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Hot Off the Scanner!

  • Posted on August 23, 2005 at 9:48 pm

The two quilt squares stitched from motifs from a design by Ursula Michael that I purchased from Patterns Online are finally finished! It’s a miracle… I would have finished them this weekend if that as-yet-unidentified truck hadn’t hit me. 😉

Seriously though, I am WAY glad to be done with these. I just have to backstitch on some quick personalization and then toss them into the mail tomorrow. Then it’s back to model stitching. I think I’ll give myself a brief treat this weekend and stitch this month’s ornament for the Chartswappers JCS Ornament SAL. This month is the Patricia Ann Designs ornament called Sapphire Star. It’s gorgeous and looks to be a relatively quick stitch – anything will be quick compared to these blasted quilt squares!

But for now, it’s back downstairs so I can retrieve my brownies from the oven that I’m baking for a brownie sundae fundraising event tomorrow at work. Then I can crawl into bed, if I’m lucky. I’m tired… 🙁

Bunny Quilt Square
Rocking Horse Quilt Square

Unkymoods is Officially Gone!

  • Posted on August 22, 2005 at 12:42 pm

Well, I finally found an answer. It took a while, but I finally found Mr. Unky via the back door that is Can Hed Comix. This was his free comic strip that is also currently unavailable. Sounds like the guy had a rough time trying to keep Unkymoods afloat.

Here’s what Mr. Unky (a.k.a. Marc Lutz) had to say:

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Hi there.
Remember me? I’m the guy who created Can Hed Comix a long while ago, and I used to post the comic strips on this web site. Well, I’m back, and I have news for those of you who are interested. Here’s the nutshell version. is no longer in existence. It had a good run. It made people happy. Ultimately, the hosting issues and the overall programming issues made me unhappy, and that’s just not proper. It’s either going to fade away for good, or I’m going to sell it. Any takers?

Ducks In Lodi is about to celebrate its one-year anniversary with the Lodi News-Sentinel. It has gone from being published twice a month (or every other week) to being published weekly. Huzzah for the quackers!

Can Hed Comix is still in existence, but only drawn when I have the time and inspiration. I’ll be working on setting up the archives of the old stuff for you die-hard fans.

That’s about it. More soon!

– Marc, 11:18 PM

I can sure sympathize with you, Marc! I can only imagine the kind of bandwidth needs Unkymoods had. If you had an email address somewhere (and I will go digging for one after posting this), I would like to write and talk to you about your experience with Unkymoods. I’d like to explore what possibilities might lie ahead for such a great service. Maybe sell the mood sets off to blog owners at a certain set price? Or find someone with unlimited bandwidth (this would unfortunately not be me) to take over? Or find a way to fund it with advertising? Or something?

If you happen to read this, please contact me at jenna at magees dot net (I’m sure you can form this into a reasonable email address 🙂 ).

Did Anyone Catch the License Plate Number of That Truck?

  • Posted on August 22, 2005 at 12:19 pm

Or it could have been a bus… make it a double decker. Or a very large recreational vehicle. Whatever it was, it hit me like a ton of bricks this weekend!

Sorry for not blogging, but I’ve been completely wiped out. On Saturday, I could barely move – at all. Fortunately for me, Terry was able to carry me up and down the stairs when I needed it. Seriously. I couldn’t even walk. I felt as weak as a newborn kitten and as spacey as an astronaut. I pretty much just slept and watched TV. Whatever didn’t entail moving.

Sunday I paid for missing my medicine on Friday night. 🙁 Wah! It was inevitable, I knew, but it still doesn’t make me like it at all. I had the vision disturbances around noon, signaling an impending migraine, but some Excedrin nipped it in the bud. A slip while cleaning the shower on Sunday night didn’t improve things at all. Fortunately, a nice soak in the tub seems to have kept the muscles from tightening up and/or spasming.

Today, I’m back to feeling really spacey. The last time I felt like this was when I figured out I was having a reaction to DayQuil (non-drowsy… HAH!) and slammed my finger in a desk drawer at work. So, the future for me is uncertain today.

Unfortunately, with all of the wierdness this weekend, I didn’t get a lot of stitching accomplished. This truly bites because I said that I would post the two baby quilt squares today. Neither is finished. Plus, I have models I need to be stitching. Argh! 😯 Well, I have to feel better before I can be effective. There just isn’t any way around that. Hopefully, people will understand!

Getting to Know Me… Getting to Know All About Me

  • Posted on August 19, 2005 at 12:27 pm

Isn’t that a song? Anyway, this one’s going around the blogs, so I figured I’d join in since I don’t have anything better to blog about at the moment.

(Edited to say: I first found this on Laura’s Blog, so I should give her props!)

  1. What time did you get up this morning?
  2. 10:00 AM. Yes, I do work full-time and no, this is not normal for me. It’s been a rough week…

  3. Diamonds or pearls?
  4. Well-cut, high quality diamonds. Though Terry did buy me the most beautiful strand of imported pearls last Christmas!

  5. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
  6. Star Wars I: Phantom Menace? Seriously, I’m too cheap to go to the movie theater. I’ll watch several movies at home on HBO or Starz for about the same price, thank you very much. 😉

  7. What is your favourite tv show at the moment?
  8. CSI, CSI Miami (I don’t care for CSI NY), any Law & Order, Cold Case, Amazing Race (when it’s on).

  9. What did you have for breakfast?
  10. A Cracker Jack butter toffee rice cake.

  11. What is your middle name?
  12. Lynn.

  13. What is your favourite cuisine?
  14. No one cuisine in particular. Chinese is always good, as is seafood.

  15. What food do you dislike?
  16. Anything too spicy. I have a sensitive digestive system. Besides, I prefer flavor, not heat.

  17. What is your favourite crisp flavour?
  18. Blackberry. With french vanilla ice cream.

  19. What is your favourite song?
  20. Anything by Coldplay.

  21. What kind of car do you drive?
  22. My car is a 95 Grand Am GT (which currently needs a new battery and an inspection). The truck we use most of the time is an 02 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer edition.

  23. Favourite sandwich?
  24. Fresh, sliced deli turkey with mayonnaise and some crisp, fresh lettuce on top. Sliced tomatoes are a bonus. 🙂

  25. What characteristic do you despise?
  26. Dishonesty and arrogance, particularly unfounded arrogance.

  27. Favourite item of clothing?
  28. My lime green cotton pique skort from Land’s End.

  29. If you could go any where in the world on vacation?
  30. Australia first, though I would need some serious pain mediication to keep me from hurting after that long of a flight!

  31. What colour is your bathroom?
  32. Powder and master bathrooms are still builder’s white, but the main bathroom is a ragged wine over a darker burgundy base.

  33. Favourite brand of clothing?
  34. Land’s End, when I can afford it and it fits. Otherwise, Chadwick’s.

  35. Where would you retire?
  36. Somewhere near a body of water, I think. I’m too young to plan that far out!

  37. Favourite time of day?
  38. 8:00 AM on a weekend when the sun is shining and I’m happily stitching away in silence.

  39. What was your most memorable birthday?
  40. My 16th was kinda nice. A small get-together at home with my closest friends.

  41. Where were you born?
  42. Pennsylvania, about 4 hours away from where I am now. I’m not going to answer exactly, since that’s a security question for some places when you forget your password! LOL

  43. Favourite sport to watch?
  44. Eh… whatever. I’m not big into sports.

  45. What fabric detergent do you use?
  46. Tide HE (we have a front loading washer).

  47. Coke or Pepsi?
  48. Neither. I’m not a big fan of carbonated drinks, for the most part. I prefer water.

  49. Are you a morning person or a night?
  50. Depends. I get a good second wind around 10:00 PM, but I’m also fairly energized in the morning after I get going.

  51. Do you have any pets?
  52. One 7-year old furbaby, an orange and cream colored Pomeranian named Phoebe.

  53. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share?
  54. Nope. With my current stress level, most news is not exciting right now, but mostly negative and I don’t want to focus on it.

  55. What did you want to be when you were little?
  56. A ballerina. That dream died when I quickly grew over the standard height. 🙂

Stitching Progress and Blog Nods

  • Posted on August 18, 2005 at 8:08 pm

I’ve been working on another baby quilt square in the car this week. It’s also a motif from the same Ursula Michael design as the bunny from my weekend update. The rocking horse is now at a point where it’s usable, so I’ll go back and finish the background on the bunny and see how I’m doing on time.

Also, thanks to Lelia (Stitches of Life) for reading my blog and referencing my crazy stash list post from this past Saturday. 😀

Hi Lelia! I’d leave a comment on your blog, but I don’t have a Blogger account and I see that you wisely shut off anonymous blogging, probably after your comment spam experiences today. That’s why I moderate all of my comments, so it can take up to a day or so for your comment to show up after you post it. Just as an aside. 😉

Stitching Blogger’s Question of the Week – 08/18/2005

  • Posted on August 18, 2005 at 7:31 pm

This week’s question is just a day late. 🙂

Today’s “Stitching Blogger’s Question” is was suggested by Dawn and is:

How often do you wash your fabric for each project? Do you wait until the very end until to wash it or do you wash it more than once?

Wow, this question makes me feel like a complete slacker, as usual. I typically do not wash my fabrics, before or after. Definitely not after, as I keep seeing that silk threads are not washable and overdyeds can bleed. I consider myself to be a relatively slow stitcher, so I would HATE to ruin a piece by having an accident while washing it after I’m finished. I’ve only ever washed two pieces (I haven’t actually even done them yet, but I intend to wash them). Both are hardanger pieces where the white thread I used for weaving discolored after a little bit of time, probably due to oils or sweat on my hands. Hardanger is usually fairly intensive, so I tend to sweat more. I do a very thorough job of washing my hands nowadays, so I don’t know how much more of that problem I may or may not have.

I’ll be curious to see how other stitchers answer. If others wash their pieces successfully after stitching has been completed, I’ll definitely think about trying it.

The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

  • Posted on August 17, 2005 at 3:31 pm

There are some days when the moral of this story really rings true. Those are the days where, at the end of the day, I’m left with nothing but a jar full of sand…

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous “yes.”

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—God, your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favourite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else—the small stuff. “If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

Wherefore Art Thou, Unkymoods?

  • Posted on August 15, 2005 at 1:46 pm

I have not been feeling much for the past several days, at least not that anyone reading this would know. I feel so lost without my friendly little UnkyMoods! *sniff sniff* *sob*

UnkyMoods, UnkyMoods, wherefore are thou, UnkyMoods?
I miss you, I love you, please let your website come back up soon.

Seriously, though, I have heard that he’s had problems before with the site, including last month, so I wonder what’s happening. It is a free service after all, but having it go offline for a while with no suitable replacement makes me want to donate some serious cash to keep the project alive! I feel for the man – his web hosting costs must be through the roof with the kind of bandwidth I imagine his site sucks up. 🙁

I was browsing around and read someone complaining about how his measly 100+ moods were not enough to allow this person to fully and properly express themselves. Hey, that’s fine, you don’t like it, don’t use it. Or better yet, I’d like to see you try and illustrate every possible mood that you can have on any given day. 😛 Yeah… that’s what I thought. I can only wish that I was half the artist/cartoonist that guy is!

I wonder if we can start a “Please Bring UnkyMoods Back” fund-raising effort?

Weekend Stitching Progress

  • Posted on August 14, 2005 at 6:09 pm

I’m not sure if I’ll stitch any more today, as I have some much-neglected web work that I really should do. Besides, I’m still fighting a headache and my eyes are totally fried from stitching and computer use.

However, in the meantime, I did make some progress this weekend. Yesterday, I started and finished a small model. Of course, it’s only one out of 12 that I need to stitch, but hey, it’s something! Sorry I can’t show a scan, but the designs are unpublished at this point. I’ll post them once they are all finished and the designs have been released.

I also started a square for a baby quilt. It’s an Ursula Michael design, actually a motif from a larger design of hers that I purchased from Patterns Online because I had nothing to stitch for baby quilts. I’m more than 50% done, with just one color left to fill into the background.

My Stash List (As of 08/13/2005)

  • Posted on August 13, 2005 at 4:33 pm

This was an exercise done for my entrance onto “the wagon” of S.E.X. abstinence and stash-only stitching. Quite an eye-opening experience, really. And this doesn’t touch on anything other than projects I’ve started, kitted up or am ready to start. Yeah… scary!

WIPs are listed in order of start date, with the earliest project (at the top) having been started in 1999.

WIPs (Having actual stitches in them):
Dimensions Gold Collection Santa’s Wildlife Stocking
Latch Hook Rug Pooh and Tigger
Sunset Jiffy Almost Perfect
Quick Christmas Keepsakes Blue Santa
Dimensions Bonsai and Buddha
Mill Hill Treasured Spring Sampler Kit Flower Basket Fantasy DEADLINE: Christmas, 2005
Lorri Birmingham A Tisket a Tasket (medium basket)
Mirabilia Fairy Moon
Victoria Sampler Welcome Hearts Bellpull
Disney Vinylweave Bookmark R is for Reading
Anne les Petites Croix French Mystery Garden
Wee Ones in Hardanger Embroidery Bee
Dimensions Gold Nuggets Pansies on Toile DEADLINE: Christmas, 2005
Daydreams Petite in Glass Crystal Creation
Mill Hill Tiny Treasured Diamonds Friendly Frosty
LuvLee Designs Plastic Canvas House Tissue Box Cover
Creative Accents Sleepy Moon Birth Record DEADLINE: End of September, 2005
Victoria Sampler Spring Banner Bellpull
Chatelaine Designs Tiny Rose Mandala Garden
Charland Designs Love Heart Ornament DEADLINE: Christmas, 2005
Forget-Me-Nots in Stitches Love… Was Born at Christmas Ornament DEADLINE: October 31, 2005
Jeanette Crews Designs Calico Critters – Bunny DEADLINE: September 1, 2005
Kitted and/or Prepped:
Patricia Ann Designs Sapphire Star Ornament DEADLINE: August 31, 2005
Jeanette Crews Designs Calico Critters – Rocking Horse DEADLINE: September 1, 2005
The Sweetheart Tree Radiant Tulips DEADLINE: January, 2006
Mill Hill Stitched & Beaded Petite Purse Ebony Peacock
Textile Heritage Collection Fuchsias Scissors Keep
Jeanette Crews Designs Computer Wizard
Just Nan Small Delights Seasonal Gems I
Just Nan Small Delights Seasonal Gems II
Bucilla Safe Passage
Dimensions Serenity Prayer
Lorri Birmingham Autumn Table Linen and Tea Tray
To Be Added to Rotation:
Mill Hill Scissor Pocket Treasured Stitching Band Kit Mauve Heart Sampler
Dimensions Halloween Whimsies Silly Bat
Textile Heritage Collection Damask Rose Scissor Keep
Mill Hill Charmed Santa Face Kris Kringle
Mill Hill Tiny Treasured Diamonds Rudolph
The Sweetheart Tree Spring Has Sprung
The Sweetheart Tree Celebrate Summer
The Sweetheart Tree Happy Fall Y’all
The Sweetheart Tree Winter Wonderland
Chatelaine Designs Mini Mandala Gardens I

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