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Friday, September 15, 2006

Halloween Charts

I was perusing the LNS's and I came across new Halloween charts from BOAF on Elegant Stitch....aren't they too cool???

Halloween Icons



Halloween Fun



I really like Halloween Fun and even though I probably will never stitch it in this lifetime, I will add it to my collection of Halloween charts...

Yesterday, I took Light Your Way and Drawn Thread's Welcome Spot to the framers. They should be back in a couple of weeks. I love the frame I chose for Light Your Way, it's appropriately old fashioned looking. But I am not sure about the framing for Welcome Spot. I ended up double matting the piece, the inner mat is a leafy green color and the outer mat is a boring taupe color. The frame is a cherry one...it cost a lot of $$$ and I hope that in the end I like it. If I don't, it will be an expensive mistake. I really am not sure that cherry was the best frame choice for it as there's not any orange or red in the piece. I know that if I don't like the mats, I can cut a new ones but I can't change a custom made frame.
I'll just have to wait and see.

I am really questioning why I let the person waiting on me push her opinions on me. The girl who waited on me was very eager (actually, she was hyper)but I felt that she wasn't listening to me at all. After awhile, I felt that she didn't want to wait on me but wanted to help the other customer in the shop choosing a frame for a graduation portrait. She seemed to be more interested in that job than working with me. She pushed her choices on me and I just wanted to yell at her and tell her that I have an art degree in design so I understand color and the whole framing process. But because she was so aggressive and I was pressed for time, I basically let her choose the mats and frame. Shame on me.

I haven't stitched at all this week. I have been very tired recently. I know that I have been fighting off a bout of depression that lasted about 6 weeks. It's very draining and exhausting. With all the stress of my nightmare remodeling, my weight struggles, dealing with an empty nest and the first anniversary of Dad's death, I let everything get the better of me. At one point in this 6 week time frame, I didn't think I would ever feel like my old self. I got to the point where all I felt was sadness and a futileness and I was pushing myself through my life. I seriously considered going to the doctors because this was the longest time I could remember feeling this way. I got scared. But my optimism is back and although I am not 100%, I don't feel like I will never smile again. I did a lot of praying. And I believe that made all the difference.

Anyway, I am working on exchanges for the next month and then I am concentrating on finishing Prairie Year I and John Foster. Next year, I am seriously considering stitching mostly Quakers and house samplers. Who knows though, I change my plans as often as I change my socks!!!

Once again, thanks for visiting and thanks for all your comments. It's nice that you stop by!

11 comments:

KarenV said...

{{{{Joanie}}}} You've had such a lot on your plate just lately, I can understand that you've been depressed. I know I have been depressed this year as a result of my mom's death and it's a horrible feeling, that kind of "what's the point?" feeling.

I'm sure your framed pieces will turn out just lovely :) Have a great weekend!

Cindy said...

I'm looking forward to seeing your framed pieces! I'm sure that they will turn out just fine. I sure do love all of the new Halloween stuff :)

Chelle said...

{{{HUGS}}} Joanie! I'm glad to hear you're starting to peek out from under the depression cloud.

Can't wait to see your framing! I hate to be pushed during a decision-making process like that. Sometimes I need to be more forceful in standing my ground. The older I get the easier it is, but not every time. I hope you love the framing in spite of the chippie who waited on you! ;o)

Joanie said...

Thanks for all the cyber hugs..you all are the best! I am feeling a great deal better!

Karen, you described how I was feeling exactly! I knew at some point I would come up for air, it's just that this time I felt MIRED.

I am looking forward to my framed pieces too, I changed the frame on welcome spot to something less *red*. Cherry was totally wrong for the piece. I should have never tried to get framing done during my lunchtime and I should have just picked up the piece and said I'd be back later. Eh, you live and learn, right?

Patti said...

Hey, you're supposed to be waiting for CATS to do shopping! LOL I am glad you're on the upswing. I think the change of the weather has affected a lot of us that way - myself included. But i'm so excited to be going to CATS and meeeting you! I sent you an email. Hugs and see you soon!

Barb said...

Those turned out nice. Great job on them. I enjoyed seeing your blog. Barb

Tessa said...

Thanks for visiting my blog :)
I don’t even know if that French website delivers to Australia but I have never known of shops to refuse money!!! So I am sure they would ship to USA and Australia too....
Let me know if you have success – I want so many things from that site, I thought I would wait till after Christmas (as I have soooo much stash and will soon be making ballet costumes) - I want to be able to order then be free to start stitching when they arrive.

Karoline said...

{{{{Joanie}}}}

Cathy said...

Hang in there Joanie - you have had an awful lot going on in your life!

I'm sure your designs will look great when you get them back from the framer. Please post pics!

Carol said...

These charts are cool - it's about time BOAF releases something for us :-)

Von said...

I've been through times just like that the last couple of years. Must be the things that happen at our age all conspire against us at times, and it's tough battling through it all. I'm glad that the clouds are lifting, but like you, I still do not feel like my old self. So I'm trying to get to know the new me. It's nice to have outlets to express these feelings. Hugs!