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Saturday, December 31, 2005

2005 Goal Review, 2006 Goals and January Goals

Time for me to set down in print how I did for my 2005 stitching goals, what I plan to stitch in 2006 and what I hope to accomplish in January.

2005 Stitching Goals

  1. Noah's Submarine - I finished another page and a half of this during 2005.
  2. Celtic Banner - I only worked on it New Year's Day in 2005 (this is becoming a tradition)
  3. Ottawa Sampler - Finished!
  4. Start Bug Collector - Nope
  5. Start Arabian Woman - Nope
  6. Start Celtic Band Sampler - Started and Finished
  7. Scottish Castle Sampler - Nope
  8. Mini Mandalas 1 - Nope
  9. Dragon By the fireside Stocking - Started and Finished

Now I may of not started a lot of the projects I intended to last year but I did get a lot of stitching in! I'm not going to review everything I did do... you can visit my webpage as of January 1st and see all I got stitched in 2005.

2006 Stitching Goals - A little more modest this year I think.

  1. Finish Noah's Submarine
  2. Finish Celtic Banner
  3. Start and Finish Santa Fly Fishing Stocking
  4. Start and Finish Bug Collector
  5. Start Enchantment of Winter
  6. Stitch 12 Ornaments

Now for my December recap and January goals

December Goals :

Finish Midi Mystery 1 - Finished!
Finish Dragon By the fireside Stocking - Finished!
Stitch one ornament - Stitched two!
Decide on What to Stitch over the Christmas Holidays - Stitch those ornaments!

January Goals :

Stitch on Celtic Banner on New Year's Day
Finish one page on Noah's Sub
Stitch one ornament
Start model for Great Bear Canada when it arrives

A New Blog To Read

Well I don't really push other blogs here but my best friend has started blogging, so stop by Christin's Ramblings and give her an encouraging word or two!

All Caught Up!

Yay! I'm now all caught up on my Ornament Round Robins! Wednesday night I got a very small start on the next round of the JCS Retro Ornament RR, but I finished it this evening at my friend Chrisanne's in Cornwall.

Here's Pointsettia c2002 Amarillys Artworks. Its stitched on 28ct Silver Blue Linen using SNC silks, Anchor threads and Kreinik Braid. I really love this ornament, how it turned out and I've wanted to stitch it since I saw it in the 2002 JCS Ornament Issue. This design had one new stitch to me, the Arrow Head Cross Stitch.

I had a nice over-nighter at Chrisanne's. I headed out to Cornwall on Thursday afternoon despite the freezing rain we had the night before, and the threats of more to come. The highways were just fine and I made it there in good time. We exchanged Christmas presents, Chrisanne loved the Victoria Sampler Christmas Kit I got her. Lindsay of course loved the huge Scooby-Doo. Their gift to me just made me laugh! A t-shirt that says Coronation Street, Rover's Return! (Yes I'm a Corrie junkie). We went out for Chinese for dinner, and stitched the rest of the evening away (Chrisanne couldn't help her self and started her new VS kit).

Today we started out stitching. Went to Alexandria and had lunch in this great hole in the wall resturant that does only breakfast and lunch. Thanks Chrisanne's Dad for lunch! For a while in the afternoon I played video games with Lindsay on her new game system. Then it was time to go see Chronicles of Narnia. Wow what a fantastic movie and they've kept it pretty true to the book! It was wayyyy better than King Kong! This evening we stitched, I had to put some Queen Stitches on Chrisanne's piece as she thinks her's look like garbage, and I finished my ornament. Now I'm back home watching TV with my other half and blogging.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Finally Its Stitched and SBQ

Well its taken me a lot longer than I thought to finish that darned over one ornament... almost 10 hours more stitching to get it done! Its quite nice in the end, and its all very fine work I had to take a two hour nap at one point today my eyes hurt! It was kinda neat stitching this, as I had met Maureen Appleton, the designer this past October and she has so many stunning over one designs.

Anyhow, here's Hark c1997 The Heart's Content Inc. from the Just Cross Stitch 1997 Ornament Issue. Its stitched on 25ct lugana using GAST and DMC all over one!

Sigh, I have exceeded my Bandwidth limit again over at so I've posted this at my webspace allotted to me by my ISP. I seem to be running out of bandwidth on a monthly basis lately. So if you can't see any of my other photos at the moment I can assure you they'll all be back on January 1st!

So now that this Ornament RR selection is done I'll be moving onto the next one. It'll be nice to be all caught up again with my RR's. Yesterday I was bad, and did a little online shopping. I ordered from Elegant Stitch their Cube-It Instruction Booklet. I also took advantage of Stitching Bits and Bobs sale and ordered two Judy O'Dell Finishing Books, the Ornament book and the Flat Fold book. I really need to finish some of my finished unfinished projects! While I was there I also ordered the letters E&F from the M Designs Monogram Series, at some point I'd like to have the complete alphabet. So this means I'll now have A-F and S,T. That'll probably be the limit of my shopping for awhile, I'd really like to start making a dent in the charts I have in my stash in 2006.

However, this might not happen right away, as I've just agreed to take on some model stitching work from Great Bear Canada. Jennifer of Dragon Dreams passed my name onto Great Bear as they were looking for stitchers. Its great to get recommended like that! Its been awhile since I've done any stitching and seeing as I have no obligation/deadline stitching in the foreseeable future I thought it would be a good time to do a little model stitching again.

Now onto this week's SBQ!

Q : How do you balance your stitching time with your other obligations such as work, household chores, etc.?

A : I probably don't balance my stitching and my life very well. I tend to give my stitching precedence over most things. My job does come first, my promises and commitments come next and then my stitching. I have to admit I neglect my home a lot... I'd rather be stitching then cleaning any day! When life gets busy to get in my stitching fix, I will stitch during my lunch hour at work, or if I have to hang out in a waiting room somewhere, I always have stitching in my bag. I find I tend to get too stressed if I don't get to stitch!

Stitching Away!

Well the last couple of days have been quieter for me. Yesterday was a day, completely at home I stayed in my jammies and I didn't go anywhere! Today I had an appointment for my hair (it was getting way too long!) and dinner at the In-Laws.

Besides that I've been either online, napping, or stitching. I've been working away on Hark by The Heart's Content Inc. from the Just Cross Stitch 1997 Ornament issue. Its all stitched over one so its taking me awhile. But I need to get it done and out in the mail! Its part of the Retro JCS Ornament RR I'm in and it should of been mailed out the week before Christmas!

Tomorrow is another at home jammie day and hopefully I'll HD this ornament and move onto the next one which I received in the mail last week.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Persistence Pays Off

For years now I've been asking for diamond stud earrings for Christmas. Normally its kinda been a half-assed request. Well this year it was a full on assault. Todd got me a beautiful pair of diamond stud earrings with white gold.

Thanks Toodles!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas!

Well Christmas is now minutes away so I'll take this chance to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas!!! May your day be one of fantastic memories and family traditions.

Today was yet another very busy day for me. I'm starting to wonder if its ever going to stop! Todd, I and my Nephew got up at about 9am this morning. I was straight to work as soon as I got up. My good buddy Jason had asked me if I could frame his brother's Christmas gift to his parents. I got the piece itself late last week, I was able to pick up the supplies last Saturday. However this past week was spent finishing Christmas items for my family. So this morning was spent framing an time that was 35x48 inches! I've never framed anything that big in my life. But its done, Jason has picked it up and everyone will have their presents for Christmas.

The rest of my morning was spent finally putting up my Christmas tree and sweeping the floors. Before I knew it, it was time to take Nick home! Todd and I went and had Christmas with his parents. I think tonight we had the best turkey ever with all the traditional fixings!

Finally at 11pm tonight I was able to settle down with my laptop and some stitching! I don't think I've put in a single stitch since I finished Nick's stocking on Monday! So tonight my latest ornament RR piece has gotten some badly needed attention... I'm sure I mentioned earlier this week... I was supposed to mail it out this past Monday? My only complaint about this ornament is it will not be a quick stitch. It measures 66Hx70W stitches and its done over one! Why do designers put out over one ornaments that big?

So this over one ornament is my must stitch item until its done. Since my next ornament in this same RR has arrived that will be next. Then I can finally pick Noah's Sub back up. If I'm not tempted to pick up something new and small and stitch that up over my holidays!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Finally On Holidays!!!

Well it felt like it took a long time to get here... I've made it to the Christmas Holidays! This school year has been so busy that I'm just exhausted.

Today was yet another busy day. Work wrapped up without a hitch. I drove out to pick up my Nephew who we took out to Lone Star for dinner and to see King Kong. I have to say I wasn't too impressed with King Kong. The mark of a good movie is when you don't notice the time passing. But I kept on wondering when the movie was going to end. It felt long.

Now the boys are playing video games and here I am relaxing, catching up on my Bulletin Boards and Blogs!

I'll probably be Blogging on a daily basis while I'm off work and look forward to an up to date webpage... And of course stitching!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

And The Stockings Were Hung With Care...

Yet again, my Mum did a fantastic job finishing Nick's stocking for me!!!

Final Christmas Present!!!

Well I finished the last present I'll be making for Christmas this year. Todd's Mom asked for a piece of jewelry made by me for her gift this year. Back in October I managed to purchase a back issue of Wirework magazine with the directions to make the Empressa Chain Bracelet. I decided to make this for Todd's Mum. The rings are gold filled (not plated) and I accidentally used a larger gage ring (fatter) than recommended so its quite a substantial piece. And it caused lots of muttering and cursing on my behalf because it was a challenge to thread some of the rings in.

Sooo besides putting my tree up and wrapping the gifts I am now ready for Christmas!

Of course I have one more day of work left first (I know its just wrong).

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The Stupid Things We Do

Well if there's an easy way to do something, I'll do it.

Every morning at work instead of unlocking and opening the lid of the book drop I reach my arm in the slot and I pull the books out. Well this morning there was a book way back in the corner. So I reach in... way to the back.

I slowly pull my arm out.

I get my elbow stuck in the slot!

I twisted my arm... couldn't pull it out.

I contemplated calling for help. But thought I'd feel pretty stupid and well you know it would be all over the school in no time.

So I yanked hard a couple of times... sweet freedom.

My elbow is sore and I have a small bruise now.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Christmas is Coming!

Well I had a nice day of pressies today!

This morning I had a lovely surprise sitting by my computer, a gift bag. Inside was a lovely musical snowman from Patti.

Then this evening I met up with Christin for our Guild meeting. I hadn't brought her Christmas presents with me because we are meeting up for lunch Thursday afternoon (we both got a 1/2 day for shopping from our bosses). She wanted me to have mine so she could explain one of the gifts. She had lots of goodies for me! There was a CD, Big Shiny Tunes 10, a large Toblerone (I love those at this time of year!), a chart
Sewing Seeds of Friendship a collaborative design with Teresa Wentzler, Jennifer Aikman-Smith, and Karen Weaver. I almost bought this chart at the Stitching Bits and Bobs Sale... whew! A skein of Dinky Dyes Silk in Fantasy Blues, some beads, and an ornament. The gift that needed explaining was a gift certificate for my favorite hair dresser! I've been complaining I need a haircut (last one was at the end of June) but couldn't afford it. This is partially my birthday gift as our hair dresser is expecting at the end of March which is when my b-day is.

Tonight's guild meeting was our annual sweets pot luck and ornament exchange. I got a fantastic canvaswork ornament this year! Its gorgeous and its a form of needlework I don't do, so that's really cool.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Stocking Happy Dance!!!!

Yay! Its done, its finished, fini!!! Yay! Yay! Also without much time to spare! Here's Black Swan's Dragon By The Fireside Stocking c2001 This stocking is stitched on 25ct Gold/Sand Metallic Lugana using DMC, Kreinik #4 and Mill Hill Beads. I didn't make any changes to the charting or fibers.

There's really a lot to this design that you just can't see in the photo and as usual it doesn't do the piece justice! Tonight it'll be getting a bath and a press, I'll be showing it off at Guild tomorrow night. Then off to my Mum's for finishing on Wednesday.

Talk about going down to the wire.

So what am I going to stitch yet? Well I've got an Ornament RR to do ASAP... it was supposed to be mailed out today. Oops. I think they'll understand though as I was trying to get a Christmas present finished! Anyhow I'm the moderator... I think I can abuse my powers a little.

Friday, December 16, 2005

SBQ and Musings

Q : Take a minute to reflect on your blog reading habits and preferences. What do you prefer to read in stitching blogs? (Progress, tips, family life, experiences, etc.) How much do you think you are influenced by other stitching bloggers?

A : I like to read purely stitching blogs! I like progress pictures and finished projects, especially when the method to do the finishing is different. Its a great way to gather ideas and to be enabled! I know it sounds mean but I do prefer it when bloggers keep their personal life/family life to a minimum. But I've always been that way when I read my BB's and Yahoo groups I tend to avoid all the personal stuff. I'm there to get stitching information not someone's life story.

Yes I sound quite callus.

Onto stitching talk! I think I might be able to finish my stocking this weekend... so keep your eyes peeled for an HD (I hope). Once that is done I need to take the stocking to my Mum so she can finish it for me. The next item I need to stitch is my Ornament RR which is supposed to be mailed out on Monday. I think I'm going to be late.

As the year comes closer to its end I start to think about what I hope to stitch during the following year. I have no clear plan/goals yet. I do know two things though. That I want to finish Noah's Sub and Celtic Banner!

Now here's a little of personal life stuff I told you I like kept to a minimum in Blogs. Tonight I have discovered that Cuddles (my grey cat) goes ga-ga for pitas and hummus!

Cats are weird.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

In Memory of Daniel B

This morning a wonderful young boy at the school I worked at passed away. He stopped breathing at home this morning. He was confined to a wheelchair, and couldn't speak. But he could smile and laugh and was one bright kid! He showed me that a disability doesn't mean you are stupid and that you still can live life to the fullest.

Though I only knew you a short while you won't be forgotten Daniel.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Finishing Anxiety

Well the deadline is quickly approaching! We're now just under two weeks until Christmas! I've been stitching away on that stocking! Ideally I'd like it finished by the end of this week so that my Mum and I have next week to do the finishing.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

A Christmas Present For My Readers

Well I have an early Christmas present for all of you! I designed this ornament years ago, and I have decided to share it with my blogger readers.

Diamond Tree - Click on the photo to download .pdf file

I'd love it if you stitch this piece to please share your pictures with me!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

More Mail and The SBQ

I received another parcel today, another one from Australia. This one was from Alison for the Needle and Thread Ornament Exchange.

Alison made me this gorgeous card and ornament! Oh and she included some Tim Tam Balls... oh yummy!

Now onto the Stitching Blogger's Question Of the Week...

Q :Have you done any charity stitching, been in one, or would like to organize one?

A : I stitched once for a charity quilt, years ago. I don't know what happened to the pieces, if the quilt was actually put together or raffled for charity. I will never do charity work again and I have no intention of organizing any charity stitching.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Happy Dance, and a Great Mail Day!!!

Finally, Midi Mystery - Medieval Garden is finally finished. I have to say that yes I'm still Chatelaine-ed out and will be taking a break from Chatelaine's designs for awhile. Now keep in mind I've been working on a Chatelaine in one form or another for two years. So I'm ready for a break and something different for awhile. Yes, I'll stitch some more of Martina's designs in the future just not right now.

Here it is in all its glory :

Now I can totally focus on Nick's stocking until its finished! Which I will move back to once I'm done here online.

Today was an AWESOME mail day! I was surprised to find three parcels waiting for me at the post office, none of which were things I ordered! So that was awesome I love surprises. Two of the items were from the
Teresa Wentzler Bulletin Board Annual Ornament Exchange (this was my third year participating).

I received Dragon Dream's Centaur Ornament from Marilyn in Australia, and TW's Father Christmas Ornament from Paula from the UK (with some delicious choccies!)

The best surprise was the RAK (Random Act of Kindness) I received from Junette in Australia. She sent me two charts from my wish list. Moody Blues Teenie Tweenie #67 from The Sweetheart Tree and The Cat's Meyow by The Drawn Thread!!! What a way to brighten my day!!!!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

U2, SBQ, Goals and a Lack of Stitching...

Well finally here are the promised U2 pictures from the concert in Ottawa on November 25th. These were taken with a regular camera (aka one with film) by one of the ladies I met up with from work at the show. I wish I had the forethought to grab my digital camera that morning before I left for work, but then I also had no idea they were letting them in!

Now onto the more mundane...

This week's SBQ which I'm late in answering (of course it helps if you're home to use the computer which I haven't been this week!).

Q : Do you have rules in the way you stitch? (i.e., Do you start in the middle? Do you determine which blocks to stitch first? Do you always start from the top or the bottom? Do you have special paths to prevent wasting thread?)

A : Yes I do have rules when I stitch, or preferences if you'd like to call them. Actually they're probably my OCD tendencies showing through.

First I always like to start at the top left corner of a project... if there's an obvious one. If there's not a top left I'll start at any other obvious corner of the design. To do this I figure out (or I know because I cut it) how much extra fabric I have I measure in from that corner and down that amount I've allowed for extra on all sides. I like to give myself 4 inches all around. Once you measure in and down that amount... you have your starting point! Easy as that. If the piece doesn't have an obvious edge I'll start in the center.

Now how do I determine what I stitch first, that depends. If the piece has an obvious border, like many Teresa Wentzler designs do I stitch that entire border first before I allow myself to get to the main image of the design. If there's no border I start with the first colour at that corner or centre point. I like to stitch as much with that colour as possible, or even do all the stitches in that colour if I can without having to count too far away from the stitches I've put in. Then I move onto the next symbol/colour that was right next to that first stitch I put in and so on. For some larger designs I will stitch one page at a time working in the same fashion as above using one colour at a time. Or, with the current piece I'm working on where there are obvious parts I'll stitch one element at a time. With the stocking I stitched the top/cuff first, then the fireplace and gifts, next was the tree, and finally the dragon.

As I stitch I like to be able to celebrate landmarks. Such as completely finishing with a paticular colour, page, or section.

Now since its December its time for those monthly stitching goals!!!

November Re-Cap

Midi Mystery part 5 - Yes
Work on Dragon By The Fireside Stocking - Yes, Lots of Progress
Stitch one ornament - I actually did two!

December Goals

Finish Midi Mystery 1
Finish Dragon By the fireside Stocking
Stitch one ornament
Decide on What to Stitch over the Christmas Holidays

Perhaps you fellow stitchers can help me decide what to work on while I'm off of work for two weeks for Christmas (this is an important decision of course!). Do I pick Noah's Submarine back up? Do I work on Celtic Banner which I barely started two years ago and I've worked on it for two New Year's Days in a row? Or do I start something new that I could stitch in two weeks?

Now as for this week I've not made a lot of progress on the stocking, a little filling in on the dragon. But as of this point I've not stitched since Tuesday. Which is odd for me. For the last three evenings its been late when I've gotten home. I normally stitch during my lunch hour but I haven't been doing that either. I think after all I got done last week I needed a break, of course I'm on a tight deadline now, there's three weeks until Christmas.

This weekend I'm hoping to finish Midi Mystery 1, we got part 6 on Thursday.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Sorry About the Pictures!

Well folks, sorry you can't see my pictures at the moment. I've managed to exceed my bandwidth limit on my webspace. Everything will be back to normal on December 1st.

I'll have some U2 concert pictures for you at that time! *TEASE*

Monday, November 28, 2005

Stocking Progress

Wow I got the tree done!!! I'm doing all the backstitching on the fireplace now and then I can finish up the dragon!

Heather's Question and Some Fobs

Well I'm at home on a sick day today. I did not have a good evening last night. I felt sick to my stomach all evening and had a headache. On top of that I had an allergic reaction (to what I don't know) and broke out in hives!

On the weekend I made a couple of beaded scissor fobs and I have one to share with you from awhile ago now that Erin has received it.

So this first one I made as a thank you for
Erin who lent me one of her magazines earlier in the fall to stitch TW's Tole Heart

The next two are orders, people who e-mailed me with colour and charm requests for Christmas gifts.

I made a lot of progress on Nick's stocking yesterday, and hope to make a lot more today so you'll not get a picture of that until tonight!!!!

Now Heather asked in my post with all my finished Ornaments where the design for Sapphire Star Came from. Sapphire Star is out of the 2004 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue. It was a quick stitch and really is very pretty in person.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

I Think... I Have A Horseshoe Up My... You Know

Oh my GOD! I think I had a religious experience tonight... that or I was just at one of the best concerts EVER!

Well, by lunchtime today I was pretty much resigned to the fact that I was not going to be seeing U2 tonight... well actually last night now that its 1am.

Here's how today started.... still no luck finding a U2 ticket that wasn't being sold for 2-3 times the face value (can you say scalping... can you say slightly illegal?). But there were folk out there willing to pay it, and that's what creates such price gouging!

At 7:10 am I pulled into the Corel Center to fill out a ballot for 106.9 FM The Bear's draw. At 10 am I called Catpital City Tickets to find out if any last minute tickets were being released. No they hadn't and didn't think they'd be releasing any... Called again at 12:00 PM... still the same answer.. NO. I put a final plea out on the e-mail at work to call my cell is anyone had to get rid of a ticket at the last minute before I left for my afternoon meeting. When there I was jealous to find out another person I knew was going, and I still wasn't! Our meeting wrapped up at 3:30pm while I was waiting to pull out of the parking lot I decided to call Capital City Tickets again on a whim. They could only say no right? Well I got through and went on hold for quite awhile. So I asked the question... "Is there any chance that any tickets have been released for U2?" I got the answer

"how many tickets are you looking for?"

"Just one" "

"I can get you one of the floor"

"Oh my God, yes I'll take it!"

Soooo... I got a ticket on the floor at U2 for the actual ticket price of 49.00 plus various charges!!!! Not $200.00!!!!!

When I got there I found a couple of ladies I knew from work, so I had some people to enjoy the concert with, which made it all the better!

All I have to say is it was amazing! Better than the Rolling Stones... better than Pink Floyd! At times when Bono went along the outside of the ellipse of the stage he was no more than 1.5 Meters away from me!!!!! Never in my life did I think I'd get that close to Bono!

If you ever get the opportunity... take it from me, go see U2!!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Wising on A Star & SBQ

Wow! I saw a shooting star tonight! So of course I made the requisite wish.

Now for tonight's SBQ :

Q : Do you always sign your projects? If not, why? If so, do you use your first name, initials or what?

A : Oh yes! Definitely and always! I think the provenance of an item is very important down the road if someone actually keeps something and it becomes an antique. My large pieces are signed with Dani and the year. My smaller pieces are signed with my initials and year.

More stocking stitching tonight!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

This Just Sucks!!

For a lack of a better title because I can't think of one and I'd like to rant.

Back in March of this year tickets for U2 at the Corel Center went on sale. I was driving home from my March Break trip with my Mum so my two good friends tried to get the three of us tickets online. Well there was such huge volume on Capital Tickets website that many people had trouble finalizing their purchases ... this happened to us.

So no U2 tickets for Dani.

I've been keeping an eye on the For Sale conference at work, The Ottawa Citizen, E-Bay, and many other sources to get REASONABLY priced tickets. The face price for U2 tickets at the corel center were 49.00, 95.00, and 160.00 well I can't find a single ticket for less than double the ticket price! 160.00 tickets are suddenly 500.00, 49.00 tickets are 200.00! This is F&*^ing outrageous as far as I'm concerned! Some of the tickets going up for sale at work have been best offer accepted... well I can assure you that's more than I can afford.

This past year has been an awesome concert year for Ottawa.. I've barely been to a single show because I feel that many concerts are SO EXPENSIVE to attend where the cheapest tickets are 70.00, that's before your assorted fees and taxes. Then you have to add 10.00 for parking, so on and so on!

As long as we the fans continue to pay this outrageous prices for tickets then the shows will keep getting more and more expensive.

The best example of bands keeping their shows reasonable I can share with you is The Tragically Hip. When they come to Ottawa every seat in the Corel Center is one price... no more than 35.00! Way to go Hip. More acts could learn from you.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Dragon By The Fireside Progress

Nick's stocking is coming along nicely... I just wish I had more stitching time!!!

Ornament HD!

Yay! Like I promised I started and finished TW's Beginner's White Work Ornament! Its stitched on 28ct Queen Ann's Lace Joblean using Caron Waterlillies in Holiday.

Now I can pull the stocking back out for the rest of the evening (except for when I go play soccer... I think, I still haven't decided if I'm going to play tonight).

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Ormentificatin 2005! And a Pressie

Well I have been a total Domestic Goddess today! I've cleaned, I've stitched, I've ormentified, and I made the best lasagna ever!

Today I started another ornament, this one for an exchange. I hope my partner doesn't read my Blog... becuase I'm about to blab. I've started Teresa Wentzler's Beginner's White Work Ornament on 28ct Joblean - Queen Ann's Lace using Caron Waterlillies Holiday. I'm hoping to stitch and finish it this weekend.

On my way to my Nephew's for his Birthday I stopped in Almonte and took some photos of the falls there. We've had a lot of precipitation lately so the falls were just roaring!

Then when I was at my Nephew's my Mum had something she had been working on for me for ages finally finished! Here's Raphael by A Muse Inc. he's done all in Delica Beads some are real gold! He's gorgeous!!!

When I got home this evening I proceeded to finishing the ormentificaton of my ornaments. All they needed was cording picked out and glued on!

First here's a shot of all of this year's ornaments to date (except for my latest finish)

Now for the detail shots! I'll be just giving you the name of each design as exact details for each ornie were given at the time of HD.

16th Century Christmas

Blackwork Frenzy

Candycane Stocking

Carre Noel

Happy Holidays

Noel Birdhouse

Peace Tree

Sapphire Star


Le Weekend

Wow, I'm at home... I'm not sure if I remember what this place looks like!

I've cleaned the floors and the bathroom, I've straightened up my stash room, now I'm here online taking care of business before I start stitching for the day!

Todd is out of the house for a couple of hours so its all peace and quiet, me, my stitching, and the Lethal Weapon marathon I'll be having.

I will have to go out later this afternoon as its my Nephew's Birthday!

Happy 11th B-Day Nick!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

November Ornie, Last Retreat, SBQ and More!

Hi Blogger readers well its been awhile hasn't it?

Well lets go back to Friday of last week. After work I had to stop in at Wal-Mart to pick up a prescription I would need over the weekend. I had tried to pick it up at lunch time but they were closed until after 12:30. I mean its fantastic that they respect the fact that it was remembrance Day but it annoyed me to no end because I wasted half of my lunch to drive there and back and I would have to go after work instead of leaving right away.

It was a three hour drive to Ann's home in Brighton, Ann is the owner of
Knowledge and Needles a small needlework shop run in her house. Ann and her husband Dan were nice enough to let me come out the evening before the retreat and to put me up for the night. I got properly greeted by the puppies!

We had a good visit and a soak in the hot tub (heaven). I stayed up and stitched until midnight while my hosts retired early. But I was determined to finish my November Ornament!

I finished A Merry Tree For Thee by Full Circle Designs c2002 from the JCS 02 Ornament Issue. Its quite pretty.

Saturday morning I stitched away on Nick's Christmas Stocking. Ann had all of us ladies over for lunch before we headed over to the
Butler Creek B&B where we would be stitching and spending the night. Dan was a true man and BBQ'ed some chicken for us. Lunch wrapped up with a unique experience for most of us.

Our attention was drawn to a deer in the field across the street from Ann's. It was off in the distance a bit at first we thought it had just gone over the hill. But then one of the ladies spoke up, she thought it had dropped. There was a bit of debate over it either going over the hill or dropping, but the hunter showing up in his neon orange with a rifle slung over his shoulder quickly ended that debate. So did the pickup truck showing up to take the carcass away. Oh well one less deer/car collision.

Sooo we went off to the B&B we quickly staked out our stitching spots for the next 24 hours and started stitching!

Left to right : Beatrice's Mom, Angie, Beatrice

Ann is really concentrating on that stitching! Joy, in the background.

I stitched until midnight then chatted for a little longer on Saturday. I got to meet a number of new stitchers and a few ladies I had met through Ann again. I had a lovely room to myself at the B&B and its run by a sweet couple. Sunday morning we were made a fantastic breakfast of either Eggs Benedict (which I had) or Apple Pancakes. The retreat came to an end wayyy too soon! By noon some of us were heading back to Ann's.

Dan was awesome! He let me take his new toy out for a drive all by myself, no chaperone! I got to zip around (cautiously because its Dan's new toy and I'm not as familiar with the roads around there) in a 2003 Convertible GT Mustang 5-speed. What fun!

I was polite in Ann's shop! I bought M Designs letters A&B and Floral Sampler.

I got home in time on Sunday to take a 2 hour nap before my 6pm soccer game, I've just checked our standings and we're in 3rd place in our division, very cool!

Okay I think I'm really rambling now... so here's the SBQ and I'll shut up...

Q : How do you feel about staying totally true to a pattern? Do you feel that you have to rip out stitches to fix a mistake or do you feel it's acceptable to incorporate a mistake into the design?

A : Well it really depends on the design and how anal a mood I'm in. If I'm feeling anal or its integral to the design I'll rip it out and stitch it. If its not noticeable and I'm feeling lazy it'll stay. It just depends.

Oh and what do you folks thing of my new profile photo?

Thursday, November 10, 2005

On Retreat Again!

I'm off hitting the roads again tomorrow evening. I'm off to Brighton once again for the Knowledge and Needles Retreat. This one is much more low key than the Cross Stitch Cupboard's retreat. It should be much more relaxing. This one is just visiting and stitching, no classes. I am going down a day early though, and spending Friday night at Ann's, I'm looking forward to a relaxing dip in the hot tub! I'm sure my muscles need it after this week!

Tonight I didn't pray to the treadmill Gods but I went to TKD and we worked up a good sweat with some patterns and sparring. God I hate sparring with a passion. I find my mind just blanks out and its all reaction instead of strategy. And it would help if I kept my hands up.

On the stitching front the ornament is coming along more slowly than I'd like. Last night I just couldn't get into the groove, I just plodded away with my Algerian eyelets. I would of liked to have gotten more stitching done before I left for TKD but my eyes just wouldn't stay open! So I napped on the couch during Dr. Phil until Coronation Street came on. Once I'm done blogging here I'll get back to that ornament. I'll have it done for you before the weekend is out!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005


Wow blogging two nights in a row!!! Can you imagine it? So, its that time of the week again... SBQ

Q : When comparing large projects versus small projects, which do you get more excited about finishing?

A : Once again this is one of those questions I don't have to think too hard about the answer. I get excited about any HD!!! As the project gets closer to completion I get more and more excited.

Well I didn't stay behind for the advanced TKD class tonight, it wasn't the instructor I thought it would be. So I came home and put in another 12 minute jog on the treadmill and a 4 minute walk, with 25 sit ups and 25 push ups. Yay! Two days in a row.

Now if I could just get all this online stuff done I could get back to my November ornament.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Why Is Exercise So Hard?

Okay this is a totally non-stitching post but I need to get this out of my head.

Once I start exercising I have very little trouble with doing it and getting it done. My biggest downfall... I talk myself out of doing it!

"Oh I'm too tired tonight..."
"I've got a headache..."
"I'm not feeling well..."
"I've got to go to..."
"I'd rather be stitching..."

Yes, I've got a nice long list of reasons to talk myself out of getting started! I really have little excuse, I bought a treadmill about two years ago and it sits here in the living room ( did use it daily for about a year!). So its not as if I don't have the equipment... not that you really need any.

During the spring I would take a 25 minute walk at lunch time but then during the summer with 30c + temperatures and high humidity I used that as another excuse. Some days it wasn't so much of an excuse as the air quality was really bad and there were advisories. But I could of used the treadmill at home where I have central AC.

Then there's TKD, I always make it out to teach my classes... I have to be there but for the last month I've barely gone to my own classes. Why... see my reasons above. I do have the added excuse, on Monday night my class is at 8:30 at night and when you get home from work at 4pm I'm just so settled in at home I don't want to leave. I really am going to try to train two times a week. So that leaves Wednesday and Thursday this week.

Now a new way of "forced exercise" for me this fall is indoor soccer on Sunday nights. Boy am I ever enjoying that!!! It also gets a good sweat going... but my feet don't love me for it, its tough on my poor tootsies.

I really admire people like my friend Marj who has the dedication to go to the gym 5-6 days a week!

So tonight I did it, I got home from work and got on the treadmill. I was going to walk for 15 minutes but I felt like jogging. Boy, was I impressed with myself I jogged for 12 minutes and walked for 3! I think playing soccer has really improved my cardio because before this I could never jog for more than 5 minutes! Yeee hawww! Now hopefully tomorrow night after I get home from teaching my TKD classes I won't talk myself out of going for a jog. Unless I stay for my class at 8:30pm and that will be my exercise for the day.

So is anyone else out there as good as I am at talking themselves out of the things they should be doing?

Monday, November 07, 2005

Stitching Progress

Well its been awhile since I've shown off any stitching.

I've had one partial HD... I've just finished part 5 of Chatelaine's Midi Mystery 1, its coming along beautifully!

And as I have been saying I've been working along diligently on my nephew's stocking. Its starting to come together.

Now, my next stitching goal is to get my November ornament stitched up. I should also finish... the finishing on those ornaments I started completing. Its time to start getting organized for the exchanges I'm in.

Its Been Awhile

Hi Blogger readers, its been awhile! I should be in bed right now but I'm still too wound up to go to sleep!

Its been a busy week! When I've not been running around on Guild business, Taekwon-Do, or other things I've been working away like mad on Black Swan's stocking! I'm trying to get it finished for Christmas. Also I got part 5 of Chatelaine's Midi Mystery 1 earlier this week. So its also been a scramble to get that stitched so I can get right back to my stocking. There's also that Ornament RR waiting to be done! Oh la la! I have no time!!!!

Okay time to dry my hair and go to sleep.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

November Goals & SBQ

Well, well, well its November already! Where has the year gone?

Its time for November goals and my October re-cap!

October Recap
Stitch Midi Mystery part 4 - YES
Work on Stocking - YES
Work on Noah's Sub - NO
Stitch One ornament - YES

November Goals
Stitch Midi Mystery part 5
Work on Dragon By The Fireside Stocking
Stitch one ornament

Stitching Blogger's Question of the Week

Q : If you have stitched for a while, can you usually pick out the DMC colors you need from memory when you go to your LNS? (For example, you know that 610 is a brown.)

A: Well I can't do it for all colours but I can do it for a lot of the colours I commonly use! I know that 666 is Christmas Red, 498 is a deep red, and so on. It just comes with time.

Tonight I'm going to start part 5 of Mid Mystery 1 by Chatelaine.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Halloween

Well we had about 12 trick-or-treaters tonight. For a small village, that's a lot! I was a nice treat-er and got mini chocolate bars and chips for the kids. No crappy cheap candy from this house!

This past weekend was another lovely weekend on the road. Saturday morning Christin and I drove out to Brighton to meet up with some stitching friends for ornament finishing. I got all my ornaments to the stage of needing cord/trim. I'll have to finish them this weekend as I ran out of glue. I also helped Marj make three cushions, and mounted two pictures for her into the mats I cut.

I also got to give Beth her bellpull. She just loved it and kept trying to give it back! LOL. Now that's giving it back in a good way, she thought it was too nice for me to give it away. But that's just the sort of thing you do for your friends.

The stocking has seen quite a bit of stitching time over the last week! Its slowly coming along.

Here's a photo from our ornament finishing day... Ann, Christine, and I can't remember the third lady's name (left to right) are pouring over Christin's Cross Stitch Bible.

This up coming weekend is a weekend at home. I'm looking forward to that.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Finishing, Ormentifying and SBQ

Hello Blog readers first I'll start with the boring stuff, the Stitching Blogger's Question of the Week.

Q: Have you ever stitched something as a gift and later realized that receiver doesn't respect your stitched gift a bit (for example it's never on show, or you have other reason to suspect that it may even be nonexistent or at least placed in some dark storage room corner)? If so, what have you done? If you've been lucky enough to avoid such people what would you do if it'd happen to you?

A : I'm usually a pretty good judge of who is deserving of needlework and who is not. I'm not too concerned about what happens to small things such as ornaments, most are not a lot of work, nor are they finished to last a couple of hundred years (lots of glue!). As for the large pieces I've only stitched those for special people who would appreciate it. What if a piece wasn't treated appropriately, I'd flat out ask for it back simple as that. I'd right out tell the person that if it was going to hide in a closet I'd rather put it on my wall. What kind of reception that accusation would get I don't know.

Last night I spent my evening getting ready for Ormentification at Ann's on Saturday. I went through my stitched ornaments and quilting fabrics to match things up. Its fun picking just the right fabric for just the right ornament. I also cut my mat board backings for each one.

It also gave me a chance to go through my fabrics and pick a backing fabric for Chatelaine's Mini Mystery J... which I did!

I've been sitting at home today, waiting for Bell Canada to show you (you guys suck!). For the last week and a half I'm intermittently loosing my dial tone. When you live out in the country this is not a good thing! So much is dependent on a land line out here... phone (I get a poor cell signal), internet, even television (satellite). Anyhow this is my third request for repair. The last two calls I've told them they could not access my home until after I got home from work. I figured this time I'll stay home and see if they actually turn up!

Sooo while I've been home waiting I've pulled together everything I need to take to Ann's. I also did the finishing on the bellpull for Mini Mystery J. I'll be able to give that to Beth tomorrow!

While I was at it... I finished a couple of ornaments using the sewing machine...

Now I'm off to work on that stocking!