January 27, 2014

"Meeeeooww" Peek, Anyone?

LOL!! How many of you knew what I was talking about in the title? ;)

Ok, *big sigh* I don't think I can have Spring Knotgarden aka Alien Cats finished according to my insane plan of nine days. No one told me that reading blogs instead of stitching could be detrimental to my finishing plans! Boo-hoo!

I did get good towards the end of the week though. Got all the stitching done late Saturday afternoon and started beading the same night. This was when insanity set in again and I broadcast that I shall have the beading done by Sunday night! Oh yeah, oh yeah!!

Fortunately, I wasn't cocky enough to announce this to the entire world since all I had to show after the weekend was a sore bum and a half-beaded project! Obviously, I underestimated the amount of beads in Alien Cats and overestimated my beading prowess. *snort*

I'm super psyched that so many of you are joining us for the Stitching Bandits' Chatelaine Challenge. I'll give this my whole attention once Spring Knotgarden is finished. On that note, here's a teaser. ;)

January 24, 2014

Chatelaine Challenge New Update

I've slept on this a little and mulled over it with a friend and there's going to be a slight, but major change on for this Challenge. The objective for this Challenge is to pull out those Chatelaine WIPs you have and have fun with them and with other stitchers.

The drawing will be open to everyone who joins in the fun, and I might now have been clear in the previous post, but this is not something for you to buy new stash, but to get out those Chatelaine WIPs to work on them. ;)

Anyhooo, just wanted to clarify. More to come, and for current particulars, please check out the previous post or CLICK HERE

Chatelaine Challenge Teaser and A Video

An undisclosed time ago, three baby girls were born geographically close to each other. But, they didn't meet until they were grown ups, spread throughout the world. When they did, they became fast friends and sisters in spirit.

As siblings are wont to do, the middle sister – Crafty Pretender – is constantly torn between the finishing demands of the oldest sister (yours truly) and the irresponsible (LOL) starting demands of the youngest sister – Stashaholic's Anonymous. It doesn't help that middle sister is a scaredy cat (I'd use another term but I am trying to be delicate here) when it comes to starting a Chatelaine. ;) She wants to stitch them, she really does, but there are so many gorgeous ones. Which one should she choose?

Fast forward two years (I kid you not!), and damn if she didn't decide to test the waters, tiptoe in, and start Chinese Garden. I was so psyched when she told me, that I immediately started making SAL plans! I have her kit with me and will be sending it home with my parents to save on international shipping. I was also planning on waiting to get back to Serengeti till she has the kit in her eager little hands.

Where was little sister during this whole process you ask? I'll paraphrase: "You make the plans and I'll judge if it's good on not!" What a brat!! LOL!

Living up to my nickname, Darth Planner (don't ask, lol), I decided that we should have a bigger SAL. The more the merrier and all that jazz after all, don't you agree? Then I thought, wouldn't it be nice to add a little spice to the SAL and throw in a drawing at the end of the year of a GC for any Chatelaine chart the winner desires?

My sisters, being the generous souls they are, offered to chip in for the GC and the Stitching Bandits' Chatelaine Challenge was born!

The rules are pretty simple: stitch any Chatelaine and join in the fun. This is NOT for you to purchase new stash. ;) If you're one who's been wanting to stitch a Chatelaine for awhile but is worried about the scale of the projects, Martina has lots of gorgeous free smalls to test the waters.
To enter into the drawing for the GC though, you must finish a Chatelaine by the end of the year and it must be a large work.
All participants will be entered into a drawing at the end of the year for a GC.

ETA: I wasn't clear in the original post but you don't have to pick only one project.

I still have some details to work out and the official rules to write. The million dollar question is:
Are you interested in taking part in the Stitching Bandits' Chatelaine Challenge?
  
pollcode.com free polls 

If you are, please comment below and fill us in on what you're thinking of stitching for the SBCC.

I know not all my readers will be interested in this Challenge, so here's something for everyone. This one cracked me up so hard!



Oh, one more thing. On the subject of "Alien Cats with Temple Hats Going 'MAAAAAAAAAAAU' in Four-Part Harmony" aka hubby's latest name for Spring Knotgarden, I think I'm going to fail abysmally with my finish date. It didn't help that I didn't stitch two nights this week and then cut my finger tonight!!!

January 21, 2014

Captcha, How I Hate Thee!!!

Die, CAPTCHA, die!! And let it be a sloooooooow and agonizingly painful death!! Ok, that might be a little too dramatic, lol, but that's all I can think about every time one of those freaking "Please prove you're not a robot" codes pop out as I'm about to post a comment. Thanks for nothing, Google!!

We've all been there right? You've just read through a post, oohed and aahed at the the gorgeous WIPs, taken the time to post an appreciative comment, click on the Publish button, and BOOM!, this happens!



Google has made the very helpful, NOT!!, decision to have this option set automatically to "show code." I think it's pretty safe to say that it annoys most readers. I know it annoys the hell out of me, especially when I have a list of blogs I want to go through and have to stop dead every other time to prove over and over again that I'm not a freaking robot!! C'mon, Google!!! Seriously????!

I like to leave comments, I do. I think that in our busy lives, it takes a lot of effort to carve out some time to write a post and share some thoughts with our blog friends. I in turn, like to show my appreciation by leaving a comment, no matter how short (but not random, like the above comment, LOL!). But I have to say that when I'm hit with that freaking code, more often than not, I want to close the window and move on to the next blog, cos let's face it, if I've allotted two hours for blog reading, having to type those damn phrases will almost double the time I have. And let's not even talk about those times when I'm told that "You've entered the wrong code, please try again." Aaaaaaargh!!!!

Ok... rant over.

To see if Google has screwed you over big time by having this option turned on on your blog, go to your SETTINGS on your blogger home page. Click on POSTS and COMMENTS on the left side bar and please make sure that SHOW WORD VERIFICATION option is set to NO.



I know for a fact that a lot of readers don't bother to leave comments once they see that freaking code. I also know that as bloggers, we love comments. So it becomes a lose-lose situation. :( If you're worried about spam, you can choose to set the Comment Moderation to Always, which gives you the power to approve or deny a comment before it gets posted.

Please spread the word around for a CAPTCHA-free blogosphere experience and feel free to link back to this page. :)

So, please, pretty please, with a cherry on top, turn off your word verification. This will make my life a whole heck of a lot easier and to show my deepest, most heartfelt appreciation...



January 20, 2014

January IHSW Report

CLICK HERE for January's IHSWers. I encourage you to visit each other's blogs. I'm sure you will be as inspired as I am by all the beautiful projects out there. So that everyone will have a chance to post their IHSW updates, I'll start my blog visits tomorrow. :D

Hey, look!! I'm posting on the Monday right after our IHSW with update pics!! After a dismal 2013 of bare-boned posts on my end, aren't you guys proud of me? I'm doing so good for 2014! (Shhh, let's not focus on the fact that it's only January and we still have the entire year ahead of us. LOL!!)

I hope y'all had a great IHSW. I got the insane idea on Saturday night to finish Alien Cats with Temple Hats (hubby's name for Spring Knotgarden) done before my parents' visit. They're coming all the way from Malaysia, you see. What are they bringing me? Food. Lots and lots and lots of yummy food!! I'm getting hungry just thinking about it... saliva production has begun... stop thinking brain!!! Drool is bad for the keyboard!

Where was I? Oh yes... insanity. I have given myself nine days to finish SK. Well, at least the stitching. I think it can be done, don't you? All I have left to do is the top border, and while it's fiddly, once the first two colors are down, everything else sort of falls into place. Although, now that I think about it, I think I will try and finish the whole thing after all.

The initial thought was that my mom would enjoy watching the beading process, but really, after flying thirty-plus hours, who'd want to sit there and watch someone bead? Even if it's someone as lovable as me? Furthermore, knowing me, if I'm at the beading stage, I'd want to just get everything over and done with, and poor mom and dad would feel so neglected. Yes, yes, definitely finish the entire thing in the next nine days. Good idea, brain! Insane, but good!

Further on the thinking thing, I've been thinking about a Chatelaine SAL for a bit now. Things are starting to solidify and I'll do a separate post on that in the next few days. Why mention it now then you ask? Well, it's always fun to tease all y'all a little every once in a while. Stay tuned! ;)

All this rambling and no pictures yet? Yup, you read that right, that was a plural there. The flowers in the corner of Alien Cats (hubby started calling it "mauuu" today, LOL!) are too cute to not have a closeup taken. Do forgive the bump in the full pic. I was too lazy to unscroll it from the sizebars.




Finally, I'm going to send you over to Crafty Pretender's blog. One of my sisters-from-another-mother (and father!!! It occurred to me last night that since we only ever mention our mothers, we might be implying we have the same father. NOOOOOO!!! We don't. LOL!!!!!!), she finished the most gorgeous version of Paradigm Lost for her first IHSW. Amidst my cheers, I told her it's all going to be downhill from here. Hmm... in hindsight, maybe I shouldn't have said that... LOL!

January 16, 2014

Wipocalypse - January 2014

I'm going to try and be good this year and keep up with my SALs, blogging (both writing and reading), and most importantly, keeping in touch.

wip_button3 Hosted by Measi, WIPocalypse allows us all to work on WIPs and show them off. What could be better? Ah yes!!! The finishes from those WIPs. :D

Want to take part? Click on Measi's name above and join right in. :D

For January, we're supposed to introduce ourselves and talk about our projects and goals.

The latter is easy since I have but a handful of WIPs and my goals have always been to finish projects as quickly as time allows. My list of projects this year are:
1. Spring Knotgarden
2. Serengeti Mandala
3. Mermaid of Atlantis (not started, but will be a WIP soon enough)
4. Some Nora Corbett pixies (not started or decided)
ETA: 5. Regal Tiger (see answer to final question below, LOL!)

As for the introducing myself part, this is a more difficult task. So, I'm going to steal the following questions from Jo's blog, via Silverlotus' blog, via Bonnie's blog.

  • Which fabric do you most prefer? This is a toss up between linen and evenweave, depending on the project.
  • What is your favourite fabric count? 32 count, baybee!!!!
  • What colour fabric do you most enjoy stitching on? This, again, depends on the project. For Chatelaines, it's usually white or antique white, depending on how my mind's eye 'see' it. For Mirabilias, it's usually Picture This Plus linen.
  • What is your favourite fibre? Don't have one.
  • How many of the 450 DMC Colours do you own? Two sets of everything except for the latest colors.
  • Of your last five finished projects—how many used DMC/Anchor as the main floss? One.
  • Of the last five projects, if you didn’t use DMC/Anchor—what did you use? HDF silks, Dimensions floss in kits, a variety of silks as charted for Butterfly Lace Mandala.
  • What needles do you prefer? Size 28 Piecemakers.
  • What is the UGLIEST design you’ve encountered? LOL!!!! Would you believe me if I said I can't remember?
  • What is the most BEAUTIFUL design you’ve encountered? This one is easy, Chatelaines all the way.
  • Who is your favourite designer? Easy as well... Martina. :)
  • Least favourite designer? I don't think I have one. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and what I do not like, doesn't make someone a least favorite designer per se.
  • Will you/would you support a designer whose personal beliefs offended/angered you? Nope.
  • Do you have a lamp especially made for needleworkers/crafters? Yeah, I use an Ott lamp.
  • What brand of stitching lamp do you have/prefer? The Ott works fine for me.
  • What kind of environment best suits you when you are stitching? This depends on my mood. Sometimes I need silence. Sometimes, tv-show-catch up. But always, I'm on the couch with my stitching stand.
  • Have you stitched any design more than once? Yes, but since it's such a small design (the chinese character for Fortune), I don't know if that counts.
  • Favourite design you have stitched and finished? I find this one really hard to answer. I'm a very picky stitcher, so I love everything I've done, and all for different reasons. TW's Peacock Tapestry because I stitched it from a hand-charted, OMG-kill-me-now chart; Chinese Garden Mandala because of the vibrancy of colors; Petal Fairy because she's my favorite Mirabilia design... you get my drift. ;)
  • Least favourite design you’ve stitched and finished? As previously mentioned, I'm very picky about what I stitch, so it's a nil in this category.
  • Last, but not least, what’s your longest running WIP? Regal Tiger. Damn it!! I really need to get that finished.

January 13, 2014

January 2014 IHSW and a Pic

Happy 2014 everyone!! I hope your year started with a stitchy bang!

Me, I'm glad to be starting the year right by posting our first IHSW sign up of 2014 on time. (Shhhh, let's not talk about the fact that it's almost 2 weeks into the new year and this is the first time you've heard from me, LOL!)

The left and right side borders of Spring Knotgarden are done!!! Yee-haw!!!!



I'll be scrolling up to work on the bottom border next. After that, the top border and finally, beads! Hopefully, these will all be accomplished before March. Why March, you ask? That's because my friend and I are planning a Chatelaine SAL then. She'll be stitching Chinese Garden Mandala and I'll be stitching Serengeti Mandala. Yes, about damn time. ;)

Ok, on to the subject at hand! :D (A gentle reminder, please make sure your URL correctly links to your blog or album.)