Monday, July 27, 2009

Bon Appetit

Bonjour from Campagne Maison

A few weeks ago, I was looking thru my craft items for one particular thing and found a treasure that I had tucked away and forgotten about having. Ever done that?

I used to be HOOKED on cross-stitching. I simply couldn’t put the needle down! I would burn everything I tried to cook because I would be counting stitches and changing thread colors and forget that I had food cooking on the stove. I would get up a couple hours early every morning so I could work on a piece before leaving for work, come home at lunch and cross-stitch instead of eating (hey—there’s a thought on a way I could drop a few pounds) and pick up the needle again as soon as I came home from work. The funny/strange/stupid thing about doing that was that the items I spent hundreds of hours of my time creating, were given away as birthday, anniversary, wedding gifts, etc. to people that had NO CLUE about the amount of time involved in making it. I’m not crying over spilled milk--those of you that cross-stitch or work on any craft can feel my agony.

One day a light bulb went off in my head and I knew that I had to break my habit. I quit cold turkey--just like I did when I put the cigarettes down several years earlier. For me, that is the only way to stop some things. When I was down-sizing and packing things for our move to the farmhouse, I gave away EVERY cross-stitch related item that I had in my craft closet. (Except for the Ten Commandments that is half-way finished. I couldn’t part with that even if I never finish it!)

I do have a few items that I made for myself. This one is dated 1986 and compared to many of my other projects, it looks so novice! I am happy to have found it as it looks right at home atop the bonnet top china cabinet. It appears I even had France on the brain back then, too.

Thanks for stopping by the farmhouse for a visit today. We love having company!

Au revoir,


Ana~A Petite Cottage said...

Hi Jacque,
It's perfect for Campagne Maison. I love it. Maybe you can share a picture of the whole china cabinet area...:^) Have a great Monday.

Blessings and a great big smile,

Musings of a Sea Witch said...

Thanks for stopping by. That "Black Cat" is so feline, so french, so YOU. Sea Witch

Jacque said...

Ana...if you get the chance check out my archive and read Bonnet Top, it will show pic and tell story of the china cabinet.

Sea Witch...I know that's right!! LOL