New Projects Completed!

I am always doing something. I never sit still for long and have to be doing something even when I am watching TV. TV is so boring anyway!!

Why do I share this with my readers? Because, I don’t want to sound like I am not doing anything. My WIP is still a work-in-progress and may well be for a little while yet. I can’t stand not to have completed at least three books by this time! Sigh! I am my toughest critic about what I do and how much I complete each year. This is the first year since 2013 that I have not completed at least three books by now! I’ve got to calm down and let it go. (deep sigh) I’m working on it by doing other stuff to fill in the blank time. Of course there has been a lot going on right now outside of my work that I am dealing with on a regular basis. But I’m getting there and will get back to full speed ahead soon. Ahhh!

Here are a few more projects I completed recently in between my WIP. I’ll do another post just about my WIP.

Blanket yarn crocheted pillow
Another crocheted pillow in blanket yarn
Yet another crocheted pillow
Two Celtics Wine Cozies

Two Red Sox Wine Cozies

Centics Bear (green buttons for eyes to be put on)

I plan on making a couple more of these little bears. They were not too much fun to put together because I got confused by the directions and did it wrong. Oh well! Story of my life! Sewing is not my specialty like crocheting. I am not as good at it but I will not give up! Sigh! I used to do a lot more sewing when I was in the 20’s and 30’s, etc. I have a beautiful sewing machine now so I have to make use of it. It sews like a dream!

Celtics bear with green eyes on

What are you doing for projects this spring?

I also have a needlepoint that has been sitting dormant untouched for years. I need to get to that too but it is an enormous task which I don’t know if I can tackle. Yikes! I did one many years ago and it came out pretty good for the first attempt. It was screen printed on the canvas which made it easier to do. This new one is not and has to be transferred by my eyes.

My cousin who lives in Portugal is an expert at this craft. Her family had a business for years in Portugal and in Madeira creating and selling these needlepoint. We have several in our home from the family over the years each time my parents, grandparents and aunt went to visit them in Europe. They would come home with a new one each time. They are just gorgeous!

I will ask my cousin if she is still selling her creations even though the business is now closed. Maybe she will share some of her creations here in the future if anyone is interested in seeing them or purchasing some.

Here is the one I did that she had given me on a trip to Portugal. I loved doing it so much that I bought another one when I got home. Like I said, this new one was not screen printed but I did not know that. It is much more difficult to transfer the pattern from the paper to the canvas with your eyes.

Needlepoint I did from Portugal (my cousin gifted me the canvas)

Here are a couple we obtained from Portugal many years ago. They are all so gorgeous. Of course I didn’t do these!

I am honored to have such a talented family in my family tree. Sorry it didn’t rub off on me to do needlepoint like these. Sigh! I was happy I could do it at all!

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Please come back again for more interesting posts. Thank you for your kind support and for any reviews you post! Keep them coming!! Love them!

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!








About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 36 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
This entry was posted in crocheting, Needlepoint, New Projects, Sewing projects, Sports sewing projects, Writing, book reviews and publishing, poetry, children's books, YA and novels and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

7 Responses to New Projects Completed!

  1. Creativity is a wonderful thing and you embody such wonder!

  2. macjam47 says:

    Wow! You have been busy!

    • jjspina says:

      I’ve been working on book 2 of the fantasy series more lately. Hope to have it completed soon then into editing phase. I did the other projects to keep my mind busy with everything going on lately. 💕

  3. Victoria Zigler says:

    You’ve been very productive. Sometimes other creative hobbies need to take center stage. It’s OK if you don’t get as many books out this year as originally planned. What matters is that you’re being creative and enjoying it. Regardless of the form your creativity takes.

    I like to have things to do with my hands while watching a movie, listening to an audiobook, etc, too. And I’ve been making loads of fun craft projects. Actually put some on my blog just the other day. I’m bouncing between several different crafts, including knitting (loom and needle) and crochet. At this moment in time I have four projects on the go: a mosaic pattern I’m working on for needle knitting (going to make up some different squares – some patterned, and some not – and make them in to a blanket eventually) as well as a blanket I’m working on with crochet, and a pair of gloves and an Easter basket for loom knitting. But I have loads more projects planned, both of my own and ones I plan to work on with the ACB Crafters group I’m now very involved with.

    • jjspina says:

      That’s wonderful, Tori! Love to see your blankets completed! Keep going, girl! Thanks for the kind words of encouragement! 💕

      • Victoria Zigler says:

        Will make sure you know to check when they’re done. In the meantime, feel free to pop over to my blog, or take a look in my Facebook “Craft Creations” album to see things I’ve completed (I warn you though, the album literally has projects going back several years, so there are a lot of them).

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.