When To Ditch A Project

It’s never easy to admit when a craft is no longer working for you.

What? You say that’s NEVER happened to you? Lies!

Every crafter has had that moment when a project or a style or a craft no longer brings you joy and you need to make a decision about what to do. Should you power through and finish? Well, most of us would because that’s what we do! We finish!

(or we quietly stuff it away in a cupboard and forget about it until years later when we decide to declutter and find the abandoned project buried deep within the recesses of a dark drawer….but that’s a whole other blog post…)

But there is another path we can choose…

This week I had to make the decision about my newest cross stitch project. It was a kit passed on to me from my mom. She received it from a friend that didn’t stitch and wanted to find a good, crafty home for it to go to. So my mom adopted it but soon realized it wasn’t her style so she kindly passed it on to me so that I could sink my teeth into cross stitching with a simple project.

But not long after starting did the real struggle begin. My stitches looked clumpy and I couldn’t clearly see where my next stitch was supposed to go. The fabric I was stitching onto was separating funny and my thread snapped when I had to remove a few stitches.

Now I’ve stitched in the past so I’m not completely newbie at this so I was starting to get frustrated. My memory of stitching was not this daunting! I’d never had my floss snap! And my stitches had never started out fine and then begin to turn straight. I had to undo stitch after stitch to try to figure out what I was doing wrong.

Then I saw my mom and explain my situation. And she just looked and me as say “Then don’t do it.”

WHAT?! Stop a project and not push through!?! INSANE!

But she’s right. Crafting shouldn’t be a chore. It should be fun and satisfying with a little side of challenging. And not SO challenging that you want to pull your hair out!

I did I what she suggested. I pulled my project out of the hoop (because let’s be real, I can always use a good hoop) and ditched this cross stitch project. I’m going to move on to bigger and better things that bring me joy!

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Here’s To Our Health Episode #88

Since QuiltCon we’ve been bitten by the GET IT DONE bug! But illness took us out for a hot second. Now we’re back and getting all those UFO projects done!

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Lion Brand Yarns

Hobbyists and crafters, we are proud to announce that we are now officially affiliates of Lion Brand Yarns!

What does this mean? Well, if you buy yarn and you also want to help support Hobbies Up To Here keep the lights on, then click on the picture below or on our side bar to be directed to the Lion Brand website to make any purchases. A small percentage of your purchase made through this link will support Hobbies Up To Here.

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Hobbies Up To Here Shop

Welcome hobbyists and crafters!

We like to present to your our own Zazzle shop where you can purchase Hobbies Up To Here merchandise!

Our first items are available for purchase: a pin to promote our little ol’ podcast and a tote! We’ll be handing these out the pins at QuiltCon next month but if you’d like to purchase one before hand and support Hobbies Up To Here, you can pop over to our shop and buy one now.
This is a first for us so we ask that our friends and listeners kindly let us know if you have suggestions or comments regarding our little shop. If there are any improvements, we’d love to here about it. Feel free to leave us any feedback at Katie@hobbiesuptohere.com or Dori@hobbiesuptohere.com.

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Interview With My Dad Episode #79

Can you believe it? We finally have a guest!
My dad joins us to chat about Frankie!

Yes, this was how they sat together.

Too cute!

One of Dori’s little stitching projects. So adorable!

My brain!

This is my AVID wall in my room. It’s slowly coming together!

And my husband is proudly sporting a new look this fall. He is wearing his handmade Friendship Quilt! Only took me 2 years to finish this bad boy (the quilt, not the husband)!

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Top 5 Hobbies Up To Here Posts of 2016

It’s that time of year again, folks. Time to look back and review all that we have accomplished in the past 12 months.

Last year we looked at our top 5 posts of 2015 and had a blast seeing our progress, our accomplishments, and all of the ways we stepped out of our comfort zones to try new things. You can check out our 2015 post here to see all of the lovely things we did last year.

Over at Meadow Mist Designs, we’re having a link party again where bloggers from around the web are sharing their very own top 5’s from 2016. There are no rules and anything goes! You can share top commented posts, best tutorial, most likes or shares. Anything you want to commemorate as an accomplishment for the year.

Now that we’ve taken a peek at what our 2015 year of posts were like, let’s see how 2016 came together! And don’t forget to click the badge above to view all of the other great posts celebrating a year in review with all of our friends from around the web!

#5 Post With The Most Comments

TGIFF: My First Dresden!

Our post with the most comments (21 comments total!) is actually a finished project from 2015 that I didn’t get to post until after the new year. It was the post about my first Dresden and how much I love that little wall hanging. I was very proud of the quilting on it and this year, the moment the season was upon us, I took out that Dresden and hung it in my craft room.

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#4 Post With The Most Likes

Journaling For Me!

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #28

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Meal Prep Monday: Casseroles Are LIFE!

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Well ladies and gents, it looks like we have a three-way tie! The posts listed above all came in with 8 likes each! And they were a variety of topics from cooking to a podcast episode to journaling. What I love about this year’s top liked posts are that they all represent our varied hobbies and interests!

#3 Highest Viewed Podcast Episode

Hobbies Up To Here Episode #32

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Heading into year two with our podcast and we’re still loving it! We get to sit down together to chat and share some of our interests with each other and our listeners. This year we branched out beyond just our mad love for quilting and we tried some new things. Our top podcast post for 2016 is Episode #32 with 63 total views! Dori shared her finished Dresden baby blanket and we all got to ogle at her beautiful quilting.

#2 Most Viewed Video In A Post

The Splendid Sampler: Block 1 Hearts Aflutter 

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We’re changing it up from last year and sharing with you the most watched video linked within our posts. It was from back in our Periscope days when we would live stream some of our hobbies with you! This video was viewed 17 times!

#1 Highest Viewed Post of 2016

TGIFF: Jake’s Darth Vader Quilt

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This year the honor of the most viewed post, with 530 total views (WOW!) goes to Jake and his Darth Vader quilt!!!

While the majority of our posts are about our own finishes or what we are working on, Hobbies Up To Here is really a whole family enterprise. My husband and my dad are big supporters and their names and hobbies get mentioned throughout the year. But they aren’t the only ones! Our little man, my 10 year old son, has also shared his hobbies and interests here and there, too. And this year he made his first quilt top, an accomplishment that he is truly proud of. Congrats, my little man!

It’s been an amazing year with a lot of new interests, lots of learning, and the chance to meet, in person, so many of our friends from our on-line quilting community. We hope you enjoyed following along with us this year. We’ve had an awesome time and can’t WAIT to see what 2017 brings us!

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