I still don’t feel like stitching, and have no urge to pick up a needle yet … I do, however, have the urge to do some organising of my stitching ‘stash’ in the computer!
Years ago I started scanning the JCS Christmas ornie magazines, and started creating a library of sorts within Microsoft Word. It basically has a thumbnail of each year’s ornaments listed by designer, and the details of the ornie along with magazine issue (year), scanned thumbnail and ornie title. I originally started doing this when I was going to do a personal challenge, ie stitching one ornament by every single designer that has been published – now this was a number of years ago, and there weren’t as many designers as there are today, but I still never did get very far with that challenge. I thought it would make me stitch some designs I’d never really looked at before, as often ornies are much better in real life than in the magazine … it was a good idea at the time 😛
Anyway, seeing as I wasn’t feeling up to stitching and I felt like getting a numb butt in front of the PC for a while, I scanned the 2010 magazine and updated the various pages with the latest ornies.
It’s really nice to flick through the pages for visual inspiration, and it helps to find an ornie quickly when you get that sudden urge to stitch a specific one. It might be a lot of work once a year, but it sure is worth it! 😀
Here’s a little sample of what a page looks like – alas, I’ve never been able to track down the 1999 issue, so that one is missing … but otherwise I have every year from 1997 to 2010 😀