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August Stitching Goals in Review

  • Posted on August 31, 2006 at 11:00 pm
  • :mrgreen: Finish and Send Out Sylvie’s RR
  • :mrgreen: Finish and Send Out Flight 93 Quilt Panel
  • 😐 Start and Finish With My Needle – Strawberries So Faire – Started, but not finished
  • :mrgreen: Work on Shepherd’s Bush – Happy Wishes Scissors Fob – FINISHED!
  • :sad: Work on Chatelaine – Stitching Leporello
  • :mrgreen: Choose Design, Kit and Start Biscornu for Christmas Gift for Mom – Finished except for one bead color (out of three) and paillettes

Okay, so starting and finishing Strawberries So Faire was a bit too ambitious, especially since the stitching doesn’t have to be completed until September 15th. But don’t forget those six blackwork squares for which I dyed the fabric, kitted, started and completed this month. 😉 Plus, the other new start for my grandmother.

Word Association

  • Posted on August 31, 2006 at 3:32 pm

I’ve been tagged by Isabelle!

What is the first word that comes to mind when you hear/read the following words?

visit -> family
cake -> birthday
period -> the end, that’s it, no more, I’m putting my foot down!
triumphant -> success
screen -> phone (I screen my phone calls)
neglect -> suffer
guitar -> Terry’s dad (who plays)
loathe -> blackness, fury, darkness, GRRRRRRR!
(there was just a series of nasty, angry feelings and images that came to mind)
sugar -> candy
montage -> giggles
(I’ve seen some funny movie references to montages and now the term just makes me laugh)

Post Dr. Steve Pampering

  • Posted on August 30, 2006 at 2:39 pm

I’ve started a ritual of stopping at Barnes & Noble on the way home from appointments with Dr. Steve. I picked up these lovelies at the beginning of August and forgot to post the photo once I finally took it.

For starters, you have to understand that since I was a small girl, I have had a fascination, dare I say obsession, with writing instruments. Pens, pencils, erasers. All shapes and sizes. As a pre-teen, I discovered the art of calligraphy via a set of specialty Crayola markers that were at my grandmother’s house. I loved to play with them and reproduce the fonts using the instruction book that was included. Fast forward to 1999 when we were preparing for our wedding. At that time, I had purchased several sets of calligraphy pens, from the traditional dip kind to cartridge-fed pens by both Shaeffer and Osmiroid. I owned nearly every color of ink on the planet, plus an embossing ink calligraphy marker that I could use with the rubber stamping/embossing projects. I hand-wrote and addressed every envelope (inner and outer) for every wedding invitation that we sent. I also stamped, hand-wrote and embossed placecards for every attendee for the reception.

All this, and yet the perfect writing instrument has alluded me. With my renewed interest in journaling and my discovery of those perfect suede covered, gilt edged journals, came a renewed interest in finding a high-quality writing instrument. I started with my cartridge-fed Osmiroid pen and quickly rediscovered how difficult ink cartridges can be to work with. While I had the perfect nib, I could not get the ink cartridge to deliver consistent results, having to try very hard to restart the flow of ink at the start of each new writing session. And while I had been drawn to the ease of the cartridge-fed systems in my earlier years, I now longed for the elegance, simplicity and antiquity of the traditional pen that you dip into a well of ink. So began a new search for a writing instrument. I found and ordered a lovely hand-blown, bordeaux-colored, glass fountain pen that looked like it would fit the bill. It is an incredible piece of work, but the tip produces lettering too large to be useful for my journaling purposes.

Enter my visits to Barnes & Noble for some much needed soul-soothing. When I went at the beginning of August, I went with the intent to find the August issue of Britain’s Cross Stitcher magazine (you know, the one with the Margaret Sherry booklet; I have utterly failed in this endeavor and have given up). When I was unable to procure said magazine, I wandered back into the journaling section to browse and found a small section of calligraphy pens and inks. Upon flipping through packages of pen after pen after pen, I finally found this slender calligraphy pen made out of brass. But it couldn’t possibly be brass, I thought. Yet, when I picked up the package, I found that it was quite weighty and must indeed be actual brass. After pondering the other selections which were clearly inferior to me now, I selected the brass pen and decided to bring it home with me. While I was flipping through the pens, I also found packages of nibs, so I grabbed one of those, as well. Finally, I was going to deny myself any more bottles of ink, since I had several at home, but then I decided to pamper myself and came home with a delicious aubergine ink.

I was even more pleased once I had everything home and teased the brass pen out of its packaging. It is truly weighted very nicely and yet slender, not bulky at all in my hand. Yum! Now I just have to allow myself to use all of these new pretties I bought. 😉


Calligraphy Supplies - August 2006

SBQ – How Do You Share?

  • Posted on August 30, 2006 at 1:46 pm

Today’s SBQ was suggested by Carolyn and is:

How do you share your finished pieces with others? Do you frame them, scan and/or photograph them, or do you have another method that you would like to share?

I try to photograph or scan everything that I stitch. I haven’t had anything framed in a while and I can’t seem to capture the colors correctly with my digital camera, so I prefer scanning the piece whenever it will fit. Since the bulk of my work seems to be in the smaller sized arena, this works out well the majority of the time.

I then post everything to my online photo gallery. This gallery includes photos of a lot of my different crafting efforts, as well as personal photos and the like.

6 Random Things About Me

  • Posted on August 28, 2006 at 2:54 pm

I’ve been tagged by Outi, so here goes:

  1. I get bored very easily.
  2. I take myself and my life way too seriously.
  3. I love to watch all of the lovely birds that visit my feeders.
  4. I don’t love that one particular species of bird is nesting in the gutters of my house (four nests and counting).
  5. I long to unleash my artistic abilities, but am afraid that I won’t measure up. Probably more that I won’t meet my own expectations, which are very high.
  6. I don’t know what I want to do when I grow up, but am desperate to find my niche in the professional world.

Another Finish… Just Kidding!

  • Posted on August 27, 2006 at 10:15 pm

Not quite finished. Just the stitching. I still have the beads to add. :)

This is Enchantment by The Sweetheart Tree, in my own choice of colors (I can make those available to anyone who wants them). After beading, it will be finished into a biscornu pincushion for my mother for Christmas.


[Photo removed. See finished project.]

Edited to add: I picked out two of the three bead colors needed for the design and stitched them on, while I was at it. The piece will now have to wait until I go to CATS next month or an LNS to pick out the third bead color and buy some paillettes from The Sweetheart Tree to complete the design.


[Photo removed. See finished project.]

And the Back…

  • Posted on August 26, 2006 at 12:15 pm

Okay, I really am certain that this is the last finish. At least for today. 😉



Happy Wishes (Back)

I made several mistakes on this one, but since it’s for me, I don’t care. I just compensated and kept going. I really love the little clay bee!

And One More…

  • Posted on August 26, 2006 at 8:00 am

Really, I think this might be the last one for a while.

This is the front piece from a Shepherd’s Bush scissor fob kit named Happy Wishes:



Happy Wishes (Front)

I finished the stitching last night and started on the back piece. So, I could conceivably have another finish. We’ll see.

Another Finish!

  • Posted on August 25, 2006 at 8:00 am

Are you getting sick of my finishes this week? No worries, as I think this will be the last for a little while.

Since I brought up the fact in my answer to yesterday’s SBQ that I had a travel tote out in the car with projects that were languishing into UFOs, I thought I would bring it inside and revisit the contents. In doing so, I found this cute little bookmark that was fairly close to being finished, put the last 4 colors into it, backstitched it and completed it last night. That’s an old one off of my WIP list. Woohoo! I think I’m becoming addicted to finishes…



Blue Santa

SBQ – How Do You Travel?

  • Posted on August 24, 2006 at 8:45 pm

Today’s SBQ was suggested by Anna M. and is:

What do you keep your WIPs and other stitching supplies in when traveling?

Like a couple of the other respondents, I own a DMC Needlework Travel Tote that works well for my smaller projects. It stays in the car. Lately, though, I bought a large plastic mesh project bag that I’m using for my travel projects, as well. Which means that the projects in the DMC bag have become UFOs. Eeep! I’ll have to do something about that, I guess.


My Stick Family from WiddlyTinks.com