Sunday, April 5, 2009

Allow me to vent

Lately all of my stitching or at least the biggest portion of it has been to support my Stitching for a Cure project (if you don't know what this is, please check out my other blog,
It seems to have taken over my life to a certain extent. I am passionate about this project, but I do spend a great deal of time worrying that I either won't have enough ornaments to make the tree "sellable" or we won't be able to sell enough tickets for the tree to get what I want to get for the American Cancer Society.
The latter of the two I haven't spent quite so much time obsessing over as I have the first one.
We have a little over 29 weeks (nearly 30 weeks) before this project has to be done. My goal is 200 ornaments. Right now we have 30. If I stitch an ornament a week, that will give us 60. But that is 140 ornaments short of the goal.
I realize that November is still a long way away (29 week, 6 days, 1 hour and 45 minutes) and I also realize I have many people who have promised ornaments and who are working on the ornaments.
But it is truly keeping me up at night. Have I bitten off more than I can chew? Is this just a pipe dream of mine? Am I asking too much of my friends, many of whom I have never met in person or even spoken to on the phone?
Am I driving my friends here and everywhere crazy with this obsession? Everyone at work knows about the project and sees every ornament I make. I am using every PR resource I have to help sell this tree.
I will keep on stitching and if we have to do a smaller tree and bring in less money than I hoped for, I will have to live with that.
But I really hope and pray we can pull this off.
I started this project because I wanted to make a difference. God gave me a talent, the talent of stitching. I would like to use that talent to help people. It is a one year commitment. I started in November 2008 and by the end of November 2009, it will be over.
Everyday, I hear about or see or meet someone with cancer. And I get so frustrated. I feel, even though I work in a field where we help cancer patients everyday, so helpless to be able to make a REAL difference. Last year at Relay For Life, I made myself a promise. The promise was that in 2009 this would be my year that I would stand up and try to help.
I guess I need to just stay focused on what I am doing and let everything fall into place. I do know that God's hand is upon this project. I need to let him guide me through it.
Thanks for listening. Thanks for being my friend.


Nancy said...

You should obsess over not having the 200 finished. Whatever you get will be more than nothing!!! You are doing a great job and you should be proud of all the work you are putting into it!

Donna said...

Thank you Nancy! You are so right. I already have more than what I started with. Sometimes it just seems overwhelming.

jessneal said...

I have a the orniments HAVE to be stitched? Can they be beaded? I underdtand that it's about 'stitching for a cure', but does a beading needle count?

Gabi said...

I'll make 2 ornaments for you Donna. Can't do them this month, but I promise they will be stitched over the next couple of months and sent to you.

Cindy F. said...

Oh Donna, I'm sorry this is worrying you. I have 2 stitched and have 3 more to stitch. I am actually having someone finish them for me because I don't like the finishing part. I will have mine to you before November:)
I will also remind people on my next post you still need help!
Hugs dear friend. Don't worry just yet;)

Carolyn NC said...

I'm with Nancy, Donna! Whatever you get is more than what you had and will raise money that wasn't there before. This is a great project and I hope to contribute myself in the next several months.

Marian said...

It's okay. We all need to vent. And it's April and things will be okay. I'm sitting here looking at 5 completed ornies and a knob knocker that need to be mailed to you. It's cool!

Karan said...

Don't stress - you're doing a fantastic job & it will come together (((((((((Hugs))))))))).

drea_dear said...

Hi, Donna, I saw Terry's post about your great cause, and I've put a note on my blog. I'm in the midst of a huge finish-finish and a move, but I'll commit to at least 1 ornament for you. Are you on Facebook? There's a huge community of stitchers on Facebook, who would love to join with you. I would be willing to create a group and get that ball rolling if you want.

CindyMae said...

Ok, this is what I think . . . Chill out!!! LOL Let God take control and put it in His hands and everything will work out just fine!!! I plan on stitching a couple as well!