Thursday, October 3, 2013

What to do with old needlework

My daughter and I are collaborating on this Dr. Who cross stitch from Wee Little Stiches.  She is stitching the doctors, and I am stitching the TARDIS.  She is still a beginning stitcher, and while her work is very nice, it takes her a long time to stitch.  The TARDIS is very dense and, dare I say, tedious (lots of filling in of the same color), so I offered to do it because I want to keep her motivated.  She worked on the eleventh doctor first, and as she started him she said to me "I can't wait to stitch his fez!" That is a true stitcher's spirit!  There are always parts of cross stitch charts I look forward to working on more than other parts.

My daughter is slowly making over her bedroom.  We removed a bookshelf and replaced it with a desk.  We found some artwork to replace the pictures of fairies she had hanging on the walls, and now she is making this Dr. Who piece.  One of the things she removed from her room is this fairy cross stitch I made for her in 2007.  Honestly, it seems like I just sent that off for framing, but it's already been six years and she's outgrown it.

I struggle with handling outgrown needlework, not just stuff I made for the kids, but things I made for myself that no longer fit into my home.  Some pieces are obvious keepers, but other things I don't know how to handle.  Should I donate these things to the thrift shop without a backward glance?  Hang on to them as if they were precious heirlooms?  Try to sell them on ebay or etsy?  (I have never sold anything online before, and actually, I probably couldn't sell any of the cross stitch legally because of pattern copyright issues.)  What do you do with handmade things that you no longer feel a need to keep?

I also wanted to ask how everyone is liking their new reader now that Google Reader is gone.  I switched to Feedly as soon as Google announced Reader was going away, but I found it a little cluttered and confusing to navigate. (That may be my age speaking!)  I then tried Bloglovin, which I found easier to navigate, but just the other day I looked at my feed on Feedly and saw some really recent posts from quiet blogs that never showed up in my Bloglovin.  I wonder if Bloglovin works like Facebook and chooses what to show you, rather than just showing you everything.  At the risk of sound old and crotchety, I would like Google Reader back, and also the old Flickr, please.  Things change too quickly, updates tick me off, and I want the pace of change to slow the heck down.

One final question:  I've noticed that photos are disappearing from some of my earlier blog posts.  Does anyone know why that would happen?  Am I maybe running out of storage space on blogger?  I need tech support!