I am sure you have been on pins & needles for a while now. Did she or did she not achieve her goal of this year? When will she give us an update? Will she ever in a million years do something like this again?
2017 the year I proclaimed the year of the pincushion has come to a close. Thankfully.
Holy Toledo, I learned more than I ever imagined. It took more time than I ever estimated. My original goal was to cross stitch 12 pincushions for gifts. I completed and gave 16.
I was able to give three of those beauties in person.
Now, before you fret, yes, I have a beautiful, rather large pincushion of my own. I have used it almost daily for quite a few years now. I stitched the tower to remember our trip to Paris.
If you remember, here was my original challenged issued to me.
To make it even more interesting, I added another element, pins.
I used an entire bag of crushed walnut shells to fill each. I had to go and buy a second bag to fill the last two.
All of the pins I glued beads onto were used and my button jar came in mighty handy this year.
What did I learn?
I still enjoy counted cross stitch.
I liked personalizing the pin keeps to each person.
I learned that I most likely will never, ever do a project like that again. It requires a whole bunch of heart & soul and time & effort.
I wanted to lovingly, slowly stitch goodness into each, piece, however, the deadlines and mailing times sort of took the fun out of making each.
My plan was to stitch each cushion and fill it with grace and well wishes for the other person. Not everyone is excited or appreciates handmade gifts nor do many understand the hours it takes to produce them.
I put more good karma, energy, time, effort, money into each than need be.
I figured out, that while I was not looking for a “proper thank you note”, of which I received four, I was secretly hoping for a personal connection. A conversation. Some type of tie to the person I gave the gift to. A reason to talk and spend time with the person. A way to jump-start a conversation that would linger and fill us each with a wonderful memory. That did not happen.
If I ever do a counted cross stitch piece for anyone other than family, I will most likely keep track and share the number of hours it took to complete. Not to be boastful, but to share the time that was spent on that person. I came to realize that folks that do not do handiwork, have no concept or understanding of how long each project takes.
I learned for Christmas this year, I am buying gifts.
The only handmade gifts I am making are for our Grands.
I was going to say, I will most likely never cross stitch another pin cushion again. However………I already have a person in mind (she herself is a beautiful cross stitcher) that I might like to make a pin cushion as a surprise in 2018. We will see.
So here are a few of my 16. Some, I forgot to take a picture. One, I took a picture of the back and promptly deleted the front picture after it was already in the mail. sigh.
Thanks for following along and keeping me company this past year.
I would dearly love to have a conversation about gift giving and making/giving handmade gifts.
I have a counted cross stitch pattern, thread, and fabric all ready to begin January 1, 2018, for me!
Also, we have a new GRANDBABY on the way in 2018 so my hands will be flying as I make oodles of goodness for the new one in our life.
Here’s to accomplishing my goal and then some! Setting a goal and working towards completion is very satisfying.
In the coming year, I hope you are planning and setting a goal or two of your own. Would love to hear your plans.
In this together, friends.