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Well we made it all through January and a project was posted every single day. Once or twice they were posted at 10pm at night, but they made it in that 24 hour window.  Something that deep down I was not expecting 🙂 Let’s see if we get through February 🙂

Organising Bug:

I also discovered this month while posting these (and breaking my inventory and shopping list database) that this project is also helping me to:

  • correctly inventory my stash
  • physically organise my stash
  • prioritize my stitching queue
  • review my wips and kitted up items
  • declutter the items that I’ve grown apart from
  • refine my spending habits
  • rewrite my wish lists in order of my stitching queue

Post Office:

I’m a very slow on my posting out as I’ve been in too much ill-health to leave the house lately, but as a result of the Project-a-day, I have packaged up ready to go to the Post Office:

  • Generations: The Locket – to Theresa
  • Baroque Angel – to Anna
  • Two Mirabilia Queens – to Laura (promised how long ago?)
  • New York – to Chele (promised while I was stitching it)
  • a packet of Tim Tams  – to Tina (for finding a discontinued thread for Aurora Polaris)
  • a packet of Tim Tams – to Laura (for loads of blog comments on a day I needed cheering up

This is on top of the mailing that went out earlier in the month:

  • Hell’s Gatekeeper – to Barbara
  • Dear Santa – to Terry
  • Birthday floss club – to Michele (already arrived – yay!)
  • assorted RAKs that haven’t landed so I’m not mentioning

January Review of Decisions:

Gilt Star really isn’t going to rise high enough in my priority list to stitch. Even when typing up the listing on the day, I was in two minds whether to keep it or offer it out. I discussed the series of Celtic Gilt Pillows with mum that night.  I have other Landmark charts in my stash that I would rather stitch first.  The result is that one chart went into mum’s stash, one chart I dithered over and wanted to put back into my stash for a decision to be made next time it is randomly chosen, so it and the two others (including Gilt Star) have been wrapped as a present and will be sent as a RAK next time I go to the Post Office.

Puzzle. I’ve mulled over this one since I first posted it (and actually studied the chart directions and details for the first time). I agree with the commenters that this design will not achieve the illusion I thought it would. Couple that with the poor directions and my Swiss Cheese brain, and I wanted to throw this one back into stash and think on it next time it is randomly chosen. Again, if I’m thinking like that, then this chart is not for me.  As can be seen this month, I have more than enough charts that happily satisfy my stitching needs without agonising over a chart that maybe will or maybe wont do what I want, so I’m releasing this one.  Free to good home.  Visit the Puzzle page for the next week to comment if you love this chart.

Mar Bek charts.  Rather than waiting for these to come out one at a time, I’m going to go through all of my Mar Bek charts tonight with mum and put up a list tomorrow of all the items that no longer call to me. Not sure how many there will be, but as I first mentioned them on via this blog, I will offer the rest of them out to people via this blog. Check back tomorrow for details.

Wishlists:

The Stitching Wish Lists are in a state of flux at the moment since I broke my inventory and shopping database and am slowly recreating them via the Project-a-Day.  The Wish Lists on the Multiply Blog are accurate.  Items are being removed as they are being added to the WishLists on this blog above or they are no longer needed.  New items are NOT being added to the Multiply pages.

As charts are being RAKed to me, or as they come up in the Project-A-Day, I am adding their details to my new improved database and to the Wish Lists in the drop down menus on this blog.  I hope by the end of the year, to be using these Wish Lists exclusively and to have closed down the Multiply Lists. As can be seen I’m a little behind at present ….

Well Week 2 has come and gone and so far I’m still on track 🙂

Mum has become quite enthusiastic about the project and is the current “random chooser” each day.  She walks into the craft room, selects a box or folder at random, closes her eyes and plunges her hand in. What comes out is the Project of the Day.

When give me the chart she also informs me whether I’m “allowed” to give the chart away. This is before I’ve even seen which chart it is 🙂 I guess if we ever disagree that project will go into mum’s stash instead 🙂 or perhaps become a stitched present for her.

What do you think of the random selections?  Is there another way you think I should do this?  Should I include charts from magazines and books? I have hundreds of magazines in my stash too as well as a few books …

Updates on previous Projects:

3 Jan: Forever Love – still dithering on whether to use the 32ct mottled blue linen.

5 Jan: The Great Escape – technically a WIP. I still have to actually start this again.

10 Jan: Hell’s Gatekeeper – in the international mail to new home.

12 Jan: Generations: The Locket – comments close in three days.

14 Jan: Baroque Angel – comments close in five days.

15 Jan: Meowry Christmice – an actual WIP. I started this yesterday.

In other news, I’m thinking the “Project of the Day” should have a catchier name. Any suggestions?  The closest I could come to was “Mel’s Stash Dive” but that has no ring to it and could go sooo wrong so easily – also has nothing in it to indicate that is a Project-a-Day.

So while I’m a complete failure as a Marketing Guru, I’m hoping someone else can come with some ideas. I know some of you play with words … what have you got?  And be nice please 🙂

Any other thoughts, ideas, changes, improvements you would like to see on the Project-A-Day?

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