Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Most Wonderful Time of the Stitching Year

Or not. But still an exciting time.
There is so much going on, and again, at the same time not.
Aside from major implosions in my private life I have 3 days more of work next week and I am officially cut back (out actually). Bad enough, but now my car has broken down and I can't have it repaired so even getting to and from work will be a huge struggle. As is getting to the store, or anywhere else. Try buying Christmas dinner by only going to places you can walk to and carry the groceries home without getting a hernia. Luckily for me there is one small store near by and we will make do.  They carry bathroom paper and that my friends, is a very big deal.

But what, do tell, does any of this have to do with stitching? Well, everything really. I can't settle down to stitch. When I do, I can't settle into a project, a few stitches then it is out of there. I'd make a new start on my black and white but I just can't get excited about it and I'm unsure about the fabric. I may want to use that piece for the 2013 HAED SAL, so there you go. Can you stitch when your life is in turmoil? It usually calms me and I am slowly getting a grip but there is a lot of frogging.

I started this.

Pretty small start. It is one of four I want to stitch for my kitchen. They all measure about 80 by 130. I got the patterns from here. I love this site and highly recommend you take a look around. There are a lot more patterns than just alphabets.

I started it for the HAEDless SAL this week and have gotten more than this done but haven't taken a pic, I will wait until I am done with this week's SAL and post one. But...It looks like a nice simple chart, but hasn't been for me. I have gotten quite a bit more done, and have frogged it, some parts of it 2 times, because of simple counting errors. Once I just fudged it I was so sick of frogging and re-counting. Sigh.

What in the world? I have no idea why. I will be very happy when my stitching mojo comes back from being AWOL though.

I have to say, I do love small and normal sized projects just as much as the BAP's. There are still some wonderful kits on my I want list too. And then there are some charts coming to Tilton Crafts that I am feeling pretty excited about, especially the ones that get my inner goth girl all stirred up!

So, not your typical Christmas season post today. I do wish you all a Merry Christmas though. Mine could be much worse so I'm going to try not to whine, and try to just enjoy being home. I love being home as a rule and once I can stop spazzing I'm sure I'll be thrilled to have so much home time. Meanwhile I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to print that first page of the 2013 HAED SAL with neither black printer cartridge nor car. I'll let you know how that works out.

The most stitching fun I've been having is living vicariously through other people's projects. There are some stunning ones out there in SAL's and on other people's blogs. I have updated my stitching links. I'm still adding some of my favorites a little at a time and I have deleted any blogs that have had no posts in the past 6 months. There are some wonderfully inspiring stitchers out there.

Happy Holiday Stitching my stitchy friends. I hope you have a joyous time.


sharine said...

Have a Merry Christmasxxx

EvalinaMaria said...

I pray that you'll find a new job and all the troubles will go away.
Have a very merry and stitchy Christmas. All the best in 2013.

Unknown said...

Your new start looks wonderful, thanks fo3 sharing the link. Fingers Crossed for a peaceful 2012

Mama Dog said...

Thank you for your good wishes. Peace and Love sounds like a good call for 2013. Merry Christmas.

Monique said...

Its weird how things will always go wrong on a long weekend or a holiday so that it can't get sorted quickly. But it sounds like you are doing the best you can with what you have:-) Merry Christmas.

Emma/Itzy said...

A start is a start at least and more than I have done in the past two weeks!

Have a wonderful Christmas, and fingers crossed a great 2013 :) x