It all began on September 15, 2012…..
Or rather in 1988, depending on how you want to look at it. This cross stitch obsession that has been with me since my second pregnancy and continues on as my first love when it comes to crafts. I have since been picking up leaflets, magazines, books, flosses, needles, floss boxes, fabrics, circular frames in the beginning, and then the sturdier wooden straight frames later on.
In 2004 I did sell most of my books and magazine collections when my kids and I had to move to Arizona for a short time to care for my mother, but I kept the rest. After returning to Alaska, I began collecting more leaflets and was given books as gifts by my daughter.
Those of us who have been stitching for some time probably began picking up leaflets with that one thought of “I’d love to have this hanging in that room” or “THIS would be perfect for so-n-so as a gift” or some other reason or fantasy that would justify the purchase of the leaflet or book. You know you have done it, we all have. That is the way it is…..in the beginning.
Later on, it’s all about the getting. The hoarding and yes I said it HOARDING, of leaflets and magazines and books. All because you are still trying to justify it by saying to yourself “I want to stitch that one “. Granted, I am not so horrible that I have an entire building full of stuff, but I did have stacks and stacks of leaflets, downloaded free patterns, books, magazines and such. Not really very much if you compare me to others, but still more than a single person can do in a sane amount of time.
Now back to September 15, 2012….I was chatting with my girlfriend Nancy. It was a lovely chat, we were both stitching up biscornus and sharing websites and yakking about travel, but somewhere in there was when the light bulb came on due to a comment she made about never having time. She is ALWAYS stitching something and even has an “upstairs” project and a “downstairs” project. I admire this ability to go for two at once, but for me that is too much. My light bulb came on when the thought came into my head that I am forever thinking “I’d like to stitch that” and then never actually stitching. Why is that? Why not stop putting it off, forgetting about it or just not doing it and get it done?
And that is when the idea for the 2013 Leaflet Project began.
I have had several months now to consider what will be included and have gone through it all to make sure I have every leaflet and downloaded pattern that has been stuffed in one tote or another.
At first it seemed very daunting. I found that during that time of “hoarding” I would pick up STACKS of leaflets that were at yard sales that I would not even consider doing because it wasn't my thing. It was a stack of leaflets for a buck! Yes, I know, I’m trying to justify, but the thought was that there had to be at least one or two that I would actually like to stitch. Yes, you read correctly. LIKE TO STITCH. Not the same as GOING TO STITCH or WILL BE STITCHING. More like a backup plan or deranged idea, or feeble fantasy to cover up the fact that it was straight out HOARDING. I said it again!!!
I had quite a bit to go through. I was able to take out the leaflets and kits that I won’t be doing and would never stitch, and found a wonderful person to send them off to, so they will be useful to someone. Then I let the pile sit for a bit while I rummaged around a bit more to find any stragglers, which I did, and add or delete them from the project list.
I have one stack of 31 Leaflets and Kits. Doesn't sound like much right? Half of that pile has two or more patterns in each. It is at this point I will not continue with the math, other than to say that by just doing this pile alone; there are well over 100 projects. This does not include WIPs, UFO’s or the downloaded free patterns OR two particular projects that were promised several years ago which could fall into the WIP and UFO category, but I refer to those two as the “Guilt Projects”. I suppose that can be a sub-section to this project all by itself!
Join me with some stitching throughout the year! To be clear, I do not plan on getting EVERY leaflet and pattern stitched in one year. The point is to get what I can done and stop waiting for that magical day to arrive when I completed every last project I've ever thought of doing. Less thinking, more doing!
So today, January 1, 2013 we embark on an adventure that will certainly teach us many lessons along the way. IT IS TIME TO BEGIN THE END OF PROCRASTINATION AND THE “SOMEDAY” MENTALITY AND STITCH THOSE PATTERNS!!!!!