Friday, April 4, 2014

Getting My Giddyup Back

It has been slow to say the least in getting my stamina back post surgery....maybe it is that work thing that has me dragging my wagon.  At any rate, I have very little bits of stitching progress to report.

You know that first kiss feeling, that feeling when you watch your child graduate high school or college, that child's wedding-day-feeling, and to get a bit risqué, that feeling when someone-flirts-with-you-feeling?   I was hit with that feeling when I returned to work.  Wow was I missed.  Euphoria.  Is that it?  I sure wish I could bottle it because I could make a million bucks.  It is so good to feel special if only for a little bit....and then reality takes over.

As for progress, nothing done on my strip/string quilt.  In fact in my usually hot-mess-self-mode it is still strewn about the sewing room floor!  I feel pretty sure that any future thought of making an annual list of goals on New Year's Day will be scoffed about by myself and will be quickly be tossed out the window.  New things come up and that list just becomes a bitter reminder that I have strayed......

Take for instance my SamSarah Easter Bunny.   I had already checked out of Salty Yarns at my fall retreat and went back in for one last stroll and Yep! this jumped, I mean it really jumped into my hands and propelled me to the checkout counter.  I had hopes of a quick stitch and completion for Easter.  This was a new start treat for vacation.

I managed a quick stop at a needlework shop last weekend to pick up the coordinating buttons. (quick!  Lightning speed was more like it.  Mr. W. was waiting with the truck running into parking lot!)  I am really liking this one and the more I look at SamSarah Designs, the more I love them.  I know more SamSarah Designs are in my future to be sure.

Just a teeny tiny bit stitched on Penny America.  I started off the year dedicated to this one and Grace Mason and look what has become of me!

My guild SAL has not seen needle and thread come together for months.  Believe it or not, this is stitched in three of the lightest shades of a taupe color.  

I  - became disappointed by the lack of color variation;
   - contemplated starting all over;
   - ordered beads to replace the ba-zillion french knots;
   - got discouraged and stopped.

Now June and our group completion is fast approaching.   I am only on row 11 of 22.  Memory had me further down the sampler.  Better get a move on.

And then there is Grace Mason.   I do fear she may just up and leave home if I don't get back to work on her.    I have a retreat at the end of April....maybe I should make peace with Grace and take her along and give her my undivided attention.

So as if I didn't have enough active projects I pulled out this Jeannette Douglas piece to work on. There is definitely a method behind my madness of straying here.  As usual, I can justify any stitching project.  My coworkers gifted me with the burled wood dowry box that goes with this piece as a get well present.  I was stunned beyond belief.  (Understand the euphoria better now?).  I just had to pull this out of my WIP basket.

These non-stitching/non-crafting coworkers think I can just whip this up in a weekend.  The box arrived yesterday and they think I can be done by the end of the month.  April 30, 2015 maybe!   Anyway, there has been a bit of frogging.   I am not enjoying all the stitching, ie the over one. The good thing is each little section gives me a feeling of accomplishment.  Jeannette Douglas uses the most awesome colors and silks but some are too close to the linen color.  I fret about all the stitching that barely shows up.  Since I bought this off eBay years ago I may have wrongly assumed the linen and floss are as charted.

I am not sure how I will proceed.   Stitch on one at a time until complete; assign one as my take along project; rotate to a new project each day; dedicate a select piece to my weekend piece???   Penny America holds a dear place in my heart and just want to stitch it.  The band sampler SAL - oh no, June will be here before I know it.  I have to do Grace Mason because eight of us are stitching it and I am nearly last in line on completion.   Everyone at work is waiting to see My Stitching Treasures completed.   And SamSarah is just too darn cute!   So the best laid plans of mine have run amok!   Oh the decisions!!!  Anyway, that's what's been happening in my little nest on the nights I don't fall asleep shortly after cozying up in the recliner.  Hope your weekend ahead is a good one.


butterfly said...

You must finish your Easter stitch it looks great.
So does the rest of your stitching .
Hope you are feeling much better now hugs.

cucki said...

Beautiful stitching ..
Hugs x

stitchersanon said...

Surgery can really knock you isnt like it is on TV is it..we dont get up and walk away all healed and fit again after a 60 minute program. Wonderful to hear to you were so welcome when you returned to work. That is lovely. As for the stitching...well I would just stitch what I fancy when I fancy it lol. Has to be about the fun!

Susan said...

I say stitch on the one that's calling to you most right now. I hit a bit of a slump partially due to having so many projects. I found that I began stitching more when I chose one to work on until it's complete.

Stitching Noni said...

I am so pleased to see that you are getting back to stitching! Everything looks great!
Funny how non-stitchers assume that such a masterpiece can be stitched overnight!
Take your time and enjoy every stitch! And just stitch what "talks" to you at the time!
Hugs x

Brigitte said...

So great to see you back at stitching. And your projects are wonderful, all of them. Hm, yes, not easy to decide which to work on next. That little SamSarah looks very promising and should be finished very fast. But all the others also promise a lot of fun. Looking forward to seeing your next post and see your progreess.