Thursday, December 15, 2011

the Crazy January Challenge 2012

Crazy loves company!  I decided to join in on the Crazy January Challenge 2012.  (There are over 130 similarly crazy folks taking the challenge.)  I will be starting a new project each day for the first 15 days of January, and a different WIP project for each of the last 16 days of January.  31 projects that I will attempt to finish during 2012. 

Many of my cross stitch kits have been locked away in storage & I just decided that it was time to pull out the box and get to work on them.

My list won't be complete until after Christmas, but here is what I plan to include so far:

1) Linen Sampler 14"x 18" on 25ct linen - design by Nancy Rossi - 1988 Dimensions Kit - Love this sampler!  This was a great recent buy on ebay.
2) Hang in There - 5"x 7" on 14ct blue Aida - design by Katherine Neprud - 2003 Creative Accents Kit.  This was a gift that I never got around to starting. 
3) Lost My Mind Sampler - 5"x 7" on 14 ct cream Aida - Designs for the Needle Kit
4) Native Wolf - 5"x 7" on beige Aida - design by Patrick Coddington 2003 Creative Accents Kit.  Another gift that I never started.
5) Spring Sampler - 12"x 16" on 14 ct beige Aida - design by Sandy Orton 2007 JanLynn Kit.  This kit is among my Christmas gifts (along with the other seasons in the set).  I'm sure that this kit will take the longest time to complete.
6) Cat Sampler - 4-1/4"x 5-1/2" on 14ct Aida - my original design.  I designed this simple sampler last week.  It has never been stitched, so I look forward to working it up. 
7) Christmas Sampler Peace Ornament by Homespun Elegance - 3"x 4" on linen.  Another fun ebay find!
8) Reindeer - 4"x 9" on 14ct Aida - Holiday Pick-Ups Kit - I received this one in my Christmas stocking last year, along with a matching Santa kit.  These kits are a challemge as the photo on the package does not match the chart or floss inside the package (thank you China).  Anyhow, I am going to pull a Tim Gunn & "make it work".
9) Carousel Tiger - (Just Cross Stitch) 8-1/4"x 9-1/4" 14 ct Aida.  I have completed the matching Carousel Lion, and have the Carousel Zebra in progress.  These kits use the gold blending filament (which is hard to stitch with), but adds a lovely sparkle.

10 & 11) I am planning to work a modified version of the Quaker Heart pattern found here:
I modified the pattern, altered the alphabet and added the saying "I count life's greatest riches as my friends who count their stitches" to the reverse side.  I will be making this as a giftie for a friend.

12) I also plan to work a *wildcard* free-form sampler.  I will incorporate motifs from old-time sampler designs, as well as some of my own original designs.

13) Poinsettia Mini Stocking -  3"x 4" 14 ct Aida.  Stocking stuffer kit.  I needed to include a few smaller projects in my list
 14) Cardinal Mini Stocking -  3"x 4" 14 ct Aida.  Stocking stuffer kit.  I needed to include a few smaller projects in my list
15) Autumn Sampler (Janlynn) 14" x 18"on 14 ct Aida.  I also have the Winter and Summer kits.  If I happen to complete all of my projects this year, I will work those into the mix as well.


  1. Hi Cheryl, I'm a new follower of your blog. I'm also in the UCJC. Your choices are great, and I am looking forward to 16-31!

  2. Cheryl,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. You are absolutely correct in saying that the Janlynn season samplers will take a long time. I now know why it is still a WIP. I'm making progress but it's not as fast as I would like. I look forward to watching your progress on them as well.

    Happy Stitching!


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