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And So it Begins…

  • Posted on August 21, 2008 at 5:04 pm

A new era of education begins today. Yes, it’s my first day at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Online Division. Otherwise known as the Art Institute Online. We have two chapters to read this week and 3 assignments, one due Friday, one on Sunday and the third on Monday. I guess this really is going to be an aggressive timeline! I’ve already completed all part of the first assignment and “handed in” the first part of the second assignment. I even started on the third assignment, but I think I need to read the book to figure out the rest of that assignment.

In my haste to get everythign completed and turned in, I forgot that I have to participate 4 out of 7 days a week, so I really should have paced myself and turned in the second assignment tomorrow. Oh well, this way I’m ahead of the game. I have to say that being the first person to post the second assignment was a bit nerve-wracking, though. I’m a little unsure of whether or not I did it correctly. And I would hate to get less than a perfect grade, though I think I’m going to have to get over that soon. While I’d like to have an A average, and there’s nothing to say that I won’t, I do need to make sure I’m being realistic. I came out of college the first time with a B, so I need to remember that less than perfect is okay, too. 🙂

My Tag for Karen (Personal Floss Tag Exchange)

  • Posted on August 19, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Karen V emailed me today to let me know that my floss tag arrived at her house. I’m embarrassed of my efforts having now seen the tag that she made for me, but it is what it is. Just a bit on the large side. If I were to do it again, I would stitch the design over one.

The design is called Hedgehog Quaker and is a freebie from The Workbasket. The alphabet that I used for the back is JBW Designs’ French Country ABCs. I stitched it 2 over 2 using Maple Syrup GAST on gray evenweave.

I tried to do a little bit of a satin stitch decorative edging on the sides, overtop of the whipstitched edge, but I don’t think that it worked out very well. Oh well, Karen has graciously said that she liked it, so I will have to be satisfied with that. 🙂

Lookie What I Got! (Personal Floss Tag Exchange)

  • Posted on August 18, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Karen V and I did a personal floss tag exchange recently and I’ve already received her tag for me, despite the fact that we both just mailed early last week. The post office must be working overtime! Anyway, she modified a design from The Victoria Sampler and stitched it in my favorite color. I could not be more thrilled with the results and that this tag is mine, all mine! Make sure you go over to Karen’s blog and let her know how gorgeous you think it is, too. 🙂

She just did such an excellent job and I’m so embarrassed now of my own efforts. We’ll see what she thinks, but I’m now realizing that it is terribly oversized and I should have stitched it over one. Oh well, maybe she can use it for something else! I’ll reveal mine once it arrives…

Stash Enhancement Fun!

  • Posted on August 16, 2008 at 11:43 pm

I haven’t added to my stash in a while, since I’m trying to decrease my stash, not increase it. But with all of the new goodies that I just had come in to One Star’s Light Needlework Supplies, I just had to dive in. I couldn’t help myself! I justified the purchases by using my PayPal balance that I had built up by selling my old stash that I no longer wanted. I still have lots of stash to sell, so maybe I’ll be able to buy some more stash? 😉

Here’s what I bought:

Gentle Art Sampler Thread – Huckleberry

Kelmscott Designs – Heart Thread Keep

JBW Designs – French Country ABCs

The Cat’s Whiskers Design Studio – Limited Edition – Bianca’s Scissor Pocket

The Cat’s Whiskers Design Studio – Limited Edition – Fabulous Fall

The Cat’s Whiskers Design Studio – Limited Edition – Winter Wonderland

The Cat’s Whiskers Design Studio – Lounge Chair – The Garden Chair

Silk Pack for The Garden Chair

3-D Cross Stitch Book

  • Posted on August 15, 2008 at 11:19 pm

I received a lovely bit of mail today. The post man brought me my copy of 3-D Cross Stitch. If you’ve never taken a look at this book, I highly recommend that you do. I was first captivated by the potpourri houses that are featured on the cover, but then I used the Look Inside feature on Amazon and found that there is also an entire, adorable village that you can stitch. Well, call me sold! I’ve had it on my Amazon wish list for a little while and decided to get it while I was ordering some of my textbooks for school. The only wrinkle? Amazon doesn’t have it for sale from them directly anymore. You have to get it from one of their marketplace sellers. This turned out to be no problem and I was able to get the hardbound version of the book for less than $4. Even better, it was in perfect shape when it arrived – in brand new condition! I was pleasantly surprised. I paged through it and was in love all over again. It really is a nice book, full of some pretty neat projects. Now, all I need is time and materials!

Finished – Mill Hill – Scissor Pocket – Iris Maize Sampler

  • Posted on August 14, 2008 at 9:22 am

I beaded the necklace portion of the scissor pocket last night, so, as I predicted, here is my finish:

I decided to leave off the “fringe,” but I value the opinions of my readers, so I’m curious as to what you think. Take a look at the finished photo above and compare it to the stock photo from Mill Hill that I posted a couple of days ago and let me know what you think. Fringe (tassel) or no fringe?

Stitched – Mill Hill – Scissor Pocket – Iris Maize Sampler

  • Posted on August 13, 2008 at 10:57 am

Indeed, I was able to finish the beading and add the backstitching last night, as I had expected. I actually even started the finishing last night while watching the Olympics. I stayed up way past my bedtime to do it, though. Good thing I was already planning on taking a vacation day today so that I could sleep in! All I have left to do is to bead the necklace portion of the pocket and add the beaded fringe. The jury is still out on the fringe, though. It’s only three little beaded strands protruding from the bottom center of the pocket. More like a little tassel, really, which doesn’t seem to fit the rectangular pocket. I could really take it or leave it, so I think I will do the necklace and then decide on the fringe afterward. Either way, I predict a finish-finish by the end of the week.

Beaded – Mill Hill – Treasured Scissor Fob – Rosaline Rose

  • Posted on August 13, 2008 at 10:53 am

As promised, here is an actual scan of the scissors fob that I whipped up Monday night from a Mill Hill kit. It was really quick and easy to do. I might even consider buying another one to do, as I have warmed to the idea of having a point protector attached to the end of the fob instead of a charm.

SBQ: Finding Balance

  • Posted on August 12, 2008 at 2:25 pm

This SBQ is:

How do you balance your stitching time with your other obligations such as work, household chores, etc.?

HAH! You mean there are other things in life besides stitching? I scoff at the idea. But seriously, it’s easy to balance with work because I have to wait until I come home from work to be able to stitch. As far as balancing stitching with housework goes, I’m just not very good at it. I tend to let housework go (and go and go…) until it gets on my nerves to the point where I absolutely must do something about it. Or one of us is out of clothes. Or we’re out of pans for cooking. Or whatever. That’s pretty much my philosophy, at this point in time. A household diva, I am not.

SBQ: Stitching Publications

  • Posted on August 12, 2008 at 2:20 pm

This SBQ is:

Do you currently subscribe to any stitching publications or have you in the past? (Either in print or online) If so, which ones?

I have never subscribed to a printed publication, nor am I now; however, I do subscribe to The Gift of Stitching, which is an online publication. I have subscribed to this one since its inception and while I have yet to stitch anything from it, I will continue to subscribe to it and enjoy the goodies stashed inside of its virtual pages, even if it’s purely ocular enjoyment. 🙂

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