I have been thinking a lot about 2024 and what I want to try to accomplish in my cross stitch, wool applique, and quilting worlds. I’m someone who likes to have some plans….whether I follow them is an entirely different matter.
One thing I realized is that in the past, I haven’t made and finished things that I want to keep for myself because I’ve always had childcare kids and grandkids here. I never wanted to go through the work of displaying something only to have the kids ruin it. I would be mad, they would be sad and no one really wants that. So, I often didn’t make things for myself.
I think one of the reasons I latched onto cross stitch was that it could hang on the wall and the kids couldn’t touch it. It would be safe from fingers and spills and dogs chewing holes.
Now that I am working at the vet office and my grandkids are only here for visits (plus they are getting older) I feel like I can decorate a little more as I don’t have to worry about them so much. I am slowly starting to bring decorations to tabletops.
This likely sounds crazy to all but it’s honestly the first time I could do this since our oldest daughter Kelli was born in 1987. I went from having kids that would mess my stuff to childcare in my home to grandkids. There really was never a spot where I could have “nice things”.
So…with that in mind, I have a new lease on decorating. I’m not a big decorator and don’t expect lavish things…but there are some things I have in mind.
I have this ladder with one quilt on it…I’d like two more small wall/small lap quilts for here…
I also have this quilt rack I’d like to have more small quilts for. These might be a little more seasonal.
I have this door with the Christmas Stocking on it. I have a nice sunflower piece that goes there when it’s not Christmas but I’d like to make a few other seasonal wool applique larger pieces that might go there.
I am very short on Easter dough bowl-type decorations…and 4th of July. I’d also like to add a garden/bee/sunflower decor theme. That would be from after 4th of July until after Labor Day when I put out Fall. I feel like that time frame is a dead zone with my decor.
I want some quilting stuff…some wool applique stuff and some cross stitch…just for some variety. A blog reader recently sent me this book. You can find it HERE on Amazon.
The book has some cute things I’d love to make… My main focus would be these bee-themed pieces. So CUTE. I think I might prim them up a bit though. I love them.
Barb, a blog reader, also sent me this bee cross-stitch piece. I gathered the thread and have plans to stitch this-maybe we should do this as a stitch along. Anyone interested? I could ask Liz about doing that.
I’ll be on the lookout for more bee-themed things and patterns. A garden theme is okay too. Anything that will blend with this sort of theme.
I have lofty plans to try to get at least two Easter/Spring small cross stitch pieces finished… these that a blog reader sent are in contention. But… time-wise I might have to only do one of these and then a smaller piece. Both are so cute.
I’d also like to get a few 4th of July pieces stitched. The same blog reader sent these. I’d like to get at least one of them stitched.
I have so enjoyed opening my seasonal boxes this Fall and Winter and seeing this…
I’d like to be able to do that for Spring/Easter, Patriotic, and Bee/Garden themes. I know I can’t do that all in one year but I can start! It doesn’t have to be all cross-stitch. It can be wool too. It can be quilted table toppers and wall hangings. So…I’m kind of scaling back some of my plans to work on giant cross-stitch pieces this year. Of course, I’ll have one or two going but I want to make some more small pieces.
I have a few patterns and charts already but if anyone has any good suggestions on pieces that would work for me to stitch, sew, applique or craft, please let me know. I’m open to ideas and would love to incorporate some of them.
Oh…I forgot to say…I’d like to do a couple of punchneedle projects too. Oh, my…so many plans, ideas, wants, and wishes!! Why not dream big? Right??