Sunday, June 19, 2005

A bunch of SBQs

Because I haven't asnwered them in a couple of weeks, here comes a bunch of questions:

Do you feel the need to stitch a design from a specific designer just to say that you've experienced stitching one of their designs?
I think I have answered this question, when it was asked on the Rotation board, but becaue all the data is still unavailable, I'll do it again.
I usually try to order my rotation by designers, trying not to have multiples by any of them. I just like variety in my stitching and try to replace pieces with a similar one. It works quite well and prevents me from being bored to death by beautiful pieces, whose only fault is that they are just too similar to each other.
I also like being able to say that I've stitched a Chatelaine or a TW ;) I guess, there's a tad of vanity there, but who cares ;) I have yet to finish a real TW BAP or Martina's Mandala, but I know it'll come with time.
I usually try many different designers, because I like variety and challange. I like learning different styles, colour palettes, stitches, design. I am also getting to know the beautiful world of antique samplers, both reproductions and originals, so surely when I go back to work next year, my stash is going to grow and include at least a couple of them :)

What do you like least about cross stitching?
What I like least? Well, I guess that would be frogging and stitching slumps. I usually fudge and very rarely really frog (mostly no one is ever going to notice it), only if it's on crucial parts of the design (like face, etc).
I hate slumping, the feeling that stithing just doesn't make any sense, because you can buy a picture anyway. The feeling that 200 hours put into a design is more than I can afford. Not feeling like touching a needle ever again. I usually slip into slumps either when I'm on holiday which is OK, or when I'm generally very unwell. Those slupms are very hard to overcome.
I also don't like large amounts of backstitching, especially if I left it to the very end. But usually I can motvate myself when there's only backstitching left.

How do you deal a "stitching slump?"
I hate stitching slumps. They usually happen when I'm very unwell psychically and they only make everything worse, because there's nothing I can restort to, to feel any better. It's like feeling to weak to go and find a cure ;) I usually try to read more, because it involves less energy and hope that it's going to go away. I also visit the boards more often and post, go through my stash, my WIPs, think about establishing a new rotation, discuss it on the boards. It helps to know that other people care about me and my stitching ;)

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Who am I?

I decided that the only way to make anything better is to start changing myself. I don't really know yet how I want to change or in which direction I want to go, but I guess I'll find it with time :)

Today is a good day so here comes a list of things I like / I enjoy (in no particular order actually):

- walking with my daughter
- watching her laugh
- snuggling with her
- horseback riding
- stitching
- visiting cities I've never been to
- dancing
- drinking wine with friends
- visiting museums
- visiting zoos, botanical gardens and parks
- long doscussions without much sense
- reading books (recently crappy books)
- any books by J. Chmielewska
- receiving long e-mails
- Lindt Marzipan
- white orchids
- lilies of the valley
- blue and yellow
- honey
- watching cute babies
- Polish soap operas
- Polish books about women belonging to my generation
- discussing culture differences
- hiking in the mountains
- reading about cool scientific projects
- having the evening for myself only
- having passed the exams
- my friends
- earning my own money
- looking good
- skiing
- collecting books about places I've been to
- making lists
- procrastinating
- visiting good libraries

more to come :)

Monday, June 13, 2005

Still breathing :)

I have been on this roller-coaster ride for so long that I should have got used to it already. Well, I haven't. But I am getting better slowly again and trying to build my life up again from scratches. In fact I occassionaly have good time and fun and since finding the Marriage Builders website I have made some progress. Not much I admit, I am still fighting the fact that my thoughts ressemble maple sirup at the moment. I ams till not sure what my priorities are at the moment and find it even more difficult to implement them.

BUT, I have managed to keep up with the school work. I got a B, A- and a straight A. I still have two exams in the next two weeks, but I'm quite happy with my results. Most probabely I won't have to repeat anything.

I have also started thinking about going back to work in February. There seem to be problems related to this, but I got some good news recently, so I am not worrying about it that much. I am going to refresh my skills though, before going back. It will have been more than 2 years since I last worked, so I am going to really need it. I haven't been completely out of the loop, still going to school, but we all know school does not equal work skills.

I have been in a stitching slump as well recently so no updates on that. But I have picked up a needle again and I hope that I will be able to increase the amount of stitching I get daily to my normal level. I really need it, even though it's not really appealing now.

I hope to be back soon with an update on my continuing recovery :)

Sunday, June 05, 2005


Sorry for being MIA for so long... Unfortunately I can't say I have good news, so I spare you the details. Things are downsliding very fast and I spend my days mainly crying, which turns H very aggressive. Maybe I will be going back to my Mom's soon, I don't know yet.

I wish I had better news, so I won't be updating too often (I don't want to whine here too much).