I've only been stitching about 4 years (although I learned from my mom at a very young age, I didn't pick it up until 4 years ago...all that time I wasted, lol). Here is a pic of my very first completed and framed piece: Can you tell I framed it? It's a little crooked, lol.
I thought it turned out very nicely :o) Don't look at the back, though!
So in just 4 short years I have accumulated more stash than I can stitch in several lifetimes! My DH just doesn't get it, lol. He collects guitars, which is much more expensive, right????
Actually he is glad that I stitch. Stitching calms me and centers me and it really helped me overcome an extremely difficult time in my life. Long live stitching!!!