Friday, June 1, 2012

Who Really Needs a Goal for a Reward

The latest entry for Stitching the Night Away blog hop:  
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 by the far the hardest question I face.  I get asked this every year with my work performance appraisal.  The answer that always comes to mind is "not to kill one of my co-workers and keep putting money in my retirement account so I can retire as soon as possible."  Luckily, I don't get fired.  I think my boss could kill one of my co-workers too!

So, when it comes to cross stitch goals, the only ones I set are the ones that I'm doing as a gift.  Usually, the ones that I have to set goals for, is the projects I do for my stitching groups Christmas presents.  I start looking in January to see if there is something that really pops, that isn't too complicated and I won't lose interest in because I do at least four.  If it is something I really like, I will do one for myself.  Sometimes, I bite off more than I can chew.  One year, I started a Just Nan box.  It was too much work.  i think I did one and chucked the whole thing because it was just too much.  I try to start early enough, usually the summer so that I don't resent the project.  I also mix it in with other projects to avoid boredom.  
I usually don't set goals for stitching.  I want it to be fun.  It is my therapy but, I can't say its cheaper than Prozac but has fewer side effects.  
I don't have goals but, I have a box full (and I mean a Banker Box FULL) of projects, some just patterns, others are kitted up.  I rarely have more than one or two projects going at once.  I'm very pragmatic.  I like to finish things.  I like to see progress.  

 Seventy five projects but, some of these are multiples...Prairie Schooler so more than that number.
Possibly the next one's in the hopper while doing the Christmas projects.  
As far as rewards, I can always find something to reward myself at the cross stitch store or website.  There will always be a hank of overdyed that tickles my fancy, a Prairie Schooler pattern or some embellishment that I can reward myself.  There is always a reason for a reward.


  1. I love the stash!! Good luck with your projects!

  2. I'd love to dig through all that stash!

  3. I think making beautiful things is a great hobby to have. If setting goals makes it too stressful, I say chuck 'em :) Also, your stash looks great!