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January Smalls SAL post

My first small for the 2017 Smalls SAL run by Heather of Stitching Lotus. It's a Lizzie Kate Tiny Tidings called Snow Bird. There are meant to be blue beads in the centers of the snowflakes, but I subbed blue stitches. Stitched on 32 count  linen in "Wren" by PTP (I think).

I had intended to have one or two other smalls done by now, but for some reason, I thought it would be a great idea to start a project on January 2 for a friend whose birthday is February 3. I've had to put everything else aside to work on it. I still have 1/4 of it left to do, and only a week to do it. :( I really like it, and it's going to be cute when it's done, but ack.

It is reminding me of why I stopped enjoying stitching years ago - I was stitching large-ish things, and often they were for people and therefore needed to be done by some date (which ultimately slid and slid and slid, and then I felt guilty about it), and I got so sick of whatever I was stitching on that it stopped being fun.

So, I'm going to finish this thing, and then I am going to so, so, so enjoy working on something new that doesn't have a deadline, and on WIPs that I have been plodding along on in a deadline-free, stress-free manner.

I do have one other gift stitch planned this year, but I have 3 possible deadlines (Mother's Day, mom's birthday in October, or Christmas), and it's not huge. So I'm fairly confident that I can at least get it done by the end of the year, without having to zero in on it until I'm sick of it....


  1. Congrats on the cute finish Amy. I am stitching a bunch of the Tiny Tidings.


  2. Your snowman is such a cutie, Amy! As you know, I am mostly a smalls stitcher, too--I really need that quick fix and have found that I enjoy the finishing almost as much as the stitching (almost!!)... Good luck with the birthday gift!

  3. Too cute! I totally understand your gift problem. I have an obligation piece and it's driving me crazy haha.

  4. I love your finish, it is so cute.

  5. Love your snowman finish, Amy! I look forward to seeing what you stitch on next once you finish the birthday gift. Enjoy your weekend!

  6. your snowman is so cute- the blue stitches look great - no need for beads there. I really do Stitch just for me.

  7. I'm trying SO hard to limit the 'stitching for others' thing this year for that exact reason - last year, almost everything I did went out the door never to be seen again!

  8. Good luck with the birthday stitching.
    Mr snowman is a cutie.


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