I've talked about my "stitching mojo" constantly since March 2020 when it up and left me sitting on my sofa unable to stitch. I tried many different things trying to get it back, but it refused to return. Now it wasn't as if I got no stitching done, but I got very little done. Since I'm the model stitcher for Salty Yarns this was devastating to me as well as to Sara, who in 2021 starting doing models herself to help me out. I was able to stitch very few projects, one which I loved dearly and couldn't put down, so I thought my mojo was back, but the minute it was done my mojo was as well. So Coming to America by Brenda Gervais which I stitched over 1 on 28 ct. linen was done on time in November and I loved every second of that stitch. Unfortunately I still haven't decided whether to frame it or make it a bellpull. I quickly tried to start another project after that but to no avail. I kept starting different projects but just couldn't get interested in anything. It was such a depressing time for me. Especially since my job in Sea Trader was over when they (Sara and Mary) rented out my space to Jessica's Candies. (Yikes, the last thing I need to be near is a candy/ice cream store). To be precise, Sara called me and said I had the rest of the winter off and they moved all the displays and merchandise from Sea Trader downstairs to Sbell Stocked. Sweet Jesus thank God Vernon called me for fear I'd show up to see what was happening and told me to stay away from the hotel as they were doing it in one day. I went in on Sunday and darn if they hadn't done it in one day. Amazing, but sad for me as it was my space to sit and talk to customers and just be part of the action. Oh, yes I also sold giftware when I wasn't talking. I always complained about wanting to be home, but when it happens with no warning it was shocking. But I do love not having to go in and now dread spring when I'll have to go back to the new location downstairs next to Shell Stocked. Hopefully, we will be able to get some of the J1 students into work so I don't have to work 7 days a week. Anyway, being home and with nothing to do but stitch, but not being able to stitch was a pain. I did manage to stitch "Reindeer Games" by Erica Michaels before the holidays. I made the drum and the strawberry and enjoyed them but they took me longer than normal so that drove me crazy, but I did enjoy the stitch and didn't mind the finishing so that was a win-win. I used the colors suggested but not in the same place Linda did. For instance her garland was red but I switched it to the green. I also stitched the blocks around the lettering using red with white floss wrapped around the red back stitch to give the candy cane effect. That's the biggest thing and then I did the lettering in the same green. I used Weeks Dye Works green wool for the top and bottom of the drum as well as the holly leaves on the top of the strawberry.
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