Christmas is next Friday. That means 2010 is two weeks away. I've been so busy the last few weeks, I've lost track of time and forgot it was so close. The 0-decade is ending, we're 10 years out from the millenium. Is it just me or did we seem so innocent and hopeful in 1999? And then the world kinda seemed to fall in . . . Maybe the teen decade of the 21st century will see a better world come to pass. We can hope for it.
I did get a small finish done over the weekend. I started a Pine Mountain pillow kit for Thanksgiving, a gift from my Secret Sister Exchange partner, Thursday at lunch. Brea's plane was delayed an hour, so I plunked myself down at the airport and worked on it for a while, then finished it last night. I need to sew on the button, but it will be finished. I don't actually have a lot of non-Halloween fall things stitched and ready to use to decorate the house, so it will be nice to have this sitting out next fall. I also realized, after posting Fa La La, that it's not actually "finished." I forgot the checkerboard row at the bottom. OOOOPPPPPSSS. I did entertain the idea of leaving it off, but I know myself enough to know that would drive me nuts. No one else would care, but I would. SOOOOO . . . I am finishing that and sewing on the beads before tomorrow morning. And finishing it by the end of the week. No need to drive myself crazy on something so easily correctable.
I've been thinking long and hard lately about my stitching goals for 2010. I know I've mentioned that I want to focus my stitching to working on freebies next year. I still want to do that, but I have decided that I will not restrict myself to "just" freebies. I'm going to work on UFOs and WIPs too. And of course I have the wedding stitching, and a big project or so for the fair. And there's a Dragon Dreams I have had kitted up for a while, The Ice Dragon's Kingdom, that I want to finally start and get finished this year. It doesn't appear to be super-hard, and I've always liked stitching DD charts, so I want it done! I think that's a pretty reasonable set of stitching goals for myself.
I also want to push myself to get HALF of my unfinished finishes completed the whole way through. It's not an unreasonable amount, at least I don't think so. One or two need buttons or charms, and then framed; this is the year they will get what they need. There are some that need custom-framed--I think after all those years of stitching, Elegance of the Orient deserves just a bit better framing job than I can give her--but a lot of them, I can frame or finish into ornaments or cubes myself. It's just a matter of committing the time and effort into doing it. And I've made it easier to do by consolidating my finishing supplies. I even bought a big new bottle of glue so I can't say I lost my glue. There really are no excuses left for me, right?