Monday, July 11, 2016
I truly feel lost and it has taken me till yesterday to realize my life isn't over. Basically I was freaked out at the prospect of getting a new job after 15 years and being 40. I have talked to a legal recruiter who has reassured me that my experience and chosen profession are great assets, even if July and August are shitty months to look for a job. I have a pretty decent severance package so all is not necessarily lost but for now, I need to concentrate on getting my life back on track.
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Saturday, April 23, 2016
I can't believe it's been almost a month since my last post. I have so much to show you.... I definitely shouldn't have taken so long to post.
As I mentioned in my last post I am participating in 2 SAL's this year. One is currently going and the other one is from a couple years ago and I decided to join them together. Since my last post I was working on nothing but them so I could get caught up....Big mistake by the time the April block was released I had no interest in stitching it LOL so I took a week break from it and worked on other projects, but I did return to the SAL and am now all caught up and waiting for the new blocks in May.....
Here are the first 4 blocks from Postcards of the World by Cloudsfactory
|January - Venice|
|February - Paris|
|March - London|
|April - Moscow|
Now the second SAL is Once upon a time sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin, which was released in 2014. I currently have a love hate relationship with it. I chose rustic/oatmeal colored fabric and the white in the pattern just isn't showing up that great in photos, it's not bad in real life but none of my photos are doing it justice, I have actually tried 3 different types of thread hoping to make it pop more I have settled on DMC satin thread.
|January - Snow white|
|February - Frog Prince|
|March - Three little pigs|
|April - Goldilocks & 3 bears|
|Shimmering Mermaid on Blueberry Delight fabric|
Then I started working on Peter Pan by Bothy Threads. I have quite a few of these fairy tale kits and I really love them. This is going to be a really fun project.
|Shades of Orange -on champagne cocktail|
I am still working on my train projects but I have also been reading a bit more so not as much progress was made. I have decided to give them some love on Friday just in case I didn't get anything done on them during the week.
|Mill Hill Merry Ornie|
|Winter Silhouette on Victorian Red|
Well thanks for listening to my very long and late blog post.
Friday, March 25, 2016
I finished Tiramisu by Glendon Place on March 9th. I fiddle with the beading so it's not exactly as listed on the chart. I felt the design spoke for itself and didn't need all the beads listed, as well I did the design on 18 count aida so not all the beads fit. I am super happy with how it turned out.
I then moved on to the two SAL I want to finish this year. Cloudsfactory Postcards of the world started this year and January to March blocks have been released and Once Upon a Time Sampler from the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery which was released in 2014. I am working on them at the same time with the intention of them both being done at the end of the year. I did the borders for them both first, before moving on to the first block and here they are.
|Once Upon a Time Sampler - Frosted Pumpkin|
|Postcards from the World - Cloudsfactory|
|Merry Jingle Ornament|
Then of course there is my afternoon train project with I am really enjoying
I have also started working on a Heaven and Earth Design every Thursday and this is what I got accomplished after 2 Thursdays. The pattern is called Tribal Barn Owl and I have put in about 1500 stitches so far.
|Tribal Barn Owl|
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Monday, February 29, 2016
So I have given myself a deadline of next Sunday to be finished all the stitching on Tiramisu so when I am on vacation the week of March 7 I can concentrate of beading. I finished page 1 on Saturday afternoon so that just leaves page 4 & 5 left to stitch so it is quite doable.
I have also decided to shelve Winter Silhouette my train project and Thursdays work on Tribal Owl to give me more time with Tiramisu. I also worked a good 4 hours on Tiramisu on Sunday but I mainly just finished off the picky areas that I knew would be uncomfortable to try and work on while on the train. Over all I think I got a lot done .....granted I didn't get any of my usual weekend tasks done because of it LOL.
Usually when I give myself a deadline it never works out and I sabotage myself somehow so hopefully things continue to go as planned, I just hope that since this project is still so much fun to work on the stitches will just flow out of me.
Now normally after finishing a page I would be posting a picture but since I wanted to get to page 4 right away I just took a really quick photo and started working back on it right away and so I haven't had a chance to download it off my camera yet. Perhaps I will do a double photo post later in the week with both pages 1 & 4.
I am in a good place with my stitching right now I have a current project that I love and have 2/3 future projects that I just can't wait to get to.
Once Tiramisu is finished I will be working on Cloudsfactory - Passports and Frosted Pumpkins - Once Upon a Time Sampler which are both SAL(frosted pumpkins is from last year) that I have to catch up on and then they will be projects I work on the first 2 weeks of every month.
After the SAL are caught up with then I will be working on Shimmering Mermaid by Mirabilia, which I am super excited to get back to. I last worked on this project I believe in 2014, when I made a huge mistake in her fin/tail area that for the life of me I couldn't find so I decided to leave the error in and continue working on it but the more I worked on it the more I had to change the design to compensate for the mistake and eventually I couldn't figure out what I was doing anymore, at that point it was no longer fun and I put the project away until I could figure out what I was going to do.
Eventually I got the bug to work on her again but knew I would need to deal with the mistake first. I looked over the work I had done and tried one more time to find the error and when I couldn't I decided the only think I could do was tear it all out and start fresh and that is what I did. This time when I work on her instead of jumping to the ribbon attached to her fin and working on that section (which I did before) I think I am going to stick with the entire body of the mermaid and complete that before touching the ribbon and fin and then I might work on her bodice, hair and face and basically leave the fin till the end.
I still have about two weeks to decide so I will worry about that then, for now it's going to be 24h Tiramisu.
Thanks for listening.
Sunday, February 21, 2016
|Tiramisu pages 2, 3 and 6|
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Saturday, February 20, 2016
On Tiramisu by Glendon Place I have finished pages 2, 3 and 6. I can't get over how fast these pages are getting finished. I can literally finish one page in a week or sooner depending on how much stitch time I have. Here is my latest progress photo, this is actually only pages 2 and 3. I think my photo of page 6 is still on my camera. I will upload it and perhaps do another post in a few days. A PS on this photo, even though the cream on the top right doesn't show up very well it is beautiful in really life.
|Tiramisu by Glendon Place|
Next I gave a little love on Egyptian Garden by Chatelaine. I have decided to give some of my BAPs a little love one day a week (if I have time). I find my BAPs to be so overwhelming that I can't work on them for weeks on end without burning out so I figure if I can give it a little bit of love than that will help move them along. On EG I am still on the fence on whether I work on each layer until completed around the whole design or whether I just divide it into 4 and do each section until completion, for now I am doing the left section.
|Egyptian Garden by Chatelaine|
So I also decided to start working on a small project on my train commute to work, of late I have been reading or sleeping on the train, which is quite boring and especially in the morning I feel very unproductive so I need to change things up. Here is Winter Silhouette by Imagining designs (I believe). The original design called for navy fabric but I love monochromic Christmas designs on Christmas red fabric. I have actually gotten a bit more done on this project then show and I didn't realize until writing this post that I haven't taken an updated photo.
I have also discovered Flosstube, in case you aren't familiar with it there is a cross stitch community on you tube that post either weekly or monthly videos about their progress on their WIP or various craft purchases or even stitching techniques. I find them fascinating, some of them really churn out the projects, other have triple the amount of WIP then I do (I currently have 17). But they also have introduced me to designer/patterns, etsy shops, hand dyed fabric colors I had never heard of or in the case of fabric hadn't seen in real life before.
Which brings me to an addition to my 2016 stitching schedule. I have decided to join the Cloudsfactory Postcards from the World SAL. It started in January and they have already released Venice and Paris blocks but I figured since I am almost finished Tiramisu I can do up the border and any blocks that have already been released and be caught up in no time. Then at the beginning of every month I can work on the new block that is released and finish it and then switch back to my current WIP. The design is adorable if you want to check a look at it here is there website http://cloudsfactory.net/
I also have the SAL from Frosted Pumpkin from last year that I was going to stich on this year called Once Upon a Time Sampler and I have decided to work on it at the same time as Postcards. I need to finish the border and then I will stitch on one block every month like Postcards until finished. So in theory the first 2 weeks of every month will be a SAL block and the last 2 weeks will be my current WIP. I honestly think I could finish both blocks within the first week of every month but I am not going to hold myself to that because we all know life interfere with our stitch time. LOL
Well thanks for listening. Hopefully when I post I will have more up-to-date photos and on multiple projects.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
I hope all of you in the snowy east of Canada and the US are safe and sound tucked nicely in your houses.
We here on the damp west coast of Canada are slightly jealous of your snow.
In other news I am still plugging away with Tiramisu and really enjoying it. I have gotten some nice comments from fellow stitchers on this project and I thank you all for that.
In answer to a question from a fellow stitcher the other dessert patterns I have from Glendon Place are Pumpkin Swirl, Plum Pudding, Red Velvet and Fudgy Mint Mousse.
I did get the exclusive specialty threads needed for Fudgy Mint Mousse through Glendon Place. There was no color in DMC or DMC variation that I thought could give it justice. As well I got 2 of the Dinky threads needed for Red Velvet for the same reason as Fudgy.
And just in case anyone is interested here is the thread conversion for Tiramisu, the Dinky Dye threads are the numbers on the left and DMC are on the right.
0 = 3865
74 = 920
118 = 938
141 = 3371
166 = 3859
203 = 3777
If you are interested in converting the designs to DMC by all means use my conversion or tweak it to your liking.
Thanks for listening.