Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 achievements and 2015 targets

I love this time of years, when I look back on how I managed on last years targets and what targets I'm setting myself for 2015, sad but true!

So, starting with the targets I set myself for this year:

One page on Joan Elliott: FAILED
One Page on Dwarven Leader: FAILED - but I have at least worked on it
Two and two half pages on Dragon Rider: FAILED - I completed two half pages
1.5 Pages on Lancelot and Guinevere: FAILED - apparently I haven't worked on this at all this year, that actually really surprised me
1 Page on Winter's Majesty: FAILED - nothing, again
1 page colour on Clara: FAILED - although I have done a bit of colour
2nd row of black on Heather (5.5 pages): DONE
1 page Tale of the Red Swans: DONE
1 Page Rendezvous: DONE
2.5 Girlsof the World: FAILED - again, nothing
1.5 pages of P&P: FAILED - I did half a page though, so that's something
Start Japenese Chatelaine: FAILED
1 page Apocalypse Princesses: DONE - woohoo
Finish something: DONE - two finished actually, thank goodness for weddings and christenings
Start birth or wedding sampler (possibly both): DONE - as well as the above finish I've also started Bothy Cut Thru Noah's Ark

So basically, overall, I didn't do very well on last years stitching targets. 

Not stitching targets
Learn to make crotchet Granny Squares: DONE - I did managed it, but I haven't made one since learning
Write 10,000 words a month (its less than 350 a day, so less horrendous than it sounds): Managed this a couple of times this year, but not every month. However my annual word count was 65654 so I'm taking that as a win.
Take part in NaNoWriMo and manage more than the 11,000 words that I managed this year: I didn't take part, but I did manage 22,000 words that month, so I'm going to take that as a win!
Start looking into the logistics of a stitchers retreat: FAILED - again. There has been talk of it, but it hasn't happened
Get better at gingerbread houses: FAILED: I've done nothing, again

So, having seen how badly I did on last years targets, lets see what unnecessarily ambitious targets I can set myself for this year:

Stitching Targets:
Madame: 1 page
Dragon Rider: 3 and 1 half page
Heather: full row - 5.5 pages
Cloudsfactory: Border and Jan - April
Our Seasons: 1 page
In Her Room: 1 page
Le Pas du Sucre: 1 page
Rendezvous: 1 page
Winter's Majesty: 1 page
Elsa: 1 page
Joan Elliott: 1 page
Dark Hope: 1 page
World Collection: 1.5 girls
Lancelot and Guinevere: 0.5 page
Pride and Prejudice: 1 page
Tale of the Red Swans: 1 page
Promise To Heart: 1 page
Clara: 1 page
Dwarven Leader: 1 page
Apocalypse: 1 page

There have been a lot of new starts this year, so I'm trying to limit them next year. I have allowances, but other than those listed below I'm not allowed to start anything else
Heroes and Villains by Aimee Stewart from HAED - the artwork's been sent so I'm waiting for it to be released
Ex Machine by Cris Ortega from HAED - the artwork's been sent so I'm waiting for it to be released
Heathcliffe and Cathy / Robin Hood and Marion from Cross Stitch Collection
A secret gift
99 bottle of beer from Ink Cirlces
Winter Geisha from Love Thy Thread
I have two (hopefully three) pieces of artwork that I've had permission to get charted for personal use, I'm not guaranteeing that I'll be able to resist starting one of those.
Presents for others because I can't dictate when or if those will happen.

I know that it's still a relatively open list on new starts, but I know that saying none at all would be a pointless lie!

Non-stitching targets:
10,000 words a month (again - I'm getting closer)
Work on stitchers retreat!

Ridiculously ambitious, as usual, but it's fun to try



2014 progress - picture heavy

Apocalypse Princesses as it finished 2013

Apocalypse Princesses at they finished 2014 - Jasmine has a face

Clara as she finished 2013

As she finished 2014 - there is a bit more colour in there

Cloudsfactory 2014 SAL was a new start for 2014

Dark Hope was also a new start for 2014

Dragon Rider as it started 2013

Dragon Rider as it finished 2014 - probably the most noticeable change of the year

Dwarven Leader at the end of 2013

And at the end of 2014 - there is a difference, just not much of one

Elsa was a new start for 2014 - and is hardly a start at all

Heather at the end of 2013

Heather at the end of 2014 - other noticeable difference

In Her Own Room was a new start for 2014

Start and finish photo - how embarassing

Le Pas Du Sucre - new start for 2014

Madame - another new start for 2014

Noah's ark - yet another new start for 2014 - are you seeing a theme?

Our Seasons - another 2014 new start

Pride and Prejudice at the end of 2013

And at the end of 2014, I finally finished the cream

Promise to Heart - a new start for 2014

Tale of the Red Swans - a new start for 2014

Rendezvous - a new start for 2014

Snowdrop Fairy - start and finish photo - oops

Winter's Majesty - start and finish photo, this is now two years without progress, I have to work on this in 2015

World Collection, also no progress this year


My first finish of 2014 - Together Forever from Love Thy Thread (sadly no longer trading), an intended wedding gift

Second finish of 2014 - Animal Fayre from Bothy Threads, also a gift, this time a christening present

Friday, 19 December 2014

Another page, could I finish the row by the end of year?

The titles says it all really. I've managed to finish another page, I've now only got 1 page ans 1 partial page left, but I'm always working quite a lot between now and then, so, it'll be interesting to see if I can manage it, wish me luck.!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Another page

So here she is, another page done, and you can see the beginning of her second eye and eyebrow. I do like this project, and she's one of my few 2014 targets that I might actually achieve this year. It's got to that time of the year, where I start thinking about what my targets were for this year, and what targets I'm going to set myself for next year. I always over aim, but it's fun to try. I know I've failed dismally this year, there are too many new starts for me to achieve half of my targets, but I haven't looked through to see just how badly I've done yet... that's for later in the month!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Tiny update

It's just the black and I'm tenting, so it stitches up quite quickly, but seeing as it's two weeks since I posted, I feel like I should have more to show.
Ah well, progress is progress I guess.