Sunday, January 30, 2011

Happy New Year and Good Bye UFO's!

Hello dear blogging buddies!

Yes, it has been too long, but I am glad to be back in the blogging community.  Life has been, well, hectic and blogging has unfortunately gone by the wayside.  I have not been a good blogger nor have I been a good blogging buddy.  However, it is a new year and while I am not perfect, I am going to try to stay better connected to my favorite hobby, stitching and spending time with my stitching friends.

My first year of teaching has been full of experiences (some really great, some not) but even with the bad I am thrilled to be teaching and everyday is a new learning experience!  Now that I have a better groove going (aka a more organized teacher) I have stolen some time for stitching.  I have finished the over one verse on Richmond Sampler (WOO HOO!) and plan to continue with flowers in the border.  Here is a picture of my progress (sorry for the wrinkles...)

Here is a close-up of the stitcher name...oh, to be able to meet Miss Anne Maria Clarke!

Yesterday, I met with my good friend Robin.  We hit our LNS, Cross Stitch Station in Waynesboro.  Terri, the owner was having a "Going to Market Open House."  Everything was 20% off!  Needless to say, I stocked up on some things and bought a few pieces of linen.  Robin and I also *finally* exchanged our Christmas presents to each other.  Robin was so generous and I love everything that she gave me.  Here is a picture...



Included was a 1/4 yard of my favorite linen, "Vintage Country Mocha," a darling Sampler Notebook, several gorgeous silks, a lovely chart, "The Sparrow" by Tree of Life Samplings, a beautiful hand-made project bag, and last but not least the most beautiful Christmas ornament.  Robin...thank you so much for the lovely gifts!  You are a great friend and I am blessed to have met you!

Speaking of Robin, we are working on our own little SAL.  It is "Ferry Farm Cherry Sampler" from Homespun Elegance.  We stitch on Saturdays and this is my progress over three Saturdays...

Over the past few weeks I have been lurking around the blogs and I am just amazed at the beautiful things being created. I have enjoyed seeing all of the new starts and resolutions to finish those old UFO's.


Seeing so many people make progress on their UFO's got me thinking...I need to fish out some of my own UFO's and finish them! I did dig in my stash and found quite a few UFO's. I had to do some soul searching with some of them. Several of my UFO's were attachments to people from my past. Ex-boyfriends, friends who turned out not to be such great friends, etc, etc. For years I have held on to these UFO's. My reasoning? "I have put in so much time, I CAN'T POSSIBLY get rid of it!" Over the Christmas Holiday, I purchased a book on my new Barnes and Noble Nook (LOVE IT!) called "Throw Out Fifty Things." The author preaches getting rid of the things that are the "garbage of your past." The longer you hold on to these "past items," the longer the past has a hold on you and therefore you are slow to move forward. So, I made a decision to keep only the UFO's that meant something to ME. So, three UFO's have moved out of the house and to my local Goodwill. Maybe someone else will enjoy finishing them and besides, I feel happier and lighter to boot! It was rewarding letting go of those UFO's...not to mention, I now feel happier when I stitch. Those UFO's and their bad memories are no longer calling me from the UFO basket. I did not realize how much of a hold they had on me till I let them go! So, now I am focusing on three UFO's. I will be sharing them with you over the next few weeks. So keep an eye out!

Well with that dear stitchers, I must fly off and make the most of the next few hours at the house.  Hubby is at work so it is prime stitching time!  Till next time...

Cheers,
Valerie