It's that time again, but this sure was a short week considering it was the first full work one in three. Any hopes of a better time at work in the new year have already been dashed and, if anything, things have gotten worse. Oh well, c'est la vie. I don't have any marketable skills and I need a roof over my head and food on the table (and a Disney trip at least once a year), so I'm stuck.
Thanks again for everyone's kind comments over my Disneyland pictures! Sorry I dumped so much personal crap into the mix, but it's part of the story, so it had to be told. And, like everything else that happens, it's made me a stronger person (or more closed off, depending on your point of view and the jury is still out on the subject). The pictures remind me of the good stuff, the actual Disney stuff, so I think it's a win-win situation.
But on the home front, I spent the week working on Snow White and the weekend on Suteki. I left off Snow after the first day of stitching here:
And by Thursday night, I made it here:
I wasn't expecting the frame to be as confetti-filled as it was, so I didn't get very far at all. I was pretty disappointed in myself by the time I put it back in the stack, but I did decide on a plan. I'm thinking, as of now, I'm going to swap projects every week and work on Suteki on the weekends and every piece gets time and Suteki gets finished quicker. On the months when there are five weekends, I'll stitch on A Summer Ball and 35th Anniversary and that way, I don't have to spend much time on either of those two, but they still get worked on too.
I've also started using waste knots instead of my regular back knotting method. I know it's not kosher to knot thread, but I've done it since day one of my stitching career and I've never had troubles with it, despite the hoopla by the stitcher community over doing it. I'm never going to have a nice and pretty clean back, but I decided I could make more of an effort to try to make it easier to work through when the confetti gets heavy. In all honesty, when it comes to confetti, it really doesn't matter whether I knot on the front side or back side, but it's all a learning process, right?
To further help things along, I signed up for A New Stitchy Start blog, a great SAL blog that will hopefully motivate me more. I knew Suteki wouldn't be easy, but I wasn't expecting the level of difficulty I'm experiencing with it, so I felt like I needed a bit more help than usual. I'll be posting her progress over there instead of here at the end of each month, but there is one thing I couldn't pass up...on Saturday, I hit a hidden Mickey:
Despite the fact that I seem to be avoiding Disney World in March, apparently the "visions" of Mickey have already begun, although there is one place I'll always see one:
Notice the tags? My baby gets his Disney love too!
Next week, I'm going to work on Night Wish, followed by either Maleficent or Alice and the B's, I'm not really sure which just yet. Then again, I might be able to get very close to finishing Cinderella Caste in a week, so maybe I'll go there...guess it will be a surprise. As always, I'm still hoping for a better week but, when all else fails, here's to a good stitching week with a bit of pup-snuggling encouragement!