In my part of the world we say you are a fool if your passion for a pursuit overcomes all practical sense. I am a stitching fool, and I stitch foolishness.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy Day!

With New Year's in the middle of the week, it sort of felt like I had two Mondays this week.  (Of course, that also means two Fridays!)  And to make it drearier, it's been raining off and on almost all day. (Although that means we're not dealing with over a foot of snow and below freezing temps--can you tell one of my goals for the new year is to be more positive? I'm trying to get in touch with my inner Pollyanna.)

Anyway, none of that made any difference when I arrived home to find something I've been waiting for  stuffed in the mailbox, all the long way over the Atlantic from England.

A tiny sweetbag ornament

Hampton Court

Both are designed and kitted by Jenny Adin-Christie.  And I am thrilled that they have arrived.

Am I ready to dive in?

You know I am.

Am I threading the needle as we speak?

Actually, I'm not.

I'm using the carrot-and-stick approach to the Overly Ambitious List.  While I can finish-finish when the mood strikes, since that is as rare as a blue moon, I agreed with myself to work on the Overly Ambitious List until I get a good chunk of it embroidered and, dare I say it, finished. Each project on it was very carefully selected for the enjoyment of stitching, the new skills I might either learn or polish, and its balance with the others on the list. Every single one of them was a project for which I felt every bit of the same enthusiasm when each arrived as I have felt as I look at these new designs.

But have I worked on anything on the Overly Ambitious List since I opened the package?

Are you kidding?  I've been fondling the kit contents and reading through the instructions. 


  1. You are such an enabler. I might have to rethink reading this blog--just kidding--I love all your projects. Still hoping someday to get my hands on the Betsy Morgan casket etui. Yes, she is coming here in Feb to teach and lecture at our annual tea. But do you think the guild voted for the casket etui..... no. (sigh)

  2. Hi Ann,

    Love them both!