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2015 in Review
January 4, 2016, 9:28 am
Filed under: General comments

Thanks to everyone from 88 countries who took the time to come and read my blog in 2015 (especially Brenda & Sue). According to WordPress, I had a total of 20,000 views with 370 hits in a single day! Read all about it at

I followed my 2015 mantra, VISION, by using some of what I had in my stash but I brought in more new pieces some of which were finished & others were added to my stash. But, I’m happy looking back at what was accomplished. I finished 13 projects including 4 of my own designs (2 are not going to be shown here until they appear somewhere else which is very exciting), 2 goldwork pieces (1 ANG seminar class project and 1 ANG Main Line Stitchers class project which were with great teachers and I learned a lot) & 7 charted designs. I finished Walking the Water’s Edge with just 12 hours left before we rang in 2016! That’s more pieces than I realized I had done. Not only did I enjoy stitching them but also learned a lot.

Now, I am getting back to Spirit of Jean (hope to finish in Jan).  And, I will spend time on another of my own designs and a small painted canvas. Since each one needs a particular mindset in order to do it correctly, I think I’ll go back to FOCUS as my stitching mantra in 2016. I think that has been a guiding principle since 2014 anyway. And, I don’t have to focus on the same piece every day until it is done. Rather, I look at focusing on finishing a particular section when I sit to stitch. That way I am accomplishing exactly what I want to do on a given day.

I did have to rest my hands for a couple of days because I was getting quite a bit of pain from too much stitching. So I spent the time cleaning up my camera & computer folders. And, I see I have been remiss in posting various stitching related items. So, the next couple of weeks will be catching up – starting with scissors. If you don’t have the proper tools, stitching is more difficult. I’ve been using the Friskar scissors for a couple years now (since Marilyn O recommended them). And, I have given them as gifts. But, I love the curved Gingham scissors I picked up using part of the gift certificate I got this year from my ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter for my efforts on projects & newsletters. It feels safer clipping closer with the curved blade. Both scissors are so sharp.

Friskar scissors

Gingher scissors


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The curved scissors are my favorite. I got them in a seminar basket and was unsure how I would like them. I like them so much I leave them at hope so I don’t use them.

Comment by Jan Sprague

Too funny! Maybe you could hint that for a birthday gift so you can keep using them.

Comment by melitastitches4fun

Love how WordPress tracks your readership. Blogger does some of that, but also tracks all the “webcrawlers” which bloat the numbers. Statcounter gives me better numbers, but their free version only gives you the most current two weeks of history. Oh well, since I’m not YET rocking the world, I’ll be satisfied with all of this. I recently read a blog where the writer recorded over 3,000 visitors in one day. Now that’s cool.

Comment by brendasneedlepointstudioblog

The most I had was 618 in a single day. 3000 would probably crash my blog!

Comment by melitastitches4fun

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