Monday, December 3, 2012

I am stitching

I swear I am.....I just haven't been able to sit in front of my computer long enough to upload photo from my camera and show my latest WIP on Cut Thru North Pole by Bothy Threads.
 
I have finished the 3 & 4th floor and I would say I am about 20 stitches from finishing the regular stitching on the 2nd floor then I can do the back stitching before moving on. That just leaves the 1st floor, some outside details, and the frozen pond the NP is sitting on.
 
I am hoping I can finish this before the end of the year but since I am week 2 into my cold and my head is still pretty foggy I just don't know how much stitch I will get done once all the holiday parties and get to-gethers start in full affect.
 
Thanks for listening and hopefully I can put an updated photo up soon.
 
 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What to do, what to do.

So I finished Ink Circles Spring Mandala this past Monday and I have to say I really enjoyed the design and loved the end result.
 
I have now moved on to Cut Thru North Pole by Bothy Thread. I just love the bright and cheerful colors it has, even though I think it's too early for a Christmas design it just screamed work on me.....work on me LOL. I hope to post pictures of both designs tonight. 
 
Anyway, I am in a bit of a pickle and I am wondering if my cross stitch friends can help me or educate me. So I store my cross stitch finishes and WIP on my own personal computer as well as webshots and I link my webshots albums to my blog. I have recently heard that webshots has changed it's name to 'smile-webshots' and will no longer be free. I really am not interested in paying for yet another thing on the internet, I already pay for 2 family tree programs and pay for hidden object games that I play so adding another things just doesn't appeal to me especially since I haven't updated my webshots photos in over a year. But I do like to be able to click on a photo and be able to view my xs photos without having to be at my home computer.
 
So where does everyone put their photos? Does anyone post their photos in pinterest? I really don't understand what pinterest really is/does so I don't know if it's even possible to do what I am asking.
 
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The sky is falling

So I thought the next time I posted I would be posting a finish.....well I am really close but not yet so that will have to be later post.
 
I am however going to vent, so if you don't want to hear/read about it I suggest you don't bother reading this post. Smile
 
So 2 months ago our townhouse complex got the roofs replaced, as you will recall in previous posts the way they went around getting the money was ridiculous but nonetheless the roofs were done. Well Saturday was the first rain fall of the season and guess what, my 3rd floor window started to leak, first it was just a drip down the window frame, then there was a water bubble in the window trim, then beside the window, then water marks on the ceiling......Nice I mentioned to a couple friends that there was no way this wasn't related to the roof since we have lived in the townhouse for 8 years and have never had any water problems but 2 months after the roof and now we have damage quite convenient.
 
So Dad sent emails to the property management company which was of course closed on the weekend and spoke to two members on the council, I put towels down while we waiting for the weekend to end. But then on Sunday the water bubble was huge and it was really concerning me so we called the emergency people who sent out some restoration people, who brought industrial fans and a dehumidifier to the house while we waited for the roofers to come and check out the problem, it rained the whole weekend yikes!
 
Well property management guys was annoyed that Dad sent his 3 emails over the weekend, but as dad explained to him the damage to the wall and window changed so dramatically in a 6 hours span that it warranted numerous photos being taken and besides our contact on the strata council told Dad to do this.
 
Anyway, fast forward to last night, roofers came caulked where they thought the leak was coming in, told us the flat section of our roof 'was a mess' (they were hired just to do the peaks of each townhouse) and would be writing a report to strata council about this. I don't really care if the flat section is a mess, they the roofer brought on this problem because obviously when they put the pallet full of supplies on the flat section when they were doing the roof they caused damage to the flat section or when they ripped the shingles off the peaks they caused damage to the flat section because none of this was happening before they did the roofs.
 
And then the cherry on top of everything after dinner we were all downstairs on the 1st floor watching tv (since my loft is too hot/loud to be in right now) mom looks up to the ceiling for some reason and now there is a water mark on the ceiling on the 1st floor. Dad immediately called the emergency guys and talks to our council member and they both agreed that it is also roof related since the stain in on the seam line of the ceiling so that means water followed a frame piece from the 3rd floor all the way down the wall and then followed the beam across the ceiling or something like that (dad, emergency guy and council member all could understand this and it made sense to them). Mr. emergency guy said to keep an eye on it watch if it gets bigger or if it starts to drip and his guys will be out today (Tuesday) to assess the situation since they have to come over for the 3rd floor anyway. Hopefully now that the roofers have caulked the flat section there will be no more water and the mark won't get any bigger and then things can start being fixed.
 
Since we are part of a strata and all of this is exterior issues strata will have to pay for the damage not us. Cross my fingers that it stays that way, they have covered some bathroom leaking for other units in the past which are interior problem so it they try and make us pay for the 1st floor issue we will be fighting it. I imagine that our flat section will now have to be replaced, I am not sure if they can do it now with all the rain coming or whether they will patch it up some more and wait till the spring. Either way my wall, and ceiling will have to be replaced and repainted and depending on what comes about with downstairs it will have to be repainted too. I guess now is a good time to acknowledge it was a good thing that strata collected extra money for the roof fund for unforeseen expenses because this is definitely one of them.
 
If you have made it to the end of this post I thank you for your time and interest.
 
Thanks again for listening.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Copyright

Now normally I don't wade into this topic because to me it is pretty black and white. Just Don't!!!! no copying, giving, borrowing etc. of someone else's work/design without their permission and/or unless you pay for it.
 
But I am just blown away by a comment I received yesterday that I have to talk about it. I was in my local grocery store which sometime carries the UK stitch magazines and I happened to find an issue that I don't have yet. So I get to the check out and the checkout girl made a comment that she couldn't believe the magazine was 14.99+ taxes. In Canada the UK magazines range from 11.99 to 15.99 so I wasn't at all surprised. I explained to her that it was from the UK and that was why it's so expensive and I am very selective in which ones I purchase because of their price and that before I decide to purchase any magazine there has to be at least 4 - 6 designs that I like to make it worth the cost to purchase. Then she comments she can't understand why these designs aren't available online for FREE, excuse me!!!!! it took me a couple seconds to close my month and then I said to her "well the designers have to get paid for their designs" (as they should) and it wouldn't be fair to them if anyone could just download them off the internet, how would they make a living. Her response was "I guess so" and then she follows up with "well you can get knitting patterns online for free and you can also buy them individually as well".
 
I didn't want to get into an argument with her about how people try to cheat the system by purchasing a pattern and then posting it on a message board for free where anyone and everyone can grab it and it winds up that 10,000 people get that one pattern but only one person paid for it or similar scenarios like that.
 
Then she started to compare patterns online with ebooks and saying the book industry was worried about making money on ebooks (since they are offered cheaper then the paper versions) but that the industry is just racking in the dough now so why couldn't cross stitch do the same. I was so glad I was finished purchasing my groceries because what this woman was saying was pissing me off. It definitely enlightened me on why the copyright problems with cross stitch are so big and designers are having such a hard time getting it under control. 
 
Okay I'm getting off my soap box now, Thanks for listening.
 
 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Pictures I Promised

It has been so hot in my neck of the woods so the thought of going on my computer and posting pictures hasn't appealed to me.

So better late than never here are some of my photos. My latest finishes


Snow White LHN



Simply Vintage CCN*
*can't figure out how to rotate the photo.


And here are a couple of my WIP

Spring Mandala - Ink Circle

Rose Quaker
I am also doing tribal butterfly and worked on Greece Mandala but I haven't downloaded recent photos yet.

Well thanks for looking


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Changing things up.

So I have put aside all my projects this week and I am working on Greece Mandala. I just felt like giving it some love. I am really enjoying it so far LOL. I have switched out all the silks and hand dyed etc with DMC and DMC variation threads, so currently I am using #4050 variation to replace Gloriana silk #67. I picked a lighter color then original asked for, it really spoke to me as a greece water color and I am really liking how its looking.


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Stitching was done

There are no pictures today but I am hoping to post a couple in the next few days.

I took three days off last week to celebrate my birthday and to have a couple mental health day which I did by visiting my best friend and god son, I also was able to do some major stitching. I finished Snow White by LHN, Autumn biscornu (but not built yet) and I am about two or three band sections away from finishing Simply Vintage by CCN. So I will post pictures of all three in a couple days.

I am quite impressed with how much I was able to get done in the stitching department in past month it definitely makes up for the lack of stitching I accomplished in the first half of the year.

Thanks for listening.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Update

Well look at this two posts in one months I am on a roll. LOL.

So like I said earlier in the month I am starting a new type of rotation to get me back into the groove and I must say I am really enjoying myself. I don’t feel obligated to stitch everyday and when I do it feels like I’m starting a new project each and every time and if I feel like continuing to stitch on a project on a second day I do.

So what has this new system done for me? Well, I have a finish, my Tuesday project which was Frosty by Mill Hill I was able to finish it within 2 rotations, I also worked on it on a couple Sunday’s in-between other non-stitching tasks since I wasn’t feeling love for My Mom’s Garden by Shepherds Bush so it wasn’t a hard deciding to keep working on Frosty and then I actually threw away a project.



I had started Fairy Celebration #3 from Passione Ricamo a few years ago and I was using hand dyed dragon floss from Polstitches (I think). I have been working on it on and off for a few years now and I just couldn’t seem to stay on point with it, and the more I worked on it the more I disliked how the design was working out. Now don’t get me wrong I love the thread, it is very eye catching but unfortunately it really looks awful when stitched up like a fairy with a long swooping dress and I just couldn’t finish it. On top of that problem I also spotted a very unappealing dirt mark on the side of it and since it is a hand dyed thread I can’t wash the fabric (serves me right for not putting it in a zip lock bag to keep it clean when I was not working on it.). So I just didn’t know what to do. I have only ever thrown out one other piece and that was when I was a teenager and my sister spilled red wax on my project....I used to leave my projects in the living room on the communal coffee table so it was bound to happen eventually. So I talked with my mom about what I should do with the piece and as many of my fellow crafters have said. ‘This is a hobby not a job’ and if I don’t want to finish or have a project anymore I can choose not to. So that is exactly what I did I threw it out and I feel no guilt because of it. I will eventually restart fairy celebration #3 but I will have to think long and hard about what kind of variegated thread I will use. So that has now freed up a new spot in my rotation.


Another thing I have found with this rotation is that some days I am so enthralled with the current project that I continue through to the next day and sometimes even the day after that. I don’t feel bad because I know I will eventually work on the pieces I skipped over, so no guilt. So this is what I have been doing since starting this rotation

Monday: Autumn Biscornu – I took this project on the train for a couple days too. I am very close to being finished so I need to decide if I’m going to make it a priority piece this weekend or just work on it next Monday.


Tuesday: another Mill Hill design. I haven’t been in the mood to start a new bead kit so I have just been working on any project that strikes me or doing other tasks instead.

Wednesday: Spring Mandala by Ink Circle. I have decided to do the black outline first before any color so I am currently working on the area the q-snap is showing me, when that is finished I will decide either to move the q-snaps and finish all the black outline or start filling in the color.


Thursday: Snow White by LHN. I love this design. I just can’t get enough of it. I have been working on this design on Tuesday as well just for a few minutes here and there and I’m hoping that perhaps by the end of June I will be finished.


Friday/Saturday: Woodland Enchantress kit by Dimension. I was making a lot of progress on this design for a couple days but I have kind of petered off so I definitely will need to get back to it. Like I said before I find the various thread thickness and ½ stitches in the background a bit of a drag which affects the time I put into this design, and why it’s a long suffering WIP. I have decided to go back and work on her under skirt which is only 3 – 4 colors in full stitch and hope this helps me want to do the ½ stitch background and this is also why I give it two days in the rotation so if one day is a bust I have a second day to try and make it work.


Sunday: My Mom’s Garden kit by Shepherd Bush. This is the first time I have worked on linen and let me tell you it’s a bit strange. On my piece of linen there are chunks of fabric on the top (if that makes sense) and I know this is a natural occurrence with linen but it’s taking great restraint not to pluck them off the fabric LOL. I also had to switch out one of the colors in the kit it is called tumbleweed and it is suppose to be a white/cream but mine is more grayish and for some reason it blends completely with the fabric so I couldn’t see the diamond motif on the bottom of the design, since I have to stitch the sheep as well as some of the specialty stitches with this color I just knew I would have to sub it out if I actually wanted to see these elements of the design. I figured that a white or a B5200 would be too light and the usual 712 grey colors would also blend into the fabric so I had to go for a more grey/green color more ‘dirty’ so I could see the motif’s and the sheep would look dirty and not unnatural. All in all I am really enjoying this kit and it’s coming along faster than I thought it would so I am hoping in the next 1 – 2 rotation I can be finished this design as well.

with Tumbleweed thread

with DMC 3782

Well that's all the pictures for now. Hopefully I can get more stitching done this weekend.

Thanks for listening.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Flip Flop

So I still a hit and miss with my stitching but I'm trying really hard LOL. I am trying a new rotation to stay on point. I am doing a rotation where I am doing a different pattern almost everyday. This idea is new to me so I don't know if it's something that works with my mentality so we shall see I am also hoping that this type of rotation will help get me through my pile of WIP. If nothing else it should be fun.

Here is what I have chosen.

Mill Hill kit - Frosty

Mothers Garden - Shepherds Bush


Autumn Biscornu - Barbara Ana Design

Spring Mandala - Ink Circle

Woodland Enchantress - Dimension Kit
They run the gambit of styles so I hope this is a good thing to keep me focused.

Thanks for listening.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Mojo

Hello everyone. Check me out I'm actually writing a post LOL.
 
I feel quite a bit better then I did last month and I have actually started stitching again! Yay me.
 
I can honestly say I have no idea why I feel better, maybe it's the relatively good weather we have been having that is making life more manageable or maybe it's letting things roll off my back. I don't know but I like it, every time something negative comes about I think of a couple things positive and that kind of lessens the punch in the gut feeling, it sounds so simple but it is quite honestly the hardest thing to do.
 
Anyway, while I haven't been stitching I needed to keep myself occupied doing something productive instead of sitting in front of the computer/tv day in and day out, so I have been doing major spring cleaning instead. Number one item on my agenda was my storage unit, I realized in the fall that some of the boxes I have I haven't looked at for over 2 years so I kind of thought if I'm not missing the stuff in those boxes why the heck do I still have them. So in January I went into the unit and took photos and numbers every single box and made a plan of attack and every weekend since March I have been bring boxes home and going through them and purging. I also realized that I just had no rhythm or reason with packing them either and a lot of times I would go to the unit and spending 20 mins going through 1/2 dozen boxes just to find one item because I really had no idea where anything was. So after purging I started laying the stuff out on the kitchen table and repack like items into the same box then numbering and taking a new photo. I haven't done a final count yet but I am confident I have purged completely about 20 boxes which were mostly cardboard boxes and now almost everything has been moved into rubbermate container. It feels really good to purge. Most of the things I have purged have gone to a 2nd hand store that helps women and children in abuse situations.
 
And with keeping with the spring cleaning theme I have purged my bedroom closet of unnecessary stuff as well and was able to move my craft bins into the closet. It felt really good to do all of this and now I am so jazzed being in an organized room that my stitching mojo is coming back so I have been flying through the project I am helping my mom on and I hope to be finished it by the weekend and then instead of working on a new project or Egyptian Garden (didn't want to shock my system with a BAP) I have opted to work on a long lingering WIP, a dimension kit called Woodland Enchantress. I can only really work on this design at home because there are so many threads and strange thread combinations that it requires a lot of desk space and having every thread laid out. So this will be a slow and steady project that should help ease me back into stitching and eventually I will get back to Egyptian. I also have a couple small WIP that I want to finish as well so I will just let my mojo lead the way.
 
Well thanks for listening

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Stopping By

Hi everyone. Thanks for stopping by my dormant blog here. I would really like to think that my stepping away from talking has help my mind, body and soul but not really. I am in a true and utter funk and I don`t know how to get out of it. Nor have I really and truly picked up a needle and stitched at all. I am trying to help my mom finish a project (when there is a lot of back stitch she likes my help because I have younger eyes) but I warned her about my funk...as long as I am finished the design by June she doesn`t  care.

The first couple weeks I had a really hard time not stitching I would sit there and look at my projects on my stitch table and try to will myself to stitch, which is why I left the projects out on the table in the first place. But I just couldn't bring myself to work on anything longer than 10 mins. But as the days turned to weeks and now its a month my interested is completely gone. So instead of stitching I am doing a whole lot of reading on my ereader. I find it easier to slip into the fantasy of reading then relaxing in stitch.

I wont go into the details of whats bothering me because to be quite honest it`s a common thread in the world today...finances and the ways of the world. I known I am not the only one struggling so I don`t feel I have the right to bitch about it especially on a stitching blog. All I can say is I was naive in thinking I could come out of this economic problem unharmed but that is not the case and it has kind of shaken me. I am trying to just let it roll over me but some days are better than other.

I will try and stop by my blog more often and hopefully I can show you progress of the project I am helping my mom with but I cant promise how much other stitching I will get to this year, but summer is coming up and I always take a week off to just stitch so we will see what I can do LOL.

Thanks for listening.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I am around

Hi everyone. Sorry I have been so silent. I am going through somethings right now so my heart isn't into talking or stitching so I don't have anything to post about. I hope in the next few weeks I can shake off my troubles.

Thanks for listening and sticking around.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Progress

Hello everyone. I hope 2012 is starting out nice and lovely for you all. It's going rather calmly for me.

I promise I have been stitching on Egyptian Garden just not much LOL. I have done half the row of far away palm trees (which is beside the arch's) and I have done one of the over one cats. I am currently working on one of the pyramids and the metallic border behind it. I am hoping this weekend I will be able to post a picture.

What I have been doing is reading. I got a ereader for Christmas so I have been using all the coupons that I received to buy some new books. I am currently reading A Discovery of Witches, I have heard good and bad reviews of the book and I am definitely on the side of it's a good read. The scientific DNA parts are a bit dry but I am really enjoying reading that kind of stuff.

Well that's it for now. Thanks for listening.

Next post I promise will have pictures.