Sunday, November 23, 2008

What I did this weekend.

Well I didn't get a lot of cross stitch done this weekend as I had other plans but I still think I made a pretty good dent since last time I posted a WIP.



This weekend I started my Christmas baking.


Shortbread


Peanut Butter Blossoms

I also made Oatmeal Blossoms but I didn't take a picture of them yet and now all I have left to make is Rice Krispy Squares and Peppermint Blossoms. As you can see I have a theme in my baking this year.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I'm Cold

My goodness winter/late fall has finally hit us. There is no snow but that's okay we usually don't get any until late December early January but it's freezing. I usually keep my ceiling fan and a window open all year round but I'm seriously considering either turning off the fan or closing the window. I most definitely haven't wanted to get out of bed these past two mornings because I've been so cold and since I'm not a morning person anyway this hasn't helped.

So I was able to work on Tiger Lily last night and the picture is going great. I was told the Pixie collection from Nora Corbett would be a quick stitch not like the regular sized Mirabilia and they weren't kidding I think I could probably finish this in another 1 1/2 weeks but I'm not going to give myself a deadline I'm just going to enjoy the pattern. I do have 2 patterns I want to work on once Tiger Lily is finished but I'm not going to worry about them till the opportunely presents itself to work on them. Well I have nothing else to say perhaps I'll be chattier tomorrow.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Happy Dance

Well finishing Winter Fairy Spirit was definitely a dream it was so fast......I changed my mind at the last minute on what to do with the little snow flakes and the stitched snowflake that was in her hand, I had it stitch 3/4 of the way and I didn't like it so I took a page from my mother's book and just added a Mill Hill Treasure and I decided not to stitch the white stitches everywhere to signify snowflake; I think it looks great without them. I also have finally upload friends in country colors and decided since I was going to upload pics I should take a picture of Tiger Lily too. So here they are:



Friends in Color colors on almond aida



Winter Fairy Spirit on Blue Dynasty Silkweaver


Tiger Lily by Nora Corbett on basic white

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Cross Stitch Idiot

You would figure after 15+ years of cross stitching I would know the difference between 18 and 16 count Aida.......Apparently I don't.

Let me explain, when my Nana died we went through her cross stitch stuff and divided it between the grand daughters that cross stitched, {which is bascially me and my cousin in Kelowna} well my cousin in Kelowna has decided to give up on cross stitch because she doesn't have the time anymore and I'm the only one that works on 18 count [my mom stitches on 16 ct and my aunt on 14 ct] so my aunt sent down a package to me with various pieces of fabric I never questioned that all the fabric was 18 count because I knew it was coming from my cousin. So on the weekend I kitted up Tiger Lily and decided to use a piece of white from the new stash of fabric, so I just measured out a piece and cut it never thinking that I should check to see what count it was.

So I've been working on the pattern for about 3 hours; {thank God I decided to concentrate more on getting the beading done on WFS} and I notice that the squares look quite larger than WFS, now I'm wondering if it's just my eyes playing tricks on me or I've been working on hand dyed fabric too long and that's why it looks different. So I get to work and bring out my handy dandy rule and count how many squares there are in an inch and do you know how many there were.......SIXTEEN........ yup I'm working on 16 ct when I thought it was 18 ct.

I'm so glad I always count a 3 inch border around my pictures for when I eventually frame them if I hadn't I would have had to frog the whole thing, as it stands there is still a 3 inch border width wise but only a 2.25 inch border lengthwise. So now I'm going to have to take every piece of new fabric I received and double check they are 18 count STUPID STUPID STUPID.

Well at least I'm still enjoying beading on Winter Fairy Spirit and I'm going through it pretty fast and will definitely be finished this weekend.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Update

Well I have to say this past 4 day long weekend went perfectly. I was able to finish all the regular stitching on WFS and started beading right away and kitted up Tiger Lily - NC and started working on it this weekend too.

It worked out that Sat/Sun was for other tasks and Mon/Tues was for cross stitch it was great I can't believe how many tasks I got done, I was able to really clean up my living space and do a couple chores that weren't even on the list and I was so relaxed that when I got a little bug eyed about beading I was able to switch in Tiger Lily and do some regular stitching, this helped so much that I got twice as much beading done then what I thought I would accomplish, my goal is to finish WFS by the Nov 21st but I think I can finish her by the 16th instead.

I am so happy with the tasks I accomplished that I already have about 5 new ones that I want to do now, it is so funny once I clean up an area I see other parts that I want to clean and/or organize because of it, mostly these task are how to better organize my stash and ever growing book and DVD collections LOL.

Well I finally took a finished pics of friends in country colors which I'm hoping to post up here either with WFS or before, we will see.

I was also able to start my Christmas shopping......I'm just not in the mood this year so this is a great accomplishment.

PS My best friends is having a BOY.....totally unexpected she was having dreams about it being a girl. She was totally shocked and really happy about it. I'm going to have to reign myself in and not go out and get baby presents until he arrives LOL

Friday, November 7, 2008

WFS update

Well I just wanted to stop in and give a little update on Winter Fairy Spirit. I am about 80% completed I just have the last light blue section of the skirt to complete and a couple forgotten metallic stitches and then it's just the beading.

Since I have a 4 day long weekend because senior lawyer kindly asked if I wanted Monday off HELL YA!!! I've made myself a to do list of household, craft and other tasks to fill my day.....things I've been pushing off like labelling my new hand dyed fabric (21 pieces). Riping up all the UK xstitch magazines (I divide the patterns between my mom, my aunt and myself), getting rid of the recycling that has accumulated, cutting up perforated paper and vacuuming. I've decided to be properly productive I have to do 1 hour chore 1 hour stitch. So unless I get hit my lightening I should be beading by Monday. Now I don't take any pictures on the train that need to be beaded because the rocking motion of the train sabotages the process so I now get to kit up Tiger Lily (nora corbett) so I can take it with me for Monday.

Rain Rain go away come back another day.....but I think it's perfect weather for a stay home long weekend

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Update on me

Well my stomach ache has disappeared after two days which I was very grateful, but I'm not sure they were the same time of ache I definitely thought the first once was because of my back and the second day ache was like my usual ate something wrong ache. My mother things I should go see my doctor and talk about my gallbladder since removal is in my family at both sides.....I will think about it.

Well I haven't gotten much cross stitch done at all and it's beginning to piss me off, basically I have tried to do house work etc. in between cross stitch sessions but they have been taking longer then I want and eating into xstitch time. I know I'm not on a finished schedule but I still like to xstitch everyday.

Well since I'm finished with my dentist appointment (only a cleaning) I think I will watch Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley and get some stitching done.