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.