Isn’t it funny how things change, but stay the same. Blogging used to be all the rage, then came Facebook and Instagram. Now YouTube is taking over the stitching world by way of the flosstube posts.
I try really hard to not get sucked in to watching flosstube. I’m trying to limit myself to 2 cups of coffee worth. I turn it on, and start going through my emails (which I had up to a couple of weeks ago horribly neglected). When someone says something really interesting, or they get to the “this is what I’m stitching” or “this is what I bought since last time” part I switch over to watching with undivided attention. 😀 I did remember several days ago that I can watch it on my TV, so I may indulge a bit more while I’m stitching. It’s can be horribly enabling though.
While I like learning more about bullet journaling (my latest tracking love), I can hardly stand to watch the videos. There is a whole lot of looking at someone’s journal sitting closed on a desktop with their fingers waving around (likened to playing an invisible piano keyboard) while they talk. That drives me nuts. So I don’t watch very many of them.
Creating a bullet journal has allowed me to blend stitching, quilting, and journaling into a joint venture! This is how I’m tracking my Yearly WIP Challenge pieces, where in the past I used Excel. I do love the convenience of computer programs, but I’m a paper and pencil girl at heart.
One of the things I was determined to do in 2016 was pull out Teresa Wentzler’s Peacock Tapestry – which was started Sept 1999 – and grid it. This was the first TW I ever started. I was living in Japan where I knew no other stitchers and had just gotten internet and ordered the kit.
I pulled it out to take a picture for a group I’m in, and look it’s already gridded. No idea when that happened, but it wasn’t this year. SMH.
I keep forgetting to share my latest stash enhancement item. It’s Crossroads & Country Roads by Piece by Piece. The designer, Pam McMahon is a local designer and I love her stuff! She posted on Instagram that she had a new design out and offered it up there first (I think). I sent her a message and she popped it in the mail on Monday and it arrived the next day.
I love that she includes instructions for both sizes. I love the red and white version, and the smaller quilt is 25″.
I just returned from my trip to Louisiana, and brought back a couple of stitching things. Main reason for the trip was to celebrate my father’s 80th birthday (which was yesterday). I also got to visit with my high school best friend and she’s who I went stash shopping with.
Count Twice Stitch Once by Plum Street
Fleur de Fleur by Alessandra Adelaide
Do Small Things With Great Love by Lizzie Kate
There were a couple more Louisiana related that had to be ordered.
I’ve also started on my Year of WIPs Challenge but that’s a separate post since it’s photo intensive.