~ ~ Ghoulish Greetings ~ ~
friends and stitching buddies, I hope you are enjoying a fiendishly, fallish, fun day :)
This past week...
our A/C went out. Of course it was during a hot and muggy upswing of Indiana weather (never fails). So in order to stay relatively cool, it forced me down in our basement. Our basement is "unfinished" but we have it sort of "homey" with a TV, couch and my sewing/craft space in the large central room. So it wasn't a hardship to be down there in my craft area.
Being down there...
I realized my patterns, works in progress, threads etc, needed a general "good" cleaning and organization effort. I had the time since our A/C was out and all I was doing was waiting on calls and visits from our repairman. So I got down to work organizing.
Six hours later...
I had gone through three Longaberger Picnic baskets that housed various works in progress that dated back to the 1990's ( for heaven's sake), I sorted and organized all my over-dyes, all my patterns, all my DMC threads, and came to one conclusion - I need to STOP the insanity!
I realistically went through each WIP I had. Let's face it, our taste changes. Sometimes the things that we cannot live without one day, is not what we had in mind the next. Décor changes, life changes...everything changes. I had to face facts, there were projects in there that I KNEW I was never going to stitch.
So, I did it...
Yes I did! On some, I cut out the stitching part threw it away and saved the linen, others I cut out the stitching part to make ornaments and saved the linen and some yes...I just plain tossed. GASP! It was hard at the time, but to be honest, it was freeing and brought some measure of relief! I posted about this on Facebook and hit a real nerve with some of my stitching friends. I wonder what response I'll get now, from the general stitching public? No matter if you agree or disagree, it was a good thing for me. I'm sort of a cut and dry or black and white individual. It renews me to renew my life. Others aren't like that, and its OK ~ that's what makes the world go 'round.
I also became aware...
that there was no way on this green earth that I would ever be able to stitch everything I had in my stash in my lifetime. I also found out that I need to finish a project one at a time. If I get too many going at once, you might as well forget it, as there is always someone prettier waiting on the corner in a shop or store front. Ha ha! :)
Am I on the stash wagon...
oh, lets be real! No, but I am going to be more selective, more discerning on my choices. I mean, this is my only hobby, I do finish a lot of things that I start. I don't smoke, I don't drink, I don't buy a lot of clothing, we don't eat out a lot, I'm not a Starbuck fanatic, I'm not a huge jewelry nut or have collections of any other kind. So everyone is deserving of a guilty pleasure, right?! And, stitching/creating is mine ~ no harm, no foul. It's all good!
But a bit more...
discerning eyes, I'm going to have to have. As it is almost gluttony or hoarding levels that I have reached with my cross stitch stash :)
To make myself feel better...
because I did get a little depressed going through everything. (you know thinking I could have taken a 6 month European vacation with the money I had spent on cross stitch patterns and accoutrements!!)
I pulled out a very old WIP that I had started in 2008. This was an all-inclusive kit that had been gifted to me from a blogging friend ~ Julie A. Sadly she no longer blogs, but I do keep in contact with her via Facebook and Pinterest.
May I present:
2008 Halloween Shop Hop Special Kit
Designed by: The Sunflower Seed
Stitched with DMC on 28 ct. Desert Sand Linen from Wichelt
(I really liked the feel and color of this linen!)
The kit came with the orange ball fringe and I think you were supposed to make an ornament out of it, as it also came with a backing piece of orange swirly material and a length of orange ribbon. But I have another door in my house that was hollering for a little fall decoration, and I made another wall/door hanger.
It turned out pretty cute and just perfect for the door I have it hanging on! Don't you just love those JABCO buttons? They really did jazz up the design and make it all sweet and interesting!
The patterned material is by Debbie Mumm and I found it a couple of years ago at Joann's. I loved it then and it was perfect for this finish!
All that organizing...
had me of course thinking about keeping things together and filed and perfect. So I made some of these Project Envelopes. I had seen a project sheet about a nook book cover at my Sewing Machine Store. And as I was organizing my craft room I kept thinking about it. When I got done I pulled out an old paper grocery sack. Drew a pattern, cut it out and there you go: homemade pattern! Before I knew it, I had made five and they work perfectly!
Here they are:
I can see more of these in my future! They are about 14 inches wide and about 12 inches tall. They have a Velcro closure and hold your pattern, fabric and threads...everything that is essential to your project and then store neatly away in your project bag/basket/box. Perfect! I have made a list of things I cannot live without stitching (all from my stash!) and they are all kitted up in my new envelopes and ready to go!
I have certainly been on a roll of late! If I didn't know any better I would think I'm about ready to give birth...ha ha! You know that last rush right before you go into labor? Well it seems I've had about 20 of those in the past month! Ha ha! :) Now it is back to model stitching. Hopefully I won't be gone too long and come back with something to show you real soon!
Until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God just like always! Join me!
Love in stitches,