Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Down in the village....

where the green grass grows.....
or maybe I should say: "Down in the village at the bottom of my trunk...." because the Good Lord knows this poor thing hasn't seen the light of day since Feb. 14, 2007!!! Yep, you read right almost 2 years ago, was the last time I stitched on this...I feel like retching, as I really do love this piece.

But a new shiny idea - thanks to Becky and her forward thinking when it comes to motivating stitchers! Becky's opened up the Let's Stitch blog, and I feel really, really motivated to get out my old WIPs...not to mention all the blogs that I've read this year about cutting back, refocusing, stitching old projects.....I mean you had to love them once, right? To start them I mean....

And we all know how I fall off the wagon when it comes to exchanging..*EVERY TIME*......but since I've cut *most* of that out of my stitching world (although I still do some personal exchanges and my ornament swap exchanging)....but really I have majorly, MAJORLY cut back on exchanges in the past 3 months. So this motivation is great for me to get my mojo going! Plus I read just the other day on Cathy B's Blog how she finished something for herself and she wrote "it feels good"! Not that I don't love to stitch for others...I DO! (too much!) but I have hardly anything of my own, made from my own hands that is - in my own home....I want to stitch for me for a bit - and like Cathy says - it feels good! Plus I think enough people know me and would be happy to exchange with me sometime if I need to scratch an itch - ya think?

But anyway I digress....back to the village.....

LOVE is what I have for the Village of Hawk Run Hallow....it really is - I would love to get this one done and start the Houses...as I love that morbid verse it has on that one....but *sigh* I won't start that one until I get this one out of the way. I started the villiage *I think* in August of 2006. This is what I have finished: I have block #1, Block #2 and all 12 outlines done. I am presently working on Block #12 because it is seasonal and Halloweenish. So during the monthly Hawk Run Hallow SAL over at the Let's Stitch Blog (this was the first 3rd Tuesday that we SAL'd) I went from this:



progress from 2/14/07
To THIS:

progress made 10/21/08


Nothing earth shattering, but progress none the less! :)

What else is going on? Well....still fighting this cold....ugh....and I've resorted to taking DAYQUIL and NYQUIL and if you know me I try NOT to take that abhorrent nasty stuff at any time....GROSS! But bad is bad...and you gotta do what you gotta do....*sniff*

So until next time my friends - keep on keepin' on!

***GRATEFUL GRATITUDES*** blustery autumn days, my girl going off on her first camping adventure with classmates and the quiet solitude of stitching by a window in the sunshine

38 comments:

  1. Any progress on a UFO is a good thing! Your words are striking me to the heart, as I have some BAP UFO's that I haven't stitched on in ages and I still love them. So maybe I can be inspired to stitch a little on them while I'm doing the current ones and renew my desire to finish them.
    PS - I love these Hawk Run series, but the Shores call my name...I must resist! at least until I get some of these others done...:)

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  2. I know exactly where you are coming from. Just finished a sampler I started in 2002..it felt wonderful. After a health scare I have decided I want to stitch some things for my home and family for a change...so enjoy and I hope your cold gets better soon!

    (love your blog by the way)
    Gaynor

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  3. For years I stitched things for others (let me know that was done with real pleasure, by the way). When I started a house of my own, four years ago (it will bew next 20th of November) I suddenly realized that I had nothing made for me. I decided then that it was time to start doing things for me and the hubbie, to light up our home even more. With a few here and there for others, that has been my way since then.
    I only have one work at the time now. Gave up on more than one projects at the same time a long time ago.
    So, good decisions for you and I really hope you get better soon. One has to take stuff even if we don't like it to be better, sometimes!

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  4. Hi Vonna,
    Thanks for the motivation by your example. I have MANY unfinished project and I do intend to work on them after the first of the year. It is so hard to go back to them but I really need to finish at least a few.

    Great progress on your village, and may your stitching mojo stay with you 'til you see that puppy finished :)

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  5. I think you did loads :)

    You know, you're an inspiration! And Becky too. Such good ideas you both have. I've got out all my WIPs and I agree - I do still love them all. Once I finish the last exchange I'm working on - and it is the last - I'll be stitching for... ME! I'm going to follow your example and give up the SBEBB. It's too tempting to sign up and too stressful and I need to quit. I wasn't ready to do it earlier in the year when you did but I am now. So thanks for the inspiration :)

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  6. Vonna, I was wondering how and if you ever had time to stitch for yourself! Glad to see you're going to start doing more for you! Your finishes are absolutely amazing!!
    Great progress on VOHRH!! and I hope you get over that nasty crud soon:)

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  7. Hey, progress is progress no matter how small.

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  8. Great progress! I love the village but need to finish Houses first and I am also cutting back. I need to focus on certain things to get them finished!

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  9. Isn't Becky's new blog great? I've already been motivated to pull out my anniversary sampler and make some good progress - it's so much easier having the group motivation. Your VoHRH looks lovely and you did make excellent progress!

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  10. Great design Vonna! I hope you feel better soon. Yep, Nyquil is one of the nastier substances ever created. It's true!

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  11. I've been stitching this one too...I love it but I probably won't finish it till I'm 99 1/2 years old.

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  12. Hm. I think that may be a good place for me ... off to check out the link. I have a couple of UFOs that I also love, and I have such a hard time stitching for myself - like I need permission or something, it's bizarre. Anyway, your progress looks great to me and I admire you for getting this one out again!

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  13. Vonna, I know exactly what you mean about UFO's, sometimes I wonder why I put them aside. I also used your finishing for a cube for a Lizzie Kate pattern and it turned out beautifully. Your directions are so clear and the pics are very helpful. Enjoy your stitching for yourself!

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  14. Vonna,
    Your new entry about the green tins isn't showing up here yet and I don't have your e-mail. If you e-mail me, I'm pretty sure I can tell you where to get the tin. They had about 10 green ones and several yellow ones ten days ago.
    Carolyn
    xstitching5@yahoo.com

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  15. You made good progress and gave me definite inspiration to keep working on those old UFOs. Thanks!

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  16. Vonna, first off...I hope you are feeling better. Both the UTI and the flu stuff.

    Second...your "Something Wicked" looks great in that frame. I think I like it in teh smaller frame without the box as well. It's great!

    Lastly...Something must be in the water because I, too, have really dug in my heels lately on my old WIP, the train, and determined to work on it over some new stuff. I even really committed myself to it last night by stitching the date. I put 2003-2008. Yep, 5 years in the works! But, I will get it done by the end of the year! Can't wait to see how your progress continues on your Village.

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  17. That's some good progress there! Hope you get to feeling better soon. I HATE dayquil and nyquil, so I'm sympathizing with your every awful drop of that stuff.

    Hope to join you on the HRH SAL at the beginning of the year. I have Shores, but haven't kitted it and won't start it till then.

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  18. Well done, Vonna, every stitch helps and brings you closer to finishing. I think I will devote 2009 entirely to stitching my English village on MM&I RR and to finishing some of the UFOs that haven't seen daylight for a while...
    I hope you're feeling better!

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  19. I know what you mean Vonna! My WIP pile is getting ridiculous and i have very few things made by me at home. Good on you for starting this one again! I really like this piece

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  20. Nice progress Vonna! It is so gratifying to walk through your home and look at samplers on the wall that you have created with needle and thread. Take care of your cold!

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  21. Oh what would we do if we didn't have those nasty UFO's hanging over our head, just tormenting us with those sinister whispers - stitch me stitch me...can you only imagine NOT having UFOS!? I don't think I can...they're part of my stitching life - they inspire me to keep stitching in hopes that one day a few x's are put into them.

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  22. I might have to join Becky's "Let's stitch" blog - I need to get some motivation going myself - I made a great start on "Shores of Hawk Run Hollow", but it's been languishing in my basket untouched for at least a couple of months.

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  23. Wow now that is good progress Vonna! I'm looking forward to seeing more on this piece.

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  24. Your village progress is great, and inspiring. I also have picked up an old UFO this week, and have also wondered why it got cast aside in the first place. New projects are just so, so alluring. Hope you feel better from your cold.

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  25. Hey! Thats great progress! Hope you're feeling better soon.

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  26. You made great progress! I've felt the need to finish things lately too.

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  27. Good to see this piece out in the open again. You made great progress.

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  28. I gave up working on exchanges when I worked out how much each one was costing me (all those little extra's add up) and realised that though I enjoyed receiving stitched pieces the bits that went with it were mostly just tossed in a draw. And then of course there is the cost of postage. I decided that I could afford to buy more for myself if I stitched for myself - maybe selfish but now my exchanges are very limited and only with close friends.

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  29. Oh, this is lovely! I"ll have to swing by Becky's blog & see what everybody is up to : )

    Sorry you are feeling under the weather. Our Nicholas (middle son) had a terrific cold already.

    I went for the flu shot & even had the Pneumonia vaccine. I want to have a Fall & Winter without days in bed!!! Seems when I get "it", I keep "it" for much longer than my sons.

    Enjoy the week-end

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  30. Progress is progress, no matter how small. Good for you!

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  31. Nice progress. Hope that you are feeling better.
    Debra in Indiana

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  32. Yay! It's good to see you on the Lets stitch blog! I have even managed to put in some progress on some dying UFOs. xx

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  33. I think you did stitch a lot! Those squares always takes longer then you think they will!

    Hope you feel better soon!

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  34. Great progress Vonna, it's looking lovely

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  35. What a great thing to be involved with. Checked out the blog. Will consider joining. I have blocks 1,2,3 and most of 4 done on the Village, but have not stitched on it in 6 months. This would be a way to get some work done on it. Good luck with yours.

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  36. Nice progress, sounds like a good plan for getting your older WIP's worked on. Hope the Dayquil and Nyquil kick in soon. I agree they don't taste to great, but they do seem to work well.
    Sue

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  37. Good for you, Vonna! I've been thinking of adding the VoHRH blocks I have left to stitch (all ten of them) to my Randomized to stitch list for 2009, tackling one block at a time. What do you think? Shall we finish this one in 2009?

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  38. Good progress on your VoHRH. I would love to start this one to, but I am afaid it will become a UFO very quickly.

    Hope you feel better soon.

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