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Replying to All of Those Comments

  • Posted on November 30, 2005 at 1:13 pm

Whew! I figured that instead of writing each of you individual emails, I’ll just respond in one lump sum and get today’s post out of the way while I’m at it. 🙂

Kim – Thanks for visiting my blog! I just recently discovered yours and am sorry you’ve stumbled across mine during such a bad time. You’re welcome for the chuckle, but you should really thank Lelia for that pick-me-up.

Lelia – Has Martha Stewart, er Tori, gone back to school now? I hope that you had a lovely visit with her, even if it was brief and busy! I know that girl is very special to you, so you probably cherish every moment you can get with her. I took your advice, BTW, and stayed home an extra day from work and stitched and relaxed. I’m feeling a bit more like myself now, thanks.

Isabelle – You dear friend. Thank you for the umpteen million hugs flying over the pond, as well as all of your kind thoughts. It has been a difficult time for me, but it can only get better from here, right? 🙂 And thank you for your comments on the ornament that I stitched for Ashleigh. It was my commute project for several weeks and I really enjoyed stitching it. Terry liked it so much that he has requested that I stitch it again for us. I was very pleased with how it turned out, since I was making up the finishing. You are so sweet, thank you for all of your kind words.

Jo – Thank you for the hugs and sympathy. I have been taking it easy and am starting to come out of my slump, thanks to all of you!

Christine – Thank you, too, for the hugs and sympathy. While I truly wish that I could take a vacation from life, the beauty of it is that time waits for no man (or woman!). The Christmas spirit will be infused into my soul any day now and I’ll be back to my happy, excited, bubbly self, though I’m not sure that comes out in my blog. Oh, and thanks for the lovely comments on the ornament!

Barbara – Thank you for the compliments on Ash’s ornament! It was a fun stitch, though I was nervous about how well I did, since Ash is such an accomplished hardanger stitcher herself. I’m grateful that it met with her approval. 🙂 And thank you for the well wishes!

Anne – My twin in headaches, though it turns out that Isabelle is plagued, as well. I would so dearly love to drop everything and come out to Australia for a visit right now. I need a couple of years of saving up funds plus some medication to knock me out for the long plane ride and then I’ll be over! And you’re right, staying away from the computer for most of yesterday really did help. We’ll see how I do today now that I’m back at work.

Von – Thank you for the get well wishes. I’m sorry to hear that cold affects your muscles and then your head like it does me. I think I’m still trying to get rid of the chill. 😆

And finally, last but not least…
Cathy – Thank you for the condolences and more wishes to get well soon. I think they worked!

Hugs going out to all of my wonderful cyberfriends. I’m still catching up on blogs – 89 posts left to go! So, you’ll see some scattered comments from me as I’m reading through the backlog.

Oh, and one more thing before I go. I had to scan my model stitching progress last night to send an update (it’s coming along swimmingly, if I don’t say so myself!), so while I was at the scanner, I captured my M Designs Peace Tree ornament WIP for you. I was going to do the Chatelaine Tiny Rose Mandala Garden, as well, but it didn’t scan well on the scroll bars and I’m not taking it off until it’s done! 😉

So, here’s the Peace Tree, which is just an “E” tree right now (to steal the phrase from Christine). I think this is my first full project done over 1 and the frogging that I’ve already had to do was a real bear! However, doing both sides at the same time is really duplicating the color changes perfectly.

Peace Tree 11-29-2005

I’m Back!

  • Posted on November 29, 2005 at 1:16 pm

Okay, in truth, I’m still recovering, but I am currently headache-less for the first day in a week. I hope to keep it that way, but won’t hold my breath. 😉 I’m staying home from work again today. I figure I have the vacation time to burn and there’s no point in going back until I’m ready. I need a little bit of a rest before I have a mental break-down.

So, I didn’t get much stitching done while I was away. I’m not sure why I was thinking that I’d be able to take a project with me to work on during the viewings, but… anyway, I knocked out a few colors on my Chatelaine Tiny Rose Mandala Garden. I didn’t bring the model with me because I didn’t want to run the risk of screwing anything up. It was cloudy and dark on the ride up, so I was unable to stitch in the car. On the way back, I was able to stitch for a little while before the light started fading away on me. That’s the bummer of this time of year – it gets dark so early!

We had miserably cold weather in my hometown while we were visiting. It started snowing about 20 minutes before we pulled into my parents’ driveway. It snowed all night, then through a good portion of Thanksgiving and it stuck around, so we had a white Thanksgiving, which was odd. Thanksgiving night saw temperatures around 10 degrees Fahrenheit, down into the negative numbers with wind chill. I’m talking COLD, people! Pap’s viewing times were on Friday and the funeral home wasn’t warm enough, so I think the chill messed up my shoulders, causing yet more headaches. Saturday was the service and burial and it was still very cold, with a bit of a chilly breeze on top of it. When we left on Sunday, of course, it started to warm up into the 40’s. So, needless to say, I developed a cold and now so has Terry. Surprised? 😆

I have not managed to catch up with everyone’s blogs, so be patient with me. I’m trying to be aware of the amount of time spent on the computer right now, since a lot of the headaches seem to be related to eye fatigue. That means limited stitching time, too. I hope to be back to normal soon, though! Thanks to all of you for your loving thoughts and comments. I appreciate each and every one of them and am thankful to know each and every one of you! *hug*

Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Posted on November 24, 2005 at 11:14 pm

At least, to my American friends. My Canadian friends have already celebrated and I hope that those of you in other countries will at least take a moment to give thanks for everything that you hold dear in life. 🙂

Thanksgiving this year has been a bit low-key, as my grandfather passed away yesterday. That’s the 3rd family member in about as many months, so it’s been a rough autumn for us around here. As a result, this weekend will be busy with all of the things that surround a major life event such as this. I’m sure I’ll be happy to return home on Sunday or Monday, just for a little peace and quiet!

Not surprisingly, I had a migraine yesterday afternoon into today. Thank goodness I was finally able to get rid of it this morning. Yeesh! I’m starting to think that Anne and I are long-lost twins living in two different hemispheres! 🙂

As far as stitching goes, I’ve been working on my Chatelaine Tiny Rose Mandala Garden. It’s looking nice, though it seems to be so labor intensive sometimes. I’m enjoying it now that I’ve finally forced myself to pick it back up. I’m also working on a second copy of the Victoria Sampler Baby’s 1st Christmas ornament for another coworker. And, of course, there’s the model stitching that I’ve been doing. And, Anne caught me by seeing the third photo in my lineup of most recent finishes on my sidebar. Ashleigh was the recipient of the ornament that I stitched for the SBEBB Christmas Ornament exchange and she emailed me on Tuesday to let me know that she had received it, so I finally unhid it in my photo gallery and posted a thumbnail in my sidebar. Of course, I then proceeded to not post about it! 😆 So, yes, Anne, it is a new-ish piece. New to you guys, at least! You can click on the thumbnail in my sidebar and/or go to Ashleigh’s blog to see a bigger picture of the ornament. I neglected to take a final photo before sending it off, so what you’ll see in my gallery is a scan of the front and back pieces. I then stitched the two together with fiberfill in between them. The chart only had the front piece, but I repeated the outer motifs to give me some space to personalize the ornament and made it all up from there! Terry liked it so much that I have make another one for us to keep! 😉

Okay, well, that’s a brief catchup on what’s happening with me. I need to limit my computer and stitching time in order to keep the headaches at bay and the top of my head is already starting to feel funny, so it’s time for me to go! I don’t know when I’ll have time to blog again, so I may be silent for a few days.

Stitching Blogger’s Question of the Week – November 23, 2005

  • Posted on November 23, 2005 at 12:47 pm

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

Do you always sign your projects? If not, why? If so, do you use your first name, initials or what?

Another good question this week. My answer is no, I do not usually sign my projects. In fact, I most often do not sign my projects. I have only signed a small number of gifts that I have made. In some of those cases, I have charted out a small-ish version of my first initial and last name that looks like my cursive handwriting and I stitch it in a rather inconspicious thread color. In other cases, like exchanged pieces where real estate is limited, I stitch my initials and the year.

As I start to do some larger pieces, I expect to sign them with my cursive signature and the year.

A Funny From Lelia

  • Posted on November 22, 2005 at 3:04 pm

I was cleaning out my Inbox today, which some of you may have noticed because I suddenly responded to old comments or emails, and I stumbled across this gem from Lelia. Too funny! And I hope no one will think this is offensive. I have nothing against alternative lifestyles… in fact, I have several gay friends whom I adore!

Rancher’s Wife

A successful rancher died and left everything to his devoted wife. She was a very good-looking woman, and determined to keep the ranch, but knew very little about ranching, so she decided to place an ad in the
newspaper for a ranch hand.

Two men applied for the job. One was gay and the other a drunk. She thought long and hard about it, and when no one else applied she decided to hire the gay guy, figuring it would be safer to have him around the house than the drunk.

He proved to be a hard worker who put in long hours every day and knew a lot about ranching. For weeks, the two of them worked, and the ranch was doing very well. Then one day, the rancher’s widow said to the hired hand, “you
have done a really good job, and the ranch looks great. You should go into town and kick up your heels.

The hired hand readily agreed and went into town one Saturday night.

One o’clock came, however, and he didn’t return. Two o’clock, and no hired hand.

He returned around two-thirty, and upon entering the house, he found the rancher’s widow sitting by the fireplace with a glass of wine, waiting for him. She quietly called him over to her. “Unbutton my blouse and take it off,” she said. Trembling, he did as she directed.

“Now take off my boots.” He did as she asked, ever so slowly. “Now take off my socks.” He removed each gently and placed them neatly by her boots.

“Now take off my skirt.” He slowly unbuttoned it, constantly watching her eyes in the fire light. “Now take off my bra.” Again, with trembling hands, he did as he was told and dropped it to the floor. “Now,” she said, “take off my panties.” By the light of the fire, he slowly pulled them down and off. Then she looked at him and said, “If you ever wear my clothes
into town again, you’re fired.”

Chart Title Quiz Addendum

  • Posted on November 22, 2005 at 12:16 pm

Anna, a.k.a. Mistress of the Chart Title Quiz, sent me a lovely note this morning to clarify the “rule” of the quiz. It’s not that you HAVE to stitch every design you pick, but you have to choose designs that you would WANT to stitch. The idea being not to choose ugly charts with a suitable title for your answer. 😉

I suspect that will put some of your minds at ease and encourage other reluctant stitching bloggers to join in the fun!

The Chart Title Quiz

  • Posted on November 21, 2005 at 6:00 pm

Originated by Anna, this is a fun quiz, but it took me quite a while to think about the answers and then find pictures.

So, here’s the deal. Using your favorite chart titles, answer the following questions. The only rule: you have to stitch the designs you pick, if you haven’t already. However, I’m going to say that personally I can’t commit to ALL of these, seeing as I’m already SABLE and don’t need any more charts! 🙂

Here we go:

1. Are you male or female?
Big Girl Panties
Dolly Mamas Big Girl Panties
by The Janlynn Corporation

2. Describe yourself:
Computer Wizard
Computer Wizard
by Jeanette Crews Designs

3. How do some people feel about you?
Best Friends
Best Friends
by Lizzie Kate
(The verse reads “Some of my best friends are children.” A commentary on my refusal to grow up. 😉 )

4. How do you feel about yourself?
by Lavender Wings
(The verse reads “The flowers whisper to the night of wonders to unfold When dawn steals across the sky for all to behold.”)

5. Describe your love interest:
Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time (A Fairy Secret Love)
by Passione Ricamo

6. Where would you rather be?
The Seaside Kingdom
The Seaside Kingdom
by Mirabilia

7. Describe what you want to be:
Star Light, Star Brite
Star Light, Star Brite
by Lavender Wings
(I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted, which was something that says you’re a shining star, like the song lyrics. Sounds like I’ll have to design one myself!)

8. Describe how you live:
by MonsterBubbles
(The verse reads “Think Fast, Laugh Loud, Love True, Work Hard”)

9. Describe how you love:
Celtic Heart
Celtic Heart
by M Designs
(I may be complex, but I’m all heart.)

10. Share a few words of wisdom:
Adjusting Our Sails
Adjusting Our Sails
from Dimensions
(The verse reads “We cannot change the direction of the wind… but we can adjust our sails.”)

Happy Dancing!

  • Posted on November 19, 2005 at 9:01 pm

Two stitching completions for me today!

First, my commute project for the past couple of weeks – Victoria Sampler’s Baby’s 1st Christmas ornament, stitched for a co-worker with a new baby:

Baby's 1st Christmas Ornament

And second, the matching ornament from Victoria Sampler’s Christmas Hearts limited edition kit:

Christmas Hearts Ornament

Other than these, I’ve been working on a model this week, plus I started the M Designs Peace Tree ornament. I’m also chipping away at my 2006 Stitching Goals. Any remaining stitching to be done this weekend will probably be on the model and my Chatelaine Tiny Rose Mandala Garden (yes, I’m still procrastinating).

Stitching Blogger’s Question of the Week – November 16, 2005

  • Posted on November 16, 2005 at 9:51 pm

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

How do you feel about staying totally true to a pattern? Do you feel that you have to rip out stitches to fix a mistake or do you feel it’s acceptable to incorporate a mistake into the design?

What a fun question, thanks gals! As a model stitcher, obviously I have two points of view on this question, depending on whether I’m stitching a model or a personal piece. If it’s a model, I cannot make a mistake. The designer is counting on me to accurately and perfectly represent the design that they have created so that they can market it. Imperfections are unacceptable.

In personal stitching, though, I’ve made a conscious effort to take a more relaxed approach. If I make a mistake and it’s something no one will ever notice or care about, then I leave it in. For example, my Christmas Hearts Bellpull has a mistake in it – one stray cross stitch in the wrong spot. I found it after I had finished confetti-like stitching of that color through an entire stitching and had moved on to another color. It didn’t affect the design at all, so I just let the error lie and no one knows but me. I have also modified designs pretty much since I started stitching. Color changes, minor changes to the design, personalization, etc. I suppose some designers might have a problem with this, but I haven’t actually heard one state such a position to date. I think a little bit of variety and personalization of a design is a compliment (and complement) to the designer and the design itself. Besides, it makes the world interesting. Not allowing any changes to a design would be like not allowing stitchers to pick any fabric they wanted on which to stitch the design. I think most designers are about creativity and freedom of expression, as long as the chart is properly paid for and credit given where credit is due.

Besides, I have enough stress in my life as it is. If every single thing that I stitched had to be absolutely perfect, I would probably stop stitching because it would no longer be relaxing for me. 🙂

A Few of My Favorite Things

  • Posted on November 16, 2005 at 12:50 pm

Christine has tagged all of her blog readers, challenging us to list some of our favorite things in honor of the 40th anniversary of The Sound of Music.

And so, after some thought, here are a few of my favorite things, in no particular order:

  • Waking up to a cold, crisp winter morning, cuddling up in a cozy, warm blanket with a mug of hot chocolate (with LOTS of marshmallows on top) and looking out over a pristine white landscape of freshly fallen (fallING is even better) snow.
  • Brightly colored orange, red and yellow leaves glowing on the trees in the autumn.
  • The peaceful sound of waves lapping gently at the shoreline.
  • The fresh scent in the air after a cleaning rain.
  • Waiting in an underground station in London on hot day and feeling the cooling blast of air come through the tunnel before the train arrives.
  • The incredible green color of the grass and foliage in Scotland.
  • The excitement of stash enhancement and the pleasure of completing a stitched piece.
  • The wonderful feeling you get when watching someone open and appreciate a gift that you’ve worked hard to make or find that is something special only you could give.
  • The softness of Phoebe’s fur.
  • The delicious taste of hot, gooey chocolate caramel cake. Mmmmmmm.
  • Cuddling in the arms of my best friend and lover (otherwise known as my husband).

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