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!


  1. Congrats on your finish! Oooohhhh... he is such a beauty though! I feel like I could reach out and touch his feathers :^) After that finish a small "quick fix" (as we call it) will be just what the doctor ordered, I'm sure.

  2. I too have so much fun reading blogs and looking at everyones creative work that I become inspired but have less time to do my own crafts......I am going to set myself a time limit so I can fit in other things! Thanks for your sweet comments and the follow on my blog, I am now following you!

  3. Sorry I did not see a place to follow you?

  4. Thanks, Shanty Girl.
    I need to learn "balance". I'm trying really hard!
    It's way on the bottom.

  5. Tracey: Yes, I definitely will do a few small projects (Christmas ones).

  6. I am a wanderer ... some days focused, others not so ...

    Crafty, not on your life.
    Have a lovely weekend ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  7. That owl is beautiful!

    I love to cross stitch. I used to feel guilty about not finishing projects until I accepted the fact that I stitch when I feel like it because it makes me happy. It doesn't matter if I ever finish anything, because it relaxes me and puts me in a good mood.

  8. Hi there :)
    Thanks for finding me and my blog giveaway! Your holiday comment was such a "hoot" hehehe.....
    Aren't those turkey "innards" the grossest things EVER?!
    I try to stick with baking and side dishes during the holidays....much for fun to prepare!
    Best to you this Monday :D

  9. Thank you SO much for your visit, and entering my giveaway!!

  10. Thanks for coming by and entering my giveaway. Good luck. I've become a follower. I have done many cross stitch projects over the years. I have many that are finished but not in their frames or hung up. Someday..... The internet thing happens to me all the time... Happy stitching!

  11. Lol, that blog hopping can become tiring after awhile, can't it? That owl you made is incredible!

  12. I am a new follower to your blog. I have done cross stitch over the years and crewel work. Right now I am into mini's but have so many irons in the fire it is hard to keep up. Your work is beautiful and I just love to follow any craft out there.You have a great funny personality you will be fun to follow. mini hugs L J

  13. I hear you on getting lost out there. I get more than knee deep in decorating blogs then look around my house and get frustrated my house is a mess. Time to wake up and get with it! Thanks for posting my giveaway on your sidebar.
    Happy weekend and stitching to you. I'm off to do some work around here ;)

  14. Your name is at the top of my blog!! come and find out why!!! : )

  15. Wow! High Five on your owl. It's gorgeous.
    I hear you about needing to pry your fingers off the keyboard. Blogland is addicting and one blog leads to another, and another, and another.
    Cheers, jj

  16. Thank you so much for posting my giveaway on your sidebar - good luck to you!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  17. WOW, that owl is FANTASTIC! what alot of work....

  18. WOW!!! Seriously ...your stitching is amazing! You must be VERY patient! But the result, Fab! i really can't believe all the details! Thanks for stoppig by today!!!

  19. Hi. I understand :). Thanks for joining my giveaway and adding it to your side bar. Good luck!
    ~ Julie

  20. Wow what an amazing name you have, how romantic, thank you so much for commenting - I love the wonderful things you learn through this virtual world!

    Sarah x

  21. Thanks for your visit...this owl is awesome! ;D

  22. Hi sweetie!
    First, thanks for joining me at Yaya Chique and playing my 12 Days of Christmas Give-a-Ways! Keep playing, because there is even more to come!

    Yeppers, this blog world can really sap the energy out of ya, and you become so over stimulated that one has trouble focusing! I am sure it happens to a lot of people!

    I wish I had the patience to cross-stitch...but love what you do! xo...deb

  23. I use to collect Owls many years ago, 70's and 80's. One of my granddaughter's now collects owls. I'm glad you stopped my my blog. Take Care.

  24. very lovely. even if it was a pain, all those thread changes very worth it. The owl and the birds in the earlier post are all beautiful. So glad you posted the photos.