OK, I was bad.
I was really bad.
I ordered some fabric and charts from 123 last week. I needed the LHN Ornament SAL chart for this month, and fabric, and, well, it looked lonely. So I got a few more things off my wish list. It came yesterday. I ordered Country French Wreath and Snowglobe, LHN Hark the Herald Angels Sing and and Sugarplum Fairy, plus the ornament and fabric.
I've been coveting Ink Circles' The Huddle. I think Pumpkin posted it on her blog and I've been wanting it. That came yesterday. So cute! I justified this because it's a limited edition. I didn't want to let it go out of print and not have it, not when it was reasonably priced. That came.
I also ordered four charts from Kitty and Me, from her Etsy store. They were the monthly Cats and Quilts--I got the months I liked the best, in case those go out of print. I have the seasonal cats and quilts she did, but I wanted these too. They've got the sweetest black cat on them, and I adore anything black cat. Mom really liked them too, I think she wanted to know why I didn't order the other 8 charts, but she didn't ask. I'll order them when I have the money. And a good reason for shopping.
I'm going to resist the urge to stitch them. At least for right now. I'm liking this freebie project. I don't know about you, but sometimes, I feel guilty about starting new things when I have UFOs or WIPS, but it feels so good to put the first stitch in a fresh piece of fabric and start a new adventure and doing this has given me permission to do it more. I finished Hare Lines last night (will try to post a photo, but I can't guarantee it tonight). I have my next freebie chart selected and ready to go; it's a Halloween freebie from the Sanman board in 2007 that I want made into a banner. I've had that kitted up forever, but never stitched it because I had other things that I felt like I "had to do," vs. wanted to do. Now, I don't have that looming "to do" list to keep me from the freebies. And I've gotten two finished. I'm pretty pleased about that. I'm even seriously pondering a few new finishing techniques--I have a couple French-inspired designs that I could showcase, along with some souvenirs best friend Brea brought me from Paris in a shadowbox. Since I'm not spending money on the design, that gives me money for finishing supplies. I am going to get things finished this year. Even if it means I won't stitch much during my February finishing stint, I'll get things done.