I have three more project casualties. Boy, once I’ve made up my mind to get rid of a project, does it feel SO good! It’s just such a weight off my shoulders. I have really been delving into reading other craft blogs and watching YouTube channels. I love to see what others are doing. It’s interesting to see what people have on their to-do list. But I would be insanely stressed if I had a fraction of the projects some crafters have!
Two days ago, I bought and started another cross stitch project, which I will post. But that instantly added more weight on my mind. It was finally time to make a couple of tough decisions I had been delaying. And now that they’re gone, I’m super happy with my decisions.
First project to go:
This is the finished design. And here’s all the work I had done:
Obviously, this was not a hard decision, in the sense that I would be trowing out a lot of work. But it was hard because it IS pretty. My thought cycle about this project would go:
- I need to minimize my project stash. Anything I just want to get rid of?
- Yes! The lighthouse!
- *pulls it out and looks at it* …but the colors are so pretty…
- Well, maybe I will do this someday…
And around, and around we go. Finally though, I had a thought which made me okay with letting this go. I don’t have to hold onto something just because I think it is pretty. It’s okay to go on gut feelings. When I just go by my gut, I get excited at the thought of finishing my other projects, even the one I’ve had for 10 years! Yet this project never excited me. My honest gut feeling was that I would NEVER finish this. Even if I finish all of my other WIPs, I would just buy more projects before doing this one. Ultimately, I don’t need any *reason* to get rid of this project, other than that I wanted to. It is now in my donate pile. 🙂
My next project to go:
And my work:
This one I did much more work on. I worked on this in early 2008, and I never really liked it. I liked the perspective of looking through the arch, but once I got started on it, I didn’t like the colors, the tons of half cross stitches, or even the subject matter.
What made this difficult to get rid of, was that it was the piece I worked on while I studied abroad for a semester in Norwich, England. I had hoped that one day I would put it on my wall, and remember my travels every time I looked at it. But honestly, my gut is telling me I’ll never finish it. I have pictures, a couple of other small stitches, and, of course, my memories with which to remember that time. Goodbye Tuscany.
This was easy:
This is a Zenbroidery cloth I bought for a couple of bucks. I thought it might be fun to mess around with learning new stitches and go crazy with colors. However, I love cross stitch because making X’s is just so brainless. I found this project to be too stressful; just bought it a couple of weeks ago, had no time to get attached, and chucked it!