A little EAC business to start off.  I just want to remind everyone that the EAC membership dues will be going up as of 01 Jan 2012.  The new dues will be:  Canadian - $40/year; International USA - $50/year; and International outside of the USA - $60/year.  All membership payments are due in Canadian dollars.

                  We are into that hectic time of year when time to sit and leisurely stitch seems elusive.  When I think back to my youth, my favourite memories of Christmas are of the lull after the excitement of opening gifts.  Mum always made sure we got something to do whether it be colouring book, paint by number, doodle art or whatever was the latest craze.  I am sure it was just a coping measure, hoping we would have something to keep us quiet and entertained while she prepared Christmas dinner.  For many years I lost that euphoric post-madness feeling as I became the one either preparing or assisting in preparing the Christmas dinner.  About 10 years ago I found a way to get that feeling back.  Every year under the tree is a gift from me, to me.  It is a new stitching project to start complete with fabric, threads, hoop and accessories.  It may be an old pattern which has waited for years or a new acquisition, but it serves to drag out the excitement and anticipation of Christmas morning until I can sit down to stitch and then I am just happy to be working on something new.  These projects don’t necessarily get completed right away as they often have to be put away after a few days so I can concentrate on something I need to get finished for a gift, but to the best of my recollection, only 2 of them have reached the UFO pile, one of them being the project from last year which I don’t think technically qualifies it for UFO status yet.  Maybe I should start a new tradition and use New Years day to revisit any unfinished projects from previous Christmases…

From our house to yours, a very Merry Christmas and much health and happiness in 2012!

Kathy Taylor

1 comment:

  1. I Love the idea of the gift
    To: Me
    From: Me....
    with everything needed for a stitching project.

    Something to begin while the turkey is cooking and everyone else is 'occupied'
    It is not too late for the rest of us to take up this practice and turn it into our own 'tradition'.
    I will be putting something together for myself... Will You?
    and if not, why not?... Thanks for sharing Kathy.
    Marie Cron


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