According to the Soul Sunday article sent out by Oprah, the two most dangerous words in the English language are “Not Enough.” The first thing that jumps to mind when seeing those words is physical – not enough money, not enough house, not enough cars. The danger trying to have enough that way can lead to crushing debt if done wrong. However just as dangerous is the mental “not enough” – not thin enough, not pretty enough, not good enough. These are things that suck our souls. They lead to despair and depression and given enough time can lead to unhealthy habits like constant fad dieting, unsuitable companions who feed the ego at first but never reach a level of partnership in the relationship, and the habit of unhealthy self criticism. In addition, according to the guest on Oprah, since 9/11/01 we have also added a level of fear to the refrain of “not enough.” We’ve seen that we aren’t safe and that has been cemented through the tough economic times of the past several years – deep down we know that everything we have could be lost in a moment.
The fear of loss forces us to wear masks in public, to hide the face of the stranger (as Billy Joel called it). But when we hide the vulnerability we cut off part of ourselves and we limit our access to creativity. We lock away the part that would allow us to expand and reach and try things we’ve never tried. We need to push past the fear, realize it’s okay to fail, open ourselves to possibilities - all the clichés used by motivational speakers which wouldn’t keep cropping up if they weren’t true. Find the part that feels you are not enough, admit that it may be right in that area and decide if it is worth taking the time to improve but look at all the other areas where not only are you enough but you have abundance to share. Move past the scarcity mentality and reach for the blessings the universe has prepared for you. Good things come when we ask for them.
Posted by shondratasha on November 6, 2013
So here is my progress for this week. Apples are almost done and the leaves have progressed nicely. I didn’t have any scroll bars free so I’ve been working on it with a hoop and I left the hoop on the other night and I’ll need to do some ironing before I move to the next square. For a TW and limited stitching time it’s been moving quick.
Posted by shondratasha on October 24, 2013
First off for show and tell is my Celtic Steps on 40 count silk gauze. I thought the penny made a good comparison for the size of the finished piece.
Next is a shot of my decade old WIP that I pulled out this month.
Okay that is odd it shows up with the peaches on top and not sideways in the file before the upload. I guess this is WordPress’s idea of “helping” me with an odd shaped vertical picture. Anyway, I’ve made some good progress on the apples block, I wish I had taken a before picture so you could see the progress but I’ll try and get a WIP picture on Wednesday because I have made progress since this picture was taken.
I also finished making my Lizzie Kate Halloween piece into a pillow on Saturday but I haven’t taken any pictures of it. So that was my week in hobbies, how did your week go?
Posted by shondratasha on October 20, 2013
It’s TWOctober – this means working on one of the numerous Teresa Wentzler patterns I have already started. For the past several years, it’s been the Carousel Horses but this year, I pulled out Fruit Bellpull. I’m not sure why. It’s an ancient piece and I haven’t worked on it for almost a decade (I think the last stitches were in 2004) but there are reasons for that. See back when I cared what my husband’s sister thought and when I was trying to be nice to his family since he was trying to be nice to mine, I agreed to stitch Fruit Bellpull for his sister. She bought all the supplies with the help of a friend who wouldn’t stitch it for her and gave them to me to work on for her. She bought Lugana as the fabric. Well, I don’t stitch on evenweave – I’m a linen girl. So I would work on it and then rotate it out as soon as I could.
Then came the year after DH’s mother died when his sister could not be bothered to come to the door to get her Christmas gifts and she changed her number without telling us and started sending her bill collectors to our door. Yeah, gotta love family. So I put up the bellpull and forgot about it. Although I did send it out for a round with a UFO exchange.
This year however, it’s been calling to me. And I’m finding that with my deteriorating sight, evenweave is actually pleasant to work on. I don’t need the magnifier I can use my reading glasses and see it just fine. I’ve done quite a bit of work this week. I’ll see if I can find a picture of what it looked like before I started but if not, we’ll just start posting progress pics from where I am now.
And I may have to rethink my opinions on evenweave as a medium.
Posted by shondratasha on October 15, 2013
Yep, there is no WIP update this week. Mainly because I was having Mommy Angst with the Last First Day of School. Yes, my baby started his senior year of school and I’m having those – How did he grow up so fast? He was so tiny (my runt at 8′ 3″)? Where did the time go? How did I get this old? And the realization I never made him a baby sampler!
Unlike the other kids though, he got his own baby quilt which is now boxed away since it’s nothing but 2 pieces of worn out fabric. The stuffing is gone and when held up the once heavy cotton is now sheer.
He was about 8 when he agreed to box it up to save for later. We may take it out of the box when he goes away to college next year. At least, he’s asked if we can or could he at least take the box to school?
Posted by shondratasha on August 23, 2013
I felt like I got a lot done this week. I finished up the 10 hours in the rotation slot for Fire and Ice.
I thought that I would want to keep working on it after the 10 hours was up since I was still in love with it at 7 hours of work but as that 9.5 point drew close, I knew I wanted to be working on something else.
If I actually stick to my rotation the next thing to work on would be putting in five hours on my Stars for a New Millennium. So I got it out and I’ve put in about 30 minutes on the border and I’m eager to get the border done so I can go back to the fun part.
It doesn’t look like I did much in 30 minutes but I did get across the middle square there. I also realized why I wasn’t stitching on the Dr. Who quilt and I asked Kerry for her block 12 pattern and added a fez to 11 along with rearranging the block. Here are the patterns as they wait for the previously traced blocks to have the pattern washed out and get re-used.
With any luck, I’ll actually have some stitching on the final blocks to show next week. I’ve decided on the final layout and I have some ideas about what I want to do on the border.
And up in the rotation after working on Stars will be 10 hours on Celtic steps which I bought because I had this wild hare that I should do at least on 40 ct canvas project in my life. I don’t think I’ve done anything on it since I bought it at Nashville CATS when I roomed with Wendy and Suz.
So see you next week, hopefully with some progress.
Posted by shondratasha on August 15, 2013
Note, all warp threads are through the comb and through the correct (I hope) heddle and all that is left is remembering how to tie it off in back and tighten it up so I can weave.
So this is what Fire and Ice looked like last week, and this is what it looks like this week –
And I really wish I could figure out how to just drag and drop photos without losing the posts but that will be an issue for another day.
Posted by shondratasha on August 8, 2013
So I finished up the 10 hour slot on Fall Carousel horse which is nice because I’m so ready to work on larger count. My TW Carousel horses are done on 40 ct linen over 2 so working on them for more than a 10 hour slot is hard on the eyes.
At thirty hours, 33% of the squares on the graph are completed and a few more could be if I put in just a few hours more of backstitching.
Then there is the Dr. Who SAL – the final block was released today and I’ve already transferred it to the fabric ready to stitch. Of course that doesn’t mean much since 11 was traced a week ago and still hasn’t been stitched.
Which leads us to the next issue, now that the rotation slot for Fall Carousel Horse is complete, what comes next, finishing the warp on the loom or working on Fire and Ice?
Here is the loom with only about 40 strands left to put in before I can start weaving. Except I’ve misplaced the pattern but I know which book it’s in so it should be easy to find.
This is Kustom Krafts Fire and Ice which I started in Jan 2003 and have finished the first page but still have 85% of the pattern to stitch. The nice thing is it’s on 28 count fabric which looks huge after the 40 count I’ve been working on. I’ve only put 20 hours into this piece and I haven’t touched it since July of 2004 so it may take a bit to remember where I am and get into the pattern again. It’s a good thing that I have a list of Hitchcock movies I want to see and stitch too.
Posted by shondratasha on August 1, 2013
I was really worried about posting the Wednesday WIP this week because I hadn’t worked on any stitching at all during the week. And then I got a Netflix disc in the mail on Wednesday and finished Doctors 8 and 9 and started 10 (released that day) and I’m feeling pretty good about the progress. I do need to take some time and finish making blocks and rows though. I don’t think I’m going to piece the rows together yet because until I see the final border, I’m not sure if I want to have the numbers start from the bottom and go up or from the top and go down. Luckily the border will be released in 3 weeks. I could have this finished by the end of summer
Posted by shondratasha on July 20, 2013
Just so you know… my first doctor was Tom Baker and you never forget your first Doctor. However my favorite Doctor is a toss up between 9 and 11. Yes, that’s right – I’m not a Tennant fan girl, although I would love to get a copy of him and Catherine Tate doing Much Ado about Nothing. That’s a ticket I would pay for…
And that is the introduction for my focus project at the moment – -
For those who have seen the pictures from last week – You’ll notice there are French knots all over 6′s tie. Seven is complete and I went with one of the alternate eight patterns since I really didn’t like the official pattern put out by Fandom in Stitches. You’ll notice that even though 8 is not finished, I have traced 9 and it’s ready to start as soon as I get some time to stitch.
And on to my other piece.
This is the other piece which got some love, I actually got a full hour put in on Fall this weekend and there is a part of head in there. I got quite a bit of mane done and the corner grape vines are almost ready to be called done. I have 6 hours left on him this rotation slot and I’m really hoping to finish all the border on this first page.
See you next Wednesday.
Posted by shondratasha on July 10, 2013