Annette's Acre

Stitching, knitting, reading, life…whatever catches my eye
September 30th, 2007 by Annette

Retail Therapy

The last two weeks of work have been…well….there are no words that accurately describe the pressure cooker I’m in right now.  I’m just doing what I can as fast as I can and letting the politics take care of themselves (not always to my credit).

All I know is that God (and certain upper management) believes I can handle far more than *I* think I can handle….or they wouldn’t keep giving me more 😉

In the interest of stress relief, I indulged in a bit of retail therapy yesterday:

What you see:

  • Blackbird Designs Willow House
  • Blackbird Designs Autumn Song (Loose Feathers) – kitted w/40 ct fabric and Weeks
  • The Prairie Schooler Pumpkin Patch
  • JBW Designs – French Country ABC’s

I also picked up some silks for a friend, but didn’t catch them in the pic 😉  Oh, and Barnes & Noble (online) got a visit to the tune of three new books for me and an SAT guide for DD.

I spent over an hour knitting last night.  I am making up a blanket for a certain little one and my original pattern choice just wasn’t making me happy… of course, I ripped and started something new.  It’s going to be thicker and softer (and take probably twice as much yarn…but so be it) but I’m much happier with my selection.  I alway worry when I make something for a crafty friend as I know they will look with a more knowledgeable eye as to my work.  Do I think they’ll appreciate the work less if my picked up stitches are not as neat as they could be?  No, I know the deeper understanding of the effort involved will far outweigh any technique “challenges” obvious to them….. but it still creeps into my thoughts.

As for the stitched pieces, there’s a finish in the very very near future.  I’d say I’ve got 10 hours left on one of the pieces 😉  Once it’s complete I’ll dive in to the October TW SAL with Noah’s Ark.


11 Responses to “Retail Therapy”
  1. Very nice – sometimes a little retail therapy is just the ticket! Sorry work has been so stressful for you! I hope it calms down son.

  2. I’m sorry to hear that work is so stressful right now. I know the blanket will be loved by whoever receives it. I also know that my picked up stitches all look horrible.

  3. Great stash! I’m sure your crafty friend wont be that judgemental about your work, and I’m sure you’re doing a great job on the blanket too.

  4. I was wondering how work was going since we hadn’t heard from you in a while. Sorry it’s so crazy. I’m surprised you’ve shown that much restraint in your shoping. LOL

  5. You picked out some nice things! Hope it helps to relive the stress a bit 🙂

  6. Ah, retail therapy is the best kind! It’s also cheaper than normal therapy too. 🙂 Enjoy your new stash.

    I sometimes worry about crafting for crafty people too, but your friend – being crafty – will not only see the techniques you used, but the time, thought and effort that went into making the blanket, and will just love it.

  7. ((((Annette)))) Don’t worry about giving crafts to crafty friends. They are your friends and will be just thrilled that you chose to make something with your own hands. They will also know how pressed for time you are and that will make it all that much more special.

  8. Nice stash to yourself. Don’t you just love BBD’s?

  9. Hi Annette- Teejay has set up a Yahoo group to try to find local stitchers and a meeting time as follows for any who can attend. She and I are going to meet this Sunday and of course would welcome anyone else who wants to come. I have been reading your blog for long time and this may be far from you as I think you are in Mesa? Not sure. 🙂 It would be fun sometime to meet at the Attic too for a shopping trip.
    Date: Sundays
    Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Repeats: This event repeats every week.
    Location: Subway at Glendale Rd. and 35th Ave SE corner
    Street: Glendale Rd. and 35th Ave SE corner

    The Yahoo group address is:

  10. Big Hugs to you, Annette! Hope work calms down soon. I’m glad you took some time for yourself to do a little therapy. 😉 And the gift for the crafty friend will be appreciated beyond what you can ever imagine, trust me. Take care of yourself!

  11. So sorry to hear about the worklife stress. I know what you mean though. Sometimes you just have to lay low and do your best and hope the politics don’t crush you. And, sometimes you have to shop! Great choices!