Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Stitching

I haven't shared any needlework projects in quite a while.  That's because I've been working on this Very Scary Mystery Sampler by Lizzie Kate.  The pattern was a mystery, released in three installments the beginning of July, August, and September.  Stitchers were asked not to share photos online so as not to spoil the surprise for others, but I think by now there are enough pictures out there that I'm safe.

When I got part one in July, I started stitching right away.  We did so much driving all over the state this summer, both for vacation and to get the kids to their respective camps, and this was a good take-along project.  The colors are really pretty as they come together.  I finished stitching part one just as part two arrived, and I finished part two as part three arrived, but now I haven't stitched one single stitch of part three!  Part three included a full color photo of the completed sampler, and now that I've seen that, I've lost my motivation. I like the design, but stitching on this is keeping me from other things I need to work on, and I'm feeling restless.

Our basement is also taking up my time.  Those of you who follow my Flickr stream will know that we are in the final stage of the work.  The flooring is being put in as I type this, and once that is complete by the end of this week, we hope to paint, and then we can put everything back together again.  I've been purging all along, but I know we still have more things than we have storage space.  My plan for reorganizing is to put back the things we absolutely must keep, and be ruthless with the rest.

And marginally related, because I mentioned driving all over the state this summer, the Pure Michigan campaign just released this statewide sing-along video, and I love it.  I have been to 30-plus states in the U.S., and each has its own beauty, but I do think Michigan is one of the prettiest places in the country!