Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I LOVE January ...

Not only is January my birthday month, what's not to love about your birthday month?! It's also a month of new things ... new 2012 calendar, new snow, new pants (I've been losing weight *smile*), new stash (I've been splurging a bit), new Gingher scissors (had my 50% coupon on me when I found Alicia at Joann's), new challenges at work (oh Joy!), new movies (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is one awesome movie) and and and a couple more new finishes!!! Yes, two more finishes ... I'm soooo pleased!

May I present to you January Word Play. With all the snow we had last week I just had to stitch this fun design. I've now stitched October Word Play and January. I have November and December to start. Have you seen February Word Play? Sooooo cute!
January Word Play by Thy Needle & Thread
stitched on 32 ct. light Examplar linen
with suggested GAST threads

I am absolutely in love with this next finish. I started this at least 3 years ago. I don't know why it took me so long to finish it. I loved the fabric, loved the silks and loved the design. I'm so happy to have it done finally and can't wait to get it framed to enjoy all December. I posted about this wip back in November last year. At that time I had decided to leave the 2010 date that I had stitched on it earlier. After finishing it last night the date just bugged the heck out of me so I frogged the date out and I'm so glad I did ...
Peppermint Twist by Blue Ribbon Design
stitched on 36 ct. Lakeside V. Wood Smoke linen
with Belle Soie silk conversion by Jean at The Attic Needlework

I'm tickled red that I was able to finish 3 wips this month. And hope to keep up and finish at least one wip every couple of months. I treated myself by starting Sergei this evening. What a fun stitch this will be. I just love that red bird *smile*

Thanks everyone for all your wonderful comments. I love reading them!

I hope you find your Joy in your stitches ...

I'm grateful for new jeans ...

39 comments:

Shari said...

both finishes are beautiful!!!! and wow, you have so many great reasons to love January....thanks for sharing them....
I MUST pull out my word play patterns.......wonder how quick I could stitch up January!?!?!?!

Chris said...

Happy Birthday January girl!
I LOVE both of these finishes :)

Dawn said...

they are both beautiful, I've been considering the January and/or Feb word play and now that I've seen them done, I'm convinced, they are really cute.
Happy Birthday!

nima said...

lovely finishes..Happy Birthday to you...so nice to read your reasons to love january

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Those wordplays are so cute :) This one is darling! I love your PT too :) The colors are stunning!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Your finishes are great, and I'm proud for the lost weight! It sounds like your Resolutions are sticking this year - Congratulations! Jeans are the hardest, so real congrats there!

Nancy said...

It sounds like 2012 is definitely a good year for you Michele! Nice stitching, and Peppermint Twist is gorgeous. Hope you have/had a special birthday celebration, and congratulations for losing weight!

LoriU said...

I love your two finishes, but REALLY love the January Word Play!! I am going to have to stitch that one!! Congrats!

Sally said...

I love both your finishes Michele! I love everything about January Word Play and Peppermint Twist is so pretty. I loved it when I stitched it.

Still wishing for snow here!

Shannon said...

Very nice finishes! :)

Rachel S-H said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful finishes! Happy birthday!

Fiona said...

Nice finishes Michele. Hope you had a great birthday.

Vickie Niggemann said...

Great news all around. But new pants? Whoo hoo! Good for you. :)

Catherine said...

Happy Birthday and whoo~hoo on the new pants!!
Great finishes!

Edgar said...

Both super cute finishes!! Congrats!

Lesleyanne said...

Both finishes are gorgeous. Happy birthday.

Shelleen said...

Congrats on both of those beautiful finishes. Happy Birthday and woohoo on losing weight.

Mouse said...

oooo love both the finishes well done you :) and happy birthday day to you too :) mines on the 28th .... enjoy getting sergi ;0 love mouse xxxx

escargopotte said...

just lovely ! I love january too !
happy birthday january !!!!

Ranae said...

Happy Birthday!!!!
I love both your finishes.
Gotta love that snowman in the wagon
I look forward to seeing progress on Sergei

Deborah said...

Both finishes are beautiful. You love February word play. My fav so far.

Barb said...

Your finishes are just lovely!!! I have been thinking about doing the word play. Your photo just pushes me more in that direction! So cute!

Carol said...

Happy Birthday to my fellow January birthday girl, Michele :) I love January because it is such a nice calm month--no holidays or outdoor projects to keep you overly busy!

Your January Word Play is adorable. I received them for Christmas, but have yet to start any of them. I agree February is so darn cute :)

Smaller pants is always a great reason to smile--keep up the good work!!

Cindy's Stitching said...

Happy Birthday. Peppermint twist is beautiful. love it.

Von said...

Congrats on your beautiful finishes, Michele!

Theresa said...

LOVE both finishes!!!!! They are soooo gorgeous~

Patty C. said...

I hope your birthday was wonderful - such beautiful work you have posted -congrats

Paisley said...

Beautiful finishes! And Happy January Birthday!

Beth Pearce said...

Hooray for Michele!! I love both your finishes because they are gorgeous and because that makes you doubly sucessful!! Congrats. I have seen the Word Play ones on a couple of blogs.... You know I love monthlies..............

Melanie said...

Hope you have a nice birthday! :)

Lovely finishes!!! I love love love the word play designs. Very cute!!!! I *must* get at least one of these!

Siobhán said...

Congratulations on the finishes! They look great!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Great finishes especially peppermint twist. I like that one

Harmien said...

Congratulations on ALL your January accomplishments!! Sounds like the perfect start to the new year. Great finishes!

Natasha said...

How come I am late in wishing you Happy Birthday wishes? Well, hope your Birthday month is a GREAT one.

It looks like you are getting off to a great start with both your finishes. BRD is super cute!

Take Care and HAPPY SUNDAY!

Mindi said...

Congratulations on both finishes, they're lovely! I've always really liked the Peppermint Twist pattern, yours looks beautiful.

Veronica said...

Happy Birthday, Michele. Beautiful, beautiful finishes you got there. Three finishes in a month? You go, girl!

Hugs,
Veronica.

Brigitte said...

Three finishes in one month - what an achievement. And they are all so beautiful. I particularly love the word plays and I'm already thinking of adding them to my stash. Decisions ...

Sharon said...

Beautiful finishes!

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