle to do what I already have going and what I want to do - even being at home as much as I am I still don't have time for everything ;)