It seems like I'm running half a season ahead of schedule. Halfway through summer, I was ready for Autumn. Now Autumn just barely started, and I'm thinking winter. No idea why, its been in the upper 80s with near-record high temperatures. You'll almost think it was still summer, other than its actually been getting cool at night. Maybe I'll blame it on the JCS ornament issue, or Brenda, with her sneak peak at the next Sampler of the Season - Winter.
I'm going to write it off as planning. Stitching isn't a hobby that gets finished at the snap of the fingers (unless you're one of those turbo stitchers, yeah, you know who you are), so we need to think ahead and not start stitching our Halloween ornaments on Oct 15, or wait to start on Christmas ornaments/gifts until after Thanksgiving.
What's driving this is I started playing with my design software again and came up with a couple of small pieces, and have the research and plans for a third. I've always been fascinated by mythology, folklore and alternative religions. I'm extremely tolerant and open-minded, up until someone tries to convert me or tell me my soul is damned for all eternity because I don't follow their particular brand of religion. Yes, that actually has happened to me. The common theme of these designs are how other cultures celebrate the Winter Solstice. Not every culture focuses on Dec 25, and not everyone calls the winter gift-giver Santa Claus. As the world becomes smaller due to the internet and mass media, a lot of the regional beliefs are forgotten, or just not followed.
Over the next couple of weeks I'll post the designs for people to do with as they please. There's a bit of paganism, a splash of folklore, and a dollop of prim in all of them. I'm not sure what I enjoyed more, playing with colored dots on the software, or doing the research for the background information.
Enjoy Feast of St. Nicholas!