January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Finally! Today's the 1st January and the start for the Crazy January Challenge 2012. The day I've been waiting for so long.
I have decided to start my 15 crazy projects in alphabetically order and the first one is "1814 Butterfly collection" by Carriage House Samplings. What I didn't take in consideration is, that the Butterfly Sampler is the most difficult project in my selection. Almost each butterfly has different instructions, lots of parts are stitched 1 over 1 and I am stitching on Indian raw linen which is about a 38ct and extremely uneven.  
As many others the Mr. and I celebrated New Year's Eve. We have been invited to a friends party, had good food and drank beer, champagne and Russian vodka (one of the invited friends is from St. Petersburg, Russia that's why there is always vodka included). Now our friend lives on the other side of the town and there was no way of getting home during the night. (I tried to get a taxi for hours without any success) So we got home today around 10am, after having a "Robert's Coffee"-breakfast at the railway station. (Chai Latte and French Croissants)
And with this huge lack of sleep I've started bravely my first butterfly right after a little nap. I took this picture soon after starting to catch the last beam of sunlight, but by now half of the butterfly is ready. 
Just a few days ago, I have also started a new Christmas design. It's called "1999 Christmas Sampler" as well from Carriage House Samplings. I am stitching on 18ct. black aida and to make a confession: It is the first time for me stitching on black fabric, even thou I am stitching for almost 30 years in total already.
Last but not least, I like to share the Fair & Square Round 27 pieces, that I received from Milly. 
Aren't those the most beautiful squares. I love the design and the colour they are stitched in. They will make a great addition to my exchange-pieces display.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!


CJ said...

Great start for the challenge. Happy New Year.


Carolyn NC said...

Wow - awesome progress already. Such lovely projects and the squares are so pretty!

Vaida said...

That's a lovely start of the year! Let 2012 be a good and joyful

Milly~ said...

So glad you liked my squares. I had such fun stitching them for you. Might just have to do this one again for myself.