Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Giveaway has been won!

Well I compliled all the names from the vairous places, fb groups, messages, blogs, etc into a list. Then I fished a d20 out of my bag of dice and rolled. It landed on the #7, which means the winner is Lesleyanne Smith! Congratulations! I will be doing other giveaways in the future, so stay tuned and thanks to all who participated!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Giveaway RAK

Ok it's time for the reveal! (Other than when I accidentally named the clue too closely to the chart)

I sent my friend a few charts, oh probably 8 or 10, that I thought she might like. There were various charts where tea or tea cups were involved. Plus the alien cat SK I made for her. Since she loves tea. And this was her first choice.

I thought it was perfect. It has a tea cup and reminds me of Paddington bear. Which is spot on for London. :)

So the list opens up now! Either post a comment or email me or message me on facebook.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

It's a SAL! And a dilema.

Wait, another one? Why yes! Yes it is. I adore SALs, it's so much fun knowing that someone else is also working on the same piece you are, so you're not alone. That's why every year, I was annoyed with myself for missing the HAED BB deadline to sign up. Especially with last years, as one of the SKs was Ice Wind I, which of course, is what Corsira will look like when she's all grown up.*

Ok so what is this one?

Well . . . actually two, really.

The first is one I will be doing with a facebook friend, Valerie. I had gotten the HAED Ballet Shoes as my $200 reward chart. I used to work at a local dance school and have always thought toe shoes are beautiful. Plus . . . 14 or 15 colors, so that's good. Valerie saw my picture I posted and said she thought that would be perfect for one of her granddaughters. :) So I was like, hey wanna do a SAL. And she thought that was a great idea. I found a lovely piece of light blue 20-ct lugana - I adore that fabric, I would love to have about 30 bolts of it . . . ah well I must stop drooling over the keyboard and finish my blog. So, now I just have to wait until she's got everything together and we pick a start date. Not sure when that'll be, but that's ok, I've got loads of other projects which want to be stitched.

This is Ballet Shoes:

Pretty isn't it?

This one isn't a SAL, but I'm soooo tempted to start it. It's called Expecting and I have a lovely piece of 25 ct light blue lugana and all the floss for it. I just don't have the pattern actually printed out. But I sooooo would love to stitch her. (While I'm thinking about Ballet Shoes, I kitted both of them up at the same time, so I think of them as a pair.)

Ok so what's the other SAL? Why it's a Shinysun SAL! Shinysun is another cross stitch design company that I positively drool over. I had realized that they didn't have a facebook group and I thought that was kind of sad, so I had to fix that. I started the Shinysun group and it was going along rather nicely. Then I got the idea of a Shinysun SAL, cause you know, I love SALs. Plus, I wanted someone to stitch a Shinysun with me. So I had originally thought hey why not post this on the group and see if anyone else is interested. There seems to be an interest. I had also originally thought, we all pick one from a list and then stitch it, kind of like how the HAED BB SAL is organized, just we buy our pattern up front, instead of being emailed one page at a time, that sort of thing. Then we can all work at our own pace, etc.

Eventually, we decided on everybody doing their own Shinysun pattern of choice and posting weekly pictures. The only other guideline is that it starts January 1st so people can decide on what they want to stitch. It doesn't have to be a new purchase - it can be one you already have in your stash - but I'm kind of like ooooh a "legit" reason for stash enhancement! lol I do really like the 5 I've got in my stash, but I also rather like the ones I suggested for the original concept of the SAL.

So we are calling this SAL "New Year, New Start SAL" . . . I kind of think between this and the "End of Year Finish" (sort of) SAL, this might become an annual event. lol Which would be kind of neat. The EoYF would be where you try to finish the piece by the last day of the year; I kind of enjoyed finishing SK Courage on Dec. 31, 2011, it was a nice feeling to finish something on the last day of the year. I might even finish most of something earlier, just to be able to pull it out and put the last few stitches in it right before midnight. Oh yeah, I'm a party animal there. Oh and the cool thing of this SAL? The owner/designer of Shinysun, Dawn, is going to also participate in this . . . how cool is that? lol She won't reveal her choice until it starts though so it's all mysteeeeerious.

So . . . what's my dilema? It's not do I get a new pattern or stitch from stash? Though that was a question I was debating about, I reslly do want a new pattern to stitch for the NYNSS. So . . . what to pick? What to pick?

The choices have been narrowed to two at the moment - I had six I rather liked, but these are the top two contenders.

Single Iris Flower (Lachri):

I would want to stitch this on a dark purple swirly sort of hand dyed fabric (which I'd dye myself), rather than on black. I wouldn't stitch all that black. Of course, that makes me then think of the WWS Tribal Mouse pattern I want to stitch on the same sort of purple hand dyed background but with silver #4 (or possibly #8) braid.

Spectrum (Lindsey Cormier){

I think she looks like a pin-up girl from the 40s/50s. I can so picture her on this piece of African daisy jubilee I have (hopefully, it'd be big enough, not that she's a large pattern, I just don't remember how big that piece I have is).

See my dilema?! lol I keep going back and forth between these two the most and I can so picture both of them stitched up and framed and on my wall. I am thinking of adding some blending filament to each one, like the flower of the iris and the wings of the fairy. Actually, I'm thinking of ordering both patterns and then letting them fight it out in a death match arena or something like that. Well maybe not death arena, but getting both and figuring it out come January 1st.

So . . . which one should I pick?

Last piece of twine

Ok . . . this is the last week before it's announced officially what the chart is.

The last clue is . . .

The subject reminds me of a certain beloved British storybook character, there is even a train station with the same name.

Yup that's the last clue, I know lots of people know what it is due to my oops naming the picture snaffoo, but we're going with it anyway. Next week is the reveal and the signup to be in the drawing will open. The drawing itself will be on my friend's birthday. I will have her pick a number (I'll randomly put them on a spreadsheet, might even "hat" them to put them on the spreadsheet) and number them) and that person will win. :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Finished Tribal Moon

As I said last post, I have indeed finished the tribal moon picture. Yay go me! I took a pic with the good camera today so here it is! I stitched this on 20-count black lugana over 1 with 2 strands of DMC E940, which is the glow-in-the-dark thread that they make. This was a SAL with my friend Angella, who finished hers in 3 days . . . speedy thing, she is. lol I started this on September 3, 2012, and finished it October 1, 2012. It is a wonderful little pattern and I do recommend it to anyone.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Backordered twine?

Ok I just realized oh crap I forgot to do this week's clue.

Ok and again, if you remember what the oops with the picture clue from last week was, please wait to post until next week when the last clue will be given. 'Cause my bad from last week.

Ok in other news . . . I have a finish & two starts. The finish is of course, my White Willow Stitching chart, Tribal Moon. This is the one I was doing as a SAL with my friend Angella because we both thought it was of the nifty and glow-in-the-dark thread! This is also the second WWS I have finished. I still have Legend and Tribal Butterfly that are UFOs. So I didn't quite make my goal of by October, but I blame two days I didn't get much done, so if I'd stitched more those days, I would have. Well either way, I started it Sept. 23, 2012, and finished it October 1, 2012. And it looks quite cool. I was originally thinking I'd put it in a silver frame, but I kind of think maybe a wall hanging might just be in order. I am tempted by the various Halloweeny sorts of fabric I have - I think I've got a cool moon one or maybe it's got bats, but then again, that would mean it'd only be displayed once a year. And the tribal moon is just too cool for that. So . . . what to do, what to do . . . ah well I've time to decide. I'll post a good picture when the camera is charged, rather than the crappy looking one I took with my cell phone.

Ok so that was the finish - yay a finish - what about the starts? I know, not really progress towards decreasing UFO/WIPs, but on the other hand I reaaaally wanted to start them.

The first is a pattern I found years ago (I forget how many, maybe 2005ish(?)) off of eBay. It's a mermaid with a blue tail and aqua-colored hair, where she's not facing the viewer. It also has various sea life and bubbles. It originally called for a bunch of black as the background, like to be stitched. Um no. So I gridded it with the yellow line I got not realizing it wouldn't work. (I'm waiting for the red line . . . hurry up and deliver it!) I had had the pattern for years and had gotten my original piece of 20-ct black lugana to test out the leaving out the black stitches with SK Oriental Courage. I didn't want to use the whole thing on that one project since it didn't need that big of a piee. So I was like heeeyyyyy . . . I could use it for the mermaid . . . and it's been designated thusly ever since.

Last year, when I still had a (temp) job, I was working on soooo much overtime on the indexing project, I had decided I should reward myself. Sooo what better than splurging and getting all the floss needed for several patterns? Afterall, it ended up being about $100 - $120, tho that is a looot of floss. lol I got enough for two Mystic Stitch patterns, House Work and Night Shade II (since retired), and this eBay mermaid. So it'd been sitting a long while and a month or two ago I finally gathered all her bits together and put them in a ziplock bag. But hadn't started her. I had a yen to grid something with that yellow, so why not the aqua mermaid? It took me 4 hours (180 by 252 stitches), which isn't bad at all, plus considering the fact it was on black fabric. Then of course, I had to start it.

Very dark blue and green is not easy see on black fabric late at night.

Ok so the other new start - which I totall was going to eventually do anyway - is a HAED, QS Rose Fairy. Yes, another HAED, what can I say, I'm addicted to them. I have a very specific reason for this one (which I'm sure I've mentioned before). I am stitching her in memory of my Grandma K, who passed away in April 2011. She loved butterflies and the colors are very fall-like. So I knew I would eventually stitch this. I stitched the one in memory of granny for my sister - my first WWS piece called Rosefly. But I hadn't done mine. I got all the #4 braid done - all 18 stitches of it lol . . . the hard bit was finding them all. But I also got a few sections of a red done. I'm stitching it on 20-ct black lugana, which I love, so I won't have to stitch the black.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


I started a SAL (Stitch A Long) with my friend Angella. We both like the White Willow Stitching chart called Tribal Moon. And it just screams "stitch me in glow-in-the-dark!" So that's what we're going to do. Here's what it will look like (from the WWS site):

So Angella found a gorgeous piece of opalescent fabric which is blues and aquas all swirled together. I chose to use a piece of 20 ct black lugana. I have a lot of this due to the fact I went on a search for that so I would have it to use for QS Rose Fairy as well as Healers Touch.

I would not be surprised if I finish mine much farther behind Angella, she's quite the speedy stitcher. lol

So we were going to start the SAL on Monday the 24th of September. Buuuuut we were both antsy to start. I was like it's tomorrow somewhere in Europe (it was about 6:30 pm eastern) and we decided to start NAOW! lol

This is what I got done through last night. I took the pic this morning so it would be better, tho it's not a great pic due to the whole I took it with my cell phone. But you can still see what I've gotten done:

I'll continue to work on it, it's my goal to get it done by October. I like stitching this by each piece, it's like I'm gonna work on the heart or star or weird squigly mark. And one of them almost looks like the TK-421 symbol, so that's cool.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Same Twine Time, Same Twine Channel

Why yes, yes it is Sunday again! It seems like it routinely happens, like once a week or something.

So . . . how shall I try to confound you this week? Afterall, I do need another four clues before the big reveal, which of course will be before the drawing of the chart in honor of my friend's birthday.

So . . . what's this week?

It is . . . a picture clue! Yes, a snippit of a portion of the picture is this week's clue!!!

Of course I will not make it an easy clue, can't have it guessed too soon! lol

Note: I know that some people know what it is now since I didn't think about the name when I had originally put up the clue . . . so if you got the answer yay for you being clever enough to figure out how to do that . . . but wait until the final clue and then post your answer? (That's why I deleted the two comments)

Good luck on your guesses!

Oh and by the way . . . I know that it was actually yesterday (I just didn't get on to do a blog) but Happy (belated) Hobbit Day!

Thursday, September 20, 2012


I fiiiiiinally found my camera (no I haven't taken the French knot pics yet but I have not forgotten!) . . . so I was finally able to take some finished pics I've been meaning to take for a while now.

The first one is a baby bib I started quite a few years ago. I had done all but most of the head, the right side of the carrots and some of the backstitching. And I still don't know why I put it down. But I came across it when I was sorting through a few things in a box (along with a picture I started of a unicorn gong up a path to a yellow castle . . . much less finished). And I put on the miniseries of Dune and finished it. It took me 4-ish hours to finish.

This next one has been finished since 1992. However, my granny had had it with her stuff to wash/press/frame. And she had never gotten around to it. I had been hoping the cornucopia/veggie pic was still there as well as the pegasus. Dunno where those went to, but hey, I'm still happy this was found. There was also a beautiful needlepoint I'd done of three carosel horses, but stupid moths had gotten to it. It'll cost me a fortune, ok maybe $20, to get matching yarns to fix. Boo.

And I can fiiiiinnally post a picture of Dragon of the Summer Sky. Not that I was waiting to surprise anyone or I hadn't finished it. No . . . the problem was I sometimes get lazy and forgetful. And of course . . . when I do remember, I'm nowhere near either camera or finished stitching. Bother.

But here it is!

And finally . . . after two starts, some fading, a whole lot of whinging over the background . . . I launch the Space Tiger (aka No other home by Dimensions)

I will post another one later of my wip pics, but finished pics are fun! Wooo I found the camera!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Twine Time!

It's 4 in the morning, but it's 4 in the morning on Sunday! That means . . . Twine Time!

So far . . . my clues have been vague, and purposely so. For if I make it too easy, it won't last until mid-October. And the event for October is RAK-tober, where we RAK someone. September was HAED Appreciation month, which had some nice numbers put up - nearly 700 I think. (more on that later)

Oooookay . . . I hope you've been paying attention to the previous clues. This one is going to narrow down the field of choices considerably! I mean the last one did also, but there were still plenty to try to pick from, what with nearly 8,000 charts it could possibly be. I know it's 7900+ but that's close enough to 8,000 . . . and I diiid say "nearly". lol

so . . .

ready for it?

can I draw this out any more? no? "Get on with it!" you say? Ok . . .

This chart is a QS that does not have a corresponding BAP.

I know, I know, big build up for a short - but significant - sentence.

Have at it, time to guess more guesses! lol

I know, I'm still looking for my camera . . . not just for French knots part 2 (I'm thinking of seeing if I can get together with my friend Jen, who is a pretty awesome photographer, plus, it's hard to take pics of oneself actually stitching French knots.

But I also need to find the camera, I have what 4 or 5 pieces to photograph? Ah well. I suppose the Borrowers or Underpants Gnomes will return it one day. Or I'll win the lottery or something and get a fancy new one.

Oh yes . . . I clicked "publish" and then remembered oops I meant to finish my thought after "more later". Ah well. Ok so my thought was about the HAED Appreciation Day. We had a good turn out, but at the same time, if all the sales are in one week, that's not so good. The copyright infringement was definitely not helping matters, but when sales are also down, that definitely cannot help. I think I would have counted it as more of a success if it'd been double what the numbers had been. It used to be close to 150 a day and that's what we (yes I participated as well yay babysitting money)were doing this week. It had gotten to about 20 a day. So yes, more than double the 20, but again, not what it had been. And I know it's not just copyright infringement, though that is definitely hurting. It's also the hideous economy . . . blech.

Again another reason for me to win the lottery.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

More twine!

Today's clue . . .

It is NOT a BAP (big ass project).

That being said, if there is a smaller version, that doesn't mean that couldn't be it. For example: if say it was The Key, it could still be that little purple dragon, just not in the full-size version. It's not, since that's a dragon and the mystery chart is not a dragon, I'm just using it as an example. So . . . it might be a QS, a SK, a mini, a FoF, or any of the other various sections that is not a full-size/BAP chart.

I know, still a bit vague . . . which is definitely purposely done. Mostly to see what people guess it might be :) But there are plenty of more clues to come - October is still a ways away!

Good luck guessing!!!

No I haven't forgotten French Knots part 2 . . . I can't find my camera, stupid missing camera grrrr.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Bonus Ball of Twine!!

A what?

Oh a bonus clue . . . why?

For the holiday! It's Labor Day.

Ok what is it?

Bonus clue: It is not a dragon.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

New clue!

Well . . . it is Sunday, afterall . . . so clue time!

And no it's not a big ball of twine. lol

lol that was just a reference to the fact that originally, a clue meant a ball/skein/etc of twine, as in what Theseus took into the laborynth to defeat the minotaur and find his way out again. lol yes, mythology humor/reference, I am a nerd.

So anyway . . .

Your next clue!

It is not a black-and-white.

Just a reminder, this is for a specific chart I am going to RAK in honor of a friend's birthday midish-October. This is the same friend I completed my first finished HAED for when she went over to England to get her master's degree. Figure out the clues, and get an extra chance to win this little gem I happened across when looking for charts to show her so she could pick which one I should RAK/giveaway. :)

Good luck on the guessing! Another clue will be forthcoming!

Say it ain't so!

HAED Closing? Oh no say it ain't so!

Well, it's not. Well not yet anyway. We're not out of the woods yet. Why? What's happened? I hear you say. What, the place where you get those super detailed charts that make drool-worthy art might close?

Unfortunately, it might close. It's NOT closing yet. And I stress the "yet". Why do I stress the "yet"? Because they're struggling. Why? I thought they were popular? I hear you say. It's because they are so good at what they do and so popular, the copyright infringers and people who want their charts for free are sharing HAED out of business. Michelle had come onto one of the FB groups and finally let us know how bad it's been getting. There had been an incident, months ago, where a long-time, loyal (or so she thought) customer had uploaded thousands of HAED charts to a site where they were being shared. Like over $16,000 worth of charts. :( I suggested that the logo be charted to go to a legal fund to fight this, which it was. lol I recently discovered there are fairies on the logo . . . i are so obsurfent . . . I think if I were to get this chart (which I still want to) and stitch it, I'd use glow-in-the-dark thread. Ah but that's neither here nor there. That incident is not what prompted this particular "oh no is HAED closing?" - well for lack of a better word - crisis. Basically, the short version is is that the lovely people who run HAED are getting further and further behind. Not necessarily due to low sales, tho that probably doesn't help, but more due to copyright infringement. Which will eventually screw us all over, not just HAED, but the other companies I love, White Willow, Shinysun, Mirabilia, Joan Elliott, and the rest. So if we want to continue to have new designs, be sure where your charts come from.

What prompted this? Oh gee, just someone who stitched QS Martyrs and didn't actually stitch a real HAED. She eventually told the group that it was purchased off of eBay and she wasn't sure if it really was a HAED. (Note, this was before the nasty incident I was involved in, but not much before.) People were saying, no it's not, and others were saying, well she didn't know. The woman also very negative/down/poor me/etc and complained about confetti on pieces - some she didn't have (got told to stop) and on the one actual HAED she did - QS Ice Wind II. (I eventually want to get this one as it will look like Piper, Tannith's little sister/adopted daughter.) No wonder she bitched so much about confetti, she'd never actually done a HAED. And anyone who's ever done a HAED knows there will be confetti, it just depends on how much confetti hell there will be. Granted, Snow is rather confetti-tastic, tho I didn't realize there was as much until I switched to Logan for a break with bright colors, since he had more blocks of color. Someone had posted the pic off of the HAED site and the fake one side by side and Michele came on and told us, yes, this IS a fake HAED. (Which I think I'm not the only one who went "duh", at least to a small degree.) And then it came out that yes, they are struggling.

Ok . . . so as stitchers, we don't wanna lose our shiny-shinies, as Girdlekrep would say. *see also pretties or "my precious" So of course, we asked, what can we do? Michele told us, if sales were up, that would make a tremendous difference. (Sadly, the earlier incident, which prompted the logo charting would have been about the same amount as if each person in the HAED group bought one regular priced chart, had they been legit sales.) Of course, it doesn't take terribly much to convince people who are HAEDaholics that yes, there needs to be stash enhancement. Even when money is tight, getting a shiny new chart is a relatively cheap luxury. I mean hello, I could - provided in store shopping didn't make me want to crawl out of my own skin after 20 minutes, like it actually does - go get some outfit or a video game or something like that only has a finite number of times which it will bring me pleasure for $25 or more (depending on the case, a lot more), ooooorrrrr . . . I could buy a chart, which once it is pimp-my-ride-outed with floss and fabric, will last a lot longer and will be a finished piece of art on the wall for people to enjoy for generations to come. How many pairs of shoes can say that. I mean I spend $9 for a storykeep and saaaay $20 in fabric and floss, and a year later, it's ready to be a piece of art? I'm in. The problem is resisting starting them all. But I digress.

So . . . back to Michele's solution - buy more stash! There were other suggestions given as well, but people were like, hey let's buy some charts! Which of course, we collectors of charts are definitely not against. Soooo . . . I, being always aware of birthdays, asked when HAED's birthday is . . . and got back September 14th. So I promptly asked, could we all try to buy charts on that day, call it HAED Appreciation Day? And then people were like let's have a week!

So! The week of September 10 - 17th (I think) is now officially HAED Appreciatin Week!!! If you can afford to do so, buy a chart that week, you'll be glad that you did. Not only will you have a shiny new chart, you'll be sure at least for a while, there will be more shiny new charts to come. Plus there are at least 2 charts of the flower fairies, which will not be available until September 15th - they were previewed, but not available until then. One of them is simply darling and which I think I shall get requested as a mini, even if she is mostly pink and I really don't like pink. SK Fragile is an exception to this.

I might also get QS Bubbles & QS Paddys Luck during this time, or maybe wait until I get Logan & Snow done. I found out that in addition to the freebies and SAL pieces, both RAKs rec'd and rewards charts are not eligible to be turned in as part of the rewards program. Boooo! Especially since it's not like my friend will try to turn in Snow as part of any rewards program (the $200 one which has ended). Since she doesn't cross stithc, it was just part of her paying for the materials for SK Courange and SK Strength. Oh well, I will just have to suck it up and buy their "rewards charts". I'll probably wait until each one has been done. Granted, I was told Friday that the lady who used to do my job - who had left because she saw greener pastures - is coming back since those greener pastures were only that way because of a lot of manure . . . and that I and the other lady would be loosing our jobs. So I'm not entirely sure how many charts I can (or rather should) afford right now, but the temp lady did start looking for me again. I'd emailed her and she said she'd start looking Tuesday after the holiday. Then she emailed me again and told me about another temp position at the big bank I'd worked at last year, which is starting Sept. 24th, and is a bit more per hour than this one. So I've no idea what it is, but hey, sign me up, I need to pay bills and enhance my stash! lol

In other news, I got an idea to take one of the tribals from White Willow and use a dark background and stitch it in glow-in-the-dark floss. I have picked Tribal Mouse, yay $7 chart, and I'm going back & forth between a very dark/mottled purple and a black.

I also finished a project I started back in - I think - 1992. It's a baby bib of a mama bunny with a baby bunny eating a carrot. I had put it down and the mama bunny hadn't any ears for the longest time. I came across it Thursday and looked for the pattern. I found it (in a folder with a map of Germany when it was still 2 countries, I might just stitch that one day) and finished it up while watching Dune. Yay!

Speaking of finished project . . . .drum roll . . . the space tiger is done!!! Woooo! I restarted it on Feb 4, 2006, put it down in the backseat so it faded, and then picked it back up a couple of weeks ago. Now it's done! I finished it Wednesday, horrible background and all. Yay!

Sunday, August 26, 2012


Well it's been a busy month and a half or however long it's been. (I'll post pics in a later blog, I'm too lazy now.)

I got some new charts, some were RAKs, some I bought. Oh and I started a new job. It's not exactly full time, but it's supposed to be close (tho the last 2 weeks I got sent home early on Thursday :( booo). It's at a bookkeeping/payroll/AR company. I do like it, I just wish it was more hours.

Ok back to the stitching. I got Faces of Faery 168, QS S (Newman), QS A (Newman), QS L (Newman), QS Ladybug Fairy, Baby Dragling (Rak Fairy!), Ballet Shoes, and The Love Letter, both Winter Wings SK charts, and SK Effects of Caffeine. I do loves my HAEDs. I also got a couple of Shinysuns - both of the cute little dragon knights. :)

And there is a new start I started. Ok that just sounded silly, but still true. I fiiiiiiiiiinnally started Rendezvous! Yes that one! I had bought it January 30, 2009, with birthday money from my granny and just had never started. But there is a thing people were talking about, called an Olympic start. One lady on the BB said that she starts something with the Olympics and then has until the next one to finish. Most people are saying the 2016 Rio Olympics, but I think it could be either. So I had the chart, I had the fabric, I even had the floss! So why had I never started it? I don't know either. Anyway, I did start it. I gridded it up, which took about 9 hours spread over 3 days. I don't really know why people complain so much about gridding. Anyway, I did start it, tho I didn't get very far. I know the colors are right, they just look wonky, since there's actually very little actual green and the picture looks like green. But Michele told me that yes, it is right, not that I really doubted. It's just nice to be sure.

I don't think I'll go into the asshattery that happened last night on one of the facebook groups I'm in - short version is some woman went apeshit on me after I made a simple statement . . . holy crap there are some loons on the internet! I don't like being told (by a non-admin) I can't post and I do stand up for myself. Don't poke the dragon, you are crunchy and taste good with ranch dressing.

In other, happier news, I decided to do a RAK/giveaway in honor of one of my best friends. She's only a couple of months older than me, her birtday's in October, and she is the one I stitched the Alien Cat SK for. No that is NOT the chart I am giving away! lol What is it? I hear you ask. Not gonna tell yet!

I've decided that until a few days before her birthday, I will not reveal which it is. I sent her a list and she picked the one she liked best. Yes, it is indeed a HAED! I will be posting clues on Sundays or Mondays until it's time for the reveal! If you guess it, you will get and extra chance (maybe even more than 1, I haven't decided)

My first clue to you all is . . . there is Krenik used in this design.

Good luck to you all!

Friday, July 13, 2012

I won!

I never win, ok that's not true, but usually on giveaways and things like that I don't usually win. But this time I won!

What did I win? The Christmas blog giveaway run by Rachel on her blog. Woooo! Two new charts of QS/SK/equivalent!

So what did I pick?

First I carefully looked through all the ones on my wishlist and decided the ones I wanted most, that if I was going to buy them, I'd pick these first. I picked JBG's Faces of Faery 187 as she goes with #185, the red ninja. So of course, she had to come home with me.

The other one wasn't much of a stretch to decide on either. Michele just released a whole bunch of super adorable Spangler SKs with cute little dragons in front of books. Of course my favorite is decidedly the one with the sword. SK Midieval History is the second one I chose.

Of course I waaaas quite tempted to ask for both Winter Wings SKs, as they're a pair, but realized I would like to have the set of ninjas complete before moving on. Plus . . . a cute lil' dragon with a sword and shield is super cute too. It's a whimsical sort of d&d thing. I will just have to stitch a bunch and get two more finishes for the December - January 203 rewards period for the Winter Wings set. Or find a job. Either way would work.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Christmas time?

Well in a way, yes. A facebook friend of mine, Rachel, decided she needed a bit of Christmas cheer. It's winter for her way down there in New Zealand. So they're celebrating Christmas down there now (well sort of since it's gloomy/overcast/wet days). So if you go to her blog and post a favorite Christmas memory, you might be able to win a HAED chart. And even if you don't actually want to be in the drawing, you can still share a memory if you like. Plus you might read one of the ones in the comments and get a warm, fuzzy feeling that has nothing to do with the heat of summer or possibly heartburn.

The address of the contest: http://timrachel.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/giveaway-time-with-a-bonus-update/ (just copy/paste into your browser)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

SK Logan

I have been working on SK Logan for the past two weeks, maybe a bit more than two weeks. And I have been steadily trying to get through the floss I'd pulled out from the "extra" bag. One of which is the massive amount of Krenik 032 #4 braid. It doesn't show up as well in the picture as it does in real life, but you can kind of see where I've gotten with that one. I can see the outline of the cat and his antennae. There's another 8 or 9 (I think) colors along with the Krenik before I have to go scavange floss. Hopefully, I will be able to post another WIP pic soon. I really like how he's coming along. There's 8 weeks and 5 days until the end of the rewards period, I better get back to working on him and Snow if I want them in! I did turn in SK Strength for the rewards program, I'm just waiting for my chart (my guess it's rather busy over at HAED). I picked SK Flower Fairy for that.

Ok, with no further ado, here is my latest on SK Logan!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


What is this large number? You're probably asking that. Why it's just the number of stitches of 032 #4 Krenik braid in SK Logan. Of course the number for the full size Buzz is almost 25,000, so not as much as all that. Still, that's not a small number by any means. Though it will be quite sparkly when it's done. I had pulled out from my "extra floss" all the colors I had so I didn't have to either go buy floss (hey use what I've got) or broach my stash. Of course, I know that there are some colors that are probably in QS Snowflake or SK Forbidden Doorway. So I'll see what is in those when I run out of the "extra floss". I've got another 10 colors yet to start. I'm currently working on 3, though one is that #4 braid. I'm alternating the braid with floss. I can see where the cat is and the flowers and some of the greenery. I know I've got extra skeins of 310, I might pull that out and do that before going back to Snow. I will use 3 strands of black, I like to give extra coverage on the black, and of course be sure to railroad it. I dislike when the background shows through. I'm thinking he's going to look stunning. Of course, I keep thinking, of I should stitch this or oH I should stitch that. I need more hours in the day. And a job (I have put in like 14 job applications so far this week). And the winning lottery numbers.

Sunday, July 1, 2012


There's a wonderful little program/ability/whatever you want to call it on the HAED site called RAK - Random Act of Kindness. That's where you can buy a chart, but rather than downloading it (or having it mailed to you if you get a printed copy), you send it on to someone else. Granted, I don't have the money to do so, though I've several people I've wanted to send charts to. Oh if only I won the lottery. lol some people just to see how fast it could be stitched, there are some ladies I've spoken with on FB that simply amaze me with the speed they stitch. I swear they have +2 Needles of Haste or something. But I digress. On one of the FB groups, someone suggested that there should be a document with email addies on it/names/etc so if someone wanted to RAK another, they could. Seeing the phrase "I got rakked!" makes my mind go wait what? it doesn't sound like it's a good thing, though it is.

Sooo . . . I checked my email after being ofline since Friday night and I saw I had not one but two emails telling me I had something rakked to me! Wow! lol though they did have lots to choose, there are so many I like, my preeescious . . . So I got Faces of Fairy 185 (the red "I am ninja") by JBG from Liz D. and QS Poisionous Beauties, also by JBG from Michelle D! I'll post pics in a bit as I'm on Netty at the moment. I'm deciding if I am so tired that I can't stay awake long enough to turn Tagetarl on and download the charts (and post the pics) or if I should just crash until after church (hopefully). I probably should be responsible and go to bed as I've just yawned so largely I couldn't see anything. It was a very long day babysitting (during my friend's work and then when she went to the ER for jaw pain, there wasn't much they could do for her) and then another friend came over to do the laundry and then we sat around talking for hours. Yup, gonna crash.

As promised, here are the beauties!:

Faces of Fairy 185:

I am ninja, you are ninja . . . ok enough of Ask A Ninja (YouTube it if you've not seen it, the Pirates of the Carribean is hilariouuuusss!) I, of course, like to have pairs if there are pairs, so eventually, I'll get FoF 187, who is her blue companion . . . lol I should stitch this one and then submit her for 187 as the reward! This little lady is the more eye-catching of that pair, with all the red. Plus, I think I remember reading about how red is a lucky color in Asian societies (Chhinese culture)? I forget where I read or heard that, but I think I did. But if it is, that can't be a bad thing. I used to not like red that much, but over time, I think I do.

And QS Poisionous Beauties:

She reminds me of Poison Ivy, who I loved when Uma Thurman played her. I had said oh no you shouldn't add anything else to the wishlist . . . that resolution was broken when I saw Michele's had added her to my newsfeed. I'm terrible. lol I used to not like JBG's work - the eyes looked too big and the whole thing looked strange, but then I found QS Rose Fairy. Which I will probably work on later this year, must finish confetti. But now I like them more and more, plus, I tend to want to collect sets, like I'm still somewhat annoyed Revenge of the Sith will never be on VHS, I have all the others on VHS and episodes 4 - 6 in two different box sets. Dammit George Lucas, you messed up my symetry. But anyway, there are other QS's that are like QS Rose Fairy, so they're on my wish list as well. Then I was like oooh this is pretty, that's pretty . . . the HAED site is dangerous. lol

Friday, June 29, 2012

SK Logan

Wow . . . two blog posts in one day, well technically two days since it's after midnight, and therefore a different day? Well the last one was just a "oooh I saw something nifty!" sort of post, while this one is an actual update post. And rather than on Snow, it's Logan.

I got kind of sick of looking at blue and blue-like colors while working so diligently (ok maybe not that diligently, but at least attempting to steadily work on) QS Snowflake. But I don't know what was going on, but when I selected colors, it seemed to take me forever to get through them. I didn't think there was a terribly great amount of confetti, but I suppose there is. Oh well, she will look stunning once I find all the stitches on her. It's like there's at least one - and usually more than that - that have taken ninja lessons and hide from me when I'm going through and marking the pattern and then stitching them. I'm always like, "wait, how did I miss that, where did it come from?" And I just made myself think of Ask A Ninja when I mentioned ninjas. I am ninja, you are ninja, we are ninjaaa too . . . ok enough of that.

So . . . being as I wanted something other than blue and blue-like colors, I decided something vibrant would be a good idea. And the little ziplock baggie containing the threads of Logan were indeed bright and vibrant. So while I wanted to hurry up and stitch Snow and get her done for the rewards program, I decided to keep interest in stitching would be important as well. So I decided, the ladybug wings are a nice large vibrant section, I'll stitch that. And so I did just that. Then I decided well, there is a little patch of that light yellow and the not-as-quite-yellow yellow right next to it. And of course, there is always more Krenik to be stitched. There's lots in the Logan pattern, so if you loathe it, this is not the pattern for you. Though, you could always just skip the Krenik, or substitute something else instead. Then I started looking at the pattern and found all the rest of the not-quite-as-yellow yellow and the light yellow . . . and hey wait I have this light gold color, I could find those and . . . So evidently I'm going to be working on this one a little bit more than I thought.

But that's ok since the rewards program will last from June 30, 2012, to August 31, 2012. I thiiiiink I can get both Snow and Logan done by then. Of course, that still leaves Doorway waiting to have her page 2 worked on. But she's just going to have to wait.

Soooo . . . here's Logan's progress, there will be more updates when I've gotten further along.

Not too bad for about 5 days, especially when I have been distractable and antsy. I looked at my stack of UFOs and USOs and WIPs and organized it and things like that. I decided I should set my mind to finishing at least one of my UFOs from the red World Wildlife Federation bag where I keep most of my oldest UFOs. Now which shall I pick? I'm kind of leaning towards Silent Night, which is done on black aida and has a bunch of animals in a winter sceene with snow on the ground and a big star in the sky. Since that one might be the closest to being done. Plus, I would love to see the finished piece and to be able to share it with my viewers. So . . . what does that mean?

Welllll . . . that means I need to finish QS Snow, SK Logan, and page 2 of Doorway as soon as possible. Because I want to also finish one of the UFOs, maybe even two if I do both Silent Night aaaand say the space tiger. Then I also reaaaally want to stitch QS Rose Fairy. She's the little darling I am going to stitch in memory of Granny, who passed away April 2011. And I really want to also stitch QS Lotus Wood and Rendezvous. And the Middle Earth map. And my stocking. And the skating penguins . . . I need a 48 hour day or something like that.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Chocolate D&D dice

I just found these nifty instructions on how to make molds for D&D dice. I think I would like to make this and then make sets of D&D dice in chocolate for my gaming friends and then sell them. (Maybe also individual sets of molds of D&D dice.) How cool would that be? Oh now I want some chocolate . . .

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Well I am ticked! I just checked the White Willow Stitching website, as Jamie of White Willow had commented on my post in the White Willow Facebook group that she would be posting my finished piece in the gallery. And she did, which the nifty part is that it's the first on the page. Sweeeet. So here's the finished gallery page of White Willow Stitching. Plus, when you're finished drooling over those lovely finished pics (the tribals are very popular lately!), you can go and see what you can find on the rest of the website. I've got a bunch (probably too many to stitch in a lifetime, but hey I'm gonna live forever, right?) of the patterns on my wishlist. My last foray into ogling, I mean looking, at the website found me a darling little pattern of a couple of frogs on a lilypad with a big pink flower. Somehow I'd missed this being added to the patterns. Granted, I'm looking for a full-time job and money is very tight, but one day, I'll add some more White Willows to my cross stitch librarty. Plus, I have the Samwise Gamgee pattern, so I really should get the other Hobbit patterns (and Legolas). I'm a big LOTR nerd afterall. (tho when I will have the time to stitch them all and then more importantly, the money to frame them . . . must win lottery . . . ) http://www.whitewillowstitching.com/finishedpatterns.html

Saturday, June 9, 2012

I know I know

I thought I would do better this year, but evidently life keeps getting in my way. So I have gotten many things done since the last blog post. Plus I just started a new blog, For Sale, which is the various sorts of craft things I make and can sell and how much they are. (Plus the Facebook game called Bejweled Blitz is a little eeevil!) I've got to remember to edit this one to post pics, as it's a pain in the butt on my netbook.

Sooo since my last post I have gotten more things done. I got page 1 of SK Forbidden Doorway with about 2 weeks to spare until the next page came out.

My problem was then that it was like "but didn't I finish that one?" when it was only page 1 I finished with.

Plus . . . again I got distracted. I still have not finished the Ecclesiastes piece I'd started on the rest of the green aida.

I did find loads of patterns and kits I would like tho lol . . .

I started and finished a piece for my sister in memory or our granny, who passed away April 2011. She picked out Rosefly, which is available from White Willow Stitching. I hand dyed a piece of 28 count white evenweave which I stitched over 2 threads with 2 strands (full crosses). I think it took three or so weeks? I forget now. I got it framed at AC Moore, using this nifty black wood frame that has this interesting lattice on it that looks like a rose trellis. My sister decided she liked that one best as well, which is what we went with. :) Now I'm just waiting for her to pick it up.

I finally got SK Fragile framed! Yay! It took about 3 extra weeks and quite a pain in the butt to finally get done. The first frame was out of stock and then the framing place never did get it in. But they sent it back to allow me to select another frame. Which I did. But it finally did get all put together and is now safely on my wall.

Which made me realize ooops I took the nail I had had my Daniel Radcliffe picture hanging. Tho that was ok, since I was still waiting for them to send in the correctly sized mat. That took a couple of tries, but I was able to take it down there Wednesday and Tim popped him out of the frame, took off the offending one, positioned the new one and after cleaning the glass, finally put it all back together. And Daniel looks so very happy to have a mat that fits right. Plus, I decided I was going to find a nail and hang him up. I was going to put him back on the same wall he'd originally been on . . . then I saw where there was a space between my light switch and my entertainment center . . . so there he went! And looks quite happy there.

I've been planning where I want things to go when I move to the bottom floor. Even for things I've not even started stitching. lol

I also retroactively gridded Legend. Yes, that Legend. The one I haven't worked on since 2009. I also stitched a bit further along on it during the Memorial Day weekend. One day, it'll be done. I also found that while I started counting correctly, I did not continue counting correctly . . . oops.

Speaking of retroactively gridding, I gridded Heart of the World. It took me about 5 tries at the beginning. I also cut and then gridded a piece to stitch QS Rose Fairy on. Not sure when I will get to her, but I'd love to get her finished or maybe started by November 4th, which was Grandma K's birthday.

I think I also worked a little on the tribal butterfly. And also Tannith. Tribal Butterfly, from White Willow Stitching, stitched on linen (I think either 28 or 32 count) with Caron's Waterliles silk:

And here's a bit of sleeve of Tannith:

I finished SK Strength to go with SK Courage - some of the time, I doubted if it would look right, but I knew it should since there is a finished picture on the HAED website. It took until right at the end of each page before it all fell into place. it almost looks like there is a second shadow dragon in the piece. Courage is bold, while Strength can be subtle. And both of them are currently waiting for my friend Julia to frame them (no idea when that will be tho). She paid me with patterns, one of which is QS Snowflake.

Speaking of QS Snowflake, I am currently working on her. Well ok, I decided I wanted to work on some crocheting this week, but still. I started her May 2nd and thought I'd be further along with her. But then again, I was also working on other pieces (like Doorway) and didn't stitch the whole time. I've been able to work on her some of the time at my temp job. It had originally been a full time job, but they realized it was about 4 hours or so, and some of the time, I have to wait. At least this way, I can keep busy. Snow is going to look amazing once I actually get her done. Why am I stitching her? For the HAED rewards program of course! This is what she will look like:

Here's the last picture I took, I've gotten further on her though:

I decided I would select the Flower Fairy SK for SK Strength. And for QS Snowflake, I was going to originally maybe pick QS Paddy's Luck or something like that. But then I realized she really kind of goes with QS Bubbles. So that's waht I'm going to pick for her. And I realized I might just have enough time (since the reward program is June 30 - August 31) to maybe get SK Logan done. Plus I want to make him for Mom, since she loves ladybugs.

There is a ton of Krenik #4 braid on that one! lol It's a good thing I love Krenik! I had started him and decided to concentrate on Snow. Which wouldn't be bad, except ooops . . . one of my felt tip pens accidentally went in my TBBT bag with no cap on and bled through the bag . . . and the bottom margin of Logan. I washed and washed and washed and rinsed and rinsed and rinsed and washed and rinsed again the darn thing. It's a lighter raspberry now. I will have to frog the bottom bit of the krenik as it's now sort of a pink color and oh well there will just be a bit on the bottom that will be pinkish. It will make it an original. I have a picture of him, but it's mostly white/sparkly krenik on white aida but with a patch of yellow, so not much to see yet.

Oooookay . . . I want to finish the two arms of the little girl bear I started early yesterday morning and then maybe try to get some done on Snow. And remember to go on the other computer and post pics. And stitch some more.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Ok it's been a while

I know, it's been a while since I last blogged. I've been busy and kept forgetting. Ooops.

Ok, let's see . . .

I finished Courage! I finished that on December 31, 2011 - with about an hour and a half left to go in 2011. lol only I will go to a New Years party and take my stitching. I can still be social.

I then started Strength when I got home. There are like twice the colors and about 50 times the confetti. lol This is page 1:

And this is page 2:

But I'm now on the last page and am hoping to get it done soon - like by Saturday! lol That's when the 62% sale at AC Moore for custom framing ends. Julia and I had gone a couple of weeks ago while it was still 61% off then and had them put together the mat/frame combos we liked. They printed up a paper she can take back in when she goes to put them in. They are gonna looke totally awesome when they're framed.
I'll post pics either later by editing the post or when I get on firefox if it doesn't post on IE.

I did start SK Forbidden Doorway, but haven't gotten very far. For several reasons. 1) I restarted it like 2 rows (I gridded) lower than the original start. 2) I have been working on other things. My original start was in the upper left corner, but I didn't like how far up I was - little room at the top with much more at the bottom. (She's being stitched on 22-count Hardanger, so far so good.) When I restarted her, I decided to do all the krenik #4 braid, which is on her skin. I worked on her for a few days after the 1st page of Strength was done, then again after the 2nd page was done. Then I got distracted on day 2 of my "2 or 3 days working on Doorway". Here she is, though it's not a gret picture:

What distracted me? My nephew, Logan, decided to a) join their church and then b) was getting baptized (which has happened). So I had decided I wanted to make him a bookmark for his bible. (btw - I say "my nephew" but that's because Julia told her kids to call me "Aunt Sarah" which I love) Sooo . . . I was going to stitch some angels, but then kept looking through my stash. I found a lovely, mostly backstitched bookmark. It had a church/house and says "as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" and the verse. It took me like 6 or 7 hours total to stitch. I decided to stitch it on 14-count green aida and change the colors.

Then . . . I got further distracted by the pattern on the page accross from that one - a filagree/vining border around part of Ecclesiates 3:1. I realized the rest of the piece of green 14-count aida would work. Then I decided I would do the backstitched words in gold #4 braid, the roses in some of that rayon/satin dmc floss, backstitching those in a slightly darker color, and the filigree/leaves/vines in silver #4 braid. I still need to finish the bottom and to pick out a much darker color for backstitching, but I'm over halfway done. I just put that one down so that I could go back to Strength. Plus, I will need more silver braid - it was a brand new spool and I'm 2/3 done with it. lol

Ok . . . so off to grab a gerbil and work on Strength!