Tuesday, January 11, 2011

First UFO Finish

Greetings from snowy southwestern Ohio. We only got about 4 inches of snow, and that usually shuts this hilly city down. But the road crews were out early so althought many schools closed, many stayed open. My grandchildren are bemoaning the fact that theirs did not close.

Back in November, when I thought about what I might stitch during this new year, I had decided to concentrate on series that were not finished. I have a bad habit of starting series and getting distracted and not finishing them. Then I found out about Up for a Challenge where you are supposed to challenge yourself to finish 15 UFO's. Dumb old me, I didn't think I had 15 unfinished projects, so decided to sign up any way and count the unfinished series as UFO's. I did find more than 15 unfinished pieces but decided only list some of them.

Several years ago, in 2007 I think, Janice(no blog), Elaine, and I started a SAL with LHN's Snowflakes. Spring arrived without our finishing it so we put it away until the following year. Unfortunaltely God had other plans and called Elaine home to him after a short illness. If you read Siobhan's blog, she wrote a wonderful tribute to Elaine back in October. Unlike Siobhan, I was never fortunate enough to meet Elaine in person, but still considered her a good friend. We shared many emails, and she was always ready to listen and find the good in everyone and everything. I couldn't pick Snowflakes back up until last winter when I stitched a little on it, but it brought back many bittersweet memories, and wnet back into the UFO pile. Last week, I felt the time had come to finish it as part of the Up for a Challenge. I still would like to put Elaine's initials on it someplace as a tribute to her.
I think LHN's Snow White will be the next unfinished piece after I finish my January ornament.

Until next time, keep warm and Happy Stitching,


Robin said...

Terrific finish! What about putting Elaine's initials in the snow under the red house?

Sorry to hear that your grandkids didn't get a snow day! At least, they have snow!

Jan said...

It 'tis beautiful, I love each and every thread of it! I know that Elaine is looking down proudly at you for getting it finished.

You are a fast stitcher, at least faster then I and I know you will get lots done this year! Have fun with your list, removing some and adding others, here is to 2011!

Kathy said...

Beautiful finish! I love the idea of putting your friends initials on it. It will always remind of of that precious friendship.

Siobhan said...

I am sitting here crying... happy and sad at the same time, thinking of Elaine and how lucky we were to have her in our lives, how unfair it is that she was taken so early, but again happy that I know she's with God and happy. The beauty of Elaine is that you didn't need to meet her in person to get to know just how wonderful she was. You got that through e-mails and other contact. I'm sure she's doing a happy dance for your finish, too. As I read your post, I was unwrapping a Dove Dark chocolate and the message on the foil says, "Open your eyes to the love around you.". Maybe a message reminding us that Elaine is with us still? :)

Congrats on a beautiful finish! I can't wait to see what other pieces you finish this year. One of my Crazy starts is one of the LHN scripture pieces. I bought all the first series of the scriptures, the fruit series, and the CCN flower cottage series and only stitched ONE thus far. My plan is to add another one to my WIP pile each time I finish one. Here's wishing us BOTH good luck! ;)

diamondc said...

What an adorable pattern I love it.

Elaine said...

Beautiful finish and lovely tribute to your friend by adding her initals.