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PIF Gift #3 Received

  • Posted on July 31, 2012 at 11:28 pm

My third PIF gift had to make its way down under to Australia, but it made it safely and in a timely manner. The recipient for this gift was Janie Hubble, the designer who was behind The Cat’s Whiskers Design Studio and one of my favorite designers, so I felt a little bit of pressure to execute something really nice. I decided to stitch another design from The Sweetheart Tree’s Teenie Tweenies line, named Renaissance Romance, for this gift. I stitched it twice, in two of Janie’s favorite colors, pink and blue. As with the others, the finished piece measured approximately 1.5 inches, but this time I finished as a tiny biscornu pendant. Unfortunately, I didn’t think out the biscornu finish enough when I laid out the design, so I wasn’t able to get the initial in the center facing up on both sides. I would have had to stitch the one side differently to make it work. As a result, when I put the biscornu together, I just did the exact opposite of trying to get the back side lined up. Intentionally. 😆 Fortunately, I don’t think Janie minded.

Here it is as stitched:

And as finished:

One Star’s Light Needlework Supplies – Inventory Clearance Sale – 30% Off Entire Order

  • Posted on July 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Please help me to clear inventory off of my books before I close up shop! Receive 30% off of your entire order from One Star’s Light Needlework Supplies. Just enter the coupon code ByeBye30 at checkout.

Weekend Goals

  • Posted on July 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm
  • Work on laundry
  • Finish first sundress
  • Find and mark starting point on fabric for PR Fairy Mystery SAL
  • Mount fabric for PR Fairy Mystery SAL onto scroll bars
  • Clean up spare bedroom – just need to vacuum
  • Work on PIF gift #5
  • Work
  • Read
  • Eat
  • Sleep
  • Relax – this one seems to elude me!

Official WIP Finish and Purin Update, Plus a Finished Sundress

  • Posted on July 7, 2012 at 11:17 pm

I have completed the stitching for part 2 of PIF gift #3 and finished the item into its final form. Since it is currently winging its way to the recipient, I cannot show the pictures or reveal any other information, but it is done.

PIF gift #4 just made it to its final destination on Friday, so I can now do the official reveal. The recipient is Belinda, the designer behind Tor Rhuann Designs and whose designs I love, so choosing and executing something for her was a little intimidating. In accordance with the colors that she said she favors, I chose the design Florin by Ink Circles. In order to fit the design in the 1.5 inch frame, I had to slightly modify the outer section of the design to shrink it and then stitched it over 1 on antique white 36 ct. linen.

Here is the stitched piece:

And finished into a pendant:

I have started PIF gift #5, which is the last one (#2 has been finished for months, but the package is waiting for me to do something else before I send it off).

In WIPocalypse news, as I remembered at the end of my update, I actually did some work on Purin the other week (maybe 2 weeks ago?). When we last saw this cuddly little creature, it looked like this:

And now it looks like this:

Beware, there is a whole lot of yellow coming. Other than the outline and the eyes, it’s ALL yellow. I’ll definitely have to rotate in and out of this one!

And finally, I have a sewing finish to show. The first sundress is finished! I ended up having to alter it on the fly quite a bit. According to the pattern envelope and my measurements, I cut a size 8. Surprise, surprise, it was WAY too big. I’ve now cut all of the pattern sizes down to 4 for the next run. I changed the bodice because I didn’t like how high it was. I changed the length of the skirt from hitting below my knees to ending several inches above my knees. It also seemed really boring, so I went out and found some sheer, dark chocolate colored ribbon and added it to the bottom and the empire waist line. I think it looks a bit better now. It’s not perfect, but I might actually wear it. 🙂

That’s it for me for now. I will be starting another big stitching project soon, as I have signed up for Passione Ricamo’s year-long Fairy Mystery SAL which started on July 1st. I have nearly all of the materials, except some beads and Petite Treasure Braid which is on order and will hopefully be here in another week or so.

One Star’s Light Needlework Supplies Will Be Closing

  • Posted on July 5, 2012 at 11:23 am

Well folks, I have come to a difficult decision. With all of the changes in my life, I am not able to pay One Star’s Light Needlework Supplies the attention it deserves. This business turned out to be much more difficult than I had ever imagined and I have realized that I will never be able to keep up, much less turn a profit. Therefore, I am going to close the business at the end of this year.

To help me clear inventory off of my books before I close up shop, I am going to have an inventory reduction sale – 30% off of your entire order. I will start the sale in about a week and a half, so watch for a notification in the coming week.

Thank you to all of you who have supported my efforts over the past 5+ years. I value each and every one of you!

WIPocalypse Check-In — July 3, 2012

  • Posted on July 4, 2012 at 11:32 pm

And the WIPocalypse continues! Here is my June update with my current WIPocalypse WIP list, including status updates:

    My current WIP pile:

  1. Northern Pine Designs – Geometric II
  2. Mill Hill – Spring Weathervanes – Floral Vase
  3. Jenna Magee – Purin – Progress has been made!
  4. Just Nan – Over the Top – Grow! (Tin Topper)
  5. Lody Steward – Pagoda Pincushion
  6. Chatelaine Designs – Micro #1
  7. Lizzie*Kate – Dog Lessons For People
  8. Nora Corbett – The Sunflower Fairy
  9. Older WIPs:

  10. The Victoria Sampler – Heirloom Memories Sampler
  11. Chatelaine Designs – Tiny Rose Mandala Garden
  12. Leisure Arts – Pooh Sweet Dreams Afghan
  13. UFOs:

  14. Dimensions – Bonsai and Buddha
  15. Roz Watnemo – Flower Garden
  16. Mirabilia – Fairy Moon
  17. Mill Hill Treasured Spring Sampler Kit – Flower Basket Fantasy
  18. Jeanette Crews Designs – Computer Wizard
  19. Giraffe Pillow

Yet another month with absolutely NO progress. Very little stitching has been accomplished this past month, but more than the previous month. I have now finished all but one PIF gift, so while I have not attended to any WIPs and have, in fact, created more WIPs, I have at least done some stitching. Oh wait, I actually put some stitches into Purin. I feel better now. 😉 So, I’ve gone from absolutely no progress to a very slight amount of progress. It’s better than nothing!

Next month will be another month. We’ll see if the August update brings any WIPocalypse progress.

Book Review: Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

  • Posted on July 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3)Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another emotional roller coaster ride from J.R. Ward. I really enjoyed the depth of the plot throughout this book. I again had a couple of issues with the language in a couple of spots, but I’m learning to look past these and enjoy the story. I think this is my favorite of the series so far!

Update: I have just finished re-reading this book and I thought I would give my review a little more depth. I really loved reading Zsadist’s story and understanding the background of his life and what made him into the “monster” he is. I think the only thing that bothers me is that it’s a little hard to believe the ultimate outcome, given the depth of his pain and damage. But, it is a work of fiction, so it doesn’t have to be completely realistic. 🙂 I am trying to avoid including any spoilers here, so I will say that I think that I loved the tableau that J.R. painted for the reader at the very end the most. There is a lot of meat to this book, more than the previous books in the series, with much more character development for Zsadist, though Bella’s development gets short-changed in the process. Given that the series is about the Brotherhood, though, I don’t mind a bit.

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Book Review: I Ruined His Life by L.K. Rigel

  • Posted on July 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I Ruined His LifeI Ruined His Life by L.K. Rigel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, if you didn’t read the description, know that this is not a full-length book. It is a shorter novella. Given the fact that I’m extremely busy and don’t get as much time to read as I would like, I appreciated the shorter format more than I expected to. I think I was able to finish reading this in just a couple of nights, reading only before bed. I thoroughly enjoyed the story line. I find myself wishing that L.K. would develop this into a full novel, though. There is so much more character development and space in the timeline that could easily be filled out to create a full-length novel. That said, I was pleased with the amount of story I got for the length of this novella. Thank you, L.K., for delivering exactly what I needed to revive my love of reading!

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