Friday, December 18, 2015

another tiny finish!

It only took two days to work up this cute Mill Hill kit! With this, I've finished up my goals for the month - need to take a new pic of Fatum with the border all done, but I'll save that for another post.

Like the others, it's not finish-finished yet, but I did manage to stick it to the fridge so I can pretend it's been made into a proper magnet!

I think I'm down to three Mill Hill kits in my stash now... two that I'm not crazy about, and a beautiful one of cats silhouetted against the moon. Here's the three...

Love this one! (Moonlit Kitties)

Kinda meh about these. (Autumn Bouquet & Fall Blooms)

My wife likes those two, though (I'm sure she's the one who picked them out) so I may just do them as a gift for her. She used to stitch, but now she's 100% into knitting, so "my stash" is really "our stash" and contains all of her stuff too. :3

I have three others on my wishlist, but I'm not buying anything until I do something with all three of these... either stitch them up or gift/sell. I'm interested in working on using things up (not just stitchy stash, but all sorts of things) but I don't want to fall into the trap of making something I don't really like just for the sake of crossing it off a list, either.

I do a lot of reading about decluttering, minimalism, and recently, destashing makeup! One of the terms used for makeup is to "hit pan" which is to use up enough of something (like blush or eyeshadow) to see the silver pan showing at the bottom. I want to start doing that with all sorts of things around the house. And if I don't like something enough to "hit pan" on it, then maybe it needs to be escorted out, preferably by giving away, selling, or donating.

So I'll be making an effort to fully enjoy a variety of things! Tea, eyeliner, those interesting beans in the pantry, candles, video games, yarn, stationery, the contents of the freezer, nail polish, etc. I may ramble about it here on occasion, but only as a side note to stitching posts. 

Don't worry, this isn't going to turn into some weird decluttering blog. :p


  1. Aww they all super sweet..
    I love the kitties one so cute..
    Happy stitching xx

  2. Lovely finish. a really beautiful butterfly.
    I also love decluttering and using things up. Helps me to see the ground of my boxes again, lol.

  3. Great comments about decluttering and hitting the pan. Feel free to share any ideas that you find are working for you; I can assure you that you're not alone in needing to clear out or use some things that aren't stitchy related!

    1. Thanks, I'm glad it's not just me! Yesterday I made an effort to eat up some leftovers, use some sweet potatoes tha were getting old, brew some iced tea, and pare down my shameful collection of eyeliner! I've been "into" decluttering and saving money for a while, but never made much progress until this idea of "hitting pan" came up. I wonder why that way of thinking about it works for me when other ways haven't? :)

  4. I love your Moonlit Kitties too and hope to see you stitch that soon. As for decluttering - good luck! :)

  5. Too funny! Sounds like a plan. This house could use a little decluttering too

  6. They look cute I love the kitties. Great job on the butterfly :). I do the same thing with giving away what I won't stitch.


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