Thursday, December 9, 2010

Annual pre-Christmas Meltdown

Every morning, I grab my coffee, and browse around blogland, infusing my mind with Christmas gorgeousness.  Beautiful homes, decorated with wondrous, magical Christmas trees...mantels bursting with old-world santas; chubby, smiling snowmen...luscious stairway banisters wound with seas of evergreens and twinkling stars...
and then I look around at what I haven't done, the tree that is not there yet,  piles of newly-made ornaments not-quite-finished.  My list of things-I-want-to-make...and bake...multiplying by the hour.

I've already had my annual pre-Christmas meltdown.  And I realize, I need to stop.
Why do I do this every year to myself?
I've crossed the line from inspiration to envy to "why can't I ever get it together like everyone else?".

I've done enough.  I've made several new cross-stitch ornaments for our tree.
I don't need to keep making more.
I don't need to impress family's joy is enough.
I have to imprint the word "enough" into my mind, and allow myself to enjoy the holiday season, not stress about everything being "perfect".

I think I'll put up the tree this weekend, sip some eggnog... watch some Christmas movies...and get back to feeling the spirit of the holidays in my heart.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

When loss of focus invades the creative spirit

I've always been a focused person.  Not necessarily in my thinking of "everyday" stuff (I'm quite scattered regarding those)...but with crafts, I never used to have a major problem.  I've been cross-stitching for over 25 years, and for the most part, getting most pieces stitched.  Not framed, necessarily, but the bulk of the work done.  Same with crocheting.  I've done many afghans over the years, doilies to make my granny proud, and various other crafts.

But when it comes to the internet--I become totally ADD.  I go online, with the intent to read a few stitching blogs.  Click a couple of sites off *their* blogs, and now I'm in quilt land.  Wonderful!  I'm amazed at the beautiful quilts, and I'm all geared up to begin one myself.
Click a few more links...voila, I'm in miniature land.  I am so inspired by what I see, and I want to try my hand at making itty-bitty furniture...and dolls. Never mind that my eyesight isn't what it used to be!
Click, click...and now I'm back to cross stitch blogs.
I'm exhausted!
I've lost my steam.
It takes all my effort to pry my fingers off the keyboard, pick up my stitching, and focus.  At this rate, I will never have my Christmas stitching done!

I will set my sights (and energy) on smaller projects.  I have a little Bent Creek piece called "Winter" that will probably only take me a couple of days to finish.
And...I'm beginning to make a dent in my UFOs!
Another finished piece--The Great Horned Owl, from "Eagles and Owls" by Cross My Heart
Let me tell you, *never* again.  Over 60 colours, blends of browns, grays.  Hardly a few stitches in the same area, then colour change. Next time I get the urge to do "nature", I'll get me head examined, instead!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A couple of finishes...(stitching, that is).

I finally finished stitching a couple of pieces that I had wanted to do for a while.
They are from Valerie Pfeiffer's line of chickadees--Sitting Pretty and Berry Chick-Chat.
They are adorable!  And I'd love to do the whole lot of them!
Problem is, there isn't enough wall space in our apartment for them.  I have very limited "empty" space.
I've never had that problem before, and frankly, I don't know what I can do about it.
Alternate--every month or two change the pictures?
Pillows? No, hubby works with cars...and wood...and I've tried the pillow route before.  Disaster!
Afghan?  Same as above.  Grease stains do *not* come out completely, no matter what I tried!
Gifts?  I  know a few people that would love them, but I don't want to give them away!
Move to a bigger place?  Done that--45 times in 50 years! No, next time they will have to drag me from here, kicking and screaming!
This is why I have oodles piled up waiting to be framed.  Don' t know what exactly to do with them!
I know there's a solution out there...just can't think of it right now.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween!

I've been a bad blogger.  Good intentions don't get things done, that's for sure.
Has it really been *that* long since I last posted (and intended to do all sorts of blogs and pics of my crafting
I better get off my duff.
I *did* manage to dust off a couple of bins that housed my unfinished Xstitch projects.  Good grief, there are at least 30 of them...just waiting to be cleaned, and framed.
Why do I dislike finishing projects?
I love *doing* them.  I get great satisfaction in the actual work--the planning, getting all my floss colours, winding them on floss-holders.  I love to get a new, crisp piece of Aida, finding the center...beginning those first few stitches.
Later, it's rewarding, watching the piece evolve.
But those last few days, those last few stitches--I almost get melancholic!
I then lose steam, and get new vigour by beginning a new piece!
(It kind of sounds like an addiction, no?).

Come to think of it, though...I have a stash of homemade Christmas presents, just waiting for the final touches.
No crowded malls...or sore, blistered feet, trying to find the "perfect" gift.
Now I feel better about the whole thing.
I just have to figure out who gets what!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Is it already February?

Good grief, does time fly.
All the things I was eager to start in January, have not been started.
All the good intentions I had on New Year's Eve...well, let's not even go there!
I have managed to finish a couple of xstitch projects in my WIP pile...and stuck to my promise not to start a new project until an old one is done.  My new project was a Valerie Pfeiffer birds--from her adorable set, of which I've already done one a couple of years ago.  So now I have 2 waiting to be framed.  I've begun a third one, a trio of baby owls.  I've tried to take photos, but I don't like the way they turned out.  I think a light box would be a good idea--I've seen plenty on-line that can be done "by scratch", not costing very much at all.

Tomorrow, the groundhog emerges (is plucked) from his cozy den.  It's been extremely cold here, which means the sun is usually shining--great for the spirit, but not for groundhogs.  He'll see his shadow, and we'll get more winter.  I always wonder...who ever thought it would be a good idea to wake up a groundhog?
I'd be pretty grumpy, too...
Happy Groundhog Day!  Here's to dreaming of Spring!