So, ‘what’s all?‘ you may be wondering. Stashing, that’s what. I’ve been waiting almost two months for this last order to arrive from SB&B and it’s finally here. I knew it would be my last splurge and it’s well worth it. I have promised my DH that I’ll stitch out of my stash for … well, a long time. And what would wrest such a promise from me? Well, it’s not 100% a done-deal, but by this time next week we will hopefully be the owners of a piece of land just outside of Machias, Maine. Hurray! And not just any piece, mind you, but one that’s steeped in historical lore and graced by Mother Nature’s beauty. I wish I had pictures to share of the actual location, but there are currently tenants on the property and I don’t want to invade their privacy. This is a long-term deal – we wouldn’t be able to move for YEARS yet to come, but I cannot begin to convey the song in my heart that comes of knowing I’ll once again have roots in my beloved Maine. Life is pretty funny – when I was 18 I couldn’t leave fast enough, and here I am almost 20 years later and can’t wait to be home again. The little jokes we play on ourselves.
The thrill of owning property aside, it is also somewhat of a relief to be ‘confined’ to stitching from my stash. I have so many gorgeous patterns and projects to delve into. I’ve felt so impatient to start so many of them, but then something else will catch my eye that I just have to have and my project pile grows … as does my frustration at not being able to stitch them all fast enough. Now I can just settle down into what I have and simply enjoy it. Sort of like middle-age, come to think of it. LOL.
I’ve been working on my mailart for the upcoming tutorial on Focus on Finishing in a couple of weeks and this is my progress to date. It’s stitched over one on a 28 count Silkweaver Solo linen. The design is from the April/May 2005 issue of De fil en aiguille, which I purchased from Violarium - talk about excellent customer service and fast shipping! I bought the magazine awhile ago to make something for Rowen. Which I will do – eventually!
On a less happy note, I did not pass my re-exam in Chinese health/religion theory. I just found out yesterday and I’m still trying to decide what to do. It’s a huge disappointment, and I’ve gone around feeling like my brains must’ve leaked out my ears at some point without my noticing. The department head is checking out my options for me and will get back to me this week.
And because I can’t close with glum news, here’s a picture of Rowen the Princess in her finery. Isn’t she something?!
(All pictures are clickable for a larger image.)