Just read that the mainely stitching blog [follow the link on my sidebar] has reached the 1000 post mark ... she is having a lovely giveaway to celebrate. I immediately had to add up my numbers: 242 posts ... since August 2007 ... which works out roughly to one post every 3.5 days ... very roughly, since this is an add-divide-in-the-head estimate of a math-challenged English teacher. Snarky corrections may be posted in the comments!
I have checked out the Online Needlework Show and have come to the conclusion that either ...
I already have such a deep stash that, most often, I already own something similar to the new charts that attract my eye and therefore don't need to buy the new piece
... or ...
I am getting less acquisitive as I grow older and begin to worry how much my kids will hate me when they are stuck with the chore of cleaning up my estate.
Where once I would draw up a wish list of at least 25 items, this year only three designs found their way onto the list. There are two pieces inspired by Celtic illuminated manuscripts: Arelate Studios' The Owl & The Wyvern and Ink Circles' Tanglewood. And then there is an elaborate pumpkin design from Ink Circles called Zucca. If I ever get around to purchasing any of these charts, it will be the last. I'll probably be content simply to admire the Celtic pieces from a distance.
In a related trend, I find I no longer automatically order the next chart in a series that I have been stitching. An example: I definitely did not care for the new direction taken with the Prairie Schooler Limited Edition Santa 2009 chart and did not bother to purchase it. I have given my youngest sister the 2005, 2006 and 2007 Santas over the years. Her set will end with the 2008 Santa which I am currently stitching with the intent of getting it to the framer by Oct. 30. Another example: I didn't bother to purchase the JCS Christmas ornament issue this year. After reading the review by Stitch Bitch and seeing scans of the ornament photos at another blog, I knew I wouldn't stitch a single one of the ornaments. I used to subscribe to chart series, usually because I was all too easily influenced by the marketing mavens over at The Silverneedle. I have subscribed to and stitched the Secret Needle Night series for 3 years, as well as a number of LHN and Homespun Elegance monthly or seasonal series. But I haven't done that in quite a while though I recently, in a rare moment of greed, made an exception for the Bent Creek's Branch series. The goal now is to stitch from stash ... which should keep me busy for 4 or 5 years.