June SAL Update

It’s time for my SAL Update.  I belong to a group of stitchers online and participate in a stitch-a-long.  This stitch-a-long is different from most in that each member chooses their own project to work and posts updates every three weeks.  I’m working on a Christmas Stocking for one of my sons.  Here is where I was at the last update:

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5/31/20 – SAL Update.

And this is where I am now:

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6/21/20-SAL Update

I have been finding a little bit more time here and there to work on this and I’m quite pleased with my progress.  With a little bit of stitching time each day, I’m hoping to be done with this window pane by the next update.

If you have time, please take a look at the other stitch-a-long members and their progress (list below).

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborah, Mary MargaretRenee, CarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnne,  AJJennyLauraCathie, SherrieHelen

Sal Update for May

Whew!  Another three weeks gone by – another three weeks in SIP.  The weather has been so nice here and I have been gardening on most days.  Sitting outside chatting with friends (over zoom) has become the norm.  My last SAL post showed progress up to this point:

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4/19/20 – SAL Update

And now I am here:

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5/31/20 – SAL Update.

Th whole thing looks like this:

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5/31/20

Slowly, but surely!  Please take a look at all the other beautiful projects done by others taking part in this SAL:

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborah, Mary MargaretRenee, CarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnne,AJJennyLauraCathieLindaSherrieHelen

I’m also taking part in Kathy’s Slow Stitch Sunday.

April SAL Update

A SAL is a stitch-a-long.  This particular one is super fun because everyone has a different project that they are working and post about it every three weeks.  If you’d like to join us, please contact AVIS at the link below the post.

AND a big welcome to Sherrie!  I can’t wait to hop over to her blog to see what she’s been up to.

Whew!!  That was a quick three weeks!  It is still shelter in place where we live – you are not supposed to leave your home unless you are going on an essential errand or walking the dog.  Our dog now runs away when she sees us get the leash.  There are four kids at home — walking the dog has become one of the coveted chores!

I did not get all that much done on the Candy Cane Christmas Stocking.  This is where I was last update:

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3/29/20 – SAL close up Update

And this is where I am now:

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4/19/20 – SAL Update

I’ve been scattered lately, not really able to concentrate on any one thing.  I’m like a pin ball, bouncing from one activity to another.  I have lots of unfinished things:  weeding (done in patches), gardening (also done in patches), different areas of organization in our home (lots started, nothing finished).  I read somewhere about a syndrome called IGAD – I Got All Day.  I think in some ways I am experiencing that.  Each day is open and free, one very similar to the next, it is a very strange feeling.  I have never had my days look like this.  I’ve always been working, studying, raising kids, running a business, keeping things running smoothly in the home.  I’ve never experienced long swaths of time like this.  On the plus side, we are walking as a family at least once a day, playing board and card games at every meal (we eat them all together now), do puzzles and have lots of movie nights.  The time together as a family has been really nice.  OK… now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I just watched a YouTube video on how to grow ginger from fresh ginger you buy at the store.  I have some here and I’m off to plant it!

Please take a look at the other stitchers in this group.  There are so many fantastic things going on:

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborah, Mary MargaretRenee, CarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLindaSherrie

I’m also sharing with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitch Sunday.

SAL and Slow Stitch Sunday

It’s time for an update on my son’s Christmas Stocking.  This is where I was last time:

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2/16/20 SAL Update-closeup

And this is where I am now:

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3/29/20 – SAL close up Update

I’m kind of shocked that I got so much done.  I’ve been really busy since we’ve been sheltering in place.  I’ve got four kids home again (so nice!), which means tons of cooking, baking, games, puzzles and walks and talks.  I’m loving being with everyone although sometimes we get on each other’s nerves!

I also started a YouTube channel of fun sewing/crafting activities for kids or kids and their parents to do to help with being home so long.  If you are interested, you can find my youtube channel here.  It’s also on my business website, Let’s Go Crafting in the blog section.

I’m sure others participating in this SAL have gotten so much more done.  If you’d like to join our group of stitchers, please contact Avis at the link below. Take a look at all the progress the wonderful stitchers in our group have done.

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborah, Mary MargaretRenee, CarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLinda

I’m also linking up with Slow Stitch Sunday.

February SAL and Slow Stitch Sunday

Three weeks have flown by!!  I’m slowly working on the Christmas stocking for my oldest son.  This is where I was three weeks ago:

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1/26/2020 SAL Update

I had been working on the separations between the panes of the window.  This is where I’m at now:

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2/16/20 SAL Update

I’ve finished most of the bars and have moved to another section of the stocking.  Here is a close up:

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2/16/20 SAL Update-closeup

I should be able to make some quick progress for next time as there is quite a bit of the same color.  Please take a look at what some of the others are doing and if you’d like to join us please contact Avis (she’s the first one on the list below)

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborah, Mary MargaretRenee, CarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJenny

I’m also linking up with Kathy for Slow Stitch Sunday.

January #2 SAL Update

I’ve been plugging along slowly on this project, letting other things work their way into my stitching time, but I do have a bit of progress to show.  This is progress from last time:

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1/5/20 Update: After the backstitching

I had just finished that square including the backstitching.  This is where I am today:

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1/26/2020 SAL Update

I’ve been working on the stitching between the panes of glass in the window.  I’m enjoying the rhythm of the half stitches and also the texture given by the different number of strands of floss used.

Please take a look at the work made by the other member of this SAL – lots of talent shown on their sites!!  If you’d like to join us, please click on “Avis” below, she keeps us all organized!

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborah, Mary MargaretRenee, CarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJ

I’m also linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitch Sundays.

January SAL and Slow Stitch Sunday

It’s a new year and there are so many things I’m looking forward to!  I’m so grateful for my family, my friends and just my life in general.  I’m grateful for this SAL and the friends I’ve made here.  There is so much support and care from each of you and I truly feel blessed to be a part of it.

Three weeks have gone by already since the last update!!  I simply cannot believe that another year is starting – Happy 2020 to everyone!

At the last update, this is where I was:

This is where I am now.

We were on vacation and I had lots of morning and late afternoon time to work on this.  It was just so very relaxing to sit either on our balcony or on the beach, watch the ocean and stitch away!

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1/5/20 Update: Before the backstitching

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1/5/20 Update: After the backstitching

I even managed to stitch on the airplane!!  That was a first for me.  I hope the start of the new year brings much happiness to you!

Please take a look at the other wonderful stitchers participating in this SAL by clicking on the links below!  And welcome to AJ who is joining us!  This SAL is different than other SALS in that you get to choose the project that you work on.  Every three weeks you post your progress.  It’s a great group of stitchers and if you’d like to join us, please contact Avis (hers is the first link)

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyLindaHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborah, Mary MargaretReneeJennyCarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJ

I’m also linking up with Kathy for Slow Stitch Sunday.

December SAL and Slow Stitching Sunday

I am so grateful for this SAL!  On the Gingerbread House #5, this is where I was last update:

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11/24/2019 SAL Update – Gingerbread House #5

This is where I am now!!

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Gingerbread House #5.

The stitching is finished!!  I actually finished it over our Thanksgiving break and blogged about it here.  I haven’t decided what it will be yet, but am leaning towards an ornament.  I think I’ll try to have that done for our next update.

Also, I made time to work on my son’s Christmas Stocking.  Here is were I was three weeks ago:img_8083

and a closeup of the area I’m working on:

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Before

This is where I am now:

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12/15/19 SAL Update on Ty’s Christmas Stocking.

I’ve been getting up every morning and putting a few stitches in while I drink my coffee and start the day.  It’s been so relaxing.  This is what the stocking looks like now:

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12/15/19 SAL Update

Slowly, but surely, stitch by stitch, I will finish.

Please take a look at all the other talented stitchers taking part in this SAL:

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyLindaHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeJennyCarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnne

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by sending Avis an email.

I am also linking up with Kathy for Slow Stitch Sunday.

SAL and Slow Stitch Sunday

I am quite excited.  No, I didn’t finish. But I did make progress.  Last check-in I was here:

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11/3/19 SAL Update – Gingerbread House #5.

And this week I am here:

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11/24/2019 SAL Update – Gingerbread House #5

BUT…that is not what I am truly excited about.  I had been working on a Christmas Stocking for one of my sons and then made a pretty big counting error which resulted in being off by quite a bit.  All those little stitches needed to be ripped out – UGH!!  So the piece went into time out.  Because I’ve rejoined this SAL, it gave me the courage to bring the piece back out and rip all the stitches.  It is back now to where it was before and is ready to be worked on.img_8083

Please take a look at all the other talented stitchers taking part in this SAL:

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyLindaHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborah, Mary MargaretReneeJennyCarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnne

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by sending Avis an email.

I am also linking up with Kathy for Slow Stitch Sunday.  Unfortunately, today I will not get to my stitching :o(, but tomorrow I will have some good time to put in.

SAL Update – not!

Once again, I have not been able to work on my SAL project!  Life right now has been super busy and I have only been working on things for my business.  I hope to get back on track soon.

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2/24/19 Update

I know that the others in our SAL group have been working on some pretty amazing stitcheries.  Please go take a look and if you’d like to join our group please click on “Avis” below, she has all the details.

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHelenLinda,HeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganCatherineDeborahConnieClare, Mary MargaretReneeJenny,CarmelaJocelynSharon