Sunday, January 1, 2012

Keeping It Simple

Last year, I set goals for specific things I wanted to accomplish. In my year end recap, I found that for me, I did pretty good. I hesitate to say, however, that having a goal list was the driver of what I accomplished in 2011. So for 2012, I'm keeping it simple:

Use My Stash

Don't misunderstand - this is not a "no buy" goal. For some of you, that may be realistic - for me it is not at all. But I do have some wonderful fibers for stitching, knitting, and quilting in my stash that I'd like to use.

In that vein, today I'm starting the wonderful Ann Dale sampler. I fell in love with it the first time I saw it on Theresa's blog when she received the original sampler she had purchased. I think there are 8 of us in our Sampler Guild stitching this one. I wouldn't call it a stitch along, more like a start a long!

And funny enough, she is coming out of my stash! Since the kit arrived two days ago (way back in 2011) it's officially stash. :)
Fiber and Floss for Ann Dale
40 Count Lakeside Linen Vintage Pear (a muddy green)
Assorted Silks

This is also my Themalicious Project for January along with AotH.

29 comments:

Margaret said...

Oh, the colors! I just know I will succumb to this one if I don't watch out. lol! Can't wait to see your start! And simple is good imo!

Simone de Klerk said...

Good goal! Wow, love the sampler you are going to start! In Dutch we call that a 'merklap'.
It's defnitely from your stash (((o:

geeky Heather said...

Good goal to stitch from your stash...I could do that for decades, I think! Those are lovely colors! Thanks for joining in with Theme-a-licious!

Laurie in Iowa said...

I'm going to enjoy following your progress on Ann Dale. So far I've resisted her... but who knows how long I'll hold out.

Pat said...

I need to make a bigger dent in my stash, too. I actually did pretty well with that in 2011 and need to continue with that. What is this Thermalicious thing?

Liana said...

Yep, this definitely counts as using your stash. I think that's an excellent goal for 2012. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress on the Ann Dale, I love the colors you chose.

Deb said...

I love your way of thinking - if it's in the house by January 1st - it's stash!! Those colors look luscious and I can't wait to see your start. She's one that I want to purchase when I eliminate a couple WIPs. I've designated 2012 as the year of WIPs too (you should have seen all the shopping I did before the end of the year! ) LOL

Barb said...

Have fun stitching, love the threads.....

Happy New Year!!

Nancy said...

Enjoy your new sampler start! I have also been trying to use from my stash and doing pretty good at keeping it that way - until I run out!

Catherine said...

That is such a pretty sampler - and oh, those colors!!

Littlebit said...

I'm with you Jackie! I would love to try to use from my stash; that said, if it takes too much patience to figure out a conversion, I'll be yanking out the ole cc or dropping in on PayPal. lol. I received that sampler chart for Christmas. It's beautiful, but I have so many things ahead of it..like BBD Christmas Garden. Happy New Year, J!

alethia said...

I am in tune with you Jackie, in fact after reading your post I decide to post an end of the year post and 2012 goal. I intend to use more of my stash this year in fact I haven't bought any fabrics since July 2011 and for me that is a great acomplishment. I love the sampler.

Stitching By A Cornish Sea Shore said...

I am so looking foward to seeing your progress, I haven't seen Ann Dale before so had to google it. BEAUTIFUL - ticks all my boxes.

Please post loads of photos as you stitch.

Carol said...

Can't wait to follow along on this one, Jackie--it is just gorgeous!

Deborah said...

Your fibers are beautiful. I look forward to your start.

Marjo said...

I am waiting for the kit for this to arrive to start on the Attic SAL. The colors are just gorgeous. I can't wait to see your progress.

Brigitte said...

Using your stash - a great plan for the new year. I'm going to use the same motto as you for this year. I found it worked so well last year and it's always a lot of fun going through your stash and find all these hidden treasures.
What a great new start you have chosen, it's such a wonderful sampler. Have a great new stitching and quilting year!

Poussy Stiches my love said...

bon projet

bisous de france

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Encore une bonne année 2012 !!!!

Gabi said...

I think that is a great goal. I might give that a try too. Although Ann is very tempting and definitely not in my stash..yet.
Looking forward to see more of your Ann and wishing you a fantastic 2012

Carla said...

I love the using the stash thing. I plan to do that, but with all the new Moda coming, .......... Your mosaic is wonderful. I will try that some day when I have the time to learn a new blog thingy.

valerie said...

Happy New Year Jackie! Can't wait to see your Start on Ann Dale!

Lois said...

I'm with you on the 'use my stash' goal for 2012 Jackie. Love what you've gone with for your new start of 2012. Will be looking forward to watching your progress on this one.

Heidi said...

And what yummy stash you have! I have been working from stash for a number of years now and it becomes easier and easier to keep at it as you go.

You have had an amazing year and made so many beautiful things. It has been my joy to be able to stop by to visit and see them.

Wishing you a wonderful and creative 2012 Jackie!

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

Tonya said...

I click the link to see that pattern, wow.....I can't wait to see your start on this.

Suzanne said...

What pretty colours for this sampler, especially the fabric. I think your goal is a super one. My whole year is themed around using what I have with my stitching and in my kitchen.

Nicole said...

That sounds like a good do-able goal to me :) I could never stop buying fabric, it just makes me too darn happy. I've been looking through your blog. You make some beautiful things. You've probably already hear of this place, but do your ever buy stuff from the Shepherds Bush - oh I love that store. Have fun watching Downton Abbey tonight - I can't wait.

merumo said...

She is absolute beauty! I was very tempted getting started on her, but my Ann Grant stopped me - I haven't been able to finish her for the longest time. I'll look forward to following your progress.

Catherine said...

Gosh, I could stare at those colors all day! Will be looking to see your progress!