Speed is all relative. Would you consider yourself fast or slow cross stitcher? I finish my projects in a timely manner. This means that I am not just slow but also inconsistent in the amount of time I actually stitch. I try to make sure I stitch 1/2 hour each day--1 hour when I am in the “mood”. Because of this, my WIP’s hang around for quite some time. My schedule does not always allow the time I would like. I work at my part time job until noon, eat lunch, and then start working on Blooming Daisies Crafts orders or new product. Blooming Daisies Crafts keeps me busy until dinner time. After cleaning up the kitchen, I finally get the chance to sit down in front of the television. And, frankly, by that time, I am tired. In that Calgon moment, should I feel guilty about not working on my stitching longer? NOPE! Thirty to 60 minutes a day is pretty darn good! I stopped comparing my progress with others and now find that I can sit back, relax and enjoy my hobby. This year, I am focusing on the positive! I will positively get some stitching done when I can!
As I go about my daily activities, I share information about Blooming Daisies Crafts and how it originated from a need I experienced as a cross stitcher. Sometimes I encounter people that tell me, “I used to cross stitch but now I do not have time.” I like to encourage them to start again. Maybe hearing my commitment to small time increments will help someone to pick up one of the best hobbies around!
Speaking of progress! Take a look at the pictures of my latest WIP from 2 weeks ago and this past week. I could not get last week’s photograph to load for my blog; hence the 2 week progression. The Dimensions
Christmas Beach Chairs (70-08948) has a lot of half stitches. While this should make the stitching twice as fast as normal, I tend to lose count, overshoot the stopping point, and end up frogging (ripping out) a lot of stitches. At this point, I get frustrated and the WIP gets put away for the night. This may or may not be close to 1/2 hour stitching but it is enough. This is how I stitch.
As I get older, I may be losing my competitive edge in some ways but not all. Our big move in May now has husband and me living on a canal. That waterway connects to a river that connects to the Gulf of Mexico that connects to all the other water on this earth! Being a good steward, I try to get out at least once a day to clean out the trash that washes in with the tide. I have gotten quite a bit out. And it has kind of become a competition between me and my husband. My husband took the lead in the “Biggest Catch” when he fished out a 30 gallon garbage can. “Way to go, babe!” Then this past weekend, we had some high winds and one of our plastic Adirondack chairs went missing. I thought, “Well, that negates all the positive feelings we had from removing the garbage.” Fortunately, we found it had washed up under our deck and we were able to retrieve it! (We have since put those chairs away so they remain ours.) Would you believe the next day on my regular garbage check, I spotted a brown plastic Adirondack chair in front of our dock? I fished it out and checked with the neighbors. Nobody was missing one, so I
guess we were rewarded for cleaning out the water! And I have the bragging rights for “Most Useful Item Retrieved”. I am quite proud. I bought one of those large magnets for magnet fishing - I'll keep you posted!
Blooming Daisies Crafts News: The first Scroll Frame Travel Bag prototype has been mailed to its tester and I am anxiously waiting to get the feedback. The second one is nearly complete and will be mailed out post haste. Hopefully the testers love the new product! Once there is feedback, any adjustments, tweaks, and additions will be made and the New Product will be offered to all of the Blooming Daisies Crafts scroll rod users. As a little teaser, the bag includes a big pocket for instructions and smaller pockets for needles, pens, scissors, etc. Again, at Blooming Daisies Crafts, we help bring your ideas to life!
This week’s featured product is the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. It is one of my favorites! Belle is book smart and appears to have some common sense! A true princess!
Q-Snap Project Bag-the stained glass print features Belle and Beast dancing as well as the beautiful red rose.
Matching Grime Guards-same subjects, different print, just as beautiful!
Those are just a few of the choices available! Find your favorites and bundle your order to save on shipping!