The past few days I have been concentrating on FINISHING some projects I have started.  I have this problem of starting something and casting it aside and starting a new one, however this year I determined I would NOT be doing this as often and I have pretty much scaled down some OC behavior by limiting myself to those things that “I” want to do for me for the most part.  So…my charming word for the year is FINISHER 🙂 and that I have been doing with great success. 

In January Allie ( http://allie-oopssweethappylife.blogspot.com/) started a “Christmas Through the Year” project and invited all of us to join her.  And I did 🙂  The goal of said project is to make at least one gift a month toward our handmade Christmas pressies.  Allie shares links whether it is some that she has found or some that others have found, of really kewl giftable items.  And…she offers a drawing at the end of month for those participating by sending or publishing a pic of their finished item.  To date, I have about 10 giftees toward my gift list 🙂  One of the little tricks I pulled on myself was to choose things I had been dying to make or wanted to try with this project.  My last post had a few pics of those items, one of which was Allie’s birdcage. 

This month Allie published this as a freebie for us to play with: 

Now folks I gotta tell ya I had fun with this!  I added the little paper dolls that were a free file from Sindy at http://fatcatpatterns.com and I traced it out on tea stained fabric.  What do you think?  Is it gift worthy?  LOL well, I think so and it is my finished project for April 🙂  Would you like to see some other goodies I made for swaps and such? 

There is one that I have left out deliberately as it is going to a friend who reads my blog 🙂 

Have you noticed that all of these are stitchery pieces?  Yeppers!   I am addicted to embroidery and can’t seem to get enough of it.  I have become very interested in doing freestyle hand embroidery over the last few months and have two photos to show you.  The first is a 24 inch block that goes in my “the changling” BOM.  I had so much fun doing the pinwheel! 

May Block-the changling BOM

And the second one is from Sindy’s designs.  I did here crazy hearts mug rug pattern freestyle:

Crazy Hearts--freestyle

I owe a big thank you to Allie and Sindy 🙂 for giving so generously of their talents and I believe in giving credit where credit is due! 

Hope you all have a great weekend!