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My name is Kaye and I am 58 years old. Unbelievably to me, at my age, I have now just embarked upon my third career - as a History Education Consultant! I love to cross stitch and quilt, especially with my kittens, Furio and Milo "helping" me. I also love to read, I have a passion for history and I have been cooking since I was about 12 - move over Junior Masterchef! So, this blog, which started out as a cross stitch blog sometimes morphs into a reading journal or a history lesson (sorry, I used to be a secondary teacher before I became a publisher and now a consultant) or a post about my cooking mojo. Whatever it is, this blog is alway about me, my family and my life here in Eaglemont, Victoria. I have been happily married for over 30 years to the most wonderful man and we are blessed with three beautiful grown up children.

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Friday, 29 January 2016

Small SAL 2016 - January Check in...


Time for the first Smalls SAL check in for the year.  What is the Smalls SAL?  It is quite simple, really - it is run by Heather of Silver Lotus (the SAL mama). Here are the main details:

  1. Stitch a small every month. You get to decide what a small is for you. 50×50 stitches? 100×100 stitches? It’s up to you. You just need to be able to get it done by the check-in day. (WIP smalls that you complete in time for the check-in are great too!) You pick your design, I do not provide designs.
  2. Post a picture of your completed small (stitching done, but the actual finishing is optional) on the last Thursday of every month, with the exception of November, which will be the last Wednesday.

First up  for my first Smalls SAL check in for 2016 is my spooky hello to you all, my January Winged Creature for the Hallowe'en Ornie SAL (which also doubled up for my Prairie Schooler SAL), and it is a Finished Finish - double yay!- so it fits into the new SAL I have joined OPAM (one project a month - triple yay! This is a SAL run by the lovely Kris and Peg) Also, it is not only my first finish for the year but also my first start and finish for Debbie's Ultimate Crazy Challenge - only 30 Starts and finishes to go! (So, am I up to quadruple yay, now?)

Thank you to my dear friend, Brigitte (gorgeous stitcher and fab blog, check it out) for the great idea of having 31 starts and finishes for the Challenge (to represent 31 starts in January).  Every year, I have tried to have 31 new starts (and one year 60) in a row over January with my dear friend, Linda, (another gorgeous blog for you to visit)  and each year I have failed (I would start really well and then go back to work - lol!). But last year, I saw on Brigitte's blog that she had committed to having 31 starts and finishes over the year, to honour Debbie and the challenge, so I have "borrowed" the idea from her, I hope that you don't mind, my dear Brigitte.

If you would like to know more about this challenge, check out the FB group.

Anyway, here is my first Smalls SAL/Hallowe'en Ornie SAL/Prairie Schooler SAL/DUCJFC2016 finish for the year, I made it up into a simple soft ornie.


I was lucky enough to find the perfect backing fabbie in my stash.



A close up of the stitching.


Design: Part of "All Hallow's Eve" by Prairie Schooler (Book *180)
28 ct linen "Rain"
Floss: DMC 310

A very quick, enjoyable stitch.

Next up is a piece I picked up for Friday Frolics and it is also a Gifted Gorgeousness SAL piece (if you want to check out all these different SALs either click on the links or there are buttons for each on the right hand side bar)

Proverbi 3 by Paola Gattiblu
28ct Flax Linen
My selection of speciality floss
(The two blues are WDW Blue Jean and GAST Cornflower)



Well, I worked on this piece for the rest of the weekend and into the week and now I have a finish!  Yay, yay and yay!




I am so thrilled with this piece.  The kitty cat is meant to be black but, of course, I had to stitch Furio!  There is a companion piece, onto which I will stitch Milo, naturally.

Anyway, if you want to see everyone else's Small's projects, please click on this link.

Thanks for visiting, 
hugs, 

26 comments:

Melinda Forbes said...

The Raven is perfect - Oops. I can tell you are a serious lover of cats. 31 Starts and Finishes - Thank you for sharing the links to your challenge

Emma/Itzy said...

Great first small this year for the SAL, so many Yaayys!

Tiffstitch said...

Great finishes!

Justine said...

Two gorgeous finishes - how many SALs did you join this year?!

shez said...

great finishes kaye,well done,they are beautiful xx

Brenda said...

Such beautiful finishes!

Bea said...

Great finishes and terrific backing fabric for the totally finished one.

Heather said...

Wow! Great work! And thanks for joining the Smalls SAL.

Heather said...

Lovely finishes!

Linda said...

Congrats on the lovely finishes Kaye.

Linda

Varla Lee said...

Hello Kate! Lovely your finished! Warm hugs from Italy.

CJ said...

Hello Kaye - Lovely stitching.

CJ

Elfie said...

Your ornament is lovely.

Annie said...

Love that little PS piece. I've never seen that one before. Nice finishing too!

KimM said...

Oh, Kaye - a sweet Small....I've been a bad girl and haven't stitched anything for the SALs Ive signed up for. Too many other things seem to have captured my time...NEXT MONTH!!! FOR SURE!
xxx

cucki said...

It's so beautiful x

Daniela Bencúrová said...

Everything is beautiful!

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

I lost count of how many SALS each piece fitted in to! They both did sterling work though, very impressive.

Thoeria said...

Lovely Lovely stitching! That raven one is a little gem :)

Anna van Schurman said...

I'm with Jo! That's a lot of SAL-ing. Your raven is spooky-sweet.

Barb said...

What a cute little Halloween piece! I love Halloween designs that include the raven.

Brigitte said...

So I have seduced you with my idea to start -and finish - the 31 project throughout the year :) And you will see it works, and that's the morst important about it. But I don't know if I deserve the honor for this idea, it might be that I read something similar on someone else's blog before. But thank you for linking to my blog. And well done on your first finish for the challenge.

ANGIE said...

Hi Kaye, your finishes are beautiful! Happy stitching!

diamondc said...

Kaye: Love the Raven and the coordinating fabric is perfect.
Your other stitching is wonderful.

Blessings
Catherine

Margaret said...

Love both pieces! The raven one is so cool. Great finishes!

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful finishes! Love your little Furio :D

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