15 January 2022

Saturday Sampler: Keeping Busy Edition


Before we get to important stitching news, I want to thank all of you for the continued prayers and the lovely messages for me and my family. I deeply appreciate all of them. This year has not started out as we had hoped, but we are blessed beyond measure and I count all of you among those blessings. I'm thankful to you and for you. (And for Tiger Lily, who has been my constant companion since I returned from Texas.)

Now, let's talk stitching, shall we? First, my 2021 blog book just arrived. This is a yearly tradition I treat myself to every January. I use this service and have always been happy with the books. There are discount codes on their Facebook page (you don't have to have a FB account to see them) and I recommend waiting for a current code if you're thinking of making a book. I am a paper and pencil, hard copy kinda gal, and I love having my blog in book form. 

As you might imagine, I didn't get to have my annual Stitchy Planning Week between Christmas and the New Year, so when I got back from Texas I started trying to put my mind to a little planning. At least for the first half of the year, my plans aren't as ambitious as they usually are since we'll be moving at some point. Don't know where, don't know when. Not stressful at all. So I needed some small, enjoyable, accomplishable (new word!) projects to get me through the coming months. Here's what I came up with:

This is free! Twelve pretty, seasonal bouquets and you can see all of them! I've only ever done one mystery SAL (large stitched piece with a common border, and you don't know what's coming) and from that experience I learned I'm not a mystery SAL person. I ended up going my own way on four of the last five installments, and while I'm very happy with the finished piece, I discovered that I'm a bit too much of a control enthusiast to put time and money for supplies into a large project I haven't seen. (If you love them, there are lots starting this month!)

And this is why I love this SAL. I'm stitching each bouquet individually as that's what works for me right now, but if you want to stitch them together, you can see what the finish will look like. January bouquet is up now.

She has also provided a list of all the hand dyed threads needed for the entire project, along with DMC conversions, so if you want to gather your supplies for the whole project, you can do so. 

I love the SAL explosion that happens every January. This did not used to be a thing, but in recent years it seems to have really taken off and while I don't do a lot of SALs, I'm happy to see anything that increases interest in stitching. If you'd like to join a SAL, this is a great list:

There are all kinds available. Some are free, some not. Some are mystery, some not. Different techniques. 

I think more than SALs, I enjoy monthly series. I guess that can be considered a SAL, but maybe with a series you feel you can drop in and out as you choose, and you don't have to stitch every installment. Or maybe that's just me. Or maybe it's the lack of a border? Maybe I just have psychological issues? If it has a border it's a SAL and if it doesn't it's a series? I have no idea... 


This is my second choice and I am so looking forward to it. Last year I stitched her Tea & Coffee Series (still need to stitch December), and I loved it. I was hoping she'd do another series this year, and when I saw it was birds I just melted! I adore birds and I must say, it felt like a little gift just for me. Please do check out her Etsy shop. She has so many pretty things.

Also, keep your eyes open for Nashville Market goodies. I have noticed the very first few items begin to show up, one of which is a new edition of the Market cookbook they began producing a couple of years ago. Very cute little cookbooks with some small designs included. I'll try to remember to post Market preview pages when shops start putting them up.

Lots to look forward to in the stitchy world, and lots to keep busy with. Hope you're all happy and healthy and stitching up a storm!


  1. Oooh, thanks for the SAL links. I can't participate in a stitch along at the current time. But I do like being able to print the patterns for future use. I really like that pineapple bouquet. I have already printed it out. Your blog book looks wonderful. Take care.

  2. Happy New Year , and wishing it will be a good one for you .
    Love your blog book .
    Can't wait to see your SAL in the weeks to follow.
    I have been so bad and ordered far to many charts the last two weeks and need to stop buying . Have a lovely new week.

  3. You blog book looks so nice. love the cover on this one.
    Thanks for all of the SAL links.
    Pretty Tiger Lily!

  4. Love the covers of your new blog book! Thank you for sharing the links to the SALs along with bird calendar. You find the neatest things. Thinking of you and offering prayers.

  5. Your blog book looks great, that's such a nice idea to have all your posts together in a beautiful book. You've picked a couple of wonderful series to work on this year. Thanks so much for all the links too. Continued prayers for you and your family.

  6. Honeybee: Nice book, looking forward to seeing your progress on stitching the birds.
    I hope it is getting easier to handle your loss, it is so hard to lose a parent, both of mine are gone.
    Tiger Lily is adorable, Blondie the cat says hello.


  7. Your blog to print books looks great. I keep saying I need to do the same but get hung up on the cover photos. Seeing yours, I am ready to try again. All the SAL’s are great but I need to stay away or I would be joining in on too many. The Jeannette Douglas one is a good one.