Wednesday, July 27, 2011

And I'll See You in Your Comment Box!



Wow! This has been a very good bloggy week for me, not so much in the fact of MY posting so much as how much I am truly enjoying reading all your blogs! See here? Here is my google reader...to the right you see those words "No Unread items"....I'm so proud of myself! For the past three days (four? Hmm...don't remember...) I have read and commented on every entry that has been in my googlereader! I started thinking about life, and about the things I am passionate about, which are 1)family 2) Stitching 3)reading...so, I decided that life is too short not to do the things I love! How many times have you heard friends or loved ones say "I love to read, but I don't have time for it anymore?" Or "I used to love doing needlework/crafts, but I don't have time anymore." In my opinion they didn't "love it" they might have enjoyed it, and liked it, but if you love something I would think you'd invest some time in it! Even when I was working practically full time I would get up an hour and a half earlier just so I could do some reading and stitching before heading off to work! THAT is loving something. I don't know, maybe I'm crazy! Anyway, all this tangent to say that this whole blogging experience is so wonderful! I have met some lovely people, who are so creative and inspire me in that love of my life, and then all I do is sit on the computer and go on FB....which don't get me wrong, to a military spouse who is stationed on the other side of the world from friends and family, I am grateful for FB and the easy chance to stay in touch with friends and family back home. But many of them do not understand or share my love of reading and stitching, those people who are nuts about fabric and floss I have found here, in blogland. So, why would I spend hours a day looking at FB, and yet allow my googlereader to overflow with months of backlog? I miss so much! So, I have vowed to spend my computer time more wisely, investing in my passions, even whilst on the computer! So, thank you,dear fellow bloggers! For encouraging me in my passion for stitching and for just being such wonderful people! Stitchers are the friendliest people around!!

Ok, now that that tirade is off my chest, here is a progress photo of the card I am stitching up for my parents wedding anniversary!
I think this is their 48th(?) anniversary! So I thought I would stitch up a cute little card for them. I have been so busy with the new baby that my card sending has gone to pot this year! I don't think I've even sent one yet this year! ::hanging head in shame:: Not even a store bought one! So! I thought to make up for it, I would try to finish off the year with hand made ones instead! They can't balk at that, right? (I hope) Anyway, I love these little bears!! They come from a book called "101 Bears with Personality" I got it YEARS ago, infact I think I got it the same summer I started stitching which was 17 years ago! I've used this book to make other cards in the past as well. They are just sooooo cute! As you can see, I am just about finished with the little bride, all I have left is to finish backstitching her and her flowers. This photo doesn't show it, but the blue I used to backstitch her veil and garter is shiney sparkly blue! And then of course you can see I have quite a bit to finish up on the little groom! But it shouldn't take too long.




So, anyway, that's what has been up in my neighborhood! A little stitching and enjoying your blogs! See yah in your comment box!!



14 comments:

Chris said...

Hi Lana,
Good for you! It is alway great to refocus on things you love. Sometimes we get too tied up in other things.
I love to read too. Colony is one of my favorite Anne Rivers Siddons books :)
Have a great evening

Juanita said...

Do you see that? It's me... standing and applauding you for catching up on your blog reading. :) I barely manage to skim most of the time. So, good for you!!! Your stitching is coming along nicely. I've been following diligently... just haven't been too cozy with the comment button in a while.

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Cute bears!!!

Chrizette said...

I agree - definitely should try to only do the things we love . . . :)

country stitcher said...

Your tirade is so true, it will hit home to alot of your readers!!! it does make you stop and think what is important in life.
I love your bears and your idea of the homemade cards.
Happy Stitching
Denise

Zoe said...

I love this post- I totally relate- I go on Facebook and waste time reading about things I don't really care about! I love reading my stitchy/crafty blogs and they make me feel inspired! Bravo for putting it into words. The bears are cute too!

Shelleen said...

I also am redirecting my passion. I spent to much time on facebook and I was missing reading the blogs and forums for cross stitching. I also haven't fit in reading so I listen to audiobooks but not as much as I would like. Good for you and I agree that if you love something you will find the time.

Debby said...

Hi Lana,
You are so right - passion means you find a way at least most of the time. I work full time but still find at least a little bit of time to read and stitch everyday. But my Google Reader --- well, I've had a very hard time catching up on that recently!!! The bears are so cute, you're doing great!

Janice said...

That was the perfect blog post!!! Congrats on catching up on all your google reader. Your stitching card is so cute! I like what you said about stitching a little before going to work. I think I will try that. Happy stitching and blogging!

Raven/Missy said...

Good for you and Congrats! I try to stay caught up with blogs, but it only lasts a couple days. LOL

Your bears look great and Congratulations to your parents on their Anniversary.

mdgtjulie said...

How nice that you are keeping up on blogs. I love keeping up with my blogger friends, and it's wonderful to be able to do so. I'm glad you're caught up!! I'm almost caught up to today. I skipped out with about five or six blogs to read yesterday, so when I finish yours, I have one more. Then I'm on to today's blogs. I know what you mean about doing what you love, too. I love my stitching, and my reading, and my gardening. I do them all every day (thought there is not much to the gardening any more, as I have no more yard. I only have a few pots, which require watering every day and that's it). I hope you get enough time to do all you love, and still take care of your responsibilities.

Robin said...

Lana, I love your post about spending time on the computer doing what we love.............I too am guilty of hanging out on facebook and I don't really enjoy it. But I feel it's a MUST when I log on. I have WAY over 1000 unread items in my google reader. I am taking your advice and working on enjoying the blogs I have in there and alot whole lot less time on FB! thanks for the kick in the pants I needed to get my focus back on what I truly love - stitching, crafting, meeting crafters online and in person. :-)

Lana said...

Robin! I feel just like that!!! I don't much like it either, and yet when I log in I just automatically go there...I think this is what is commonly known as "addiction" LOL...I have even taken it out of my Favorites, and tried taking breaks, but still everyday when I turn on the comp, it is usually the first thing I look at! SO weird! I sort of wanna just deactivate my account, but I feel like I should leave it up, as my family is on there and they can see photos of my little girl...I don't know....it's a constant inner battle with me! =) Oh well...I'm glad I encouraged many of my readers to take stock in what they view as important and try to focus on those things. =)

Meari said...

That's going to be a cute card. :)

I'm with you on making time for the things you truly love/enjoy. I work full time, go to school, and have house/yard work to do. I *still* make time for stitching!