Random Afternoon Question & Then Some

First of all, thank you SO MUCH for your kind words about the Chinese Garden Mandala. Thea mentioned that she hasn't seen one of my post with so many comments, and I agree! I was floored when I woke up this morning to all of your lovely comments and congratulatory notes. :D

To answer some of your questions, next on my stitching plate is Sweet Pea. I abandoned her to bead CG, the poor dear, so now I think she deserves some love. This is how I left her last.

Next on my Chatelaine plate is well... this one's harder... the next class I'll be doing is the Serengeti Mandala, but I'm still waiting for all the goodies to get here, so no start yet. ;) Since I'll only be able to stitch it a part at a time, Butterfly Lace will get to flutter around too.

I'm feeling a little discombobulated cos I don't feel like stitching at the moment. I get this way after finishing something. Last night after dinner, I sat on the couch and played games on the iPad all night. :S

Do you guys ever feel that way?

Comments

Katie said…
I finished a HAED and I noticed I totally lost my mojo. I think we put so much of ourselves into finishing the piece that nothing makes us happy for a little bit. Good luck finding your mojo!
Michele said…
LOL "discombobulated" what a funny sounding word. And the answer to your question would be yes. But this time around I went straight into doing something else surprisingly. During the summer I will more than likely go into my slacking mode...during the winter I always seem drawn to stitching for some reason.
Daffycat said…
If I've just finished a project I was really "in to" stitching then yes, I get a little antsy about stitching something else. Best for me just to do something else until the mojo returns.
Krista said…
I like your new start, pretty color! I get that way too when finishing a piece, kind of like when reading a really great book, you never want it to end!
jillyヅ said…
I understand about feeling let down a bit after finishing a project. Though honestly I haven't finished much in a while...hehehe.

I am reading the Tea Shop murder mystery series by Laura Childs...her favorite word? Discombobulated. I had never heard of the word, so you had me laughing when you used it.

blessings, jilly
tiffstitch said…
I'll get like that as well. It's such a huge weight off to have something finished and then it's hard to sort of strap it all back on again. Hope you can relax, get some mental space and give Sweet Pea some love when you're ready. :)
Barbi said…
I totally feel that way after I have finished something big...and it normally lasts about a week or so. That's when I usually feel like picking up a book and reading instead of stitching.
MoonBeam said…
Yes, I feel like that often. I think mostly because want to keep starting more things. I need discipline!!!

Bobbi
I definitely feel that way after a finish, so I can only imagine that after a big finish it's even worse! you definitely deserve a bit of a break...but don't stay away too long!
Juls said…
I totally get this way....more so lately!!! Must be spring fever. I've had a hard time sticking to one project and starting a 6th HAED doesn't help.........
VegasJilly said…
yay, cant wait to see more wip pics!!

i started my first chatelaine, hawaiian garden mandala, last month. but, put it away while i wait for my beads to come in the mail.
I love the word "discombobulated" it sounds exactly like what it means. Another word like that for me is "chocolate". As soon as I hear or see it I can taste it! LOL!

I must be a bit of a freak (not news to most) but as soon as I finish a project I take the required photos, ring the craft friends, post a blog and then straight upstairs to the craft room to get onto a new start!!!

Mind you I've had 6 or 7 finishes in my entire life and none as intricate or as heavy a workload as Chinese Mandala. My prob is the constant new starts without the finish, hence the 22 wip rotation I've got going on! Hee hee...has to be said again today CM is stunning stunning stunning. I showed my mum and she was awestruck too. Congrats
Alicia xo
carol fun said…
I think we all need downtime now and again to recharge. Most evenings I sit and stitch or knit, but every once in a while I spent the evening playing mindless games. It all works out eventually.
Karen said…
Most people think I'm always a bit discombobulated. I can't argue.

If I've had a couple of really intense stitching days, like trying to make a mailing deadline or just really into something, I find my brain and eyes need a little down time. Usually I park in front of the boob tube. Most times I try to not sit there slack-jawed and drooling, but...
I feel like that a lot, especially if I've just done a big pile of stitching! On those days, I usually end up being very productive in terms of finishing RPG quests.
Sarah said…
I get that feeling all the time when I've finished a big project. . .fortunately it never seems to last long!
Kim said…
I think there is always a let down after finishing a big project like that. Enjoy a bit of break and then jump back in!

I get that feeling when I finish anything big--like a stitching project, a knitting project, National Novel Writing Month, or a workout rotation.

Enjoy your 'break' and then jump back in :)
Lesleyanne said…
I think we all feel like that when we finish a big project. I hope it doesn't last long.
Hey Joysze, know exactly how you feel, I in a bit of a lull, but I know if I pick up the needle I will be right... Just have to pick up the needle :@

I missed your Chatelaine Chinese Garden Mandala, I've always admired Martina's work, but wow what a lot of work, and your finish is stunning!!! Simply Stunning.

LiBBiE in Oz
Kate said…
Yep - that's me right now! AGAIN :(
I believe our mind tells us what we need. Playing games on the iPad is your minds way of clearing a path for your next creative endeaver. You are very talented. Darlene
Diane (di) said…
You bet I have felt the same way. When I finished St Nick (HAED), I just kinda floated around... not knowing what to go to next. But it will pass. A project will start screaming for you to give it some love and you'll be back at it in no time. Lovin' the fab for Sweet Pea, btw.

(Plus, I am sitting here, whip in hand to get you going again. Now I will allow a brief 'no mojo' time-out and then... well, you know.) ;) lol
((hugs))
lesli said…
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE your finished Chinese Garden! I'm playing blog catch up, so I missed your original post....but just looked at it. My mouth is still watering :)
I do feel discombobulated at times too! I think my remedy is having different projects going on....I can cross stitch one night, quilt another, and now I'm trying out knitting. I think the rotation of "types" of crafting keep it refreshing for me. Of course, playing on the iPad sounds fun too!
Often. Not sure if it losing my stitching mojo or if it is fear of starting something new...
Deb said…
I think when you have completed a long challenging piece, it's natural to just sit back and bask in its beauty. Maybe do a few smalls to get you recharged? Then again, playing games is fun too! :D
Ewa said…
It depends on how much I stitch. If I 'over stitch' myself then I need a bit of a break. Otherwise, I'm pretty ok keeping on.
♥ Nia said…
Once again, your Mandala is just stunning!!! :D
Really, you lose your mojo after a finishing?! Maybe you just need to relax a bit, it was a big - biiiigggg - finish :)
Veronica said…
Oh yeah, there have been times when I've "lost my stitching mojo" so to speak but it's not necessary after a happy dance. It really depends on my mood :) But looking at other stitchers' blogs usually inspires me to stitch again ^.^

Hugs,
Veronica.
Susan said…
I tend to start losing interest in a project near the finish so when I do finish something I'm very much like The Crafty Princess, in the stash pulling out the next piece.
Stitching Noni said…
Yep that's me right now! Probably doesn't help that I have had one or two glasses of wine (or was that three!)
& I am so tired at the moment - so instead of stitching I am catching up on blogs on my iPhone! So yep know the feeling!
The Maiden said…
I just went through a stitching slump as well, and it took just the right project to bring me to my senses! Sweet pea is looking great, I remeber how fast it went and you look well on your way! Joy
xx courtr5877 said…
I know you did this in 2012 which may seem a long time ago. But it's the only place where I've actually seen the stitches. I'm just starting my Chinese Garden and I can't tell you how very helpful this has been to actually see the stitches and what it should look like. The pattern itself leaves a lot of questions for a newbie like me. I can't seem to find anyplace that can answer my questions. Maybe because it's considered an older pattern. But again, your postings of the different parts of the pattern are invaluable to me. Thank you. Did you post anything about your journey from the beginning? I would love to see if there are any tips or things to look out for.
Again, just beautiful. I hope mine comes out half as good as yours.
Lana

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