Thursday, January 29, 2009

Finally a new post

The server at work has been down since last Thursday and I've been so busy at home I haven't been able to post until now.

I’ve moved on from CdC and Found sooner than I originally wanted to but I just wasn’t feeling them anymore. So now I'm on to MLOTS!! I think I can get a fair amount done on it since this pattern consists of huge chunks of the same color. I am even thinking about working on it until I’m finished but I won’t make that judgement call until after I see how much I can get done in 3 week.

I will be posting progress picture of CdC, Found and MLOTS this weekend.

I am also working on Maze – Blackwork by Seba Designs as my train picture it’s pretty simple and quite enjoyable. I am using Lavender Potpourri and Soot GAST, which I will also post a progress picture of this weekend.

I realized while sitting at work waiting for the computers to start working again (I know, I know I could have been doing something work related LOL) that I need to slow down on my cross stitch right now, I get so consumed with it that nothing else gets done, I need to relax and just let if flow, if I feel like stitching then stitch if I don’t than I’m not obligated to, it is not a contest it’s suppose to be fun. It’s not like I would ever run out of things to stitch since I have so much stash but in the mean time my other tasks are getting numerous and out of control and need to be paired down.

Monday, January 19, 2009

HD & WIP pics

As the title suggests I have finally downloaded the pictures from my camera. This is as far as I progressed on Madonna of the Garden, I put it down on Jan 16th.




and now here is the finished picture of How does your garden grow, Lizzie Kate Christmas flip which I consider as being done in 2008 and my first biscornu








.....as you can see it's not as stiff as I wanted it to be, Oh Well.

and finally here is the progress I've made on CdC and Found as of yesterday which is basically a 1/2 day on CdC and a full Saturday on Found I am most impressed with myself LOL, I just don't know why it's taken me so long to work on these patterns.



Saturday, January 17, 2009

Before Rotation pictures

I forgot to post pics of Found and CdC before I started the rotation so I could see what I accomplished after 4 weeks. So here they are:

with CdC I haven't taken a progress picture in a while so it doesn't show the work I have done on the far right bottom corner but since I'm trying to finish page one when I post my next picture that section won't have changed. So next time you see a picture the top left section should be completed.

with Found HAED I haven't touched the pattern since I took this picture so I'm hoping the progress I make will be quite obvious.
I didn't finish How does your garden grow yesterday so I have decided to work on it Sunday and hopefully finish it then. So stay tuned.

Friday, January 16, 2009

First Rotation flip of 2009

So last night I put away Madonna of the Garden and switched to HAED Found and Cirque des Cercles, the switch is actually a day early but since I finished the section I wanted to do it seemed wrong to start a new section when I was going to stop working on it today anyway. I originally was going to switch to MLOTS but Found and CdC were screaming at me so I decided to follow the scream.

Since I will be working on 2 pieces at once I'm going to be doing a 4 week schedule this time and I will be alternating days between the two pictures. I pulled them out last night and realized that I'm really close to finishing page 1 on CdC LOL. My goal is to do 250 stitches per night, which shouldn't be to hard, especially on Found, I am working on the dark border area which is only two colors and then working inwards so I should be able to flip that out fairly quickly. What I like to do with HAED is find a large section that is only 1 or 2 colors and follow the colors up through various pages until the colors stop and then branch out to the confetti stitching of the same color and Found is definitely a pattern that this technique will work with. With CdC it's a bit more difficult, since I am using thread I can't wash I've covered the picture with acid free tissue paper to keep the dirt and oils from my hands to a minimum so I have the q-snaps over top of the tissue or fabric scraps I use (I alternate between tissue paper and fabric pieces) which makes working on the picture a little awkward and sometimes this pisses me off and I put the picture down sooner than I should, but I think I've found a way that will be more comfortable for me, I really want to make a lot of process on this picture this rotation slot.

I hope to be able to post a HD picture of how does your garden grow and a current status picture of Madonna of the Garden when I get home from work, till then TTYL.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Biscornu

Well after much delay I finally completed my first Biscornu and I would say I give myself a 4.5 out of 10 on the results. The below average score has nothing to do with the instructions I was using it was me. I did the biscornu on 18 count Aida so I should have done the back stitch line around the design with 3 strands of floss instead of 2 because I felt kind of clumsy and a couple times I pierced the fabric, which you aren't suppose to do. I also took to heart the instructions to not overfill the biscornu which could lead to a hard time closing it so I only put in half the fluff that I wanted too so it's kind of lopsided and very loose. My mom thinks the button I choose is too big but I kind of like the over sized button look so I'm okay with it. LOL. Either way I learned quite a lot from my first try at a biscornu and when I do my next one which I'm hoping will be later on this month I know exactly what to do.

This weekend I got quite a bit of stitching on Madonna of the Garden done but I was getting sick and tired of the mint green color of the baby's outfit so I moved to some stitching on the mom's dress instead. I think the overkill of stitching the mint green has me looking forward to rotating to the next picture and this is exactly why I set myself on a 2 week rotation, once I get to the bored feeling about a piece I switch it out for a different project and this way I never start disliking any picture in my rotation and not wanting to work on it anymore which is why some of my WIP are still WIP. As it stands I'm looking forward to working on ALL my WIP because it's been so long since I worked on any of them and during Christmas I worked on new patterns.

I plan on switching to My Lady of the Snow on Saturday and possibly be finish How does your garden grow so look for a picture post come Saturday. I'm still contemplating if I should post a before shot of MLOTS before I start working on her again, if I do take a pics it will be posted on Saturday as well.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Nothing Special

Well it's January 9th and I've already decided to change up my rotation a bit LOL.

I am actually doing two pictures at once, this hasn't really worked for me in the past but I'm giving it a new try. I decided to try again because I really wanted to start a new start on January 1st (which I did) but I also wanted to finish how does your garden grow by Papillon Creations too, so I decided I could do both if I went back to my train and home picture rotation that I had going in 2007. I think the problem I was having back in 2007 was trying to take a huge project like mirabilia, passione or a dimension kit on the train, I think because these patterns have over 30 threads and are worked on a large piece of fabric they were cumbersome and awkward on the train and this is why my pictures get so dirty, so I have decided since I already have picked small, medium, large and BAP for my rotation this year I will simply divide my rotation up between train and home projects. I also decided that I will work on the train pictures from start to finish and home pictures will stay on original rotation schedule, which is working on a WIP for a minimum of 2 weeks before switching and only working on 5 pieces in my rotation at a time, so hopefully this can be the best of both worlds for me and help me get a lot done on persistent WIP that I don't seem to work on very long.

On other news I've changed around the coloring on my blog and so far so good, I might still do some tweaking though... I haven't decided yet. I did do too much tweaking already and lost my blog roll which really pissed me off since I didn't have a master list of the blogs written down anywhere, but the funny thing is once I sat down and tried to recall the blogs I read it was pretty easy to get them back. I basically found one right away and then scrolled down her blog list and found a couple more, then I started writing down the funny named blogs I could remember, then the person name, then if they have pets their pet name (you would be surprised how quickly a pets name pops up on a Google search), it only took me about 2 1/2 hours to find then again because of course I have to read the blogs as I find them which is also why I have a couple new ones as well LOL. I can't guarantee that I got all my blogs back but I figure if I can't remember anything about them to help in the search then they aren't blogs I should still have on my list anyway.

that it for now.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

The year of consistency

I started this post months before the New Year to remind myself what I wanted to accomplish in 2009. Aside from moving into my own apartment, I also wanted to accomplish quite a few things on the cross stitch front, but the closer I got to 2009 the more I realized that when I make stupid goals like this I take the enjoyment out of actually cross stitching and I'm more interested in the finish and not the journey, so I have completely changed my mind and I minimized my goals to really only deal with WIP in both scrap booking and cross stitching and with only a few new starts. So hopefully I won't mess this up too much as the year progresses.

  1. Finish cross stitch scrapbook page undated 1&2
  2. Finish cross stitch scrapbook page 2001
  3. Finish cross stitch scrapbook page 2003
  4. Finish How does my garden grow SAL by Papillon....probably finish first week Jan
  5. Finish My Lady of the Snow by Passione
  6. Start & finish Madonna of the Garden by Mirabilia
  7. Do Christmas cards for 2009, I'm thinking of about 10...work in progress throughout the year.
  8. Finish Cirque de cercles by Ink Circle
  9. Start & finish Nutcracker by Mill Hill, tiny little kit completely doable.
  10. Start & finish Ice Tea, CCN, small kit completely doable on a weekend.
  11. Finish my color conversion for Celtic Winter by Lavender & Lace...most likely a 2010 finish
  12. Finish adding in all magazine patterns into cross stitch program
  13. Work on Egyptian Garden in 2009
  14. Try some new finishes for my cross stitch designs [pinkeep, flat flat, pillows, ornaments etc.]
  15. Keep my cross stitch stuff in a more central location so I can keep it nice and tidy.

Well I didn't thin down as much as I thought I would but I think my list is quite manageable now that I have put everything into prospective.