Thursday, March 27, 2008

And now back to our regularly scheduled stitching.....

Model is done and delivered. I am free of the evil metallic DMC.
Until it's time to start the next model, but we won't talk about that
right now, will we?

In other news, the latest issue of A Needle Pulling Thread is now
out - you'll find it in Canada at Chapters and Michaels. In the US,
look for it at Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble and JoAnn's fabrics.
There's a ton of things in it for the stitchers out there. Never mind
the fact that it's great eye candy. :-)

I have no stitching to show as I've been solely focused on the model
(whose idea was it to stitch black on black anyway?), so you'll have
to content yourself with a picture of one of my cats. Mojo is known
as the invisible cat - few people have ever seen her outside of DH
and the two DS'. Most people don't believe that she actually exists
- she tends to hide if there is anyone about but 'her' people.

Please forgive the not-so-great photograph - she never photographs
well and my camera and I have been arguing over the use of the
flash lately... (I'm losing the battle, in case you're wondering.)

Since I'm here, I know I haven't done the tag I got recently(well,
okay, it was a month ago!), so I'd better catch up:

1. Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post THE RULES on your blog.
3. Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag 7 people and link to them.
5. Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.

Now I'm not going to tag anyone since I'm so far behind and this
has been just about everywhere. But I'll try to come up with 7

1. I hate onions, but have a passionate love affair with
French Onion Soup.
2. I hate the smell of cooking broccoli, cauliflower or
brussel sprouts, but can and do prepare them for others
and have been told that they're great.
3. I make bread from scratch *without* a bread machine.
It's really not that hard, you know.
4. I have the only children on the planet who stand in the
grocery store with me and beg me to buy white bread - I
only buy whole wheat as a rule..... Clearly I am Mean Mommy.
5. I hate Tim Horton's coffee (I know it's dreadfully un-Canadian
of me, but I can't help it.). Oddly enough, people continue to give
me gift cards to the place (I'm not keen on the donuts either.).
6. I love to watch hockey live and in person. Am lukewarm towards
televised hockey. DH dislikes either.
7. I have a hopeless addiction to wire-edged ribbon. I have a really,
really big Rubbermaid container that is practically full to bursting.
I don't need any more, but yet it keeps appearing in my shopping
bags. Then it comes home, mates with my other ribbons and makes
more. I really do need help. Maybe. I can make really pretty florist
bows with it though!
8. (I know, overkill, but I have to add this....) I like French Toast
with ketchup on it. Most folks like Maple Syrup, but I grew up
with ketchup on it. I blame my mother. She's English.

*whew* Done. Hopefully that hasn't scared everyone away with my

And just to really bore you to tears, here's the latest SBQ:

When you stitch a pattern that you have downloaded do you
print out
the pattern or do you stitch directly from your
computer screen?

The permalink to this post is:

I always print the pattern out. I can't stitch from electronic
copies because then all the highlighter I use to keep track of
where I've been really messes up the computer screen. :-)

Off to spend a night on Nantucket Rose - she's hardly seen
the light of day in months!


 Wednesday, March 19, 2008

I have no willpower....

So, my websurfings led me here. So then I had to do this:

Easter Dragonlet
Copyright © Dragon Dreams Inc.
Stitched on 25-count Pink Lugana with DMC Threads

Isn't he adorable? And he only took a couple of hours to stitch. I'll have to get around to making him into a tuck-away pillow so he can hang near my front door to greet all visitors.

This wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that I've got 3 models that need to be stitched. One needs to be finished by next week (but it's well underway, so not a huge panic there), the other two I have a little more time on, but they still should be worked on. Oh well, soon.

In the meantime, I finished a couple other things:

Bouquet for Cheryl
Copyright © Needlemania by Marc
You can find the chart
Stitched on 32 count Opalescent Lugana - Ice by Sugar Maple Fabrics using DMC 4240 (almost 4 full skeins of it!)

I love, love, love, love how this piece turned out. I've had the Lugana in my stash for a very long time and was looking for the perfect project for it. This is it.

Next up is my February ornie - that was actually finished in February - I just didn't make it to the computer in time to post it in February:

A Christmas Wish of Health And Happiness
2006/2007 Complimentary Chart from Blue Ribbon Designs

Stitched on 28-count mystery Linen (it's a Lugana, I think) with DMC

I like how this turned out and it certainly stitched up quickly. I don't think I'll manage an ornament for March though - the model work is too pressing now. Guess I'll have to do two in April to make up for it!

And lastly, my friend and I have been making slow but steady progress through the 20th Anniversary Sampler for the CreativFestival. Only working on it once a week doesn't give us huge amounts of progress, but it is satisfying that we seem to finish one band a week. Things might slow down a bit now because we're heading into some large cross-stitch sections. Time will tell, I guess:

Oh, and the final showing of my lack of willpower? I caved and signed up for the Lizzie*Kate Double-Flips thing. Like I don't have enough to do. *sigh* If anyone finds my willpower, would you please give it back?

I know I've been tagged by Rebecca - but I think this post has gone on long enough - I'll do that later.... :-)


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