Is this not one of the most wonderful Christmas pictures you've ever seen???
My photography this morning doesn't do it justice but I just love it : ) I have various Christmas/winter pictures & wallhangings that I use every year at this time to replace the pictures that are usually hanging on the walls. I was just saying to John the other day that we need more Christmas pictures because we don't have enough to replace everything, especially the springy/summery looking ones hanging behind me right now. Perhaps next year : )
I saw a fellow stitcher post several Christmas items ... 5 of them mind you!!! ... that she stitched this past weekend. She indicated that 2 of them were so quick & easy that she stitched them both within an hour! In comparison, last night I finished stitching a pinkeep that I've been working on for several days. It, too, is what you'd call quick & easy ... but not for me, the stitching slug! Now I know I wrote in a previous post that I am not unhappy with my slowness. I enjoy the process of stitching & it is not my goal to become the Mario Andretti of cross stitching. However, my fingers seemed to be taken over by my toes the entire time I was stitching this item. I made mistakes I don't know how many times. It only consists of two words ... Gone Sledding. The G & the S are enhanced with some backstitching. It really should've just taken me a couple hours to stitch this up but no, it took me a few days. At one point I finished the S & the L & then realized I had made a mistake somewhere. Couldn't find it so ended up ripping out both these letters & starting again. Then when I finished the S for this second time I discovered I left out 2 rows early on. Once again I had to frog, i.e. rip-it, rip-it, rip-it. I then managed to finish the last letter last night & added the back stitching. Made a couple mistakes there that I had to frog as well ... but I've finished stitching it now! This item will be a gift as will most of the items I've been working on recently which means I will need to stitch it again for me. Hopefully things will go better the second time : )
I have placed upon myself this morning a strict rule of sorts. I am not going to allow myself to stitch anymore until I finish what I have already stitched into the pinkeeps or ornaments or pictures they are supposed to be. I am already experiencing withdrawal symptoms at just the thought of not being able to stitch for even one night. Do I have a stitching monkey on my back? Yes, I think I do. Anyway, today's plan is to do some finishing work. I don't know if I'll get everything finished but I hope to make a huge dent in the meager pile. I hope you likewise make a huge dent in whatever pile of stuff you have to do today : )