The craft bug has bitten me again. Actually, I'm always interested in doing something crafty, but I usually don't feel that I can sit down and do anything (other things are more important) or I find something else to do, like chat with someone online or something of that nature. Last night, though, I decided to get out my cross stitch stash and see what was lurking in there from days gone by. I don't think I've done any cross stitch since before we moved up here, over 1 1/2 years ago. Cross stitch is my first crafting love. There's something about taking all those different colored threads, and one x at a time, making something beautiful. It relaxes me.
The biggest project I have going . . . and going . . . and going . . . is an eagle for Wes. When I bought the supplies for it, around Christmas of '90-something, I fully intended to finish it for his birthday in May. Well, that eagle has seen a whole bunch of Mays go by without being finished! It's our standing joke, when it comes to my crafting. I won't take the time right now to tell you of my other ongoing craft projects other than cross stitch. Here is what I have done (over the course of several years, mind you), and the chart next to it with how it will look once it's completed. You can see the grid I made for myself; I was going cross-eyed looking at all those different shades of brown in that eagle, so I made the grid to give myself some reference points. I don't know if that's what you're supposed to do, but I needed some kind of guide.
Anyway, I also found a small hummingbird kit called Sweet Treat that I started while we were traveling for our ministry. I really love the jewel-toned greens and pinks in this one, and it's the next thing I want to finish. I have another kit that is a bookmark entitled May the Lord Bless Thee - blue morning glories - that someone gave me as a gift. Last, I have several Christmas ornaments in various stages of completion. Every year I think how nice it would be to give homemade Christmas ornaments to family and friends. This year I have the beginnings of a plan!
My plan is still in the beginning stages, though. I've read a bit about rotation stitching online, whereby a stitcher spends a certain amount of time on one project, then moves on to the next project in line, rotating through her projects until all are finished. The reason for rotating the projects is to avoid burnout, which I can definitely testify has happened to me. I'll stitch and stitch on one thing till I'm sick of it, then I don't pick it up again for months. The eagle will take several rotations, I'm sure. Sweet Treat, the hummingbirds, may take a couple, but the other projects will probably finish quicker than the first two. Last night I spent one hour on the eagle, and actually accomplished more than I expected to, although in the overall chart, it wasn't much. That hour was very enjoyable and relaxing to me; I think I'll try to do this 2-3 evenings a week and see how it goes.
One more thing . . . I was going to get out the scarf I made when we went to SC in November and take a picture of it, but I can't find that thing anywhere! I've done some decluttering recently, but I don't remember coming across it. Now I'm feeling the urge to tear everything apart till I find that scarf! LOL Breathe, Susan . . .