Thursday, January 31, 2008

One Thousand Posts and All I Got Was this Lousy...

This is my 1000th post. Lots of stitching bloggers give things away for their blogiversary, unbirthdays, or their xxx post. That is apparently how they do it in some countries. I remember, for example, our friend Arnab (from India) used to pay for all of us when we went to a restaurant on his birthday. Sucks for him because then on our birthdays, he'd have to kick in which is our custom. In America, people give you things for the significant occasions... If you haven't figured it out, I won't be giving anything away but I expect something from each of you! Just kidding... I'll do that other American thing "no gifts please" so none of us has to be embarrassed when no one brings a present to the party.

Having had a month of guilt-free starts, I'm ready to make some promises to myself for this year. In 2008, I would like to:

  • finish-finish two projects a month--and we know I have plenty to choose from
  • hang Toy Gatherer in my house this Christmas
  • stitch a lot of things for myself.

That seems do-able. Now how to achieve this? Carol seems to have much success by (mostly) following a daily rotation. I'm going to try that this year to see how I do. Beginning today this is my new rotation:

  • Monday: Scissors Sampler Box (not long now), followed by Folk Art Threadkeep
  • Tuesday: Anna's Bird
  • Wednesday: Emerald Mermaid
  • Thursday: Apple Sampler
  • Friday: Tall Flowers Sampler
  • Saturday: marquoir
  • Sunday: marquoir (the only way I'm getting anywhere on this!)
  • Traveling piece: Monthly Mania


Kendra said...

I always thought that I'd never be able to stick to a rotation, but I finally caved and started one sometime last year when I was starting to feel piled-upon by my current WIP's...and it has helped me. I've had to shift it up a bit from time to time, like when I have a deadline coming up, or when I'm trying to meet a monthly goal...but for the most part, I've stuck with it.

xsquared said...

Congrats on 1000 posts! I'm only about halfway there, I think.

XmaryX said...

Congratulations on your 1000th! That's a lot of writing, and I've found it to be highly, if not hilariously, entertaining! Your blog is a "Must Check" every day (because I still can't figure out that orange feed button thing-y).
Good luck with the rotation- I haven't reached the point of having so many WIP's to try it, not for lack of wishing I did. I guess I'm a one-or-three project girl.

Barbara said...

I brought my own to the BYOB party!

Happy 1000th post!!!!!

Kim said...

Happy 1000th! I love reading your blog and since no-one signed up for my PIF I'd be happy to PIB to you.

Coral said...

Happy 1000th!! I love to read you, and try every day.

Anonymous said...

Just curious - why did you change your portrait? Did I miss that in an earlier blog?


Jacque said...

Happy 1000th! Good luck with your rotation.

C in DC said...

Wow. 1000 posts. That's fabulous. I was wondering what the "999" was yesterday.

You always amaze me by the amount of stitching you get done every day. I'm lucky if I manage to stitch one evening per week.

I like the dog picture.

Anna van Schurman said...

Thanks everyone for your kind words.

For the curious, I took my portrait down to put up the "blog for choice" thingy, and then I couldn't find the picture of myself again. That dog is my aunt's aerdale Jameson (for the whiskey). Some day I'll run across a photo of me again and pop it up there. For now, enjoy the dog. This is as calm as he gets.

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Dear Anna, I love your blog and haven't visited often enough, which I mean to change this year!! I have an awful time with Rotation for myself. I'm just a "gut stitcher." Meaning, that I have to have it hit me in the gut every day before I can stitch on a WIP or a new project. That's why I love stitching and it doesn't get stale for me. I may not finish alot of my big projects, but they'll all get done at practically the same time one of these years because I tend to stitch a little on all of them!! LOL I hope you can stick to your rotation better! Hugs, Deb

monique said...

Congrats on your 1000th... May you have many more thousands!

Cheers :)

Michelle said...

Congratulations on your 1000th!! I may try the rotation thing myself. I'll work on my Mermaid this Wednesday with you!

Michelle said...

btw - I can't comment on your poll post, it says comments have been disabled. But I chose "Other" because I don't think I've ever lost a project.