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Monday, November 19, 2012

Blog Hop #12: Giving Thanks

When it comes to the stitching part of your life, what are you most thankful for?

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!
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  1. I am also conscious that times are hard and stitching can be an expensive hobby.

    I used to give framed samplers as gifts but not any longer.

    I do however pass my charts on.

  2. I guess as time goes on I will be giving more of my kits away --- I will never be able to finish them in my lifetime!

  3. I often find that stitchers are some of the most generous people on the planet, so I'm not surprised when someone says that most of their stitching is done for gift giving <3

  4. I think cross stitch can be quite expensive! All those special flosses and sparkly fabrics! And framing, o my! About 95% of my stash was found in a thrift store so I hope one day those items will show up too.

    Having the support and interest of people is nice too. I think I'll have to get on this blog hop before I type out my response here, lol!

  5. Yes, this can be an expensive hobby, and I love passing on items to others to keep their stitching going. What a great group of people!!

  6. How lovely that your friends are interested in your cross stitch.

    Happy days.

  7. It's great that your friends and family appreciate your gifts. Most people I know don't appreciate handmade gifts, so I give only to a select few. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I am pretty lucky with my "fans". A lot of what I do is custom - I rarely buy a pattern. Most of what I create is from free patterns or out of cross stitch books. I change floss colors and things of that sort so it is truly unique. I think that is why they like them so much...made especially for them.