October 29, 2006

Cuteness Overload

I was browsing for animated gifs last night, and came across anikaos. Talk about cute!! I was like a child in a toy store, running around and couldn't look at stuff fast enough. Of course, to top it off, they had Hello Kitty galore, which had me giggling like a schoolgirl. Ok, ok, that happens all the time... hehehe. Just look at that face!!!

Zen Thoughts

A Few Zen Thoughts for Those Who Take Life Too Seriously:
  • Save the whales. Collect the whole set.
  • A day without sunshine is like, night.
  • On the other hand, you have different fingers.
  • I just got lost in thought. It wasn't familiar territory.
  • Remember, half the people you know are below average.
  • He who laughs last, thinks slowest.
  • I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.
  • Support bacteria. They're the only culture some people have.
  • A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
  • Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.
  • Get a new car for your spouse. It'll be a great trade!
  • Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.
  • Always try to be modest, and be proud of it!
  • If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.
  • How many of you believe in psycho-kinesis? Raise my hand...
  • Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
  • Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don't have film.
  • How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?
  • Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
  • Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened.
  • Just remember - if the world didn't suck, we would all fall off.
  • Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
  • The things that come to those that wait are the things left by those who got in first.

October 26, 2006

Words to Live By

Storms had been brewing over the last few weeks in a couple of the BB's I visit. I don't really want to get into the whole shin-dig of things and dredge stuff up all over again, but it has thrown a lot of us into a loop. What was a little comment made innocently amongst friends had been blown out into major proportions. This in turn caused a huge rift between a lot of people who all basically loved the same thing.

In the world of cyberspace, where the tone of a message is sometimes difficult to ascertain, it's so important to give someone the benefit of the doubt, and try to see things in the best way possible. I have been guilty of tof not doing this too. I was very mad with a dear friend a few months ago, and vice versa. Everything we said to each online was taken the wrong way, and it all went to hell in a hand basket.

Sometimes we have bad days, and then sometimes they are downright horrid. But does that give us the right to blast someone who's honestly voiced their opinion? It's not something we'd do to a person face to face, so why would we think that we have a right to do it online? Sure, it might make us feel better to bombast someone, but is it fair? Especially if the person was concerned about about a sad state of affair and was just pointing it out in hopes of making things better?

I saw this in Sonya's blog, and I think it's an amazing list of things to remember:
  • Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're statue.
  • Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
  • Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
  • Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.
  • If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
  • It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
  • Never buy a car you can't push.
  • Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
  • Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
  • Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
  • The second mouse gets the cheese.
  • When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
  • Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
  • You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
  • Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
  • We could learn a lot from crayons... Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
  • A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.


So here's a toast:
to tolerance and better understanding;
to treat others the way we would wish to be treated;
to live and not regret.

My Rotation

I've bitten the bullet and become a rotater. It's actually not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Oh, every now and then when I work on a big project, I've done little projects on the side, but I never quite see those as rotations since I always finish the little piece before going back to the BAP.

But this time... it's a full blown, honest-to-goodness rotation. I can hear my stitchy friends chuckling in glee. But rest assured... I'm not going down the road of serial-starterdom. Think I'm still a wee bit too anal for that. ;)

So far, this is my rotation plan:
Monday & Tuesday: Metamorphosis
Wednesday: Bowl of Fruit stitched on Summer Reflections
Thursday & Friday: Metamorphosis
Saturday & Sunday: Phoenix Rising SAL

I haven't been doing so good with Meta, but hopefully this will kick everything into gear and get my girl going again.

October 25, 2006

Mailart

I discovered mailart today. Apparently, there is this community of generous stitcher that actually STITCH the envelopes of mail and send them around the world!! Here are some of Bonnie's beautiful stitching pieces that she's sent out. Isn't that just amazing??

The ladies at the BB are going to start another one up in the New Year and have asked me to join. Oh, I'm tempted, I am. But where would I find the time? Where do we find the patterns? How long do we have to stitch? So many questions. Where will I find the time? (I know I've said that already... but so little time, so much I want to do)

October 23, 2006

A Quick Picture Update

Phoenix Rising as of Oct 22, 2006. Sean and Ai Lin were over stitching yesterday, so got quite a bit done just sitting around and chatting. ^.^ A lengthier post to follow... I hope.... hehehe.

October 14, 2006

Go, Panthers!!!

A vendor sent the office a stack of complimentary tickets to the Florida Panthers' hockey game last night. So, DH and I decided to make a night out of it. We upgraded the comp tickets to the middle line about 10 rows from the ice, and it was deafeningly cool!! And we won 3-2!!!!!! Can't beat that. Had chicken gyros from the food court for dinner, which was surprisingly good. Came away from the evening with a slight headache from all the noise and the bright lights... think we're getting too old for these things. ;)

October 11, 2006

New fishies and a New Layout

Fishies got a redecoration about a week ago, which pleases me to no end.... cos redecoration is always so much fun. I *think* they like it... have to teach them to talk or send bubble signals to let me know about their likes and dislikes in the future. ;)

We also got 5 new lemon tetras... only to discovered that only FOUR were lemon, and we now have a lone head and tail tetra. He seems to be doing alright by himself for a schooling fish, just like the little tyke on the block wanting to fit in. Poor guy.

October 9, 2006

Phoenix Rising

Another weekend, another sigh of not having enough time to stitch as much as I wanted, but I did get a few hours in, so I do have an update ^.^ She's coming along sooooo well, and I absolutely love how vibrant the colors are. Hopefully we'll get into some of her face next week. ^.^

As per last week we have 2 pictures, one up close, and one taken from furthur back to show off the fabbie. The splotches on the left are the beginnings of her punk hair. ^.^



October 8, 2006

'SISTERS'

My mother-in-law sent me this, and I had to share it. What was weird is it came in the heels of my post yesterday. Great minds think alike, huh, mom? Hehehe.
(I need to make an amendment though, because while this is about sisterhood, I have guy friends who have always been there for me.)


A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day, drinking iced tea and visiting with her mother. As they talked about life, marriage, the responsibilities of life and the obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter. "Don't forget your Sisters," she advised, swirling the tealeaves to the bottom of her glass. "They'll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need Sisters. Remember to go places with them now and then; do things with them. "Remember that 'Sisters' means ALL the women... your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other female relatives too. "You'll need other women - women always do."

'What a funny piece of advice!' the young woman thought. 'Haven't I just got married? Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now a married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely my husband and the family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!'

But she listened to her mother. She kept contact with her Sisters and made more women friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her mom really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, Sisters are the mainstays of her life.

After more than 50 years of living in this world, here is what I've learned:
THIS SAYS IT ALL:
  • Time passes.
  • Life happens.
  • Distance separates.
  • Children grow up.
  • Jobs come and go.
  • Love waxes and wanes.
  • Men don't do what they're supposed to do.
  • Hearts break.
  • Parents die.
  • Colleagues forget favors.
  • Careers end.

BUT...:
  • Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you.
  • A girl friend is never farther away than needing her can reach.
  • When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley's end.
  • Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you.
  • Or come in and carry you out.
Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, mothers, grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended family all bless our lives!
The world wouldn't be the same without women, and neither would I.
When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead.
Nor did we know how much we would need each other.
Every day, we need each other still.
Pass this on to all the women who help make your life meaningful - I just did.

October 7, 2006

Life's Roses

I've been thinking a lot lately about friends that God has blessed and gifted me with. They are warm, generous, giving people who have become a very big part of my life, and who will leave a very big hole if they weren't here.

Is it a sign of the times that some of my closest friends are people whom I've met online? Yup, probably. It's much easier to hop online, find something you're interested in, and then if you happen to meet people with the same interests, great! If you don't, no big deal.

Is that how we're existing as a society of today where everything leans towards instant gratifications? That sounds like it's a bad thing, and it's been used in negative ways. On my end, nothing pleases me better than being able to send out an e-card that will get to its recipient instantly, or to shop online in my PJs, or to shoot off an email when I have a few minutes to spare.

And is it sad that I've never met most of them face to face? Yes and no.

Yes, it's sad, because I'd love to be able to call them up and arrange to go out for lunch or just to steal a few hours away to kick back and relax. But with how hectic all our lives are, stealing these moments are easier said than done. So, we get together online... to chat, email, or send little notes... how great is that? To be able to send something, anything, the moment you're thinking about it, and convey all your thoughts and have an almost immediate response. (Instant gratification, I know.

I 'talk' more often to them than I friends whom I've met the conventional way. They're the ones I email or 'chat to' first when something happens, and I know they would drop almost everything just to 'sit' with me for awhile. I feel closer to them in so many ways. Is it because we started out with having things in common? Or that online, people are generally more real since they don't feel that they need to put up a front, and so we became friends built on honesty? I suspect a little of both.

No, it's not sad, because I have the joy and anticipation of one day meeting them face to face. They're all over the globe, and talking about or planning for a visit will be so much fun.

Sean, Tammy, Audrey, May, Novia, EK, Maria, Wanda, Alex... I consider you some of God's greatest treasures to me. And I am a better person because you are in my life.

October 6, 2006

A Beautiful Note

Wanda sent me this note about my grandmother today. It's the sweetest thing ever and it touched me so much that I want to share it. Thank you, Wanda, for this beautiful poem and for understanding my heart.
"Death is inevitable - the greatest testamant to a person who has passed on is being remembered in the soul of those who knew her. Through all of lifes ebb and tide, joy and pain the only things that last are memories of those gone before us - they leave their marks in our soul, invisible to others, but so necessary to who we are. This is how life moulds us into the person we are becoming year after year. So, the most loving tribute we can honor someone with is our acceptance that they are always with us and reborn everytime we reach out and touch another human being and leave our mark on their soul. You've been on my mind today with your caring attitude and thoughtfullness - your Grandmother would be so proud of the person you've become."

October 4, 2006

The Birth of A New Blog

4 Stitching Bandits saw the light of day today.

Finding a template was an adventure in it of itself. Of course, that's my story. If you asked Novia or EK, they'd tell you I was the anal one who didn't like the white font of the template they had picked out. But I tell ya.... they LIE!!!! *angelface*

So far, we are 4 (but any future 'banditos' are definitely welcomed):
1. Eekoon (the devil... so she calls herself)
2. Novia (the fairy)
3. Sean (the queen)
4. Joyce aka me (the angel)

Although, Sean and Novia might have an all out fight for the 'fairy' title (Novia doesn't know this yet). Stay tuned for the latest on the upcoming saga!

It's going to be a place for us to kick back, relax, and post our WIPs, especially the ones for the 5 Project Challenge (ie. No new charts till these 5 BAPs are finished. *hits head against wall* What was I thinking agreeing to this? Oh riiiiight... I wasn't!!) And in Sean's case, some spanking might be involved if he doesn't start blogging! Mwa-hahahahaha!!

Hope to see you there. ^.^

October 3, 2006

Oh Boy....

I find myself in the position of having agreed to this hare-brained idea that Novia found on a BB as a way of reducing stash. It came in the form of an email a few days ago from her to EeKoon, Sean, and I, which basically said "this is what we're doing." LOL!

The rules are pretty simple, come November, we can't buy any new charts until we've finished 5 BAPs (big ass projects), and we have to list the 5 projects. Thankfully, there are exemptions *giggle*, and Christmas gifts to ourselves are an exemption. Well, at least I think so. ;)

Of course, stash is relative... like I tried to convince Novia, my stash is peanuts compared to theirs. Cos really, I don't even have 10 HAED charts to show for, and just a handful of kits.... But did she go for it? Nope. She's a toughie, that girl. So, we have a month to stock up on the charts we would possibly want for the next few years, cos realistically, that's how long it'll take us to finish those 5 projects.

Here are my 5:
1. Metamorphosis (HAED and Wolk)
2. Phoenix Rising (HAED and Ravenscroft)
3. At First Sight OR Lilie (HAED and Tso)
4. Floral Retreat (Dimensions Gold) - This I still have to buy to stitch for my mom
5. TBD

My exemptions:
1. Taj Mahal (Chatelaine Designs) - Next year's project with A
2. David's stuff - stay tuned for updates on this
3. Any Christmas or birthday gifts for friends

Oh yes, floss, fabbies, and other stitchery stuff are allowed. Thank goodness for small mercies. ^.~

It's Official

Our weekend SAL of Phoenix Rising officially started this last weekend. Yipppeee!!! It took us a little longer than intended for this start cos there was a problem with the floss list for this chart, but thanks to Fudgey, it's now all sorted out.

We initially had a floss list of 50 colors, but we now have 90 colors to work with, which includes kreinik. I'm thinking of replacing the kreinik blending filament with DMC's white metallic thread though. Sure would be much easier to work with.

I stitched for quite a few hours on Saturday after coming home from teaching, and another few hours yesterday. Didn't get as much stitching done as I'd like to have had, cos I had a manuscript I had to edit. But I got to talk to Sean while he was on his way to Naples, so that was much fun indeed. ^.^

Here's a closeup of most of the first page:



And here is a broader picture which really shows of Tammy's Fire Burst fabbie: