I did do a sort out of my stitching bag and stitching basket and all my project bags. Look what I found. Most in strengths that don't help me any more.
Resolutions Smechzalotions it what I usually say. Always, the diet and fitness resolutions loom to the forefront for most of us. I am not vowing to exercise more. No. 1 I always end up with an injury; and No. 2 because of No. 1 I fall off the wagon and become disappointed in myself. And then there is that wallpaper project that remains half completed. Good thing it is the upstairs hallway and no one sees it. Time to call in recruits on that job.
All that denying, I would like to work on these self-improvement projects this year -
- I think I would be better to try to work on allowing enough time to do things. I am not showing up late or missing deadlines. But I don't appreciate how long things take so sometimes it is down to the wire. Take the yard for instance.....I believe I can whip it into shape in a couple of weekends once spring gets here. ENRT! (you are wrong buzzer noise). We know it takes all summer.....no sooner all the beds are ready for the season then we need to revisit and start the weekly maintenance to keep everything in check.
- I need to finished what I start. And this is not related to any craft project whatsoever. THEY get the "Pass Go Free Card". Here's an example. I wash the clothes, I hang the clothes, I take them down and fold the clothes......and there they remain in the basket for the next week for me to dig through for my unmentionables all week long! Wouldn't it just be easier to take that 4 minutes it would take to put things away right away? Yes, but I am the original side-track person. No worries, I have found the diagnosis - Aged Acquired Attention Deficit.
- Do my "Have To's" before my "Want To's". I am so bad at this. Why do I not follow the simple edict I gave my kids growing up? How nice those words taste with a little salt. I all too often make my current craft project the "have to" item I need to get to. I tell myself it is to relax and the need to get in more stitches and not fall behind. Why do I not follow the advice I give my employees when they are faced with a task or even how I create a timeline when I am the Project Manager on an assignment?
- I am my own worst enemy expecting too much of myself. I just need to accept I am not Wonder Woman, the rest will fall into place.
All that admitted and out there for the world there is a good possibility none of it will change. And that will be alright too.
Looking back over last year, I realize and admit how truly bless I am. And not in priority order - House/home, not rich but financially secure, children doing well in life and careers; husband who has integrity and has been a good provider; great job; friends; travel; hobbies; health; retirement in the future (79 weeks but who's counting) and just generally happy.
So enough of my baring my flaws and foibles, let's talk crafting.
Here is how far I have gotten with Quaker Halloween. It has been sidelined for Corsica River.
Starting to introduce some other colors besides Blackbird and Black Coffee.
I did get some help when I was preparing my quilt 'sandwich' for one of the two quilts I am finishing up. The entire house and Buddy needs to lay on top of my quilt back.
Buddy out of the way and backing, batting and top sandwiched and I started my stitch in the ditch to quilt this. This has been in the 'to be completed' pile for more years than I care to mention. Glad to be able to soon take it off my backlog.
Getting close to finishing this portion of this row of blackwork. Hopefully today.
And with luck, maybe the rest of the row by Friday before Camp WannaStitch. I will leave it off the scroll bars at least until after Camp WannaStitch. I hope to be able to share real progress after a weekend dedicated to nothing but stitching.
To help with the excess fabric I adopted the use of an ace bandage around the edges like some friends use. Check out Larene's progress on our FB page. I think she may be ahead of schedule. Seeing her work, makes me want to keep on going.