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Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Finish and a Milestone

This week has been the most stressful week I've had in a loooong time. I think for me, it's the working, plus trying to get everything ready. The lack of time just steals away some of the joy. I'm glad to be on the other side of Christmas, looking towards the new year. I want to work on losing some weight, keeping up with stitching, and making more time for family activities and being together. Believe me, I have a much more comprehensive list, but I won't bore you with that here!

I finished Night and Day.

I have no idea what I'll do with it, so onto the "finished" pile it will get heaped. I'll have a mess of stuff to finish next year. I'm going to do the Christmas Ornament blog thingy too and hopefully that will help me reach my goal of having lots of hand made ornies for next year. Maybe I can even give some away to friends and family!

OK, the milestone is that I put Gathering Eggs on my qsnaps-and if you knew how long this baby has sat unfinished, you'd know why I say it's a milestone!


What has held me back is that the blue sky isn't up to my usual standard of stitching for myself--I know, ridiculous, right? Some of the stitching isn't as "tight" as I'd like it and I could pick apart many things that aren't perfect. I'm going to look at this like a teaching piece for myself. The blended threads, the large design, the eventual beading, etc. I've told myself that if I finish this, I will be worthy to start Fairy Moon. I LOVE that design, and I bought it many years ago. I want to do it, but dangit, I gotta do this one first. Thanks for all the comments to my blog, whether there is a photo or not. I'll be reading everyone's blogs and catching up this week. Have a safe and happy New Year celebration, wherever it may be!

Oh! I forgot to mention that my DH bought me this:


It's a 24 watt Ott Lite, floor lamp!! I have been needing this thing so bad! Now I can actually see what I'm stitchin'. Imagine that. Now I can see even more imperfections than before! :)

16 comments:

Donna said...

I understand what you mean, it's a relief to have it behind and to look forward to the new year. Love your light. I have a small ott light that I put on when I need it. But I need to tell you that your stitches look perfect! If only mine could look so good. Have a great new year.

DaisyGirl said...

What a great gift that is! I need one of those. That may be my birthday pressie to myself! hehehe
I'm glad to be over Christmas too, so many expectations to fulfill, it does make for stressful times.
Hope 2009 is wonderful for you!
Donna

Wendy said...

I know how you feel, it is the same problem here in Belgium. I'm also glad to be over Christmas and I will be glad to be over the New Year's days also. I enjoy being relaxed and doing creative things.

Your projects looks great and such a great gift, I need one too.

Happy Holidays from Belgium,
Wendy

Ginnie said...

Great new light - I must invest in one of these myself. Hope you get on well with Gathering Eggs. Have a Happy New Year.

WendyZ said...

I envy your patience and stitching skills.

Gerald bought me an Ott light for Christmas several years ago, and I LOVE it. He intended it for scrapbooking, but it's handiest for beading. It's lovely!

Daffycat said...

Congratulations on that great stitchy Christmas present!

Night and Day looks wonderful as does your WIP Gathering Eggs. Before I finished reading your text I clicked to see GE up close and was admiring your very neat stitching...:-O

Cindy F. said...

Night and Day looks great! Congrats:) and Gathering Eggs is amazing. I critique my stitches sometimes too, but yours honestly looks great!
Great gift from dh! I really need one of those lights myself:)

Glenna said...

I think Gathering Eggs is lovely, and I wouldn't worry about the sky at all. I know what you mean about the shortage of time...

Sharon said...

Oh my, I believe DH did SUPER GREAT with your gift of the light, how awesome is that! Your bound to be one extra happy stitcher now. :-)

Love, love your Night and Day finish...ah, to perfection too. Your stitching is truely awesome! Gathering Egg's is breath-taking, I'll be very much looking forward to your progress and then of course, the grand finish. Loads of work in this one...but so beautiful too.

Wishing you and your's all the best in the New Year.

stitcherw said...

Christmas was hectic here too, a little slower pace will be nice. However, my DD was able to come home unexpectedly so I was thrilled. Night and Day looks wonderful, and Gathering Eggs is so pretty. I'll bet once you get it finished, framed, and stop looking at it so closely you'll never even notice some of the areas you do now. Congrats on getting it transferred to the Q's to work on, and I'll bet your new Ott light will help you see things so much easier. Great gift to get.
Sue

tkdquintmom said...

LOL Tammy now that you can see what you are stitching, look away! LOL..don't be too hard on yourself. We tend to judge our own stitching harshly and frankly I think that ANYONE that does a Mirabilia deserves an award! She has challenge pieces and yours looks great....oh did I mention Headache Fairy? Ok ok...don't shoot me. :-)

Jurga said...

Night and Day looks amazing. So beautiful work! Will you frame it?
Have a great new year! :)

Jane said...

Congrats on your finish, Tammy. Looks terrific! That light will sure come in handy for you. What a lucky girl you are. :)

Have a great New Year and happy 2009!

Lucy said...

I'm drooling over the Ott light!!!

Kit said...

Night and Day looks amazing, now take a quiet moment and breath! I hope you and your family have a happy New Year.

Vonna said...

Night and Day is CUTE! Congrats on the finish :)
And I love Gathering the Eggs...my fingers are crossed for you!!
I love my light - I don't have Ott but a different Day Light Lamp...and I can say that adding my MAG EYES has helped me even more - I think I honestly stitch faster using them!!!