A month of Being

What would a month of just being look like to you?
Just so you know, several things have converged and given me some ideas which are crystallizing.  I started a Year to Clear and have been following the facebook group, someone mentioned that since they started clearing and just focusing on being good things have been happening such as finding a flat in their price range in a seaside town where they always dreamed of living.  

Another thing is that Paul Blanchard offered an incredible deal on the Og Mandino group Power coaching sessions which I signed up for and I re-read Greatest Salesman and Greatest Miracle again. 

I volunteered at DevOps days and gave a workshop on the power of using Kanban with WIP limits to accomplish projects and I finally read The Phoenix Project. Like others on the DevOps board, it rocked my world and the paradigm has shifted.

Through the ComicCon Fitness Challenge, I met Dr. Sarah and was introduced to Geek Parenting Podcast. 

If you don’t see the relation of these items, it’s okay.  I see it, but it’s brought me to a realization.  I need to take a month and just BE.  No grand plans, no actions, no anticipation.  I need to evaluate and focus on the state of me and learn to BE. To focus on the moment. To reflect and not act. 

 

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My son is in the back, this was the day he found 11 previously unknown civil war era graves.

Great time meeting people tonight

This is Liberty Park in Salt Lake City at 10 pm on a Saturday night.  We’re all playing Pokémon Go.  I’m not in the target demographic for this game.  However, I downloaded it since my kids were having some much fun.  My favorite things are the people I’m meeting and the pictures I’m getting.  

Doesn’t this look like the Growlith is a family pet?

This guy was just checking his email but we had a great talk about the game and how it’s bringing people together.

Seth created a Facebook group for PokémonGo and set up a meetup tonight at City Creek. There was a herd of Ponyta.

This was just a fun shot which I posted on Instagram with the caption “none shall pass.”

This is my favorite photos so far! Makes one wonder what is on the other side of the fence which is so incredibly interesting that they ignore the Ratata.

Play safe though people and remember the only colors that matter are Red (Valor), Blue (Mystic) and Yellow (Instinct).

Stitch May-nia results as of May 22

There is still one week of my May-nia left for this year but This is what I’ve accomplished: AutumnQueen2016
Mirabilia’s Autumn Queen 4.5 hours close to 1000 stitches
Overdyed Dragon
OverDyed Dragon by Dragon Dreams 2.75 hours
DrWho
Dr. Who Quilt 1.5 hours
FruitBellpull
Fruit Bellpull by Theresa Wentzler 1.5 hours
SomethingWicked
Something Wicked by La-D-Da
FortunateTraveller
Fortunate Traveller by Theresa Wenztler 1.25 hours stitching 1 hour sorting pattern
Tidepools
Reflections of TidePools by Ro Pace – 2 hours
Fall Carousel
Fall Carousel Horse by Theresa Wentzler 1 hour
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Anniversary Roses by Lauren Sauer
Bucilla Purse Kit from 1943
Final picture –
Mardi Gras Quilt I’m working on…20160522_194808

For more information on my new stitching process – check out my new blog – Agile Crafter

 

The Stitch Maynia starting status pictures

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Here is Autumn Queen as I start her for Stitch May-nia. Last worked on in July 2015.

Autumn Queen by Mirabilia is first on the schedule.  She is on scroll bars which makes her look headless.  She last got love in July 2015.

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Overdyed Dragon from Dragon Dreams is my first try at blackwork and yeah, it probably would be more enjoyable if I remember what I learned in the class.  He last saw love Sept 2015.

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The Dr. Who quilt from Fandom in Stitches got a few new signatures to be stitched in at FanX earler this year.  But then I’m also still working on the Barrowman signature from last fall’s ComicCon.

In this space should be Anniversary Roses but it is a class piece from EGA and we were asked not to post pictures on the internet.

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Fruit Bellpull is the Teresa Wentzler piece which is closest to being completed. 

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Fortunate Traveller is also a Teresa Wenztler pattern and last saw a needle in March 2004.

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Memories of TidePools is a class from Ro Pace.  This is at 41% completed and fun to work on. It’s last turn in the rotation was May 2015

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Fall Carousel Horse by Teresa Wenztler is stitched on 40 count linen with one strand of Anchor floss.  Last worked on November 2015.

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This Bucilla purse kit was left behind in my grandmother’s sewing room when she passed.  I’m they only grandchild that knows how to needlepoint so I got it.  I finished the front of the purse, I’m working on the bridge between front and back and then I’ll figure out how to create a back since the original has been lost over the years.  The kit was purchased in 1943 for $3 and included the purse lining and hardware.

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Fire Wing Designs Sentinal didn’t get very far when I started him in January 2013.   I’m thinking that if I take him off the scroll bars and work on a q-snap or frame, I’ll have a scroll bar to use for Summer Queen by Mirabilia.

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Dragon Ride by Teresa Wenzter is being done borderless with “Dette’s Tail.” I have the fabric for finishing it into a pillow.  I last stitched on in in January 2004.  I’m hoping I didn’t stop because of frogging because if it was, I don’t remember where it is.   I planned this for a weekend so I could have time to figure out where I am and re-start.

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Stitcher’s Paradise by Marie Barber published as a serial pattern in Just CrossStitch.  Last worked on January 2012.

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This is my oldest WIP and it has a companion piece which is just as old.  I bought them when I was in junior high.  There were 3 in the set and I finished the first while I was in college but never finished the other two. 

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Spring Carousel Horse by Teresa Wentzler – Last worked on May 2015.  You would think after putting in a full year on them, I would be closer to done.

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Summer Carousel Horse by Teresa Wentzler.  This is my favorite of the group and last saw a needle in August of 2015. 

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Here is Mirabilia’s Summer Queen all kitted up with silk/linen and the color conversion to make her more green than teal.

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Something Wicked by La-D-Da.  This is a companion piece to The Raven that I finished last year.  If I get Overdyed Dragon finished, I get to work on this as a replacement small piece.

And this is where Stitch May-nia starts.  I’ve already put in an hour on Autumn Queen and still have 2 days to work on her.

Two months into the new year and what happened to my goals….

The goal for this year was to work on finishing things and not start new projects.  Just so you know, that isn’t going so well.  I have finished a few things – but they are all new starts.  See I wasn’t going to start anything new and then one of the church leaders asked if I would stitch the word Believe for four of the congregations. I couldn’t find a pattern that was the right size or that I liked so with the help of one of my EGA friends I put together a nice pattern and I’ve completed the first one.  The EGA friend is completing one of the pieces for me which means I have 2 more to stitch.

The other new project I’ve been working on is a quilt for my son who is serving an LDS mission in St. Louis, MO.  He wanted a red and blue quilt.  I was looking for patterns but ended up enrolling in a beginning quilt class.  I’m making the red and blue quilt but I’m also making a lavender and pink quilt for myself as well.  I’ve been keeping somewhat current on the red and blue quilt but I’m far behind on the lavender one.

Yes, I know you want pictures but I haven’t taken any so far.  It’s also the reason I haven’t blogged in awhile – I kept thinking I should take pictures first.  However, I think I’ll wait until I get the quilt top finished before I take pictures….

 

 

 

Once upon a time I created a website….

I took a class on a program that I don’t remember except that it was wysiwyg and everything came together easily.  But I haven’t managed the website in forever.  It’s not optimized for mobile, the focus piece on the cover is one I’ve actually finished ages ago.  The PHP code from the gallery is long gone. So it’s time to learn something new and re-vamp it.

My hosting company does have a WordPress app which would allow me to migrate what I’ve done here over to there (or I would hope so).  So now I have a new non-stitching project…

Angst over the WIP list…

Several years ago I followed the advice of an article in Just CrossStitch magazine and pulled out all my started but incomplete stitching projects and made a list of where I was on stitching them and what the next step was.  I discovered that when I had all the stitching done and just needed to backstitch, I would quit the project. So I started backstitching as I go and that has helped.  But since then, I’ve kept a spreadsheet of my Works In Progress (WIP list).  Over the years I’ve added additional information such as stitch count; if it’s a small, medium, or large project; how many hours I’ve dedicated to stitching it; and where it is currently stored if it’s not on the stitching stand.

The largest my list has been is 68, the smallest since I started keeping track is 32.  I find that I’m comfortable with 36 projects on the list and if it goes any higher I get anxious.  This leads me to my current dilemma.  As an officer in my local EGA chapter, I participated in our class from a visiting teacher, Lauren Sauer, and started two of the projects she taught the class.  I finished the first 2 rows of the Anniversary Rose sampler and I finished over half of the Basket of Roses scissor fob.  I should add that both of these projects are over 1 thread projects and I definitely needed magnifying to work on them.  Both projects added to my list brought me to a total of 36 projects.  Normally, this would be fine but I had told myself and my kids earlier this year that once I finished over 50% of Mirabilia’s Autumn Queen, then I would start one of the other queens.  I have both Spring and Summer kitted up and ready to go.  They have been ready to go since 2004 when I got a yard of Silk/Linen to work with for them.

Maybe it’s the talk at work of enforcing WIP limits but I hit 69% on Autumn Queen this weekend and although I really want a new start, I look at the list and think, not going to happen until something else comes off.   So do I work on the over one stitches to finish the monogram and design on the scissor fob or do I work to finish off Autumn Queen before I start the next queen?  Maybe I work on OverDyed Dragon which has under 10,000 stitches left.  OR I could work on Tide Pools which has about the same number of stitches left as Autumn Queen but goes quickly once I get in the groove of working on it.

But as I get close to a finish, I also have to take into account my track record with completion anxiety.  Just so you know, when I get close to finishing a large or medium piece, I slow down or find excuses not to stitch. (Facebook and associated games have become a great distraction). In trying to analyze this, the best analysis I have found is I have worked so long on the pieces that they have become friends and it hurts to end the friendship even if it means they will be moving to the walls. I end up bribing myself with such things as, if I put one strand in the almost finished piece, then I can work the rest of the evening on a piece that excites me.  I usually end up putting 3 or 4 strands in the anxiety piece before moving on so that works well.

So to help with the decision, I added a new column to my spreadsheet called stitches remaining.  Interestingly, there are fewer stitches left on Fruit Bellpull by Teresa Wenztler than I have left on Autumn Queen. But the scissor fob is definitely the piece with the fewest stitches remaining to do before it’s done.  Maybe I should look at getting a stronger pair of magnifying glasses and just finish it so I can start a new queen.  Now just to focus on the seasonal queens and put thoughts of Mirabilia’s Raven Queen to the side.

May Stitch from Stash Check in

Wow, it’s been a full month since I blogged.  I would like to say that I’ve been busy stitching but I think I spent more time playing games on my tablet than anything else.  Since I was playing games, I didn’t do any shopping…So my May spent amount is ZERO.  But I didn’t earn anything either.  I did actually work on a few things though.  I have pictures to prove it….

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I finished up my rotation slot on Spring Carousel Horse by Teresa Wentzler and I started the rotation slot on Memories of Tide Pools.  Just so you all remember what it looks like….

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I’ve also been volunteering up at This is the Place Heritage park and when I’m up there I have a scrap quilt that I’ve been working on.  I’m surprised that I haven’t done more on it considering the amount of time I’ve had to quilt between guests.  In addition, I’ve been working on Nora Corbett’s Christmas Elf which is my current travel piece.  I figure if I can do a thread a day I will eventually finish it.

So that was my month…

April Stitch from Stash Check In

Business First

Month: April

Spent: 7.50

Earned: $24.00 – 2 pieces the first worth $16 and the 2nd worth $8

So I was over budget by 4.91 last month which meant I didn’t have the normal budget to spend this month.  I was limited to what I earned after I paid back my overage.  Early on in the month, I finished an original design sampler meant to teach specialty stitches, being mainly specialty stitches It counted double (plus I should get designer credit)

EGA Green and White Sampler

And the rest of the month, I worked on finishing The Raven by La-D-Da using Fibers to Dye For and stitched on Silkweaver’s Parkland and tonight I finished it.

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I started this for my son, Light.  I have 2 other La-D-Da pieces for the other children but I won’t be starting those for a bit.  The 7.50 I spent was for the missing fibers and beads I needed to start Christmas Elf by Mirabilia/Nora Corbett and I started her and she’s now my travel piece.  Finishing The Raven means that this rotation slot is done and it’s back to a TW piece – and up on the frame is Spring Carousel Horse.

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Let’s see what 10 hours on this will produce….