July 30, 2012

Almost a Butterfly

I promised Anne a Saturday SAL but didn't quite make it. Ended up going to get our eyes checked which threw our whole day out of whack. Nothing the matter, just routine, but a 12:30 appointment didn't get us seen till 1:15. Coupled with dilation, getting new glasses, yada yada, we didn't get out of there till almost 4... and had our first meal of the day. :S

The optometrist said that I was an "interesting" case. ROFL!!! We all know that the "interesting" word used that way is never good thing. ;) My prescription is so low and though all that needed correcting was my astigmatism, I'm straining my eyes when I'm reading and on the computer. I told the doc, I only ever use my current (15 year old pair) for stitching and watching movies.

After it was all said and done, I walked away with two new pairs of glasses on order: one for stitching, and the other for distance. (It was buy 1, get 1 free, and hubby didn't need new glasses. YAY for me!!!) The stitching pair are soooooooo light, they feel like air. The movie pair has flowers on the side. *giggle*

By the time we got home from lunner (new made up word for lunch and dinner), groceries, and chores, we were both sporting headaches from the dilation and sun. Needless to say, I wasn't about to stitch under those occasion, especially not over 1.

So, Sunday was my 'SAL with Annie' day. I even told hubby 'no' to D3. *gasp* I KNOW!!!! I couldn't finish the yellow butterfly like I wanted, but there's not much left. Maybe another 3 or 4 colors and then backstitching. (Pic is bad. Sorry about that... cloudy today.)

July 27, 2012

"My Memories Suite" Software Giveaway

A couple of months ago Liz from My Memories Suite, a digital scrapbooking software company, emailed and asked if I'd like to host a giveaway. Of course I said yes!! Giveaways are so much fun!! She generously offered me two copies. One for my own use and another one as a GIFT!!!

I was all set to get on it right away, but as you well know, I became horrendously preoccupied with a certain game and I've let this fallen by the wayside.

OH!! *slaps forehead* Which reminds me... I owe the following to Butterfly. (Click picture to enlarge. I'm sure after you'll agree with me that Monk-ette means well.)

Aaaaanyway, back to the subject at hand. I finally got my act together and after some 'duh' moments (poor Liz probably wanted to throw in the towel with me) downloaded the MyMemories software and went to town! Boy, I have to tell you guys, this program is slick! And so addictive. Best of all, My Memories Suite works on both Mac and PC and you can install up to three copies on your computers.

The software itself comes with ready made templates and you can use these however you please. Stick with all the elements provided in the pages or delete and add them as you build. The font library is as big as the font library on you computer which means many moments spent playing and deciding on just that perfect font.

The available kits, both free and for purchase, are mindblowing. Like a certain template? Clicking on it will lead you to more from the designer. After all, we ARE in a collecting state of mind, aren't we? ;)

I decided to create some showcases of my Mirabilia pieces for this post:

Most of the elements in here were from the original template.
All I did was moved them around, deleted some shapes, added the ribbons,
picked a font, and arranged the pictures.

Other than the pattern on the bottom right, this was practically built from scratch.
I discovered, to my glee, that I could encase my picture into different shapes,
and the heart seemed perfect for her. Just for fun, I added the clothespin and
some stitching lines at the top.

I wanted this to be a matter-of-fact piece. All the explainations are
right in there, straight up and clear as day.

I have a feeling I haven't even begun to chip away at the tip of what this iceberg of a program can do, and I plan on spending lots of quality time with it. Picture books, videos, scrapbooks... oh, and did I mention that you can add music as well?!! Ahh... the digital world. I LOVE IT!!! :D

Want a chance to win your own copy? It's easy. :D

1. Head over to MYMEMORIES and have a look around.

2. Leave a comment below as to which kit you would use first and for what occasion. BTW, "just because" or "just for fun" counts as occasions too. ;)

The deadline to enter this giveaway will be midnight EST on AUGUST 15th, 2012 and the winner of the giveaway will be selected at random.


July 25, 2012

Lucky Me

A couple of months back, Vanessa asked me to pick a gift from some of her amazing finishes. She emailed Heidi and I about it and while Heidi, silly thing that she is, demurely said no, I jumped on the offer and, I believe my very unladylike response was "*$#% yeah!!! I get first dibs!!!!"

I know, I know... you guys are shocked. How could that be me? I'm usually so sweet and polite, and not to mention, dainty. *snort*

There wasn't any doubt that out of all the mermaids, dragons, and ladies, I'd picky September's Sapphire Fairy. I've always wanted to stitch her and what's better than a gift of her from a dear friend? As Vanessa said, she's part of the both of us... the asian part for me, and the fairy part for her love of fairies.

I decided on a simple mounting for Sapphy. So onto the foam core board she went, and as luck would have it, Annie sent me this beautiful ribbon as part of her giveaway from way back. I love how the edging gives it a delicate feel and the hot pink accents the soft pinks in the fabric so well.

A close up. How gorgeous is she??

She is the first thing I see when I open my closet door and I couldn't ask for a better view. :D Hubby reminds me that I should mention that "the ugly white plastic hook has since been replaced with a tiny black nail." :D ;) LOL!!!

July 23, 2012

July's IHSW Report

Hi sweeties!!! How were your IHSWs? I see lots of posts already and am looking forward to spending some time with all that eye candy. CHECK THEM OUT HERE.

On my end, I STITCHED!!! :D

I promised Anne that I'd SAL with her on our Chatelaines for a couple of hours on Saturday (she'd better have stitched on her Knotgarder or there will be trooouuuuble!!! LOL!), and ended up stitching both weekend days.

Remember my yellow blob from yester-months? (Oooh look, I made up a word! :D) Well, it is now starting to resemble a butterfly! :D



Another ten or so colors, and this one will be done. :D Man, I've missed stitching...

July 16, 2012

Catch Up and July IHSW

Helloooooooo sweeties!!! I hope your summers (and winters) are moving nicely along.

Sorry I've been so quiet of late. I think I've become a hermit well and true. Maybe it's the summer weather... although, there's not much to complain about cos it's been pretty nice around here for a South Floridian summer. It's still hot (hermit) and muggy (hermit) and we've been getting lots of rain (hermit, hermit, hermit), but it's not scorching.

Why do I get the feeling that you guys are laughing at me and reading "D3" instead of "hermit?" LOL!!!! I actually have been reading quite a bit too. Some new books, some re-reads. It's nice to just bum out on the couch and not do much. :)

On the subject of D3, hubby and I decided that his witch doctor and my monk-ette shouldn't have THAT much armor on. By the time, they're all decked out, they have armor, headgear, gloves, boots, shoulders, and bracers.

Toss in the possibility of shields, BIIIIG axes and swords, and the whole idea of an old-style fantasy-based RPG goes out the window. Monks, witch doctors, demon hunters, and wizards running and fighting while lugging all that weight around is quite laughable.

I mean, what monk fights with spikey, heavy shouders, metal gloves, and studded boots, right? Let me show you what I mean... She looks more like a warrior than a monk!

Granted, she looks pretty cool and kick-ass, but still. Are people to believe that she can dodge hits or weave into battle without getting one of those metal things snagged on a baddie's tooth??? ;) (And I absolutely, on matter of principle, will not use a shield.)

My friend, Heidi, said awhile back that monk-ette would make a cool cross stitch. I told her to get to charting it. ;)

So, after thinking about it for a few days, we decided to dye some of our toons' armor invisible. Now, don't you think she looks more like a monk? (Yes, I dyed her armor pink too, LOL!) And don't you love her sexy legs? I do! :D

Meanwhile, I was telling hubby last night, that maybe his witch doctor should have some clothes back on.... LOL!!!

Before; After

IHSW!!!! I'm going to sign up again this month and hope springs eternal that I'll stitch something. It's going on 2 months since I've picked up a needle. *gasp!!!*

If nothing else, I'll get to see all your lovely stitching and live vicariously through you and your needles. ;)

You know what to do!! :D

July 3, 2012

Happy July 4th!

Yes, I'm still alive! ;) Manbroider emailed me this morning asking just that. *giggle* I've been terribly neglectful of you guys, stitching, and blogging though. *hugs*

Diablo 3 is going well, I've been reading quite a bit as well. Is it just me (and D3) or does summer (no matter where you live and when it occurs) just zap the mojo?

To all my American friends, HAPPY 4th OF JULY!!! Stay safe and happy BBQ'ing! :D