Saturday, October 13, 2012

When the first sweatshirt chilly day of Autumn rolls around, my taste switch over to more hot drinks instead of all the cold sodas and iced tea of the summer. With those chilly days comes coffee, flavored coffee and different flavors of tea! Have I mentioned lately how much I love my special coffees? Spiced Pumpkin, Hot Buttered Rum, Southern Pecan and so many more flavors! I don't know which I enjoy more - actually drinking these flavored delights or the wonderful comforting aromas they provide! Fleece sweatshirts, sweaters, flannel pj's, fuzzy slippers, a quilt, my stitching and flavored coffee! Ahhhhh - life is good!

  I made a big fat stupid, stupid mistake a few months ago. It all started when I decided I needed a stitching chair in our bedroom (which I haven't gotten yet but still want) and that meant moving things around. Part of what got moved were my stitching supplies. Fabrics, patterns, floss. The patterns and floss are fine where they are now but the fabrics were put in a case and stored in the closet. Not good. I need to put them in a place much more accessible and easy to get to. That mean more moving around but I think it will be worth it in the long run. In the meantime, the search continues for that perfect chair (which includes the perfect price tag) to tie it all together!

The mailman brought a nice surprise for me over the weekend. Baby, It's Cold Outside by Heartstring Samplery! Yea! It's been busy around here so I haven't pulled my fabric and threads yet but soon. I just love love love this design and can't wait to start on it.

I have read several blog posts recently by stitchers who are no longer worried about the "right" way to stitch and are free of conforming. Thank goodness there are others out there who feel this way. I have done it my own way for a while but never said too much about it because, afterall, who needs the criticism or that one lone raised eyebrow? As I noticed others were changing floss colors on designs, I admitted to doing that. Once I saw that not everyone was using the recommended fabrics, I confessed to still using Aida. Some posted photos of past WIPs show that I often use masking tape to keep my fabric edges from unraveling while I stitch. I fuss at myself for not being a faster stitcher and for not getting more done but I would rather get my measly handful done each year than none at all! I keep reminding myself of all the years I was unable to stitch until I found the right magnifier and I need to be grateful for that instead of trying to catch up on that lost stitching time! I usually leave my WIP in their hoops from start to finish. This would make some stitchers cringe but my pieces have been none worse for the wear and until I hear them complain about it, I am good.

To quote Mick Jagger (Mother's Little Helper), "what a drag it is getting old"! I hear ya, Mick! Another stitching break for several days. For almost a week, it seemed that each time I held a cup, made a fist (which you do for more things than you realize), opened a jar or held a needle my hand would cramp up and continue to do so (off and on) for several hours. Ouch! I think I have finally come to accept (not like, mind you but accept) that there will be aches and pains of old age from here on out. Instead of getting online and looking for fashion tips, I now get online and search for arthritis remedies! Instead of bragging about the great bargain I found at the shoe store, I want to shout from the roof top when I have a day without any aches. My new best buds are Ms. Heating Pad and Mr. Heat Rub. Neither one has much in the personality department but like a good friend, they know how to make me feel better when I need it! C'est la vie!

Sorry but no pictures this time. The weather has been too rainy and overcast to bother with pulling out the camera and the inside of the house has just been too messy and I don't care to show that off! lol. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day.


stitcheranon said...

I don't think many of us conform. I rarely use the suggested fabrics or threads and I use a mixture of aida and evenweave depending upon what I want the finished item to look like. It has to be fun and it will only be fun if you do it the way you want to do carry on you rebel you lol

Anonymous said...

What a great post, Sherry! I truly think there are more of us out there who think this way!

Enjoy your weekend!

Robin in Virginia

CalamityJr said...

You're definitely not alone! So glad you're not beating yourself up anymore.

Margaret said...

Hope you find that perfect stitching chair and get your fabrics back out so they're easier to get to. I want to get the Heartstring Samplery chart sometime too, haven't done so yet. Good for you for your nonconformity. I do what I want when it suits me, I think. :D

marly said...

I like the aroma of flavored coffee, a rich cup of hot chocolate, putting on warm sweats straight out of the dryer, but that's the extent of it! My difficulty with linen and supplies is not storing them, it's going through them. I need a work table to spread them all out to choose. Good luck finding the perfect chair.

Jennifer said...

I think this is a hobby and we all do things to the way it relaxes us or makes us feel comfortable. There is nothing wrong with anything you mentioned and those that stitch perfectly and show off more I feel are mainly in some kind of competition. I like to enjoy doing it. I use a floor magnifier or glasses that magnify and I sometimes never put anything around my ravelly piece of fabric but that's the one thing I can control in life is choices on how I stitch.

Hang in there. You are not old my friend.


lynda said...

It's so nice to know that there are other stitches out there who do things their own way! I love stitching, and over the years I've come to understand that the most important thing is the way I feel when's my time to relax and just enjoy the process...I never use the suggested fabrics, mostly because I couldn't afford to! I use what I have for the most part, don't worry about fabric edges, or remembering to take my piece out of the frame.. And I've never had anything professionally framed either...mostly because of the cost involved..Of course...that doesn't stop me from buying way more stash than I will ever be able to stitch! But stitching is our hobby...and hobbies are there for us to enjoy first and foremost and that's what I try to do!