Thursday, June 21, 2012
PS Chris and Annette, if you're reading this, remember I love you lots!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Loretta at Stitching the Night Away has an interesting question for Blog Hop #4. It's one I've never asked myself before and I'm not sure what my answer is going to be.
Do you experience this same assumption from society in general that just because you’re being crafty you’re also driven by some unseen force to be in constant 1950s housewife mode? and then…. Who actually does the cooking and the cleaning in the household? I’d also really like to hear some words from the men in the crowd who stitch on this topic. What sort of societal reactions do you get and what ridiculously wrong assumptions do people make towards you when they see you working on needlework?
I don't think anyone who knows me considers me a 50's type of gal. I'm pretty independent and take care of a lot of things on my own. But my husband and I usually share the household chores. Usually whoever sees that a job needs done just does it. No job separation here. Sometimes he cooks, sometimes I do. If one of us sees the dishwasher needs emptying then we just do it. I keep track of what maintenance my car needs. There are certain things I really don't like doing (like vacuuming) but I do it anyway most of the time. A lot of this stems from the fact that David traveled a lot when we were first married. He was sometimes gone for several weeks at a time. So I either learned to do certain things or they didn't get done. So some of this was out of necessity. But you do what you have to do when you have to do it and honestly I'm not too concerned with what other people think.
My "craftiness" comes from a frustrated desire to be an artist. I would love to have the talent to create beautiful paintings but sadly I'm missing that gene. So I cross stitch and pretend my fabric is a canvas and my threads are paints and I can create works of art that way.
This was a good subject to discuss. I hadn't really thought about this before and it made me think about my perception of what I do and other's perception of me.
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Do you set stitching goals for yourself and how do you plan them out? (Weekly, monthly, annually?) What are your current stitching goals (if you don’t mind sharing)?
In addition to setting goals for yourself, do you have a special reward that you reserve for when you reach a stitching goal?
This is the question of the day. Do I set goals for my stitching and if so do I reward myself for reaching those goals? To be perfectly honest, the only time I set goals is if I am stitching a gift for a specific occasion. For instance, Christmas or birthdays. One time, my cousin's daughter was getting married and DH suggested I stitch them a wedding sampler. Well, my deadline was 2 weeks so I told him I would do it only if he agreed to do everything else around the house. Well, he agreed and the sampler was finished in time to have it framed and mailed and sent off to the wedding. I wouldn't make a habit of that though. I do find if I put goals out in front of me that I begin to resent the time I'm spending on that piece. I'll find any excuse not to do it. So I generally don't make goals for myself.
As far as rewards go, I don't usually do that either. I don't know why I just never considered rewarding myself for doing what I love to do. Now I do use cross stitch as a reward. If I get my chores done, then I can sit down and stitch to my heart's content. So I guess in that sense, I do reward myself. Just not for stitching.