December 29, 2008

Regal Tiger - 2nd Pic

Admit it!! You thought that I had given up the ghost and threw away all my stitching. Don't worry.... you weren't alone. I didn't have high hopes for me there for a little while. ;)

Then, what came along but the blessed long Christmas weekend... and the very much delayed painting of the inside of my Ottlite (that's a story for another post), and TA-DAH!!!

Now let's just hope I can keep it up and finish him, and event I planned for year's end and then I realized it's 2 days away. HAHAHAHAH. Did I mention dementia? Sometimes.... I worry about me. ROFL!

September 17, 2008

Sale! Sale! Sale!

Calling all cross stitchers and art lovers.... Stab and Stash is having a sale on their cross stitch charts by wonderful artists such as Rachael Tallamy, Myka Jenson (her charts come with either DMC or Anchor floss listing), and Carol Vinson, just to name a few.

So many beautiful charts to stock up on....

The Devil You Say?

If you re-arrange the letters in mother-in-law, you get woman hitler.
The things that make you go hmm.....

September 15, 2008

Moon Cake Festival

Today is Moon Cake Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival. I don't know much about the stories behind it other than it has something to do with the full moon and some guy and his wife... ROFLMAO!!! Although, come to think of it, there is another story of how moon cakes were used to carry secret messages during a time of turmoil in China. For more detail about this, please visit the ever helpful Wiki. I'm such a wealth of information, aren't I? ;)

What I remember most about it growing up is eating moon cake, yummmmm, and walking around with lit up lanterns with the other kids in the neighborhood. To this day, I remember festive lanterns being displayed and sold way before the festival, and inevitably every year, I'd pick a cellophane fish lantern... really, how could anyone resist a face like that? LOL!

Since Moon Cake Festival fell on a weekend this year, we got together for dinner at Ailin and Ian's, and decided to make wonton soup and 'kon low mein' with shredded chicken, mushroom, and chinese broccoli. Needless to say, we ate like pigs (what else is new?), and the rest of the night was filled with groans of gluttonous agony as our stomachs rebelled at being force to expand beyond nonhuman proportions.





This would've been a shot of the beautiful moon cakes that Ailin bought this year, but apparently Ian has secret aspirations of becoming a hand model. :P

September 11, 2008

Regal Tiger - 1st Pic

Here we are again, in the land of WIPs. Let's see how long I can keep this up. ;)
I started prep work on Tiger last night, and it's easy to forget that it's quite a lengthy procedure...
- iron the fabric, scroll it up;
- sort the floss;
- get the Ottlite, adjust it just so;
- settle down to stitch.... ooops, forgot the scissors and the highlighter *siiiiiigh*;
- moves scroll out of the way, gets scissors... looks for highligher.... hmm... what color should I use? It IS a major decision after all *snort*;
- decision made, GREEN it is;
- sits back down, hmm.... I think I want a drink of water first.

WHAT??? It's been a whole hour??? Where did the time go?!! LOL! It's a wonder I even got started.

Regal Tiger
Dimensions Gold Collection
Cross stitch and half cross
with multiple threads over 1
14ct tan aida

September 10, 2008

New Start! New Start!!

It's official!! EK and I are finally insane!!! All the crazy hours of work has finally caught up to us, took our marbles and tossed them out to sea!

But far be it for me to complain since in those few seconds of insanity, we found our joy for stitching again!!! We've both been in such a horrible rut of late, and while we both felt bad about it, nothing seem to work in getting us going.

Today, oh glorious day, we have decided on new starts, a double SAL of sorts.... Tiger and Dimensions:
White Lightning for EK:

Regal Tiger for me:

Let the good times roll....

September 5, 2008

A Poem

There have been quite a bit of hoo-ha going on over the last month in the stitching world. A charting company, Heaven and Earth Designs* have been letting numerous stitches down for quite a while now with their charting and business practices. The way they have treated loyal customs are reminiscent of dictatorship. Lots of things to blog about and voice my thoughts over and these will all be forthcoming pretty soon....

Throughout history, poems always have a way of conveying feelings and thoughts in lots of ways, be it subtle or in-your-face.

Today, I thought short, sweet, and direct would be perfect:

Hate HAED?*
Think it's trash?
Then, do not wait...

September 2, 2008

For Ailin

Here ya go. Waaaaay before 2009. ;)

Before:


After:

Dinner and Fun

What's this? A blog? More of a photo log really, of our first dinner at our new home served on our new dining table, with Ailin and Ian as our first official guest. ^.^ We had a wonderful South African wine that they brought back from their honeymoon along with an indian dinner I cooked up. Ailin brought chinese peanut dessert and made a delish date cake. YUMMMMMM!!!!


June 11, 2008

Tatty Teddy Wedding Day

Procrastination is never a good thing.... in this instance, it led to 4 days of stitching, 2 of those being a test of endurance in $&*^#$(*%$ backstitching! Did I mention I hate backstitching? LOL! The result, I must say, is damn cute, and I have never made such perfect french knots. ;)

Stitched for my cousin and Ian for their wedding, I used a DMC conversion of Anchor threads and replaced the french knots in the girl bear's veil with beads to add a bit of glitter.

I so totally love this and am tempted to stitch something for us, buuuuuut... I think I've had enough backstitching for now. ;)

May 14, 2008

Spanish Rouge

Spanish Rouge by Sampler Cove
Stitched 1 over 2 on 32ct Belfast linen
Floss: Vikki Clayton Silks Nose Gay 2111, DMC 209 and 3837

I've been having the hardest time gaining momentum on this piece. Can't really put my finger on what the problem is... maybe it's the color, maybe the subject matter bores me too quickly. It's shocking as this boredom is something very new to me. EGADS! To make things worse, there were times while I was working on it that I seriously considered not finishing it!!!! Horror of horrors!!! :O

Alas, the 'finisher' part of me rebelled at that idea everytime, so I will see this through by hook or by crook. I'm sure the "fun butts" at the Crafty Coven will have a field day with this. LOL!

With that said, I've rolled it up for now and started back on stitching Metamorphosis. Figured that I'll get back to this when I need a break from all the intensive color changes and the over 1 stitches....... maaaayyyyyybeeeeeeeee. ;)

May 12, 2008

The Smallest Differences

Isn't it amazing what little tiny things can sometimes make a world of difference?

One little angled 'tail' between chromosomes has the power to determine the wall color for a newborn baby's room...

One blink of the eyes, and one might miss the shooting star that one has waited hours to see...

Mere inches, like the NFL love to advertise, is the difference between victory and defeat...

And since this blog is allllllll about me, I have to share how one iiiiiiiitttttyyyyyy, biiiitttttttttty number in floss color marks the difference between flawless skin and cooties on Luna.

A long while back, I mislabeled 2 pinks, somehow switched the color labels between 224 and 225. What resulted was Luna in March, all aglow with cooties (see all those bright pink spots all over her flesh?):

And Luna now, just plain aglow! :D

May 3, 2008

Inner Peace

Courtesy of Mellie. It was sooo helpful to me, I just HAD to share...
I am passing this on to you because it definitely worked for me and we all could use more calm in our lives.

By following the simple advice I heard on a Medical TV show, I have finally found inner peace. A Doctor proclaimed the way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started.

So I looked around my house to see things I'd started and hadn't finished and, before leaving the house this morning, I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of shhhardonay, a bodle of Baileys, a butle of vocka, a pockage of Prunglies , tha mainder of bot Prozic and Valum scriptins, the res of the Chesescke an a box a chocolets.

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April 22, 2008

Bad Movies and Silver Linings

I've always been a firm believer on "There is Always a Silver Lining in Every Cloud".....

We watched 2 movies last night. Well, in this case, the word 'watched' is use in the loosest way possible and envelopes a huge scope of scoffing, ridiculing, snide remarks, total and utter disbelief, peppered with quite a few "WTF!!"s.... you get my drift. ;)



First up at 11pm was Alien vs. Predator 2. What a total waste of resources and money!!!! The first AvP was Oscar worthy compared to this one and like DH said, FOX ought to be shot for putting this kinda crap out there!! I'm guessing that mustard was the condiment of choice on set, as there was a lot of gore for no reason. Guess they had to use an influx of ketchup for something.




Of course, why stop at bad, if you can do worse? Dungeon Siege: In the Name of the King.... I have no words to describe how bad it was. Where would I even start? Should I talk about the utter lack of editing, or the horrible acting? How about the soundtracks during battle scenes, if you can call them that at all. We didn't know whether to laugh or cry. One thing is for sure though, movies like Lord of the Rings, Matrix, Narnia etc have NOTHING on this movie. They're all so.... how do I say this....... GOOD!!! *snort*

DH calls me a perpetual optimist, and the way I see it, and I'm sure he'll agree, that was a totally fun way to spend waste 3 hours on a Monday night!! 3 hours for 2 movies, you wonder??? Ahhhhhhh, the magic of the fast forward button.

Visionless movie execs + bad directors + horrible music = Lots of laugh and fun and ultimately, My Silver Lining.

April 9, 2008

Spanish Rouge Update

Finally sat down and spent a chunk of time to work on this and the first band is done!!!

I ended up using 3 shades of purple instead of the original 2, and it's looking pretty good, if I may say so myself. ;)


I was sooooo tempted to cut this band off and just make a bookmark out of it, but EK and Novia convinced me that the finished product will be too pretty to pass up. So, for now, it will stay on the scroll. LOL!

April 7, 2008

Bordering on the Ridiculous

HOW TO SPEAK ABOUT WOMEN AND BE POLITICALLY CORRECT :

1. She is not a "BABE" or a "CHICK" - She is a "BREASTED AMERICAN."

2. She is not "EASY" - She is "HORIZONTALLY ACCESSIBLE."

3. She is not a "DUMB BLONDE" - She is a "LIGHT-HAIRED DETOUR OFF THE INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY."

4. She has not "BEEN AROUND" - She is a "PREVIOUSLY-ENJOYED COMPANION."

5. She does not "NAG" you - She becomes "VERBALLY REPETITIVE."

6. She is not a "TWO-BIT HOOKER" - She is a "LOW COST PROVIDER."


HOW TO SPEAK ABOUT MEN AND BE POLITICALLY CORRECT:

1. He does not have a "BEER GUT" - He has developed a "LIQUID GRAIN STORAGE FACILITY."

2. He is not a "BAD DANCER" - He is "OVERLY CAUCASIAN."

3. He does not "GET LOST ALL THE TIME" - He "INVESTIGATES ALTERNATIVE DESTINATIONS"

4. He is not "BALDING" - He is in "FOLLICLE REGRESSION."

5. He does not act like a "TOTAL ASS" - He develops a case of RECTAL-CRANIAL INVERSION."

6. It's not his "CRACK" you see hanging out of his pants - It's "REAR
CLEAVAGE."

April 6, 2008

Online Pregnancy Test

Are you... or aren't you??!! Take the TEST!!

I apparently had a wicked, wild night... one of those you wake up from and remember nothing about and....

Joyce, you're going to be the proud parent of a baby boy, and just look- isn't he just so damn cute! Based on our remote test results, your beautiful baby boy will weigh about 11 lbs, 11 oz and have black hair and brown eyes. Truly a Wonder To Behold!





You little whiskey-sippin' momma, you succumbed to the slick, double-dealin' charm of Boss Hogg. Your child will probably grow up to be a Lord (slum of war).


Who the heck is Boss Hogg?!!! That's what I'd like to know!

Spanish Rouge


I've picked up 'Inquisition' again. I can't quite decide if I'm into it or not... it's a pretty fast stitch, which is great on one hand, but then it gets boring so quickly because it's so repetitive.

Since the last update, I've frogged out both versions of the 2nd color, whilst yakking to EK. This is definitely something I'd recommend doing if you have to frog... the yakking to a friend, that is. It makes time flies and before you know it, all the wrongs are right again. ^.^

I couldn't quite make myself spend the money to get a new batch of silks, so decided to go the route of using trusty DMC, and you know what.... I can't tell the difference at all between the look of silk and cotton in this piece. What I did do is add a 3rd color. This was totally unplanned, however, I'm quite please with how the lighter purple is being showcased and have decided to add this color as the 'highlight' color for each section.

April 4, 2008

A New Look

Don't be alarmed... it's still me. ;) I've decided to go with a new look. So after a bit of time on Photoshop and with a photograph that Satish took as inspiration, I give you, the new Random Ramblings.

Still some coding to do to get it back to where it was, font style and colors still need some work, but that will be for another day.

I have to go to bed now.....

April 3, 2008

Tickle Me Elmo

There is a factory in Northern Minnesota which makes the Tickle Me Elmo toys. The toy laughs when you tickle it under the arms.

Well, Lena is hired at the Tickle Me Elmo factory and she reports for her first day promptly at 8:00AM.

The next day at 8:45 AM there is a knock at the Personnel Manager's door. The Foreman throws open the door and begins to rant about the new Employee.

He complains that she is incredibly slow and the whole line is backing up, putting the entire production line behind schedule.

The Personnel Manager decides he should see this for himself, so the 2 men march down to the factory floor. When they get there the line is so backed up that there are Tickle Me Elmo's all over the factory floor and they're really beginning to pile up.

At the end of the line stands Lena surrounded by mountains of Tickle Me Elmo's. She has a roll of plush Red fabric and a huge bag of small marbles.

The 2 men watch in amazement as she cuts a little piece of fabric, wraps it around two marbles and begins to carefully sew the little package between Elmo's legs.

The Personnel Manager bursts into laughter. After several minutes of hysterics he pulls himself together and approaches Lena.

"I'm sorry," he says to her, barely able to keep a straight face, "but I think you misunderstood the instructions I gave you yesterday..."

...
...
...
...

"Your job is to give Elmo two test tickles."

April 2, 2008

Caressed by Ice

So I've been reading again.... Caressed by Ice, the last book in my unread pile, and I must say, this 3rd book of Nalini Singh's Psy-Changelings series is the best one yet.

I've never been one to post book reviews and I don't think I'd start now. ;) But Nalini Singh has really created a nice 'universe' with this series. The books are well-written, her command of the written language is impeccable, and she has an ability to draw you in and hold your attention captive. Well, at least she's done that to me, and I'm a finicky reader.

Give her a try if you're looking for something new to read... it's paranormal romance at it's finest with just the right balance of story, brains, and let's not kid ourselves here, sex. ;)

March 30, 2008

Luna

Here she is... one page (and some) done, 35 pages to go. LOL! Isn't she coming along beautifully? ^.^
by Ian Daniels
Charted by Stab and Stash

I'll be taking a break from her for a while and concentrate on Spanish Rouge and Metamorphosis for the next little while. I can't seem to get rotation to agree with me.

March 15, 2008

Spanish Rouge by Sampler Cove

I really don't think I'm meant to work on samplers. I'm sure this will be much to EK's dismay, but I swear I have the worse luck with them. I'm not saying this lightly and without proof either...

Exhibit A: Remember A Bouquet for Cheryl? Well, I got that done pretty quick, without too much mishap, unless you count that I didn't have enough thread for the whole design and opted to cut out the corners. Oh, and did I mention that I can't find where I stored it?? I've looked high and low for it but nada!

Exhibit B: Ahh..... who could forget the fiasco of Cirque des Cercles where I received a different dye lot of Caron Waterlilies Cocoa and it was like Michael Jackson pre and post plastic surgery??? Fortunately for good friends, Karen sent me a skein from a dye lot that was pretty close, and it's finished and accounted for.

Which leads me to the subject at hand. I started Spanish Rouge last weekend for the Sampler SAL we planned on the Crafty Coven. Instead of doing it in red, we decided on purple and Marina and Peggy gifted me with Vikki Clayton silks for Christmas. This wasn't an easy process at all. I pulled the 2 reds that was recommended for the original and found 2 purples to match the difference in shades.... and let me say, these were very minimal.

Fast forward to Exhibit C: This is the first section and the bulk of the color you see is the darker shade. The second shade is on the left side right under the 2 4-leave clover-flower thing. Can't tell the difference, can you??!!!! *&#@(*&^%$% Now, the lighter shade under it is a DMC color I played around with, but have decided that I don't like how it blends. Sigh.

I think I'm going to order the next shade lighter from the same family as the darker shade from Vikki Clayton and it should work out well. *fingers crossed*

March 10, 2008

Luna

As promised, here is a peek at my current WIP. This was totally unplanned, but then Tammy, of Stab and Stash fame, signed Ian Daniels to chart his artwork!!! *SQUEAL!!!* And what's more, one of the first 6 she charted is Luna. Now, really, how is a girl supposed to resist something as beautiful as this, especially since I've always loved this.

I actually already owned this piece as charted by HAED, but was very wary of starting it because a lot of their pieces that have been stitched have turned out quite badly, including the Sylph QS I worked on. Now, seeing as how these are BAPs (big-ass projects) and a lot of time will be devoted into stitching one of these, it is of utmost importance that I get very selective in what I stitch.

So poor beautiful Luna has been sitting in my stash pile till now.... thanks to Stab and Stash, I present..... Luna, stitched on 25ct evenweave. (Hmm.... click on it for the bigger picture. It uploaded funny on here for some reason.)

March 9, 2008

A New Blog

Yes, like having 3 other blogs isn't enough and neglecting them wasn't criminal, I have gone and started up a new one with Mellie... Fantastic Finishes. :D

We wanted to do this to celebrate our love for cross stitch and have an avenue to display all the love that we've put into each project. Whether or not this avenue becomes a boulevard is up to you, dear reader.

It's still in the construction stages... I found this gorgeous template but it was in 3 columns, so some Photoshopping and recoding later.... ta-dah! 2 columns and a gallery-esque look. I still need to mess with the sizing and look of Mellie's pics. "Do whatever you want," she says!! Wonder if that includes putting a for sale price on them. Mwa-hahahahaha!!

We still have some finishes to upload, including Mellie's knitting and paintings, then we'll start updating with current WIPs. :D

And yes, that's what I've been doing on Friday and Saturday instead of stitching. ROFLMAO! Oh, the irony!!

March 8, 2008

Let's Play Tag

Alrighty then. Might as well jump in feet first and make a big splash back into the land of blogging.
Noreen
tagged me, and here are the rules:

1. Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post THE RULES on your blog.
3. Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag 7 people and link to them.
5. Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.

Okie, here we go. 7 weird or random facts about me.... sheesh, do I really want the lot of you to know me this well? ;)

1. I can't swim or ride a bicycle. Wait... does that count as 2..... hmmm, I'm thinking it does.
2. I can't ride a bicycle.
3. I'm a huge RPG'er.
4. If I were guarantee millions, I'd consider marrying and old guy with liver spots if he died in a week and there is no contention for my millions. (ROFLMAO)
5. I can't sit still.... I always have to be doing something or thinking about something. The moment of me laying around doing nothing heralds the beginning of sickness.
6. I can't draw to safe my life. No modesty here either. When we were growing up, I drew a cat, and my brother wanted to know why I was drawing a fat elephant!! It has gone nowhere but downhill from there.
7. I can't play first person shooters cos I get motion sickness.

OK... I am tagging, EK, Novia, Wanda, and Nikki.

March 5, 2008

The More Things Change...

Same story, different instance....

I have been remiss in updating my blog of late. It seems that no matter how much I try, the grains of time runs out and leaves me running to the tune of playing catch-up.

Although, I have been good about spending more time on the Crafty Coven, and it always lifts my spirits to be able to commune with such a great bunch of people. What's most important is that it's spurring me into stitching mode again, thus the CDC finish of late.

An exciting new start took place a little over 10 days ago, but I think that she deserves a post of her very own because of how absolutely amazing she's turning out due in a huge part to the charting talents of Tammy at Stab and Stash.

All in all 2008 is raring to be a good stitching year.... if the voices of beading, gaming, and books don't scream too loud in their attempts to lure me away.

February 19, 2008

Cirque des Cercles finished

Here is it... finally done. My first finish of the year. Hopefully this will be only the first of many, goodness knows we have enough SALs planned into our ripe old ages. ;)

The look we were going for is one reminiscent of burnt velvet where the design is very subtle and the fabric is a showcase as well as the design.

The Particulars:
by Ink Circles
Fabric: 36ct opalescent linen specially hand-dyed
by the fabulous Tammy of Stab and Stash.
Floss: Caron Waterlilies Cocoa

February 7, 2008

January 31, 2008

CDC Update

Thank God for good friends and fellow stitchers. After the whole wrong-color-thread fiasco, my darlings on the Coven searched high and low for me for a dyelot that would match my original and on a leap of faith, Karen bought me a skein. It was from a different dyelot but it matches!! YIPPPEEEEEE!!

This is 3 pages down and if I'm really good, I'll have this done by the end for February. Just in time for a new Sampler SAL start. :D :D

January 12, 2008

HAPPY 2008!!!

12 days late, but the wish is still the same:

Wishing y'all
a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2008!

$!@*&$%@&$%#

I've been trying to be good on the stitching end. Ever since the decision was made for a Sampler SAL (stitch-a-long) to start in March, and to pair that with my total dislike of leaving things unfinished, I have been working quite a bit on CDC. As of Thursday, I had 2 pages done, yippeeeee!!! GO, ME, GO!!

Surely things are coming up roses, right? The stitching mojo is back, zippe-dee-doo-dah, zippe-de-yay! That's 2 pages down, 4 to go and if I keep up the discipline, I'll have this done by the end of February at the latest, and in time to start Spanish Rouge, or Inquisition as it has been lovingly dubbed, in March.

When I first bought the floss, Caron Waterlilies Cocoa, they only had 2 skeins left at my LNS, but we liked the color too much and I thought surely when I needed more, it wouldn't be that tough to get it again.

Fast forward a few months... the 2 pages that I had finished took up 1 skein and with one skein to go, I placed an order with an online store for 2 more skeins knowing full well that they won't be from the same dye lot as my previous 2 skeins, but surely I could mix them up with the remaining one and it'll be fine.

Well, I couldn't be more wrong!!! Who'd have thunk that the SAME bloody color would come out so different??!!! And since a picture speaks a thousand words, I shall let this one speak loads and loads. (The one of the left is new.)

I'm so screwed!!!! Called Mellie last night and the poor dear had to listen to me cuss, and then she started looking online for me and through all her stash. The ladies at the Crafty Coven are going to scour their LNS's too. Hopefully, somewhere out there, there is a little skein of dye lot CS099606 looking for a good home.