Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last Post & Finish of 2011

Yep, you read that right I was able to finish Quaker Christmas yesterday. But sadly I was only able to finish 3 in 2011.....very pathetic I will be trying for a heck of a lot more next year.











And now I have started back on to Egyptian Garden, I was able to finish the back stitching on the Arch's and now I will be working on the area with the lotus flowers, black cats and palm trees...I am so excited. LOL.











Check out the canvas kit I got for Christmas. It is called Diamond Eyes and I am doing the Allure color scheme which is the one in the middle.







Well everyone have a great start of 2012.


Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

Hi everyone. I am just stopping by really quickly to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Please everyone be safe this holiday season.

FYI: I got a new camera so I will be able to post pics in the new year and I am still working on Quaker Christmas. I only have 1/2 page since I am off between Christmas and New Year I will be working hard to get this done. I haven't even kitted up any of my projects for next year yet because I am determined to finish Quaker first.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Oh dear

Well I am annoyed.....yet again. I will be so glad to see the end of 2011. So I have been so busy with shopping, wrapping, work, Christmas visits etc that I haven't put a stitch into Quaker Christmas for about two weeks. I am now wondering if I can manage to finish it before Christmas or whether I will be still working on it Christmas.

So, Fizzy's foot has completely healed now and he is finished his antibiotics as of yesterday. I was able to take off the bandage the vet put on his foot after about 3 days and he pretty much left it alone. So I am happy the whole situation is over now.

My mother's side of the family Christmas party was last Saturday and I was showing my great aunt a photo of one of mom's framed Mirabilia in the front hallway. I wasn't paying attention and neither was she and one thing lead to another and she dropped my camera onto the hardwood floor. I didn't think anything of it at the time so I didn't check the camera right then and there but I waited about 30 mins and now my display screen is completely black and I can't take pictures anymore *shit*.

I was told by the local camera guy in our area that the lens is misaligned and it will cost about $150 to fix, since the camera cost me about $125 two years ago I don't think it's worth it to fix. Also, I just got my Christmas bonus at work today so I am going to look for a new camera. I most definitely didn't want to have to do this right now before Christmas but I am hoping the camera I purchase goes on sale on Boxing Day if it does I get some of the money back so I will cross my fingers it goes on sale LOL and since I am using my bonus money it technically won't cost me a thing. What this also means is I won't be able to take pictures of any stitch until I replace the camera.

Thanks for listening.

**apparently blogger doesn't like this post, I have been trying for 2 days to post it and my 'publish post' button isn't working.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I am still here

I have wanted to post, really I have...I have also wanted to stitch too LOL.


So I am in the final stretch of Quaker Christmas, I am on the last page and have about 3/4 left to do. I had no idea that there were so many large motif on this page. I am alternating between the large and small just to keep this project moving.


My goal was to be finish before Saturday, we are going to a family christmas party and I want to show my great aunt the finished design but I just don't think this will happen.


Some one asked last month what colors I am using, I am using DMC variation colors I think the are #4200 & 4010. I will check if I am correct on the numbers and correct this post if I am wrong.


An update on Fizzy, so his injury turned out not to be that bad, he almost broke the dew claw completely off which was the best thing he could have done, or at least that's what the vet said. He would have done just that if his fur hadn't gotten in the way. So she just finished cutting the nail off, cauterized it and bandaged it up, he was a little red too so he is on meds for 10 days.


So Christmas is in high gear niw ant work and home and I literally am going to bed exhausted.....there is so much to do.


I bought myself a mini tree this year so I could decorate it the way I wanted to and then I bought jumbo ornies so they would jump out. I decorated it on Tuesday but I don't like how the jumbo ornies are sitting, they all seem to be at the bottom half of the tree so I am going to shuffle them around tonight.


Thanks for listening.


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Long lost post

I have been trying so hard to finish page 4 on Quaker that I have been neglecting my blog. LOL. But life is getting in the way, my only consulation is at least I am almost finished my christmas shopping haha, yes it's still November. It's been a couple years since I have been able to accomplish that.


So back to Quaker, I only have 3 or 4 medium size motifs left which if all goes well tonight I can finally finish it.


The only thing new is Fizz decided to injure his dew claw last night and was bleeding, so I have called the vet and I am suppose to wrap his foot until his appointment on Saturday. I really don't know how that is going to work. Hopefully its not major and will heal on its own and doesn't require surgery.


I will try to do a better post once I finish page 4 of Quaker


Thanks for listening.


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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Quaker Christmas WIP

I have finally gotten a chance to show you updated pics of Quaker. What with the stress of strata, my computer dieing on me, busy at work and gearing up for Christmas baking I have found it hard to get an opportunity to do a post much less one with pictures.




This first one is page 2 and 3 finished. When I started back on Quaker I have already finished page 2 and was half way through 3. I was able to complete 3 in about 4 days.



This photo is of page 6 finished. I was a little busy while I was stitching this page so this one took me a week and a half.




This photo is of page 5 finished. I think this one took about 6 days to complete and I finished it a couple hours ago.


So now all I have left is page 1 & 4. My goal is to finished this pattern before the end of the month. It is going to be easy to fulfill that goal. I this can't believe I had this pattern so long as a WIP. I have also purchased Quaker #2 and will be using the same colors as this one but in reverse order. I don't plan on working on it for at least 2 years but it will definitely not be a long WIP if its anything like the current Quaker.


Thanks for listening

Thursday, November 3, 2011

It all worked out in the end

As my post suggests I am in a better mood.
 
I am about 85% happy with what went down at the AGM last night. These things usually take about an 1 hour we on the other hand were there for 2.5 hours so as you can imagine there were a lot of people with questions.
 
At the end of the day the usual strata fees did not go up (they wanted a 5% increase). The roofs are getting done (my father actually voted yes), but the gutters and fascia will wait for at least 2 years.
 
The reason we voted yes is for two very simple reasons 1) As long as the strata gets the money before the 24 month deadline is up they don't care how or when they get it, we could do lump sum, monthly or quarterly. This is fabulous for us so we have time to save and/or add it to the mortgage if we so choose. 2) The money figure they asked for actually might go down. Apparently they are still shopping around for a roofer but from the 7 bids they have received so far they took the most expensive one and put that one into the payment schedule so they wouldn't have to come back to us in 18 months and ask for more money. Their goal was to show us the worst case scenario but ultimately use one of the roofers that quoted less and write checks back to us with the money that is leftover. I really do like their thinking on that. They also added a little nest egg into the proposed figure to cover cost overruns as well so they are pretty confident there will be no need for any more money. Over all very happy with the situation once it was properly explained and rationalized to us. So instead of paying an extra $300 per month for 2 years it's only $184.
 
I was also amused when a couple of the owners went after the property manager about his attitude and ideas he had about spending our money, that was one of my big issue with this whole thing and I was happy to hear I wasn't the only one questioning his authority.
 
So the roofs will be done in stages once the money starts trickling in some time in the spring, there are 5 buildings and building 1 is the worse so obviously they will be done first. We live in building 4 so we probably won't get done till 2013 which is fine with me.
 
This experience has taught me to question everything especially when it involves a third party committee and money. I did panic when I didn't need to but I feel if the paperwork was explained better we as strata owners wouldn't have been so angry.
 
Thanks everyone for listening and letting me vent.....and I promise I will post pictures of Quaker Christmas very soon. I just have to get the photos off my camera.
 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Seriously part 2

Now I'm really pissed off.
 
So my father went to the property management office this afternoon to double check everything was going ahead tonight and was chatting up the receptionist/manager, (I'm not sure what role she has) and the woman is pretty confident the special levy resolution will pass tonight. Naive woman.....that's not what has me pissed off.
 
She mentioned that the discussion about replacing the roofs have been discussed for 2 years now. What the heck is she talking about???? which is what I said to my father I mentioned to him that if strata council talks about it between themselves and behind closed doors that means nothing, the conversation has to be with ALL owners and a 3 line mention in last years AGM minutes doesn't constitute talking about it.
 
She also mentioned that 'we were told' to start saving for the roofs because they would be done this year....a) it is November if the roofs are being done this year the money should have been collected already b) when was it discussed, if she is talking about the 3 lines in last years minutes no where does it say we should start saving c) only 26 of the 48 units were at the AGM last year so when exactly were they going to tell the remaining 22 that we should start saving. e) no where does it say how much to save, me personally I would have squirreled away $100 a pay check and still only had $2400 by the end of the year but we need $7000, we were only told the amount we needed in October and who's to say if they did mention about saving we just thought they were talking about the strata as a whole unit because some of us where under the assumption the contingency fund was paying for the roofs not us personally.
 
And besides even if we all started saving like they asked life and shit happens and people lose jobs, medical expenses come up, cars breakdown etc. and the saving stops. A person would have to save $583 per month for the last 12 months to have the $7000 they want.
 
These people (council) are not being realistic. I am confused as to how these people don't own their own house as opposed to a townhouse if they have so much money laying around. They must go to the UK for vacation every year or summer in Florida because us working folks don't have two dimes to rub together.......Now I'm not saying we are surviving on food stamps or anything like that we are getting by, cutting where we can/need to and living life as it comes but unforeseen expenses like this completely mess with our finances/lives and they don't seem to give a crap.
 
Okay, I have to stop talking about this right now, I'm getting more pissed off. If anyone cares I will post what the result of the AGM is either tonight or tomorrow depending on my mood.
 
Thanks again for listening.
 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Seriously!

Well I am so glad that October is over, it was the worse month imaginable.
 
First off, I got completely blued out when it came to working on Found HAED so around Canadian Thanksgiving (October 11th) I put it away before I really started hating the design. So I obviously won't be able to finish it in time for my mom's birthday in March which was my plan. I have spoken to her about this and she's okay about it.....she actually joked with me and said she was surprised I lasted as long as I did with all that blue. So I have moved on to Quaker Christmas and I'm loving it!!! I can't believe that I didn't pick the WIP up sooner. I started working on page 3 which is where I left off last time I worked on it (there are 6 pages; I've finished page 2 already) and it only took me 2 hours to finish the page, then I moved down to page 6 which took about 5 days to complete and now I'm on page 5 which I hope to be finished by the end of the week which will leave just part of page 1 and page 4 and then I'm done. My goal is to complete it by the end of November and then I want to finish Fairy Celebration #3, then I will either do some biscornus or work on a canvas design, I haven't decided yet. But I still will only have managed to finish 4 pictures this year which is just sad :(
 
So now onto my issues with October. We live in a strata townhouse complex which I detest. I find council are nosy, pushy and don't really do anything for us it's all about them and spending our money on things that shouldn't be the strata's responsibility. Well they have decided out of the blue that the roofs need replacing.....now don't get me wrong they actually do need to be replaced soon they are about 20 years old but the way strata is going about doing this is what has me pissed off.
 
Last year at our AGM (annual general meeting) they mentioned quite briefly that the roofs need replacing and the consultant they hired figured in the next 3 year this should be done.....fine, fine I agree but then they did nothing about it until this years AGM were they announced in the budget paperwork that 30 of the 48 units would have their roofs replaced in 2011/12 along with the gutters and fascia so they would need $4500 from each unit to do this so they would be raising the strata fees from $205 a month to $515 (or we could give them a lump sum payment of the $4500) and the new payments would start in 2 weeks. WTF In this economy who the hell has $4500 laying around to give nor can come up with an extra $300 per month without any notice. My father was livid, he doesn't make enough money to cover this let alone for an entire year, we also have a single mom in the complex, a family with a disabled child, 6 families with small children, 1 family who have rented out their townhouse for hardship reasons and at least 2 family that one of them has lost their job recently. None of these family can afford this either......then two days later the AGM was cancelled and we were told there were some concerned and they would get back to us. Now they want to do all 48 units at $7000 per unit or $300 over two years. Oh yes, strata council this is so much better than the first option (not!!).
 
To me this is just absurd, instead of talking to everyone and seeing what everyone could afford and do a payment schedule with a timeline from that information or start saving last year or even 5 years ago they are throwing this at us now, and right before Christmas. What exactly have we been paying into the contingency fund for if not for a large expense like this.....oh wait!! that's right you (strata council) have spent the contingency fund money on expenses that weren't the strata's responsibility and now that we need the money it is no longer there....... grrrrrrr.
 
So the AGM is tomorrow and we need 3/4 of the units to vote this down and from a couple of the units that dad has talked to that might just happen, I'm holding my breath and being a pessimist about this and assuming it's going to pass, if that happens I can see half the complex putting their homes on the market which includes us. It's so frustrating.
 
**I have thought up a bit of a payments schedule that might work and I'm going to try and present it tomorrow and see if they bite.
 
And then 2 weeks ago our car died quite unexpectedly. My father was able to borrow the courtesy car from work to get me home (yup I was with him when it happened) but he had to return the car the next day. He had arranged a ride from my uncle to get him home after he dropped the car off but my uncle flaked on him so my 62 year old father with vein/blood pressure issues and a bad leg was forced to walk 24 blocks home half of which were uphill, thankfully it didn't rain that day and my uncle couldn't understand why my mom was upset at him afterwards. This situation fixed itself and my father was able to buy a used car from work but it was just the cherry on top of our October problems.
 
If you have made it through this post I thank you for listening. I usually like to keep my problems to myself because this is after all a stitching/work problems blog but I am just so stressed out I needed to vent.
 
I will posted some progress pictures of Quaker tomorrow if I get a chance to.....oh ya and my computer died on Friday so it's in the shop so I am posting from my net book and smartphone only so I might only be able to post 2 of the 3 pictures I've taken.
 
Again thanks for listening
 
 
 
 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Little Update

Haha, thanks for the comment Lana, I completely agree with you and the 'spectator sport'. Like I said earlier I am just an innocent bystander by I can't help but hope CW gets pushed down a peg or two with her attittude. The fact that the situation in March still bothers me because of it's unfairness I put the blame completely on her shoulders and said as much to the partner I spoke to back in March. But then on the other hand she has 25 years experience in law/office situations and the junior lawyer has exactly 1.5 months of being a lawyer. Just because he's a lawyer and she is staff I don't think it gives him the right to treat us like shit on the bottom of his shoes (he doesn't treat me well either) nor should he talk over her when she is trying to help him and instruct him especially since the parterns asked her to train him.

Any who, onto a happier topic, today was Fizzgig's first birthday, so if you don't mind here are some of my favorite photos of him.


When he was 13 weeks.





I can't believe how much he has changed. He is so loving and makes me smile everyday.

**Backdated post since I was having trouble posting on Thursday evening.

Interesting times

So there are interesting times at work right now.

My co-worker "CW" has been having issues with the junior lawyer in the office. They have been having screaming matches. I have been staying out of it but as you can imagine with an open concept office floor plan that is easier said then done. The partners have been ignoring the situation which isn't helpful but things came to a head on Tues when she got carried away and one of the partners started bitching about her after she left for the day blaming her for the situation and then yesterday I found out that one of the other partners is siding with her......so I don't know what is going to happen but my CW does realize that she could get fired or she might quit or the partners might take away some of her power in regards to the staff, I think that is a good thing. Either way it doesn't involve me so I am sitting back and watching.

I think both were in the wrong and both think they are in charge and they both need wake up calls.

Thanks for listening
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sorry, late photo

So my intention last night was to stitch and then post an updated photo but unfortunately I started feeling ill and got hardly any stitch done...actually I don't even remember what I did, then I couldn't get to sleep because of feeling ill and uncomfortable so all I have to say is today is going to be a rough day.

I am going to try and post a photo from my phone, not sure how well it will turn out.

Thanks for listening.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hard to blog

I am sorry I haven't been around much, I just don't have much to say and so I do feel you want me to ramble on in a silly post for nothing.

I am working really hard on Found and making great progress, I can see the outline of the mommy dragon a lot now and with the new fall tv schedule starting back up I am taking this opportunity to get numb bum while sitting amd stitching LOL.

Anyway I have some progress pics and pics of my bookcase that I hope I can show you tonight when I am home.

Thanks for listening.
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Friday, September 9, 2011

Quick post

So today is the last official day of my vacation and I have to say it was one of my better more enjoyable vacations....or staycation which is what I have been calling it.

I did major spring cleaning in my living area, this task had been lingering for a couple months so I am so glad I finally got it done. I had to purchase a bookcase thingy from Ikea to complete my vision but it was well worth it.

I finally convinced my father to come with me to my storage unit and help reorganize it, apparently labels don't stick on rubber mate container indefinitely like I hoped so all my boxes lost their labels and I was searching for the first 3 harry potter books last month and couldn't find the box they were in, this really annoyed me so I knew I would have to redo everything. As well my little cousin is pregnant and due in Feb and I thought she might be interested in my sideboard that my parents gave me when they changed their living room deco, it would fit perfectly in a baby`s room, unfortunately the sideboard was at the back of the unit, so after 2 hours all my boxes are properly labelled and photographed; I know it`s weird but now I can look at the number and refer to the photo and see what is inside, and the sideboard is in the front of the unit for when my cousin is ready.

Then I have been spending a lot of time with my mom, she is a stay at home mom with no vehicle so she gets pretty lonely & bored so she enjoys my company even if we are sitting beside each other just cross stitching and of course the puppies were with us, its so funny to watch them play all day in the yard and then after they played hard I would turn the hose on them or we would play in their pool, it was too cute.

Then I spent one of the days with my best friend and her sister, then I got my hair cut (my best friend is a hair dresser) and then today I am spending the day with my best friend and godson while he is a an indoor play park.

And of course during my entire vacation I have been stitching, the first couple days I was too busy so I didn't get any done and in the last couple days it has been so hot that I can do it only in small doses because my lamp gives off so much heat, but I have also been staying up until midnight so I can stitch longer LOL. Regardless I have been getting a lot of stitch done and I really found a rhythm. My original goal was to finish up to the purple chunk (check out previous post picture) I think I can finish up to that point by this evening and then there are only two more rows to finish the page so my new goal is to finish the entire page by Sunday. I am still not sure I can finish the entire design by the end of the year but I will try.

Thanks for listening.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Canvas Photos

So I have finally gotten off my ass and downloaded the photos from my camera.


Here are the supplies for Good Stuff by Deb Bee Designs, everything is there for the pastel color scheme for the design except for the regular DMC and the Caron watercolor thread since it was on back order when I took the picture, the color is called baby`s breath and it`s a pastel blue with some white and pink mixed in, it is a very nice complementary color and will go great with everything else that has been picked.




Next we have Looking Glass by Threedles, this designs is way beyond my expertise and so I am going to definitely have to work my way to this design, it is also the most expensive design I have ever bought.







Look at all those beads, they are bicones, cubes and swirly bugle type beads.


Next is the progress picture I took of Prosperity fairy before I put her away till next year. I was determined to finish her wings before putting her away.





And finally this is the photo I took of Found before I started by vacation. My goal is to finish page 3 which is two rows above the purple chunk that I have already done on the left. We shall see what I actually accomplish.




Thanks for listening.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

This is why I'm not on the wagon

I have been buying canvas patterns of late and all the supplies needed to stitch them and let me tell you it is an expensive prospect but if I want to do a design anytime I want this has to be done LOL (thats my story and I am sticking to it).

Anyway, if I was a forward thinker I would have photos for you but alas they are still on my camera so I promise I will update this post with photos of Good s
Stuff by Deb Bee designs and Looking Glass by Threedles later on tonight, both of these projects make me very nervous and are completely out of my comfort zone with canvas so I will be doing others in my stash before doing these.

These canvas purchases are also why I haven't stitched much I have been drowling over them and doing some reading but now I am officially on vacation as of 10 minutes ago and I have planned a stay-cation so I plan on making up for lost time with my stitch. Hopefully I can finish FC#3 by the end of the long weekend and then go to town on Found. I decided to put away Prosperity fairy till next year so I can concentrate on found. I cant remember if I said that in a previous post. So I will be posting a pic of what I got done before I put Prosperity down and also a pic of found before the official vacation stitching starts. My goal is to finish 1.5 pages or more. Wish me luck.

Thanks for listening and sticking around with my limited posts.
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Monday, August 15, 2011

Double damn

So I just recently placed a rather large canvas pattern order from Scarlet Thread so I told myself I couldn't order anything else till my Christmas order that I place in November but wouldn't you know it but Mirabilia has come out with another fabulous design Elizabeth done to honor Elizabeth Taylor, it is most definately on my christmas list but I don't know if I can wait that long to get her.....it is gorgeous. I actually thought it looked like Elizabeth Taylor before I read the write up a couple hours later, I think it's very sweet of Nora to create the design and I love that it goes so nicely with Sabrina and Lady Alexandra. Lets see how long I can last LOL.... *if you haven't seen the pattern yet go to abc stitch and check out their new design page or go to Mirabilia's website.
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Finally a post...but short

Well I would like to say I've been stitching.....but not really I'm just not in the mood so my goal of finishing Found and Prosperity Fairy by the end of the year are in serious doubt, I hope that when I'm on vacation in a couple weeks I can make up for lost time but I just don't know. I'm annoyed but I'm not letting it get me down since this is suppose to be a hobby not a job.

I promised to post an updated pics of Found which I haven't done yet but unfortunately I'm doing this post from work so I will have to edit this later with the picture once I get home, as well I think I have an updated picture of Prosperity I just can't remember what I posted last time so I need to check first before posting a new picture.

I have been working like a demon on Prosperity for the past two weeks (and I'm extending it another week) my goal is to finish all of the wings by the end of the week and with the way things are flying when I actually stitch this is very much doable.

I have decided that since 2 weeks per project is working so well I've decided to extend the time per picture to 4 weeks and see how well that works for me. This is just a short post since I'm suppose to be working LOL.

Thanks for listening.



****Here is an updated post of Found





Monday, July 25, 2011

Silly, silly me

So I truly am an idiot sometimes. Earlier this year I was working on a freebie Passione design, you might remember fairy celebration 3. I was using a hand dyed thread by Polstitch. I made a huge mistake and had to frog a chunk of it, as I was working further on it I realized I might run out of thread because of that frog. So I ordered two more skeins knowing I would probably have to ripe out the old and restart it.....I was sort of ok with that as long as the two new skeins matched and I was learning my lesson on dyed threads. Fast forward to last week I was inputting the new supplies I purchased and received into my cross stitch program and when I got to the threads, my program said there were 2 in my stash already, I just assumed that I had updated the program already with the new supplies so I just carried on with adding the rest of the stuff, then when I was putting the supplies away what do you think I found? Yep that's right I had purchased a second skein for this project and could have finished it months ago if I had only looked in my stash and/or pulled out all the supplies at the begining so now I have two extra skeins......Well before continuing with this project I am going to double check that the skein wasn't picked for something else because knowing my luck I picked it for another monochromatic design.

In other news I have made great headwave with Found and the only reason why I put it down was because I had to and moved on to Prosperity, which is what I was working on this weekend since it was too hot for anything else it, I made great progress and it looks fabulous. I am thinking of changing the schedule of working on each picture to a month instead of two weeks since I really didn't want to put Found down last time and possibly I can finish Prosperity sooner which will give me more time for Found.......something still to think about.

Thanks for listening, I will try and post WIP pictures tomorrow.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Photos

Better late than never,





Here is Prosperity Fairy. I just have to do her eye and the flesh down her neck and back to finish off this section. I might do the back stitch too but since there are beads everywhere in this section around her crown I might wait.





and this is Greece by Chatelaine I have done the PB metallic border and started on the black order around the metallic. I did the two shades of blue/purple last time I worked on it I decided to do the border so I could jump around a bit more in the centre.


Thanks for listening.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Progress on pictures

Well I have now moved on to found by HAED and it is going well so far which means my current plan is working and I think I might be able to finish the entire row and the next one before it's time to switch.

I also was in the mood to stitch on greece by chatelaine this weekend so I did, the class just ended and I am just loving the WIP I was seeing so I caved. I actually stitched on it for about a half an hour a few months ago. I have converted all the specialty threads to DMC so I really want to see what it is going to look like compared to everyone elses. I might stitch on it a couple more times before the end of the year as long as I stay on track with my priority pieces.

Well my intentions is to go home and post some pictures of the progress I made.

Thanks for listening.
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Monday, July 4, 2011

New smartphone

Well after a few frustrating few weeks with a dyeing blackberry I thought it was time to upgrade to an android phone. Lets see if this works. Maybe tomorrow I will talk about my stitching and post a picture or two.

Thanks for listening
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

208 stitches

Well I continued to work on Found by HAED for one more day and I got quite a bit accomplished if I do say so. Instead of the meager 30 stitches that I thought I got done I actually got 208 about 50 of those stitches were done on Monday.



I also figured out why it didn't feel like I accomplished a lot, it is because I actually continued stitching a couple colors passed the end of the 10x10 square row I was working, I just couldn't stop stitching when there were only a couple to half a dozen left in that section but I didn't count them toward the total count right now because I'm only counting the actual row I'm working on so in a sense half of my work didn't count (if that makes sense) so when I move on to the next row on page 3 I will be ahead of the game because some of the stitching will already be done. Silly little set up but it works for me.

I have now moved on to Prosperity fairy and I'm going to stitch the hair, face and bodice until the bodice joins the wings. I'm doing this to make sure everything lines up the way it is suppose to before moving on to big chunks of stitching because we all know how cranky we get when we put in a lot of stitches with metallic and find out we are off by a couple stitches, I did that once and riped everything I had stitched over a 4 day period and have never picked the picture back up to restart it I don't want that to ever happen again.

Once I finish the section I'm working on and everything lines up I will be able to choose between 3 section on what I will work on next so if I get bored with all the metallic or all that red I can move on to another section.

Well thanks for listening.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Update on Found

Well with being sick, family get togethers, the Stanley cup final and the riot that occurred so close to my office and the stress that accompanied it I have to say that the second week of stitching on Found really didn't amount to anything.

I think I put in about 30 stitches and that was only because it was of one color. I am definitely thinking of extending stitching on it for one more day and stitching on the morning train ride instead of reading so I have something more to show for it. I think I will take a picture of the current status and compare with the earlier picture and see how bad it is before deciding.

If I only stitch 30 - 50 stitches a week on this picture there is no way I'm going to finish this picture by the end of the year....well if I get a chance I will post a new picture

Thanks for listening

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Fickle HAED stitcher

So I have just finished week 1 of my HAED/Passione Ricamo rotation of sorts and I am liking it. Number one reason is I know I can get both pictures done by the end of the year; Number two the way I am working on the HAED is working really well and Number three it is definitely giving me strong mojo since I'm happy with my stitching.

So this is about the third or fourth different style of stitching I have tried on HAED which is why I am so fickle but I think this style is actually working for me. It is pretty simple I had picked the top of page two and was working straight across stitching in every since stitch, then I am going to move to the bottom of page three but that is a story for another day. Anyway back to page 2 I have tried travelling over the top of the page, I have tried doing a 10x10 block at a time, I have tried finishing the same symbol for an entire page before moving on but none of these styles worked, some of them I just felt overwhelmed by the vastness of these designs other times the back of my stitching was a mess and I am anal about that and couldn't leave it like that and then other times I kept on making mistakes and getting frustrated that I always wind up putting the picture away in frustration but I am feeling none of that with this new style I am using so crossing my fingers I will stay happy with the way I am stitching.

I decided to switch from page 2 to 3 because there are bigger chunks of similar colors on page 3 and it will be easier to stitch on the train if I don't make a lot of color changes, which is another reason I stopped stitching this pictures because I was frustrated with the work I wasn't getting done on it on the train.

So here is the picture of the top row of page 2 completely finished.




and here is what the bottom of page 3 looks like before I add a stitch.





Well my goal is to take a picture of what I have worked during the week every Sunday and do a blog post so I can actually prove I have been stitching and doing more blogging LOL but whether that actually happens we will see.


Thanks for listening

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The month of June

Well I am just dyeing for a finish in stitching but since I have barely started Prosperity I am nowhere near to that allusive finish.

To help reach my goal of finishing Prosperity fairy and Found by HAED by the end of the year I have decided to work on them both for two weeks span each until the end of the year or until their finish, hopefully this will keep me on track.

I so desperately want to place a 123 stitch order right now but with Canada Post on a rotating strike knowing my luck when the order is ready to be shipped it will be my province and towns turn to be on strike and it will be stuck in the deposit....I just don't know if I should take the chance.

Well off to finish my laundry for the work week.

Thanks for listening.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Oh, come on

Well I have my mojo back, I'm stitching everyday (almost) but do I have a lot to show for it......NO. Prosperity fairy is very time consuming with all the blends in her dress that I decided to switch it up and move to her wings. I was going to do the outline of the wings in metallic and then decide if I was going to carry on or move over and start working on the bodice section; I want to do it this way because when the bodice was finished that would bring the two sections I was working on together at a mutually joined section so if I made a counting mistake I would find it there, fix it and carry on and not be 3/4 of the way finished a section and then find a mistake... I am strange that way but it works for me.


Anyway I finally got tired of the metallic yesterday and was going to start and hopefully finish the bodice section with perhaps a start on her hair today....but wouldn't you know it I have been hit with a nasty cold and is setting up camp in my sinuses and it is really giving me a hard time today. I have had 2 earaches, a kink in my neck and a headache that has traveled around my head twice so the long and short of it is I think I put in about 15 stitches all day and that's it!!!!! Not impressed, you could say not being able to stitch is a silver lining because chances are I would make major mistakes and have to take it out but I hate feeling as if my Saturday stitch time is wasted time. I hope this is a short lived cold/flu and next week I can show you more of a productive picture.


Here is my status so far:




I cant believe it is almost June and I have been very absent in my blog posting and stitch finishes, hopefully the second half of year is better than the first.


Thanks for listening.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Well, Blogger welcome back

Well as we all know blogger decided to shut down and pissed everyone a couple days ago. I wasn't overly annoyed since I didn't post anything but what I didn't realize is that all the changes I made to my blog on Thursday disappeared.......not happy about that.


Well here is what I came to post about in the first place



This is as far as I got on Quaker Christmas before I decided to put it away, I am now 3/4 finished page 3.





Here is Hive SB finished, once I got into the groove it didn't take me long at all



and here is my current status of Prosperity Fairy by Passione Ricamo, this is one of the ruffle of her skirt but what you probably cant tell is this sections is actually 4 different symbols, it is 310, 815, blend of 310 and PB19 & blend of 814 and PB07, I was a little surprised at how many blends this design has and how little beading there is. I usually can finish PR designs in 3 months but with all these blends it will definitely slow me down especially working on it on the train.


After Prosperity I have to work on Found and finish it as well this year. I have major plans for my stitching next years so I need to get rid of some outstanding WIP. My plan next year is to work on 1 Chatelaine design and 1 HAED (large) at home and work on half a dozen small/medium projects on the train but that means I have to get rid of Found since it is a HAED and I need to make room for a new one, right now the Chatelaine I will work on next year is Egyptian Garden and if I finish it off before the year is over then I will probably start working on Greece. The reason I am doing this is I have quite a few of both HAED and Chatelaine but I have yet to finish any and every time I see other peoples finishes I get so jealous so I have decided to fix that.


Thanks for listening.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

HD No.2

Well I finished Hive on Sunday so I have officially finished 2 pictures so far this year, which to be quite honest sound very sad......it is almost half way through the year and I have nothing to show for it.

Well enough about my moaning and bitching about the lack of stitching. I decided against doing Love by Shepherds Bush, for some reason I felt the need to keep Love in my back pocket in case I have another case of loss of mojo. So I contemplated really hard on what I would work on, I know I should have started back on Found by HAED I have even left all the threads out so I could just pick it up at a moments notice but since my mojo is barely back I didn`t think something like Found would be such a great idea. So I completely ignored my list for this year and just picked a random picture so drum roll please I have decided to do Prosperity Fairy by Passione Ricamo, I had just recently purchased the last DMC thread needed for the design and my piece of fabric from Silkweaver just arrived so I was really feeling this pattern.

So my goal tomorrow is to upload the pictures in my camera and post some shots of hive, quaker christmas and prosperity.

Thanks for listening.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Slowly

So I have finally got my groove back. I switched out Christmas Quaker because I wasn't feeling it anymore and switched to Shepherd's Bush "Hive", and I'm hoping to be finished it by this weekend I forgot how fast I can get through these patterns. Then I'm thinking of moving on to "Love" and then back to HAED Found.....I haven't decided yet. This is the only problem when I get my mojo back I want to work on all my WIP at the same time. haha

Well that's it for now & maybe next post I will have some pictures of a finish

Thanks for listening

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I am stiching I promise

I have been slowly getting back into the groove of stitching and with a long weekend coming up I hope to accomplish much more. I am still working on Quaker Christmas page three.




I will leave with the latest picture of Fizzgig LOL






Thanks for listening.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hi everyone

Well I am feeling a bit better about my job, my co-worker has melted in her ice queen attitude towards me but I am staying reserved in my conversations with her since I have now been burned twice with "over sharing", I actually don't want to share anymore so it isn't hard this time around. I still haven't really gotten back into stitching though, the change in the weather and the constant rain has been bringing me down. I am definitely in need of some vitamin D and fresh air, I have basically been sleeping or reading my puppy book on the train and not stitching at all and then when I get home all I want to do is play with Fizzgig and am too tired to care about anything else. This is definitely putting a downer on my to do list since I also am no longer do any of the tasks at work either. So I just feel that not much in my life is getting done, so I think its back to picking 3 tasks a day and anything I don't get down is a weekend task or pick certain days for tasks and other days for stitching......something to ponder. Well the whole point of my post was to finally show you pictures of Summer Fairy Spirit and what I have done on Found, so here they are. I have decided to take a break from Found though and work on an easier picture to try and get my groove back so I am working on Quaker Christmas for probably a couple weeks so I will keep you posted on how much I get done, maybe a page or two. Thanks for listening.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Test

I'm seeing if I can post from my blackberry, don't know why I didn't think of this sooner


Sent on the TELUS Mobility network with BlackBerry

Thursday, March 24, 2011

I am back

I am sorry it has been so long since my last post. There has been much turmoil in my life regarding my job.....I thought I was going to lose my job, my co-worker was being a complete and utter bitch and I was sick and tired of her picking on me and getting angry about my work ethic but then turning around and doing personal things during work hours herself. I was so sick and tired about it I went over her head and spoke to one of the partners, I did find out there was a bit of a problem and I fixed it. I did make a point of telling the partner that I don't read minds so I didn't know there was a problem and that my co-workers behaviour wasn't appropriate in my opinion. My nerves were absolutely shot because of all the tense but work is finally getting back to normal.

I have barely picked up a needle to stitch because of the stress so I have nothing to show....expect I did finally finish Summer Fairy Spirit but I haven't taken a picture of her yet. I have now moved onto Found by Heaven & Earth but I really haven't made much head wave.

Well I know this is a nonsensical post but I'm just so over the work situation and I just wanted to touch base with everyone who is still reading my blog and telling you I`m still around LOL. I will probably post again this weekend since I will be hanging around home with Fizzgig while he recovers from his neutering which will happen tomorrow.

Thanks for listening

Monday, March 7, 2011

Too Funny, My Bad

Well as you can remember from my post last week I was having issues with co-worker well it took a bit of a turn and even though it looked badly upon me I think it helped me personally in the long run.
 
So the phone issue came and went and at the end of the day was pretty stupid but unfortunately it started the ball rolling into a big situation, B was bitchy all week and was biting my head off every chance she could. It bothered me so much her attitude that it put me in a grumpy mood and I unfortunately started taking it out on people I work with, namely the lawyers. Since B made me that way with her attitude I couldn't really take it out on her since it would go on deaf ears.
 
Anyway things came to ahead on Friday when I actually noticed I was biting peoples heads off, namely one of the partners, I knew the moment I snapped at him that I was in the wrong but it was too late to do anything about it. I left work feeling beaten and upset but realized that I needed to let this go and just concentrate on keeping myself in a happy place no matter what happens
 
So I came to work this morning and she asked if I was okay last week because two of the lawyers made comments about my behaviour, I couldn't very well tell her yes you are my problem I just told her yes I had a bad week and I recognize I was a bitch to the lawyers but I'm over it now and I will try and not let my attitude interfere with my work and that was the end of the conversation and everything is fine now. I do find the situation kind of funny and I don't feel bad about it at all because push come to shove I would have completely laid into her if she got all bitchy at me for biting the partners head off, I just don't have the time or want to feel grumpy like that anymore it is physically draining.
 
So onwards and upwards for me.
 
I will post later on with the status of my stitch. I finished all the stitching on Summer Fairy Spirit by Passione Ricamo and I'm on to the beading, as well I am working on Found by Heaven & Earth designs and my system seems to be working for me which is great, I will need to take an updated picture of Found and post it but I must say it doesn't look like I got a lot done but I actually did.
 
Thanks for listening.

Friday, March 4, 2011

It's a Better Day

Well I have a little bit of backstitching left to do on SFS and then I'm on to beading. YAYAYAYA but I wasn't able to touch the design in about 3 days but I was finally able to put some work into it last night.
 
I also have been stitching on FC #3 on the train since Monday and it is really coming together but I foresee a problem, I don't think I'm going to have enough thread to finish. I am almost at the bottom of her dress but I still have to stitch her wings, head and bodice and with the amount of thread that is left there definitely won't be enough to cover all of that. I did look over the design and see if there was any section I could sub out the thread for something else and the only thing I can do is change the wand to basic black backstitching and the stitching around the wand to show it glowing will be replaced with yellow kreinik or petite treasure thread (I haven't decided yet) but there really isn't anywhere else I can sub it's a monochromatic type design so there isn't a line on the design to show where the fairy stops and her wings start so I can't even sub the wings with kreinik if I wanted to.
 
So I have looked on the UK website where this thread came from and I have picked a couple threads to purchase to make an order worth my while so when I get to the point where I can go no further I will place the order and move on to another design. All I can say is if I hadn't make that mistake at the beginning I would have had enough thread!!!!! and lets hope they can find a skein that matches dye lot with what I already have. I'm crossing my fingers that since there are 5 colors in the skein I can make it work by not putting the same colors side by side.
 
My next design is Found by Lisa Victoria from Heaven and Earth designs, I have had this design as a work in progress for about 2 if not 3 years. It is a quick stitch and is only 6 pages long, I have completed 2 smaller pages so far and my only excuse for what is taking so long it 1) there are a lot of confetti stitches and I haven't mastered how to effectively work on them and 2) I hate the fabric, it is 18 count aida but the holes are huge and there is way to much sizing in the fabric so it is very rough and uncomfortable and no amount of washing is softening the fabric up. I also at times find HAED very daunting and I can't collect my thoughts as to where I should start so I am trying a little bit of a technique that my mom uses where she highlights in one color the area she wants to work on and then highlights in a different color when she has stitched those specific areas. I'm hoping if I highlight the big chunks of color and the occasionally confetti stitching that is the same color and work on it that way I will find the confetti stitching not so annoying, I have also gridded the fabric with a washable pen so that should help me to jump around as well. I am going to work on this design on the train and home until I get to the heavy confetti stitching then I will have to kept it at home when that happens I will start working on another Shepherd's Bush Seasonally Musing design.
 
Cross my fingers I can be really productive this weekend.
 
Well thanks for listening

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bugger Off

I am beyond annoyed, for some reason co-worker is acting like a bug crawled up her ass and died there and is basically taking out her frustrations with me or at least I feel like she is.
 
For the past two days anything I do that slightly steps into her area of expertise she bites my head off and tells me to step back......we have been working this way for 9 years and why all of a sudden I can't do what I'm doing anymore without pissing her off. Prime example when people call and ask for her directly but don't know her direct line I ask what their name is so she knows whether she can keep them on hold a little longer or if she should pick up right away (there is an office supply guy she does this to because he is a chatter) well I did that this morning and she got all bitchy about not needing to ask who it is just transfer it. Last week I didn't ask someone's name and she asked who it was and I couldn't answer her and she got bitchy I hate this flip flop attitude. Yesterday a phone rep guy just shows up out of the blue at the office and wants to talk about our phone system (which is not my area of expertise) so I gave him her card and he was going to email her since he was on the way to another client appointment so I was under the impression he didn't have long to linger, well it just so happens she was at her desk and turns to me quite loudly, 'well I'm right here why don't I talk to him now'........this is the first time she has ever done that usually it's my job to blow them off and if she is interested in talking to them she will call them back but most of the time she ignores them .....so sorry I didn't get your ESP memo and I would appreciate you have some respect and not to bash me in front of a stranger. If you don't like the way I'm handling drop ins and phone calls perhaps you should stop doing personal emails all day and start answering the door and phone yourself. It is almost like she is pissed off at me because I took those days off last week because I was sick. I'm sorry perhaps you would have liked me to come to work where I could then throw-up all over my desk and visit the bathroom every 5 mins cuz let me tell you I wasn't having a pamper me day off last week I was sick.
 
And the cherry on top of my bitchy day one of our lawyers is out of town and wants to fly home early well she emails me at 1:45 to see if I can change her flight but the only other time that is available is at 3:55 and it's practically sold out and she would have to be at the airport by 2:00 for early check out and I send her the email and she doesn't get back to me until 2:30 to tell me never mind. People I am not a miracle worker.
 
Deep breath, deep breath day is almost over.
 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Back to the Land of the Living

I'm sorry I've been so quiet for the last couple weeks. I was extremely busy this month with work, trying to get SFS done, puppy training, dentist appts every Saturday, my god son's 2 year birthday party and then I got slapped down with the stomach flu on Wednesday.

I had heard from my best friend that this strain was a doozy and she wasn't kidding I have never felt that sick before in as far back as I can remember. I won't go into the details but it was not pretty, in total I went to work only 2 days last week. I hardly ever take a sick day and usually it's only one but there was no way I could even manage to get out of bed let alone get dress and have a 60 mins commute to work feeling like I did. I got zero stitch done and had no desire too. I literally slept for days and it was only late Friday afternoon that I managed to pick a needle up and got some done. I left the house for the first time since Wednesday only because I needed food and Fizzgig had a scheduled grooming appointment. I got the bare essentials and will have to go out tomorrow and do a major shop but hopefully by then I will feel more human.

But while I was sick I did get some craft packages which I haven't really been enjoying since I feel like crap and hopefully in the next couple days I can post pictures of what I received.

Thanks for listening.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Scissors & Stitch

I'm so excited!!!!!! Around Christmas times I saw the latest gingham scissors come out called "Ella"  I don't really collect scissors so I've never really paid attention when a new version has come out but let me tell you these scissors are beautiful and I must have them LOL.
 
I remember one of the blogs I read offering them in their online store but for the life of me I couldn't remember which one it was since I read so many of them and it was Christmas time and I was way to busy to write the information down, I also spend a lot of time looking at blogs through my blackberry so I don't get the full screen affect, but thankfully Kiwi Stitcher mentioned the blog and scissors on her blog with a link, so I jumped on over to Carol's blog and online store and bought myself a pair YAYAYAYA.
 
I've got to say their services is fabulous. I placed the order right before going to lunch and when I got back I had an email saying my payment had been accepted and that they would be shipped out asap, now that is what I call great service.
 
On the stitching front I am just smoking through SFS, I have finished her face, hair, arms and wand (regular stitching) and I have also done most of the backstitching there as well. I have now moved on full time to the wings and I'm hoping to be finished them by Sunday, they are a little tricky right now because my hoop isn't positioned right to be able to view the whole section all together so once I finish the bottom section I'm currently working on I will fiddle with the hoop and then there will be no stopping me. LOL.
 
I took a break from SFS last night because I had a hankering to work on a HAED. Last year I changed my mind on the style in which I wanted to stitch Twelve Days of Christmas, I started out doing 1 over 1 full stitch and I wasn't feeling the love and 2 over 2 was too bulky, but while reading the HAED BB I saw that some people were doing the 2 over 1 using a tent stitch method so I decided to give it a try....I love it!!!!! the coverage is great and I will probably be able to stitch this project faster and considering this HAED is 36 pages every little bit helps. I had to frog the couple thousand stitches I have already put into the design but I was okay with that. I have slowly been putting the stitches back into it and I wanted to add move last night, it doesn't look like much but I was happy with what I was able to put back on.
 
Tonight I will be back to SFS and some cuddle time with Fizzgig who has decided that my mom's DMC threads are tasty, mom came into the room yesterday to find him standing on her side table with an entire skein of thread in his mouth munching away on it, I couldn't help but laugh when she called to tell me about it but I know I'm going to have to be hard on him to break that bad habit.
 
Well thanks for listening

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Jealous

LOL, now ladies don't start chanting curses at me but I'm kind of jealous about all the snow people are getting......have you seen spinster stitcher's backyard? I really would like to have some snow with or without a snow day from work. We have had a couple days of really cold weather but all that happened is that we warm up and got rain instead. If I remember correctly we have had ONE DAY of snow or at least with the snow sticking to the ground for more than 24 hours in 2011, other than that it's been raining everyday I swear I should have gills now. With living in a suburb of Vancouver I am used to all the rain but we used to get breaks in the weather every couple of days so we could dry out, we don't seem to be getting those anymore.

Anyway lets talk about stitching since this is a stitching blog LOL. I made a point to take current pictures of my WIP so I could post them here since it's been awhile, so without further ado

Fairy Celebration #3 2008 using Fireworks hand dyed thread by Polstitches



as I mentioned before it is looking kind of weird right now but I'm hoping once the design starts coming together it will look fabulous.

Spring Fairy Spirit by Passione Ricamo



I am so close to being finished that it is killing me that I'm dragging my feet so much on this design, but as discussed in previous posts I have other things on my plate that are stopping me.

Speaking of my distraction I forget to talk about how Fizzgig's first vet visit with me went. Since I have never owned a dog as young as Fizzgig I thought since I had the opportunity to talk to the vet at length I should ask as many questions as I could think of. By the time I was done thinking of questions I had about 18, the vet laughed at me because she knows me so well in regards to my pets. I asked about fizz chewing his back legs so I was given some aloe and oatmeal shampoo to try, I asked about the eating of moss and after the vet stopped laughing at the face I made she explained that it's not exactly a bad thing and he will pass it just fine I should still make an effort to stop his from doing it. My father was taking him out a couple times while I was at work last week and mentioned to me that he seems to be playing with it more than anything else now so it looks like eating it isn't as much fun to him anymore.....thank goodness. I also asked about his baby teeth falling out I've never experienced this before I just assumed that I would never see any of the teeth and that one day I would find empty spaces in his mouth, I was correct, he will swallow them and pass them and there is really nothing I can do about it, but the vet did mention that there might be blood occasionally and not to panic LOL (she knows me so well). By looking him over she figures he will definitely be about 12 pound when he's done growing. We were trying to figure out how tall he will be and we (vet, mom & I) are a little confused by the brussels griffon websites that say brussels will be 7 - 8" tall, if you measure fizz from the middle of his body down to his feet he is 7" tall already and is only 17 weeks so we will just have to wait and see how tall he actually gets, as it is when you see pictures of him his legs are quite long now and I don't see them stopping anytime soon.

So our purpose for the vet visit was for his 3rd puppy shot, while we were there I discussed with the assistance whether he should have another deworming since he likes eating moss, his own poop and I saw him drink out of a mud puddle, it was decided that it can't hurt to have another one and perhaps at neutering have a third one, I also opted for the kennel cough vaccination as the vet assistance says if you take your dog to a groomer, dog park, as well if he lives with another dog that isn't his litter mate (which he will eventually), it's a good idea to get it. I wasn't much help with the shots because puppies move around so much so the vet assistance had to come in and help, she just laughed and said the more hands the better with a puppy, afterwards fizz gave the assistance a kiss for her troubles so no hard feelings from fizz. We decided that he will be neutered at 6 months at which time he will get his rabies shot, his 3rd deworming & then he will be microchiped or tattooed or both, I haven't decided yet. We originally were going to get the rabies shot with his other shots but the vet thought that might be too much for him all at once so we are going to wait on that. On December 30th he was 4 pounds 7 ounces and on January 29th he was 6 pounds 4 ounces not surprising since he is such a good eater.

Today I booked an appointment to get his nail clipped this upcoming Saturday, I should have done it at the last appointment but I forgot. We have the capability to do it at home ourselves (actually dad does it) but since Fizzgig's a puppy dad is not comfortable doing it since he isn't sure how much you should take off in relation to an adult dogs nails, so we are letting the experts do it. All in all he is quite the character and makes me laugh everyday

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Thank God for February

LOL my mojo is coming back, my mojo is coming back. I'm so excited........Yes, you all can say it I amuse easily :)
 
Where to start hmmmm, I have been slowly working on SFS at home when I have a moment, which has been few and far between because of Fizzgig and other more pressing tasks, but when I do have the time to work on it I have been getting a lot done so I'm happy. I am even taking SFS back on the train so that should help a lot too. I couldn't work on it on the train before because I was working on so much confetti stitching and jumping around that it wasn't manageable on the train, but I'm done that section now so it's onto the wings which can be done on the train.
 
I am also working on Fairy Celebration #3 from Passione Ricamo which is the freebie fairy that was released in 2008, I have been working on it for 2 weeks but half the time I was reading so really only 1 week of work was done and I ripped some of it out too. I changed my mind about how I wanted the variegated threads to go. I had started out with it going vertically and then changed it to horizontally. It is still looking a little weird but I find that when there are more than 5 colors in a variegated thread that is what happens so I will hold off judgment until I'm finished. I have a multicoloured backing fabric that will hopefully work great when I'm done so that has kind of lessoned my nervousness on it looking weird. I originally was going to make all the fairy celebrations into smelly satchels but I'm still concerned about how to actually make them and having perfume staining on the fabric so I have decided to make them into half pillows instead, you know the kind with part of the backing fabric showing on the front with a nice ribbon separating the two, I don't know if there is a special name for that type of pillow. I have seen these pillows on a couple different blogs and I really like the look of them so I 'm going to give it a go.
 
I am just itching to start a new stitch project but I know that will just prolong my current agony of trying to finish SFS so I keep telling myself no, no, no, no. It also doesn't help that I signed up for Greece Mandala from Chatelaine and every time a new piece comes out it reminds me of how much I want to stitch that project RIGHT NOW but since I haven't even finished Egyptian Garden yet there is no way I would allow myself to even contemplate starting Greece.
 
Well thanks for listening and hopefully sometime in February I will have 1 if not 2 happy dances.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Think before asking stupid questions

I am at work and I have been now asked for the third time for documentation on a property that is part of an file we have. The lawyer is such an idiot if he only would read the stack of documents I gave him about the property and then make a list of all the outstanding questions he wants I could do what he asked all at once, instead he reads the papers one at a time comes to my desk after each page with his document requests, then goes back to his office and in another 10 mins or so he is back at my desk wanting more information. And this is of course after I have already submitted the first request he gave me. He is wasting my time and I can't get anything else done because I'm never finished with his request.....well screw him he can wait for this stuff till tomorrow I have other jobs to do now.
 
and now the other secretary is mumbling to herself and distracting me and getting bitchy when she asks a question and I don't respond right away....I'm trying to work here people.
 
Maybe it's the PMS talking but everyone is annoying the hell out of me and I can't wait for this day, this week to be over.
 
GRRRRRRR

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I`m still around

Hello everyone I finally have a chance to do a post, lets see where should I start..........

I am in a little bit of a stitching slump because I have been so involved with the puppy of late, so I decided to start on one of my smaller train pictures that I was going to work on after SFS was finish. I hope it jumps start my interest again......it is Fairy Celebration #3 using fireworks thread from Polstitch (I think); I am still working on SFS at home but vary rarely, I think I have worked on it for 3 hours today which is more than I have worked on it all last week.

Now on to my puppy, he is so funny and is filling out nicely and considering how much he is eating I am not surprised. I crate him at night now which was a bit of a bumpy ride which I take full responsibility for because I didn't understand what needed to be done before locking the door on him. I find that it was safer for him to go in the crate since he was only just learning how to climb down the stairs and can't climb on furniture yet so since I don`t have a bedroom door my fear was that he would fall down the stairs in the middle of the night while I am sleeping so this way I know where he is at night, he is loving it now and actually climbs into it when he is tired or wants to play with his toys by himself LOL


He goes to the vet on Sat for his 3rd shot & I will weight him & talk to the vet about what needs to be done for his neutering. He also is chewing his hind leg something fierce so I want to know if there is some kind of cream I can give him to stop it & he has this bad habit of eating moss every time we go outside for bathroom time, so I would like to know if this a bad thing or if he will grow out of it.








Maybe next time it will be a stitch picture.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Little to no stitch being done.

As my title suggests I am getting very little stitching done.

I would say in the last 5 days I have stitched only about 2 hours if that......but this is the one time I am NOT complaining about that fact because something much more important has been keeping my attention.

I'd like to introduce FIZZGIG



He is a 13 weeks old and is a Brussels Griffon, he is currently 5 pounds and will probably get anywhere between 10 - 12 pounds when he is done growing.

He is my dog, I am not sharing custody with my mother, which is what we did with Pookie. I picked him up on Friday night so I have been very busy since then in dealing with his every want and need LOL.

I have come to realize that I do not have experience with puppies at all, we got Pookie when she was 6 months old and she was potty trained and knew her name as well as "No". Fizzgig on the other hand does not know his name, is pee pad trained with only the pees and chews, bites and/or licks anything he can get his furry paws on and doesn't like to go outside on the grass, especially at night (probably because of the pee pad training), I have never seen a dog that doesn't like the grass so it is strange to have to actually drag him outside to go to the bathroom.

I am completely out of my element but I'm having fun. My mother is babysitting him while I'm at work and he plays with his toys all day and has a few naps in-between. Brussels are a one person kind of dog, they bond right away with that person and they are their world, that pretty much has been set in stone since Saturday and it's me and when I leave the room and return moments later or on Monday when I went to work and came back he was overwhelmed when I returned that you can't help but laugh at him with his antics.

I have many things to teach him which are occupying my time, bedtime schedule, learning to walk on a leash, learning his name, going outside at night, not jumping up on people and most importantly not putting everything he can find into his mouth these are my top priorities right now.

I think I have an updated photo of SFS that I haven't posted yet so I might get that up here in the next couple days.

**Little funny story from last night I asked my mom to watch him while I went to my loft to change out of work clothes and the next thing I know he has gotten pasted the barricade and was on his way up two flights of stairs to get to me and then an hour later while visiting my parents I went to the bathroom and Fizzgig couldn't find me so he ran up the two flights of stairs again looking for me again. So now he can get up the stairs and knows where our 'house' is but going down the stairs is still too scary for him.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Holidays Over

Well I've been back to work for two days now and let me tell you it hurts LOL.  I haven't really worn proper shoes in 10 days and because of that the walking I have to do to get to the office is very painful, my ankles don't really appreciate the confinement.
 
There was a snowfall warning for my neck of the woods yesterday and I was actually looking forward to some snow, but none materialized.....I was so disappointed and today it is just rain on the thick side that's it which made walking to work so much fun!!!! *sarcasm*.
 
My stitching progress is going pretty well I didn't finish all the stitching on Summer Fairy Spirit before going back to work but a still made fantastic progress nonetheless. I will have to post an updated WIP picture of SFS soon. I have finished the yellow dress, most of the white wrap along and the final leave and flowers on the left. I am currently stitching the flesh colors of the arms, chest and face & a bit of the hair on the train and working on the border and the metallic portion of the wings at home so hopefully I will continue to move right along on it. Yesterday I didn't get much stitching done since I was in task mood that I carried on from work to home but at least I was productive in something.
 
Thanks for listening.