Friday, January 28, 2011

"The best thing about the future is that it 
comes one day at a time"  ~Abraham Lincoln

President Lincoln knew a thing or two about time management. I try to focus on one thing at a time, but sometimes life is overwhelming. My mind goes a mile a minute, and in all directions.  Time to stop, make a cup of tea and . . .  breathe.

It is said that the young Yo-Yo Ma learned a Bach cello suite by memorizing one measure per day. Just one measure per day. Breaking down large projects into manageable pieces.  That seems to be the trick.

One thing that inspires me to no end is -- Stitchers Who Finish.  I love cruising the blogs, admiring the amazing finishes of other stitching addicts.  Their energy is contagious and maybe -- just maybe -- I'll get organized and finish that WIP that's been going since . .  (gulp) . . . last March.  Give me strength!

Last week I heard from Jennifer K., who finished her own version of "272 Words." She provided these pictures of her completed journey. Well done, Jennifer! Thank you for keeping President Lincoln's words alive and fresh in our minds.  

Your "272 Words" finishes are important and ever-inspiring . . . please drop me an email if you've crossed the finish line. Or . . . if you're in the midst of stitching the piece, I'm equipped with bottles of chartreuse-colored electrolyte drinks and high-protein energy bars to vociferously cheer you on from the sidelines. Compression pants and sweat bands are available, as well.

Having stitched the piece myself, I had my own "commitment" issues! (Maintain your energy levels with chocolate.)  It's tough sometimes, but we all complete marathons in our own personal way.

There's something about stitched words on linen . . . it's magic, isn't it?


  1. Cruising blogs is wonderful and inspiring and.....hard on my pocketbook too! :)
    I have your 272 words all preped and ready to go - we're taking the family to Gettysburg this year for summer vacation and I'm going to stitch it in memory to our family trip...fingers crossed that is :) Happy Weekend!

  2. What a wonderful idea! I would like to visit Gettysburg myself. You've got a great plan. Dark chocolate (anti-oxidant) is a required component of the stitching fitness regimen. :)

    Thank you, and please stay in touch. Cheers!