Hmmm. Good question. I guess I am most thankful for the fact that I am able to stitch to the extent that I do. Crafts can be expensive - any kind of crafts. It is unfortunate, because people are crafty because they love it. I don't think I have heard anyone say, " Oh, great. I have to be crafty for several hours today. What a chore." Right? Sometimes I wish I had MORE time to stitch. But I also recognize there may be people who have the time to stitch, but just don't have the funds. I am a pretty giving person, so if I ever get the chance, I'd would and could share my immense stash wares. Just so someone can get a little joy.
I guess the other thing I am grateful for is how much my friends and family like my work. I bring smaller projects to work so some people ask me questions and want to know more about it - what does it mean, who is it for, that sort of thing. I have a blog, so I keep a lot of others updated on my WIPs and finished projects. People seem genuinely interested in what I am doing. I also give most of the things I make away as gifts. It is what I do, I enjoy it, and I like to share it. For the most part, people are very thankful and appreciative of what I make them (mostly framed pieces). I think there was only one time I had someone tell me directly,"I don't like cross stitch art, so don't make me anything." I was taken aback just a little bit because besides being a bit hurtful, I thought it was incredibly rude. I guess not EVERYONE likes things cross stitched, but jeez. I am sure there is a better way to express it than saying I hate it so don't bother making something.
Overall, I am grateful I have picked it up and enjoy it so much. It keeps me busy when I am bored and gives me a sense of accomplishment and pride when I can display it in my home (or in other's homes). I probably will do it forever...or until my eyes stop working. I enjoy it too much to give it up!