Lately when I see my friends, especially my stitching friends, they often mention that they notice I'm not blogging much anymore. I rarely have an answer for that, but I think about it long after the conversation has ended.
The simple answer is that I'm spending less time at my home computer and more time in offices. The more complicated answer is that for various reasons (I'll spare you the whiney-woe-is-me list) over the past year I often felt out of whack. Out of whack and overwhelmed and it's hard to write when you are feeling that way.
Nevertheless, I'm taking advice from my good, wise friend Kansas Judy and in 2014 I plan to take small steps to feel less overwhelmed and more in-whack.
One of those steps is to update my blog from time to time Today is giving me the perfect opportunity. It's snowy outside, warm inside and I don't need to go to any offices other than my own.
So. Welcome to my blog...again!
And since this blog has Stitcher in the title, I'll show you at least one project I've been working on since the last time I posted any stitching photos.
One of these Christmases, I'll finish this sampler. I pull it out every December so it's been in my WIP pile for a few years. This year I've actually kept at it through January, so maybe by Christmas 2014 it'll be ready to frame. Sometimes the house is the big hurdle for me when I'm stitching samplers. Once that's done, it's relatively smooth sailing.
And here's something else...One of the big kerfuffles in my house in November was that we installed carpet through our whole upstairs and that included my office/sewing room. Every single thing had to be moved out of the office and that meant moving every bit of my quilting and stitching stash - - - which was NOT fun. You can only imagine the kinda-started and half-done projects I uncovered. And the many plans and ideas that had been moved way to the back of the closets!
I also decided that I am not a Quilter anymore, (but that's a story for another day) and decided to donate most of my quilt fabric stash to the Salvation Army. They hold a huge fabric sale every year and just after my big clean-out I met one of the women who coordinates the donations and it was kismet. Like it was meant to be.
Anyways, the fabric sorting dredged up a bag. Actually, a bag of bags. I admit to being kind of a bag and box hoarder. And way before we had Vera Bradley and Thirty-One, we stitchers knew the value of a good bag., so if you had one, you didn't foolishly throw it away! Remember when needlework shops gave us canvas tote bags? Usually if you bought a lot, you got the bag for free. Or you could buy one for a couple dollars. I ate those promos up...
Over the years I know I've thrown several away, but waaaaaaay back in the closet I found a few and I thought I'd share them with you. Cat hair and all. And I think all of these shops are gone now, but isn't it kind of interesting that their bags live on?
A trip to the Jersey shore always meant an afternoon shopping in Cape May, so I enjoyed many visits to The Victorian Sampler. They used to chart the more popular Victorian houses in town and I owned (and even stitched!) a handful of those charted houses. They'd release a new chart every year and that kept me coming back for more.
It used to be easy finding needlework shops in Philadelphia, and this one was one of my favorites. My mom (who was stitching at the time) and I spent some nice "girl time" in this shop.
And finally, the Thread Connection, which was my favorite shop in Pittsburgh. It was super conveniently located on the South Side, with a parking lot close by and they had everything I could have ever wanted in the late 80's and early 90's. Ahhh. The good old days... when there was an LNS on every corner. Like Starbucks. Well...not exactly, but you know what I mean.
How about some of you? Does anyone else have bags from old shops? Even current shops? Come on...I know you have some hiding in that closet of yours!
Till next time,