Tuesday, January 24, 2012

a new plan

I've picked up Frederick again from Carriage House Samplings (do they have a new blog or website? I still have the jewelery one bookmarked with no new stitchy stuff on it). I started him in May of 2010. Wow. I'm almost regretting putting Frederick and Frederika on the same piece of linen. Only time will tell how it will look finished. I'll have to make the same adjustment I made on Frederika on the top row of the bottom border. It was designed to be folkartie off by one row but that sort of thing drives me crazy so I fixed it - this one is off also and I'll have to adjust it too. I'll also need to decide if I should make the boxes inside the border the same as Frederika. There is a slight difference in the colors - I'm not sure if it would look better in the same color style or have it different as charted.

I've also come up with a stitching plan for the time being. I looked back over my past two years of finishes and tried to figure out why my stitching came to an abrupt halt. It was a combination of a couple of things but mostly two - my bought my house and second I noticed a real drop off in stitching hours as soon as I started working on my families Christmas gifts for 2010. I don't do so well when I "have" to do something. I think I totally lost focus when I was faced with months of "have" to do. I did take breaks between each one but they were short and in the end I almost didn't finish the gifts I had started to drag my feet so much. So I'm hoping the new plan will get me back in the groove. I haven't purchased much new stuff in over a year now. But rather than go shopping for new and improved I'm going to shop my stash. I have dozens and dozens of charts, hundreds of skeins of floss and more linen than I can count. Plus at least a dozen plus (I didn't even count) of started or totally kitted projects.

So here it goes - I'm going to work on a random WIP until it's finished. Or if I get totally bored and really am faced with not stitching or moving away from boredom for a while by stitching something different, pick up a kitted project that requires no new purchases. But I'm going to try not to start something kitted until I get at least two or three WIPs finished. That's the plan away. :-)

I've made a change to my blog - all part of the new plan. I'm planning on putting a nice photo mosaic on the top banner but so far I've been struggling with getting it to look right.

Last weekend was the first anniversary of meeting Isibeal. I can't believe it's been a year! And we are still trying to figure out our relationship. Both of us think we are in charge! We are restarting agility in a month. We lost so much time with my move and her being in a cast for two months. We are basically back to the beginning. The other in my class are already starting to trial. We most likely won't until late fall/early winter. That is if all goes well.
Here she is the day I picked her up from O'Hare on behalf of my sister.

And her beautiful self last weekend.


Krista said...

I agree with you... don't like have-to's... I always have to race to the finish! Would rather work on want-to's! :)
Isibeal is such a cutie. Enjoy your day!

Linda said...

Hi Margie. Love your blog, stitching and furbabies. Love Frederick and Fredericka. Have both of them to stitch. Here is a link to her blog:


Kelly said...

Isibeal is so cute. She has really grown. If you need stitching motivation let me know. Most of my stuff is huge but I can find something fun to bring in. I like your new look.

marly said...

Frederick looks great. Izzy looks great - thank goodness she has healed! My lab was a handful of puppiness for 3 years.

Terri said...

Your stitching looks great! And I love the pictures of Izzy and glad to hear she's doing so well!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Glad to see you posting again! I've missed you. Your stitching looks great. I like your plan. Plans like this usually work for me. I hope it works for you as well. Love your pics today!