I've decided to go with "say something" just to get yourself going as a strategy.
I trolled pictures and came up with an embarrassment of missing things. This little dolphin came back to me from the finisher looking very adorable. He's mine -- all mine! He commemorates my childhood trips with mom to Sea World. One time I got a stuffed dolphin which I remember to this day because the grey fur on the sides was sewed on so you could only pet it "properly" from the tail to the nose. I don't know how old I was at the time, but my mom was an amazing seamstress and I knew all about nap. I remember telling my mom that they should only let people sew these toys together if they knew about how to construct them properly. :)
This half-done Santa is actually done now and off to the finisher. He was fun even though I struggled with the background. I had selected a soft yellow ThreadWorx, but everyone but me thought it was awful. It took a couple weeks of searching the shop to find a thread that worked--- *every* blue in the world clashes with that teal hat. I couldn't go white because of the wings. Light purples looked hideous. You could have knocked me over with a feather when the color that worked was pink. Pink? How did that happen? The pink quandary is somewhat balanced in my memory by how much fun I had experimenting with the beard.
This little guy is done too. Nope, I could have sworn I had a finished pick of this too, but Heaven knows where that is. Possibly it went holidaying with the finished Santa pic of the canvas above.
I recently became obsessed with this piece. It's for my sister, but no surprise since I sent her a picture of the canvas to see if it made her smile instantly as it did for me. It did so it will be hers. It's going to be a tray. I will do the background in wine Silk and Ivory.
I'm fond of both the grey-gold Crystal whatsitsface I did the glass outlines in and the Kreinik copper metallic for the words.
And now phase two... this is my current obsession -- I pulled him to travel with. It kept me good company at the airports and on the planes over the weekend. I got to spend extra unplanned time enjoying Texas hospitality because of the extreme weather that settled over Dallas as my plane was trying to go through. It's not like I could do anything about the delays so I stitched and did what I could with my impromptu overnight in Dallas.
Before this trip east, my Dove candy had a message for me. LOL I shared its thoughts with my dear buddy, Anita, who said I shouldn't ignore important guidance like this. She tried her hardest to convince me to ignore packing the day before my flight and go book shopping with her instead because obviously I needed more books.
Silly Anita -- I already had these packed... and a Kindle.... and 26 audio books checked out from my local library on my laptop.
When I finally arrived in DC, my brother-in-law had a collection of packages waiting for me--
I think I'm set for reading material for now. [And, for the record, I believe I'm set for stitching too -- I brought 3 new, small cnavases; 1 small canvas to finish; by giant flag cross stitch; and 3 xs ornies. And you know what, when I was picking up the magnifier, I almost bought two patterns..... I think I have a stash problem. LOL]
So far on this trip the BIL and I have had one adventure (my sister is off gallivanting in exotic locales so us domestic sorts are staying here at home) -- we were passing George Washington's mill and distillery (on the way to an LNS to get me a small clamp magnifier) and we swung in because neither of us had ever toured the place. It was wonderful fun and a beautiful day.
Thanks for being patient with me........ Maybe this will help me start getting in gear with writing again.