So I’ve been thinking alot lately (my brain’s gotta have something to do, right?) about my stitching plans for the rest of the year as well as for 2011. Last year I decided I wasn’t going to make a lot of plans, make a lot of lists and try to force myself into working on pieces I really wasn’t interested in. But then I again, in a fit of delirium, signed up with my guild to finish four pieces this year. Guess what. No really, guess. Yeah, you saw that coming, didn’t you. I haven’t touched them really – all year. It’s like putting down on a piece of paper that I will finish blah blah blah is the kiss of death. Not that I’ve worked on some of my other WIPS that weren’t on the list, but whatever, you see my point.
So here I am in December, really no closer than I was on the pieces I wanted to finish this year (ie all the ones I started the year with as WIPs). And now there are lots of blog posts about the Crazy January Challenge where you start 15 new things the first 15 days of January, and then commit to finish those 15 things in 2011.
I already have so many WIPs that starting 15 more gave me heart palpitations. So now what? I really want to work on and finish some of the many WIPs I have. I’d like to meet a few goals I have for myself by the end of the year too, that includes WIPs as well. I really want to start some new things too, but OMG I have got to learn how to finish things!
So…before I ramble on any further…let’s take a look at the situation. Avert your eyes if you must. Here are my WIPs…
Not too bad, huh? Oh but wait, there’s also these…
Yeah. Frightening, isn’t it? What’s really frightening is that I’m not convinced this is all of them. Many of these have been set aside for one reason or another. Most of them I still love and want to finish. Some are even relatively close to being finished. And yet, here I sit – not stitching on them.
So what to do? What will encourage me to get things done, and yet not confine me and make me feel like I’d rather rearrange my sock drawer rather than stitch on that project?
I don’t know that I’ve figured it out yet, so I’m still thinking. Here’s what I do know…
Before the end of the year, I’d like to do the following:
- Finish the gift I’m working on
- Finish the exchange piece I’m working on
- Finish page 1 of ATS (this may be impossible, but I’d like to work towards that goal)
- Finish one of the pieces I signed up to finish this year for my guild – Bay Sampler, Papillon Creations Mystery Sampler, CHS Adam & Eve, or Tesori d’Italia (I think my best bet is going to be the A&E or the Mystery Sampler
- Determine a plan for next year – even if it’s only “have fun”
I also know that I want to have a new start on January 1, because that’s a tradition. I even think I’ve figured out what I want that new start to be.
I seem to do best focusing on one or two projects at a time. A rotation has never worked for me (unless it’s a one day a week I work on this project, the rest of the time I work on that). So, maybe it’s just a matter of picking up a WIP and just focusing on it again until it’s finished.
So what are y’all planning for 2011? Any goals for the end of the year? Suggestions?
I am grateful for a good night’s sleep.