Thank you to those who commented on my previous post. You are lovely. I will reply today!
Onward to a better week, yes?
I set aside a big block of time yesterday evening for stitching and relaxing, rather than doing housework (guilt-free, because I cut the grass and did a couple loads of laundry right after work). It was great. Self-care is a good thing.
I was not in the mood for Halloween, and I'm a bit cranky about how messy my over-1 stitches are on the first bird of the Just Nan Spring House (first time doing over 1 on 32 count - I should have waited til I had better light). So I started next month's Smalls SAL project. I picked a pattern from the new Just Cross Stitch magazine:
I have decided to do the May starts challenge on the Stitch Maynia Facebook group - 15 starts in the first 15 days of May. I've been making myself stick to my two WIPs, with breaks only for the Smalls SAL projects; but I think a bit of manic start-crazy-ness will feel great right now.
I picked things I have all or most of the supplies for. The benefit is that in the future, when I want to pick up a new project but am not feeling up to doing all of the pre-work (picking out a pattern/fabric/threads, finding the center & putting in the first stitch - the hard stuff, right?) I will be able to just grab something out of my bin of Maynia starts and stitch away.
June Bugs by Pine Mountain Designs; Butterflies Biscornu
by Seba Designs; 'August' from Summer and Winter by Prairie Schooler;
Jolly Jack by All Through the Night; Where Did I Put My Broom by Dark
'September' from Spring and Fall by Prairie
Schooler; square design from Pumpkin Potpourri by Scissor Tail Designs;
Holmesy Hare Winter Wonderland by Stitchers Anon; Winter Awwwwwe by
Needle Bling Designs; Not a Creature Was Stirring by Lizzie Kate
Very Merry Winter by JBW Designs; Unstoppable by Daily Cross Stitch;
Four de Lys by Ink Circles; ornament from Where there are Bees by
Prairie Schooler; Feathers 'n Fins by Tempting Tangles
Another benefit of this: several patterns are ones I've had for a couple of years, so now I won't have to feel guilty about leaving them languish unstarted.
I finished my first ever biscornu! This is a pattern by Durene Jones posted as a freebie at the Lakeside Needlecrafts SAL Facebook group. ...
My November small for the Smalls SAL, run by Heather of Stitching Lotus : This is from a kit that came with an issue of Cross Stitch Cra...
My first small for the 2017 Smalls SAL run by Heather of Stitching Lotus . It's a Lizzie Kate Tiny Tidings called Snow Bird. There are ...