Saturday, December 29, 2012

2013 Ideals (I'm Not Good With Goals)

As the title of my post states, I'm not so good with goals. They feel too pressure-y and, since I'm a very strong-willed (ahem, stubborn) person, I feel the immediate need to bristle at the thought that I 'have to' do anything. Just ask my DH...the fastest way to NOT get something done, is to tell me I HAVE to do it, lol.

Therefore, I set Ideals for myself. Things I'd like to get done, maybe only in a perfect world, but that I am completely okay with not finishing. For example, if the goal is to get 15 things done in a week and I only accomplish 8 of them, I feel as if I've failed somehow. On the other hand, if the ideal is to complete 15 things in a week and I finish 8, I feel pretty good about getting more than half of them done! It's all in how you look at it, I guess :)

Anyhow, I've set my Ideals for 2013 in the form of my very own (slightly tweaked) Crazy January Challenge. I've decided to reduce the number of CJC projects from 15 to 13 (for 2013, duh) and I'm 'cheating' on a couple of them, because I'm carrying over current WIPs from this year. I figure, since it's my challenge, and it's really only for fun and motivation anyway, I may as well do whatever will help me accomplish the most...rather than frustrate me further because now I've started more things that I can't complete. Make sense? 

I will be creating a new tab at the top of my blog page to chronicle my CJC projects. I've also decided to commit to making 2013 the year that I put aside more 'ME' time to dedicate to stitching and the year that I begin to log my projects in a journal of some sort. I hate that I've been stitching since I was 9 (going on 25 years, now) and I have no idea when I started/finished most of the projects I've done. 

Anyway, enough babbling, here's the 2013 CJC 'Ideal' List, in no particular order:

Christmas Gentlemen - Leisure Arts Leaflet

Egyptian Sampler - Teresa Wentzler

Fractal Tiger - Gran's Stitch Niche (freebie)

Glory - Bent Creek

Halloween - Passione Ricamo (freebie)

July's Amethyst Fairy - Nora Corbett/Mirabilia

The Stargazer - Nora Corbett/Mirabilia

Titanic Poster - designer unknown (free download)

Wisteria Fairy - Karen Weaver, Black Swan Designs

Woodland Violet Sampler - The Sweetheart Tree
Celtic Heart - M Designs (magazine freebie)
Forrest Goddess - Nora Corbett/Mirabilia (current WIP)
Wondrous Works of God - Bucilla Kit (current WIP)

My plan is to make updates to the CJC 2013 tab regarding my start/end dates (hahaha!!) for these projects, as well as posting progress pics there. That's not to say I won't be updating here, as well, but keeping the tab updated will help me track my ongoing progress on each project more visually.

Now, for those of you that are still reading, a quick update on why I've not posted for 3 weeks. Here goes: work, Christmas shopping, work, daughter playing/practicing volleyball 6 days a week, work, Christmas shopping, work, DH sick, work, Christmas shopping, kid's on vacation from school, work, Christmas festivities, me sick, me sick still, house cleaning. Yep, that about covers it. 

I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed some time with family, friends, or whomever you prefer the most. Here's wishing you a happy and most blessed New Year to come. Thank you all so very much for reading/commenting/encouraging/motivating me this past year. I look very forward to continuing to build relationships with you in the coming year. God Bless!!

Friday, December 7, 2012

So Many Updates. And Pictures. Lots of Pictures.

Wow! I just looked at my last published date and realized it's been almost 2 weeks since my last post. Crazy how fast the days go by this time of year! I have been stitching but, unfortunately, I can't show you what...because it's all boxed up to send out tomorrow to my exchange partner. Hope she likes it!!

Last weekend someone (I believe it was Katy over at Just a Little Stitchin...she's such an enabler, lol) posted about HAED extending their 45% off sale. And then mentioned it was the last one of the year. Oh boy. Look at the damage I did:

Spirit Guides - Judy Mastrangelo

Steam Butterfly - Brigid Ashwood

Which May I Keep - Elsley

Zodiac Mandala - Ciro Marchetti

Blue Moon - Lewis T Johnson
Ancient Egypt - Ciro Marchetti

Ice Palace - Ciro Marchetti

I'm officially going to have to live to be 214 years old so I can stitch all the stash I have. But at least I'll be happy right up to my dying day! Ok, I don't know how happy one can be at that age, but I'll be busy, anyway, lol.

I have nearly finalized my list for the Crazy January Challenge. I rearranged some of the projects so that I could focus on ones that I already have all the materials for. I decided that rather than buying a whole bunch more stuff just for the CJC, it would make more sense to try and use up what I have. That way, when I replace what I've used...I can do so guilt-free :) Hopefully by next week I'll have my list finalized. When I do, I'll be sure to post it here...but I'll also add a tab up at the top of my blog just for the CJC, so that I can track my progress and timelines.
A couple other updates:

Titan (my big 'ol dog) is officially fine after our scare with his suddenly swollen face. The vet thought it might have been a spider bite, and treated it as such. After 3 medications, 4 shots, and $235 dollars...he's all better. So nice to be able to see both of his eyes again. For awhile, one of them was swollen shut and had nearly disappeared. Thank goodness it wasn't any worse! Here he was before it was even at it's worst:

 Excuse the blur...he doesn't like to be still. Here's what he looks like 'back to normal':

Thank goodness for a skilled vet! He really is like one of our children and I'm so thankful he's better :)

We've finally gotten (mostly) moved in to my Mom's house. We've filled a 10 x 20 storage unit and may need yet another small one. We have the things we 'need' with us here in our little garage apartment, but it sure will be nice to get back into a house and be able to spread out all my crap again! It sure has made us realize how little we really need to be happy, though. And we just keep reminding ourselves - not only is this a tremendous help for my Mom, but it's only temporary. To quote The Good Book: "This too shall pass."

That's about all the energy I have for right now. Since my exchange is all finished up and ready to ship out, I'm going back to WWoG for the evening. I have one child in her room catching up on last season of The Walking Dead, one that's been asleep since before 8pm (here's hoping he isn't awake at 4am wanting Pop-Tarts and cartoons, lol) and DH is at work, so I have Law & Order: SVU cued up on Hulu and I'm cozied in with a hot cup of coffee and my blankie.

Happy Stitching, y'all! :]