Due to financial constraints from every which way, I've decided to take a hiatus on sewing altogether. So, for now at least, I'm defaulting back to my original drug of choice: cross stitching.
My mom, before we were born and when we were little, was an avid crocheter and cross stitcher. She taught my two sisters and me when I was about eight or nine (still have my first cross stitch stashed somewhere) but I was the only one who stuck with it, and I've been hooked ever since.
So fast forward to high school when, during the summers, I would cross stitch religiously, like it was my job, for four, five hours or more. During school, and throughout college, I didn't have the time, but it was still the one thing that I did on my downtime that truly relaxed me.
Then I got into sewing in 2010, and cross stitching has gone by the wayside, but I pick it up on occasion. At the very least it's made me adept to other forms of embroidery, such as flossing for corsets.
So now I've narrowed my cross stitching niche down to two categories: Asian cross stitches and zodiac/celestial cross stitches, but I'm very very picky about what I do. Currently I have a project in the works for both, a series of small but complex zodiac designs from Julie Hesler's Fantasy Cross Stitch (which I believe is out of print) and "Oriental Lady Beauty" from Joan Elliott's Oriental Odyssey. The latter's easier, so I'm picking away at that now.
No fancy pics and whatnot. Cross stitching's not very photo worthy until it's done anyway!