I have been fighting myself a lot lately. I have made two decisions, 1. no more starts 2. no more buying of craft stuff. However the big problem with both of these is, that things are really hard and stressful here at the moment and new starts and stash usually help cheer me up (until I get the credit card bill that is). However I have so much craft equipment that at this point it just seems like a pointless waste of money. I keep buying more and it just gets put on the pile
Now I'm not saying that I well never ever again buy any stash but I'm definitely cutting down on the amounts of stash I accumulate. Not only does it seem like a waste of money but I also do not have the space for any more. I have a load of craft stuff stashed in my parents house as well as taking up the majority of our study room at home.
The second rule about no more new starts, well the reason for that is simple: I want some finishes. I have a large number of cross stitch WIP's on the go at the moment and I just keep starting new projects without finishing any. Also all my other crafts like card-making, knitting etc etc etc are suffering from lack of attention.
This is partly why I have organised YOTA, to try and make some progress into my 'started but not finished' project pile. My big problem, I love new starts. I have so many projects I really want to get started on that I just keep starting them, but then as I have so many on the go, I make little progress with them. So you see my dilemma, I love the starts but I want the finishes. This is going to require some major self control on my part.
The other problem with my constant stream of new starts is that when I look at how well other people are progressing on their projects I feel really bad about my own. This then leads to dissatisfaction with my own cross stitching and honestly takes some of the fun out of it.
So here is the deal I am making no new starts. I want to finish Elegance of the Orient, all my Christmas projects, half of Bridge of Wings, work on Majestic Peacock (for YOTA) and all of QS Fairy with Butterfly mask. How well I manage to stick to this, I don't know as usually I really hate self imposed limits like this but I think it is really necessary. There are 2 exceptions to this rule (of course). The first is that I want to do the HAED BB SAL next year with the aim of actually doing it. The second is that sometimes I like to bring mini projects to work and carry them around so I can work on them when I have some spare time these ones I will rotate in and out as I complete them.
Well that is kinda my plan. If anyone is interested in YOTA, please click on the tab at the top and join in with us to get some of those WIP's and UFO's finished (they can be in any craft not just cross stitch).