To quote Len Goodman from Dancing with the Stars, I need to stop mucking about. No, not mucking out stables, but ignoring my larger projects for the instant gratification of starting new things, or finishing the smaller ones. If I keep ignoring them, or only working on them once in a blue moon, they'll never get finished.
In my mind I divide up stitching into 2 categories - serious stitching and fun stitching. Well, there's actually a 3rd category too - things I wouldn't ever consider stitching myself. Serious stitching is reproduction samplers, and larger projects. Fun stitching are those things I really enjoy stitching, they're relaxing, easy, and usually quick. Its that instant gratification thing.
The problem is a lot of fun stitching isn't exactly what I want hanging on the walls in my house. It just doesn't fit in with my personal style. My house is NOT country, rustic, cutesy or primitive. Small exceptions to the country might be made if its French country, and NOT floral. I guess that's why most of my "fun" stitching is seasonal - I can hang it up for a couple of months, consider it a decoration, and then put it away for the other 9-10 months.
Obviously I need to find a balance. I haven't had a "large" finish since January, when I had 2. Well, one of those is sort of cheating since it was a large mystery Quaker I'd been working on for 3 years. But at least it was a finish, and it looks gorgeous hanging over my bed. The other finish was the Alpha Trio by Sheepish Designs, stitched as a tribute to Lady, our first family dog. Yes, I actually voluntarily gave that to my mom as a birthday present.
Back to balance. Two finishes in January, and who knows how many projects actually started that could be classified as a BAP (I know its over 25), and none of those close to a finish. I really need to make a point of concentrating on a few of the larger projects, between the fun stitches, and NOT starting more. Well, at least not starting 5 for every 1 finish. There needs to be balance between fun and serious stitching, and finishes and new starts. Does anyone else have this dilemma?
Anyway, I'm going back to my fun stitching for now, since allergies are kicking me in the ass, and I feel like crap. Sorry about my language, and hopefully I start to feel better soon. I feel even worse making everyone read through this and I don't even reward with pictures.