The past few months at work have been stressful. And for some reason, even though I find stitching at the end of a long day once the kids are in bed to be extremely relaxing, when I’m stressed I find it hard to pick up the project and get started. I wonder why this is… If I do manage to pick it up it helps me to relax, but it can be hard to find the motivation to get started.
Having said that, I did finish a piece last week called Faith Hope Love by Joyful Expressions. I started it about a year ago when a friend had an online fundraising auction. At the time I thought it would be a great piece to donate to something like that in the future and I wanted to have it on hand. I stitched about half of it and then got sucked into other projects. A few weeks ago, our church announced that they were going to have a fundraising auction and needed donations in two weeks time. Even then I procrastinated about a week before picking up the piece to begin frantically stitching away. I was able to finish it just under the wire, though the lettering took me a bit longer than I’d planned. I think it looks nice all framed up, and though I don’t imagine it will bring much money, I hope it finds a home where it will make someone smile.
Now that I’ve finished the piece, I get the fun of starting a new one to replace it in my rotation. I love this stage of a project… considering the choices and starting on a lovely brand new piece of fabric, full of possibilities! I have a number of options in mind and will mull them over in the next few days.