Love, Needlepoint, And Pandora Radio

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Jul 23, 2019

Hi there!

I’m so happy you’re here with me again today. Usually, I love to chat about all things needlepoint, but this blog post is waaaaay different from the others on this website. It’s sparked by an experience I had earlier this morning. So if you’re here to learn how to make the clouds on your needlepoint canvas look like big puffy marshmallows, click here. And if you have a question about your project, scroll down to the comments box and ask away. But if you want to learn more about my “things-that-make-you-go-hmmm” encounter, then just keep reading…

Finishing Your Needlepoint

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Jul 3, 2019
Kathy Schenkel designed this Tuscaloosa ornament exclusively for Serendipity Needleworks. I stitched it and Needleworks, LLC did the finishing.

It’s almost that time of year again…

time to gather up the projects you’ve been working on and send them off to the finisher. The deadline for holiday finishing is rapidly approaching. It seems like it’s getting earlier and earlier every year, doesn’t it?!

If you’re one of those fortunate stitchers who lives in a town with a local needlework shop that provides finishing services, you have it made in the shade. But there are lots of stitchers who live in needlepoint wasteland, and that can present quite the challenge when it comes to choosing someone you can trust with your hand-stitched treasures.

Well, my friend, I have some exciting news!

My friend Judith’s fabulous finishing department is open for business and they have a brand spanking new website that you can visit to check out their services. The Needleworks Workroom provides superior quality artisan finishing and they’re my “go-to” for ornaments, stand-ups, stockings, and more. (The only thing they don’t do is pillows.)

If you’re searching for someone to do your finishing…

I recommend the Needleworks Workroom with the utmost confidence. In fact, you can take a peek at some of their work below.

Finishing needlepoint ornaments is an art.

 

The Needleworks workroom does beautiful finishing on needlepoint signs and stand-ups.

 

Finishing needlepoint home and personal accessories is one of Needleworks' specialties.

 

And if you’re coming to Jingle in July, you’ll get to meet  Judith and see her presentation on finishing at our farewell luncheon on Friday, July 26. It’s going to be terrific! (You might even consider bringing some of your pieces with you to Tuscaloosa.)

William Morris once said, “If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” I subscribe to Mr. Morris’ philosophy and I’m pretty sure that Judith does, too. As long as she’s part of the Needleworks Workroom, you can rest assured that your treasures are in good hands.

You spend countless hours stitching your needlepoint treasures, so it only stands to reason that you’d want the best when it comes to finishing your heirloom creations.

If you’re looking for someone to finish pillows, my best suggestion is Marlene Custom Pillows, Etc. Marlene’s did some of the finishing for me when I had my shop, so I can recommend her workroom with confidence, too. Again, as long as Marlene is in charge, you can trust her company for superior quality workmanship.

As always, if you have any questions about finishing, please reach out to me. Click here to send me an email. I’ll be glad to help you.

And before you go, I’m curious… do you do your own finishing or do you send it out to a professional finisher. I’d love to hear from you. I read every single comment you share with me.

Thank you ever so much for taking time out of your busy day to visit with me here. I’ll see you next week and until then, happy stitching!

XOXO!!!
Stitch with a smile!

 

 

 

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Five Easy Steps For Finding More Time To Needlepoint

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Mar 5, 2019
Finding time to stitch can sometimes be a challenge.

Do you struggle with finding enough time to stitch? And even more – do you wonder where all your time goes? If you’re tired of never having enough time to work on your needlepoint projects, you’re gonna L-O-V-E this blog post! Ready to dive in?

Alrighty – let’s get started…

You know you can’t quit your job. (At least, not yet.????) And you can’t ignore family commitments and responsibilities. If you want to find time to work on your needlepoint projects, it’s up to you to make that happen.

So, how do you do it?

"Time to Stitch" by Cheryl Schaeffer Designs

Here are five simple – and proven – steps you can take…

1. Decide you really want to spend an hour of your time (or whatever suits you) on your needlepoint project every day.

Everybody knows that the first step to financial success is committing to a budget. And that budget is often influenced by your goals. Maybe you want to pay off your mortgage within five years. Or maybe you just want that new canvas you saw at your local needlework shop.

Now, whaddya say we transfer that analogy to your needlepoint hobby – what are your goals? Do you want to finish some of your UFOs? Stitch a stocking for your new grandchild? Learn 10 new decorative stitches you can use on your canvases?

Write these down, and put them somewhere you can see them every single day. And get ready for “Resistance” to rear its head. You know – it comes in the form of those excuses that sneak up on you. And life – well, it sometimes gets in the way, too.

But if you’re excited about spending time with your favorite hobby, that’s the first step.

2. Be realistic.

That may sound like a “no-brainer”, but it’s the #1 thing that can stop you in your tracks. Let’s put that into perspective with another money metaphor…

You wouldn’t set a $100 budget for eating out if you only had $25 in extra cash each week. Likewise, you need to be realistic about the time you can commit to stitching. If you’re juggling a busy schedule, a fifteen-minute stitching session every day may be all you can find time for right now.

Pencil your stitching session in on your calendar or put a reminder on your smartphone because, as the saying goes, “if it ain’t written, it ain’t real”. If you don’t put it on your calendar, you won’t do it. Trust me on this one…

3. Add these time-saving tricks to your toolbox.

If you’re really good at budgeting your money, you probably know lots of little tricks. You wait for terrific deals, clip coupons, keep an eye out for discount codes, etc.  And there are little tricks you can use when it comes to budgeting your time, too.

If you take a really close look at your schedule, you may find that you have extra time in your day that you can use for stitching. Of course, that may mean cutting back on the time you spend browsing Facebook and Instagram.????

I’ll bet you were expecting that advice, weren’t you?

But hey – here are some more time-saving tips you can try…

  • Make a weekly menu – and include lots of slow cooker recipes. Let your Crock Pot do the work, leaving you more time to stitch.
  • Take advantage of your lunch hour. If your employer allows it, consider brown bagging from home and stitch during your lunch break. If you prefer to get out of the office, take your needlepoint to a coffee shop or some other public space. (And in the warm weather months, head to the park.????)
  • Set the alarm clock for earlier. Getting up just one hour earlier can give you that extra time you’ve been craving. Curl up in your favorite stitching chair with a warm cuppa before everybody else starts their day – and stitch to your heart’s content (or until your hour is up).
  • Take advantage of commuting (or waiting room) time. It’s amazing how many stitches you can make in a short period – even as little as 15 minutes!
  • Join a local stitching group (or the Serendipity Needleworks Stitcher’s Club!). Having stitch-y friends to share your successes with (and to learn from or bounce ideas off of) is incredibly motivating.

4. Adjust as needed.

Budgets ebb and flow — unplanned bills show up and “can’t-miss” opportunities arise. The best financial advice is to be flexible and review your budget frequently. And sometimes the time you’ve budgeted doesn’t go as planned. I know – life can get reeaaalllly busy. But don’t beat yourself up if you need to re-schedule a stitching session or two.

Keep a positive attitude – and fit in however much time you can! Just get back on track as soon as possible.

5. Take care of yourself.

One of the best financial tips out there is to pay yourself first. And just what does that mean? When it comes to your finances, it means setting aside money for your future self before anything else. (Think emergency funds, retirement accounts, etc.)

So, how does that apply to your needlepoint hobby? Well, you can use the same strategy to plan how you want to spend your free time.

Wanna finish some of those UFOs? Completing projects that have been lingering for far too long not only cleans out your stash drawer, it clears your head – and it just makes you feel a whole lot better in general.

Wanna become a more confident stitcher? It takes practice to develop your needlepoint skills and when you get those extra hours of stitching in every week, your confidence is sure to soar.

Or maybe you just wanna relax. I’ve stitched oodles of projects entirely in basketweave because I thoroughly enjoy the rhythmic motion of tent stitch.

It brings me joy – and who can ever have enough of that?! So the question is… do you want to invest in yourself?

When you think of it that way, making time for stitching seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it.

"You Have As Many Hours In A Day As Beyonce" by Tricia Heaton Designs

Now that you have some guidelines to help you find more time to stitch, I’m curious. Which one(s) are you gonna try first? Tell me in the comments box below. You know I ❤️hearing from you and I read every single note.

This Thursday, we’ll chat some more about time-saving tips in the new weekly Serendipi-TV broadcast from the Serendipity Needleworks Facebook page. I hope you’ll join me at 1:00 p.m. Central!

Until next time, happy stitching!

XOXO!!! ❤️
Stitch with a smile!

 

 

 

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