A long time ago, I joined the Brides Tree SAL. I have been a slacker, though. Mostly because I knew no brides, didn't know if we were really ever going to get married and got caught up in other things. Well, now, all that's changed. I've decided to get my butt in gear and get my ornaments stitched. I should have enough freebies and charts in my stash to make this possible, right? Right.
So, anyway, last night I came home after church in a tizzy. Not about church, that was pretty centering--plus my priest definitely said he'd marry us, woo hoo!--but I was on a quest for a pinecone chart. Because one of the months is for a pinecone, and I wasn't sure I had a pinecone chart in my stash.
It's a funny thing to think about what people don't chart. Pinecones, for example. You would think this would not be a difficult thing to chart, right? It's an oval if you have a primitive pattern, a few splotches of thread on a sampler? No biggiem you would think. Surprise, they're hard to find. I know this because I searched 3 binders of Christmas charts, all but one issue of JCS Christmas Ornament issue--the one I used to stitch the Santa from the fair, it's missing, this is bad--and found 2 ornaments. One of which was from 1999 and the pinecone was a button.
And the funny thing was, I hauled my stuff into the bedroom, with a panicked look on my face. HTB was in bed, watching New Jack City, and trying to figure out who the bands were that were performing onscreen (we knew it wasn't BellBivDevoe, but other than that, we were lost, there were a lot of one hit wonders in the early 90s). He asked me what I was doing with all those charts at that hour of the night. And, when I said, in my most imperious voice, "I need a chart with a pinecone! And I need it NOW," he said, "OK." He's a smart man, that fiance of mine. He no longer tries to understand me, he knows there are forces at work that he can't fight, LOL.
I've taken a break from my large projects for the week. I have an ornament that is due today for a Halloween ornament exchange that is not finished yet. I can get it done by Saturday and priority mail it and that should be OK. It's not ideal, but I'd rather have a nice thing to send her a few days late than have a yucky thing sent on time. I also have to work on a Christmas ornament for another exchange, but I know finally what I'm doing. I figure a couple days off isn't a problem.