I finished the finishing for both of these pieces on 12/31/2010 so that my year end list of finishes might not be quite so awful. Angel of Summer I finished back in August, but just got around to framing, and the band sampler is a round robin piece that was finished a couple of years ago already but I never got around to making it into a bell pull until now. Tool all of an hour and a half - really should not have put it off for so long! I finally found a perfect frame for AoS; though I really should have hung her and took a picture against a lighter background so you could see the frame better. Don't worry she is going to my mom's house and isn't going to hang there permenantly - that is just where I had space for her at the moment. :)
2010 Review In 2010 my goals were to try to finish at least 3 of the following designs that were in my rotation:
Inspiration - Rosewood Manor - nope Mother's Tree - MLI - nope Angel of Summer - MLI - yes Heritage Sampler - Chatelaine - nope Alhambra Garden - Chatelaine - getting close, but nope Stitcher's Heirloom Sampler - Victoria Sampler - nope Hardanger Table Runner - didn't even touch this one all year. *sigh*
I also wanted to finish these completed pieces into framed pieces or other items: Just Nan RR from a few years back - into a stitching book - nope Band Samler RR from a few years back - into a bellpull - yes, by the skin of my teeth - see above Mirabilia Mermaid RR - into a framed piece - nope, but I got Jill Rensel's contact info and plan to put this to the top of the list for 2011. It WILL be done. :)
2011 Goals I'm going to shoot for 3 bigger finishes from my rotation this year too. I know that is an attainable goal for me because for years I finished 4 or 5. I just had a slower for me stitching year than usual. I just didn't pick up a needle as much. I want to get back to stitching more, so I think 3 is still reasonable.
My current rotation list is similiar to last year's:
Inspiration - Rosewood Manor Stone Roses - Mirabilia Mother's Tree - MLI Persian Floral - TW Heritage Sampler - Chatelaine Alhambra Garden - Chatelaine Stitcher's Heirloom Sampler - Victoria Sampler Hardanger Table Runner Convent's Herbal Garden - Chatelaine
If I had to guess I'd say I could finish AG, Mother's Tree, and Stitcher's Heirloom Sampler by end of 2011. I'm pretty positive that Heritage Sampler, CHG (new start on new year's day 2011) and the Hardanger Table Runner will not be finished. Stone Roses is an unlikely 4th finish if I get that far.
I'd also like to frame/finish the following: Mirabilia Mermaid RR piece Mirabilia Children RR piece Just Nan RR stitching book