Friday, July 31, 2009

Part 2

Well I remembered that I told myself I would be posting pictures of my WIP every day or second day come August 1st well since that is tomorrow I thought I'd better update the blog with what I've come up with.

So I plugged in my camera and uploaded all the pictures I have on it now and I'm now going to start with a clean slate tomorrow. But with this heat wave I'm not sure how much progress I'm going to get done, so I will surprise you tomorrow with what I got done LOL which will probably be nothing. I have also decided I will post pictures every second day so there is more of a chance that some progress is noticeable in the pictures LOL.

Because I have no WIP to show you yet I wll leave you with a Pookie picture, I wrap her every night with a wet wash cloth so she can stay cool.

Can it get any hotter here!!!

Oh my goodness I am literally melting away. In BC we are dropping heat records like no bodies business, yesterday the temperature in Vancouver was 34/94 and it broke a 60 year old record. Where I live it's about 2 -3 degrees hotter because we don't have the breeze coming off the water like Vancouver does, although I can't even feel that at this point, it is really uncomfortable and my poor little Pookie she is having a really hard time too.

I haven't picked up a needle to stitch all week, it is just too painful to even think about stitching, even on the air conditioned train I don't want to stitch I just want to sleep and/or relax because I'm not getting any sleep at home. So at this point I have no idea when I'm going to finish Peacock Lady and I don't care, until I can turn on my light to actually see what I'm doing I'm just going to play it by ear.

Thanks for listening.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Blogging for a year

As of July 21st I have been blogging for a year and I must say I am definitely in a better frame of mind then I was last year. Thank God, which was basically why I started the blog which was to bitch to complete strangers because I didn't have the gut to bitch to my family (I also didn't think they would listen) and of course to show and talk about my xstitch.

Not all my problems have gone away but I'm happy to say I can look at them with a different frame of mind. I have also grown to the point where I can look at these said problems and know that they aren't my fault or my responsibility to fix them and for that I can thank my best friend Janelle for giving me the biggest pep talk in our 20 year friendship, every time I get down in the dumps I'm reminded about certain things she said and it lightens my spirit. I have also learned not to be a door mat which unfortunately my family (specifically one person) has been doing to me for years.

OK enough of my moping. I made great progress on Peacock Lady during my vacation and just have the skirt and 1/2 the back stitching to finish this week and hopefully by next Saturday I will be doing the beading and since Monday is a holiday (BC day) I can spend all day dealing with last minute details if I didn't finish the beading by then. Unfortunately we are having a major heat snap right now so my fingers are so sweaty they are actually sticking together so it makes stitching interesting and slow, so I might have to stitch in the bathroom LOL because that is the only cool room in the house.

We had a great mother nature light show last night; we had dry lightening with pink and yellow hues to them, it was pretty impressive. I stood out in the rain just to cool off and loved every minute of it, well I'm done babbling for now. I hope next time I can show you the finished picture of Peacock Lady.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Everything is right in the world

So I got my new WDW trick or treat threads last night......and they MATCH my original set, yes, yes, yes. I mixed the old with the new and ask my mom if she could tell the difference just to be safe and she couldn't so now once Peacock Lady is finished I will start back on CdC.

I will be on vacation next week and I'm going to be lazy and just visit with friends and cross stitch LOL. So I expect to finish Peacock Lady during my holidays, I have also been working on one of the Fairy Celebration freebies from Passione Ricamo so I'm hoping to finish that as well while on holidays and maybe I'll remember to take some pictures and post them.


Monday, July 13, 2009

Food for Thought

I am really impressed with the ladies that can take a progress picture of their project everyday or week. I'm surprised if I can do it once a month, so I have decided starting August 1 I am going to take a progress picture and post a picture every day or every second day I haven't decide yet. I'm hoping I will be finished Peacock Lady buy then so it will be Quaker Christmas, Egyptian Garden or one of the PR Fairy Celebration patterns on the train and CdC at home only of course if my threads arrive soon.

I have restarted gridding a large piece of 25 count in prep to start another HAED, I had the threads going over 6 squares under 4 squares and had completed all the horizontal threading but I didn't realize I had miss counted until I tried to line up and start the vertical threads........let me tell you I was not a happy camper but then I came to realize the threads would not intersect each other if I used the 6/4 rule which I didn't like......for some reason it doesn't look right to me if they don't intersect but then I was reading Sally's blog at StitchyAngels Treasure and was taking a closer look at her gridding and have decided I'm going to copy her style (if she doesn't mind). It will take me awhile to actually grid it up but I will post a picture to show how it turns out.

Thanks for listening.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

This heat

I am so behind in my stitching, it has been so hot that I can't think about doing anything. I basically can only stitch at night and I don't want to turn on any light so I can barely see what I'm stitching and the little lamps I have are completely useless so I'm looking to invest in a proper stitch light which I can hopefully use when its this hot.

Other than that I really have nothing to say. Pookie is sick again but who isn't in this heat, unfortunately it's hard to keep her cool so it's been an endless cycle of sickness.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


It was going so well working on CdC ........For some reason the speed in which I was whipping through the skeins of floss got me a little concerned, I am using Trick or Treat threads from Weeks Dye Works. So I pulled out the CdC pattern and reread what the instructions said, it says the model was stitched on 14 count using 9 skeins that are 8.7 yards each....oops my mistake just screamed at me.

I am doing this pattern on 22 count and I purchased 9 skeins of WdW thread and they are only 5 yards, so even though the count is smaller there is no way I have enough thread, I currently have 3 skeins left and 3 complete pages still to work on. I was so pissed off. Now the problem is when I order new skeins will they be the same dye lot??? on first glance I'm not that worried because the thread is of 4 different colors so I can mix and match the threads so that the same color (say orange) from the old never touches the new, I would start stitching with one of the other colors. I also have a couple other techniques to try if this one doesn't work out and some ladies on a cross stitch board offered other suggestions so please cross your fingers that one of these scenarios works out.

I have stopped stitching the pattern until the new threads arrive so I can compare the threads before continuing on. So now I am working solely on Peacock Lady I just want to finish a picture now because of this screw up and she is the closest to that.

Thanks for listening.