I've been spending a lot of time avoiding the tapestree over the last few weeks. I haven't had the motivation to do any designing, which is the most tedious part of it, so most of my focus has been on existing patterns.
I have, however, been pushing myself to add to it even when the inspiration isn't there. I decided to try and pull some elements and charts from books and patterns (with credit) when I need a quick design. To get myself moving, I added the new year, and some little freehand Obamas.
I also started a new project, Providence by Brenda Keyes. I love her books and charts, both because they tend to have a primitive look, and because my favorite things to stitch are houses and people. The border is nuts on this one.
I just received the Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly Collection CD, which has all of the issues from 1991-2015. And I've been pouring over it. There are a ton of complete pieces I would love to try, but I also think I could pull some elements for my tapestree.
Right now, it's a very warm January day, and the windows are open. I'm already looking forward to the end of the winter gloominess.