Well, it is Saturday, I have been up since about 4:10am, can't sleep so I read blogs. It is amazing to me how many people you meet in the "blog-o-sphere", you can take a trip without ever leaving home. I am just in awe of the entries, photos and crafty accomplishments that I come across. All of you in "blog-land" inspire me to take better photos (long way to go there), expand my design taste, and break out of the "just got to put in a frame" box.
I have always loved cross stitching, although I must admit that finishing a project has always been a challenge for me. Typically, I frame things I stitch. Framing for me is easy, I used to work in a frame shop and I have everything I need here to do the job my self. Over 90% of the pictures in my home were matted and framed by me. That is how I did all my early pieces and I made them for gifts, rarely keeping anything for myself. Since joining stitching groups, which I first thought would be frivolous fun, boy was I mistaken, I have learned so much and vastly expanded my stitching horizons. I have made bookmarks, ornaments, cards and a needlebook with my stitching -- never did anything like that prior to 2005 when I joined a group. Now I am getting ready to finish a scissor fob, scissor pocket, floss tag (one of the coolest things I have seen), a flatfold and a block. Soon I will attempt a biscornu and a fabric basket. These groups have helped me get out of my stitching doldrums.
The people on these groups are serious about the craft and are generous when it comes to sharing their accomplishments and ideas. I love perusing the web in search of free designs and finishing techniques. I especially love looking at different interpretation of designs on the Freebie Gallery. I absolutely love reading blogs and finding new ones to add to my blogroll. All of you out there energize my love of cross stitch and I am truly thankful that you share your craft.
This morning I had the opportunity to visit Japan, Norway and Ohio, I had a lovely time. Have a great day. I need to get ready for my garage sale, yuk!!