Heart Mouse

This afternoon, I completed Lucie Heaton’s Heart Mouse from World of Cross Stitch #213.  I’m pretty proud of how this little guy turned out 😀

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Just Joking?

Lately, I’ve been seeing and hearing a lot of jokes about mental illness. I used to think they were funny, but then my family was touched by mental illness and my perspective changed drastically. Mental illness is a serious MEDICAL CONDITION. People generally don’t joke about cancer or AIDS.  Why joke about mental illness?

Depression is more than just “feeling a little blue.” It’s a long-term, debilitating sadness, but it’s more than sadness…it’s hopelessness and wondering why you’re even trying…it’s feeling like life is pointless, like YOU are pointless. Food has no taste, activities are just reminders of how inept you feel, LIFE has no flavor. It’s a miserable existence that can be treated, but never cured.

Anxiety is more that just being a “worrier.” It’s middle-of-the-night panic that wakes you in a cold sweat. It’s “I can’t stop crying and I’m freaking out and I don’t really know why.” It’s trips to the ER because you’re freaking out about nothing in particular (or something in particular; you just never know). It’s never knowing when a panic attack will sneak up on you and kick your @$$ to the curb. It can be treated, but not cured.

For those who think that OCD means someone is just an ultra-perfectionist, it’s much, much more. It’s more than just wanting things to be tidy (not everyone with OCD is extra-tidy, BTW). It involves Obsessions and Compulsions (that means you HAVE to do certain things or you believe something bad will happen). It can be treated, but not cured.

Once again, I have to say that mental illness isn’t quirky or fun. It’s miserable.

Quick Update

Hi!

I hope all my US peeps had a great Thanksgiving!  We spent the day at my in-laws’ house; it was quite pleasant.  I don’t really remember much from the ride home because I was in a pumpkin pie coma.  Yes, my MIL’s pie is THAT GOOD!

Things have been pretty hectic around here for the past couple months.

I’m still working on getting my Etsy shop, The Timid Kitty, open for business.  I’m also learning to take better photos of my items – I never realized how awful my photography skills were, lol.

This month, I’m working on Christmas gifts (almost no shopping, except for craft supplies), trying to get things ready for Etsy, making time for family & church Christmas activities…and I just remembered that I need to do Christmas cards!  ACK!

I’ve managed to set up my new sewing space in the sun room.  I’ll try to post pix one of these days 🙂 It’s very cozy, but I definitely need a chair with wheels.  Right now, I’m using one of our dining room chairs and it’s just not working well.

Yesterday, I made the first embroidered lace Christmas ornament of the season.  It looks black, in the photo, but it’s actually dark purple.

I plan to spend today Cross-Stitching.  I might embroider another ornament…we’ll see 😀

Happy Stitching!

lace ornament

Big News!

Later this month, I’m opening an Etsy shop!  I also hope to have my very own website up & running by the end of the year!  The shop & website will be called The Timid Kitty, after my very sweet, yet very shy cat, KittyPuff.

In the shop, I plan to sell cross-stitched and embroidered items, handcrafted birdhouses, ornaments, and other things that I find myself creating.  I also plan to sell my son’s handmade pens and wands (for all those Harry Potter fans out there).  Other handmade items will be added, as they come along.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress toward opening shop.  Right now, I have just a few items to list; have to photograph them first and I’m not very good at that (need practice!).

In other news, I just finished stitching my mother-in-law’s Christmas gift.  It’s a cute little Furry Tales design by Lucie Heaton.  As you all know, I absolutely LOVE her designs 🙂  My mom-in-law saw this as I was stitching it (before I decided who the recipient would be) and was taken by how cute it was.  I’m thinking about making it into a little pillow ornament, but we’ll have to wait and see 🙂

Happy Stitching!

(Now I’m going to go put the groceries away!)

The Big Reveal

girl 1 girl 2 girl 3 girl 4

The wait is over!  Here are some pix of my “big project”

I found these country girls in the Spring 2014 issue of Cute Cross Stitch; they were designed by the brilliantly talented Joan Elliott.  They are meant to be stitched as Thank You cards, but I thought they would be lovely in a 4-aperture frame (like window panes).  I began stitching on March 15, 2014, and finished the last girl on September 3, 2014.  Obviously, that works out to more than the estimated 11 hours each, but, as you have probably read in previous posts, I’ve had some issues with my stitching mojo 😉

I’m going to find a safe place to hide these beauties until I can take them to be framed.  I’m quite proud of how they turned out and plan to hang them in a prominent place 😀

I’m trying to decide what to stitch next, but I have so many lovely projects to choose from…it’s nearly impossible to decide!

In the meantime, I’ve stitched a small Christmas ornament (nothing overly special, so I didn’t bother taking a picture).  It will make a nice little gift for someone, I’m sure.

Happy Stitching!

WHOOT!!

Just a quick note about two noteworthy 😉 happenings.  

1)  Last night, I finished my “big” project.  Hopefully, I’ll be posting pix very soon 🙂  I’m very proud of myself for finishing.  I began the project in March, took a long break a few months ago, and finally finished.  Now I can decide on my next cross-stitch project.  I think it’ll probably be something small…maybe a Christmas ornament or something for autumn.  We’ll see what catches my eye 🙂

2) I lost 2.2 lbs. this week!  WHOOT!  Grand total of 35 lbs. gone and (hopefully) never to return 😀  

Have a lovely day!  Happy Stitching!

 

stupid, Stupid, STUPID, STU-PID!

Yep, that’s how I felt a few days ago.  Stupid.

Have you ever been stitching along and ended up confusing yourself?  BTDT…recently.

I was happily stitching part 4 of my big project (yay!) when I found what I thought was a HUGE mistake.  So, I looked at the stitching and I looked at the pattern and I looked at the floss numbers…then I did it all again…something just wasn’t adding up.  So, I compared them all AGAIN…and realized that I needed to…gulp…unpick an entire section.  What a colossal Pain in the Patootie!

But, I did it and started re-stitching that area in the…ahem…correct color.  After I completed the section for the second time, something just didn’t look right.  So, I looked at the stitching and I looked at the pattern and I looked at the floss numbers…and something wasn’t adding up…again!  That’s when I realized that it was correct the FIRST TIME!  So, I commenced to unpick and re-stitch the section AGAIN, double-checking that i was using the correct color.

Now, I’m finally past that section.  I was so traumatized that I had to take a day off from stitching just to get my mojo back, lol.

I plan to spend the rest of this afternoon and evening cross-stitching and watching TV.  I might do the same thing tomorrow…unless I have to unpick something, then all bets are off!

Happy Stitching!!