May 31, 2011

Petal Fairy Update

OH!!!! I just noticed.... 100 Followers! How exciting!! :D Thanks all so much for keeping me company on the WWW. I truly enjoy your company and your comments, not to mention all your blogs. :D

Memorial Weekend stitching did not turn out as fruitful as I'd have hoped for Petal Fairy. There were just too many things to do!!! After finishing Part 2 of Spring Knotgarden Saturday night, I was all ready to spend most of Sunday and Monday on Petal. What do they say about the best laid plans?.... ;)

Sunday afternoon found us at Toys R Us. Hubby is collecting the latest Lego Mini Figures, and since the packs aren't label for the specific figure, we spent about 45 minutes feeling up the packs for body parts. LOL. Downright scandalous. ;) Then, we headed over to my cousin's for her son's birthday party, and that brought the night to an end.... although I did stitch till about 3 am. ;)

Getting up at 1 pm on Monday didn't help matters. My sweet neighbor was finishing up a Baby Announcement and needed help with her french knots. So she came down for a few visits and really... how could visits go without chats sessions, right? ;) Then, hubby and I messed around with rearranging collectibles in the curio cabinet and there went most of Monday. I did finally settle down to stitch at around 9.

I have a feeling that Part 3 of Chinese Garden might be out today... I haven't checked... I'm afraid to. ROFL!!! I'm getting into a nice groove with Petal... perhaps I could wait on stitching Pt. 3 of CG? Mwa-hahahahahaha!!!

Ok.... lots of words with no pictures... so here she is:


Psst, Andie, if I'm waiting on parts while I'm stitching other things.... does it really count as a rotation? ;) LOL!


May 29, 2011

Spring Knotgarden Pt. 2

Just put in the last stitch to Part 2 of Spring Knotgarden tonight. YAY!!!! I had abandoned it for a couple of nights after all that frogging and restitching... probably burnt out. ;) But I love it again... the colors are so sweet in person. Part 3 will be out in July, so it'll rest for awhile till then.


Petal Fairy is back on the scroll frame and she'll get some love for the next few days, as Part 3 of Chinese Garden will be released June 1st.

I'm so sorry to hear that some of you can't post pictures, that BLOWS!!! Ineke, I agree with you, it sure takes the fun out of blogging when you can't connect with your friends. :( I hope the Blogger team fixes all these problems soon.

ETA: Oh happy day!!! I see your beautiful faces on my Followers gadget again. I hope that this means that all our blogging problems will be a thing of history. :D

May 27, 2011

Blogger Problems

Blogger has been having a lot of problems lately...

First, our icon pictures disappeared... they're now back, thankfully. Then, there is the ongoing issue of not being able to comment. Fortunately, I haven't had that problem *fingers crossed*. Then there was that little thing not too long ago where they had to do a huge overhaul. Hubby calls Blogger "Google's Ginger Child™" LOL! It seems that it's never paid attention to and problems keep creeping up.

Some bloggers have mentioned over the last few weeks that their Follower's Gadget is not showing up and this problem seems to have really escalated. Mine was gone yesterday and there's a gaping hole where it should be. I'm spending some time catching up with blogs today (no thanks to a busy work week), and darn it if a lot of yours aren't gone as well. :(

I hope Blogger fixes this soon. :( How else would I find new bloggy friends otherwise? And I soooo love to see your faces on my sidebar. :(

May 25, 2011

Random Afternoon Question

Today's question could be an easy or difficult one, depending on how you see it:

If you could only pick ONE finish, which is the piece you're most proud of and why? If you have a picture, please add the link as I'd love to check it out. :D


Mine is Teresa Wentzler's Peacock Tapestry. This was my first BAP, and was purchased in the days of handwritten charts. The charting was an absolute hot mess of hard to decipher symbols, and I won't even go into the 1/4 stitches. It's a wonder I didn't swear of stitching after that. ROFL!!!

It had killer backstitching, I hate every stitch and every moment of it (LOL!!) but I'm very happy at the payoff. However, I love everything about it, the colors, the composition, the regal way he sits on the pear tree, the frame and the specialty stitches in it... the list goes on.

Since then, I've done many other projects, both big and small and every time someone asks which I'm most proud of, this is it, without the slightest hesitation. :D

May 23, 2011

You Guys Are the Best!!!

The ABSOLUTE best!!! :D

Thanks for all your support and words of encouragement at my time of sorrow and desolateness. *whips back of hand up and lays it on forehead* I could feel your love *dabs at eyes* as I stared at the vast expanse of hated rayon glow *sob* that seemed to laugh mockingly back at me stitch by stitch... pulling their tongues out at me in glee and laughing at my tears. *shakes fist*

LOL!!! Ok, ok.... enough of being a Drama Queen. ;)

On a serious note, I soooooo appreciate all your comments and ideas, and Novi darling... my BESTEST friend (LOL!), I will send you Part 1... in JPG form!!! HAHAHAHA!!!! Missy, it wasn't horrible advice at all... in fact, it would've been the exact same thing I'd have told a stitching friend in this predicament. Caroly, kink in the system... I love it!! *giggle* Julie, Rachel, and Sierra, I just can't get pass the fact that those sections are supposed to be a single solid color, to blend in with the background and not shiny variegated rayon. Siiigh. Ineke, a big THANK YOU for your close up picture. :D

You guys all gave me the perfect advice.... to just step away and leave it for awhile.... so I did.

I made dinner (curry chicken and aloo gobi), prepped dinners for the next few nights, grumbled at hubby (who was so sympathetic, bless his heart) about SK, glared at my lap stand, thought about stitching a Mira..... and then settled down and frogged... and frogged... and frogged. (Oooh, the ORT jar was happy!!) Then, after dinner, I re-stitched everything with the correct DMC color.

So... at the end of our May IHSW.... this is what I have:

Before (Saturday night)

After (Sunday Night)

Maybe when Pt. 3 comes out, I'll wait till Ineke finishes it first. LOL!! BTW, doesn't the top tulip look like a tiger's face with itty-bitty eyes? ;)

Now, I'm off to peruse your blogs and IHSW pics. :D

May 22, 2011

Arrrrrgh!!!!!

I'm so pissed off and aggravated and disappointed, I don't want to stitch Spring Knotgarden anymore. :(


You see, there are 2 similar looking symbols (3 diagonal lines) in the chart, of somewhat similar color. One is a DMC color and the other Edmar Rayon. I stitch from the black and white chart, and when I stitched Part 1, it didn't occur to me that there were 2 different symbols. When I discovered my mistake, I sighed with resignation and frogged up all the Edmar rayon (which were a PITA to use) and redid everything. When I started Pt. 2, I was more careful and checked and re-checked. Or so, I thought...


I was feeling better yesterday, just in time for IHSW and actually finished all of that light teal color. Today, I thought I'd catch up on some blog reading before settling to stitch for the day, and saw Ineke's Part 2 and discovered this morning that I had used the freaking wrong color again!!! This time on all 4 tulip shapes, using Edmar again! :( Mine looks like that....


..... just doesn't look good does it? :( I'm so sad I could cry right now. Maybe this project is jinxed.... first with the wrong fabbie sent to me and now this.....

May 19, 2011

IHSW - May

Boy... is time flying by or what??? Do you guys have a busy weekend planned? I hope that you'll find some time to have a stitch fest, no matter how short. :)

I'm not planning anything fancy, since I'm still feeling tired from being sick... so hopefully, I'll have me a grand ol' IHSW. :D

May 18, 2011

Random Afternoon Question

Hello, my dear blogging friends. First of all, an apology.... I've been playing catch up for the last 2 weeks on your blogs as work has been super hectic. I'm feeling yucky today but went in this morning to take care of some stuff and meet with my boss. I'm now home, and hopefully between finishing more work and napping, I'll be able to spend some time with your blogs.... I sure have missed reading them. :)

Today's question is another result of email chats...

What is your least favorite color to stitch?

After some thought, I've decided that mine is black. I hate how the threads are so saturated that they're 'thin' and as a result, doesn't yield the best coverage.

May 15, 2011

Spring Knotgarden Reboot

Asked for white fabbie with kit.... got antique white....
Stitched anyways.... decided I didn't like.....
Sent Part 1 to Ana... for some SAL'ing fun....
On 32ct jobelan white... Part 1's now re-done.



I went ahead and stitched the outline for the gardens in part 2 yesterday and fully intended to dive right into it today, but I woke up to a gorgeous day... The sun is barely shining, the breeze is glorious, the palm trees are rustling... and it would seem a sin to sit indoors. ;) It'll get some love later today, I'm sure... :D


May 13, 2011

Blogger...

... is back... YAY!!!!!! They must have worked around the clock to fix the problems. Thanks, Blogger team!! :D

I have not been able to comment on anything yesterday or see your guys' latest posts. According to the blogger status, they're working to restore all the posts from early Wednesday, so hopefully I'll be able to catch up on your latest. :D

I have restarted Spring Knotgarden on the white fabbie, but it's going slow. Fingers crossed that I will have something to show you come Monday. :)

Happy weekend everyone!

May 11, 2011

Random Afternoon Question

Today's question is from Vanessa, (check her out.... her finishes are to die for!!) and came about as a result of one of our email conversations:

Do you stitch each stitch at a time (complete the full x before going to the next stitch) or go across the whole "line" with a half stitch and go back across to complete the x's? =)

My answer:
It depends on the thread and pattern. If it's a solid color, then I go \\\\\\\\ and then double back /////// and I go row by row. When it's hand dye floss, then I go x x x x x x. The only exception is Chats... I go xxxxx regardless of solid or handdye. I find that the X looks different depending on the stitching style and since she uses a blend of solids and variegated, it gives a more uniformed look.

Vanessa doesn't blog, so I'll put her answer here... I don't think she'll mind. ;)
I go across the row with a half x and then back across to complete the x. And it depends on the variegated floss. If it's not very variegated, then I just stitch with it like normal. If it's wildly different colors (not different shades of the same color), then I will complete each x. I've gotten lazy in my old age........Winking smile emoticon

May 9, 2011

Chinese Garden Mandala - Pts. 1 & 2

I give you... Parts 1 & 2 of the Chinese Mandala Garden....WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!! The colors are spectacular in person and I wished these pictures did it justice. The chrysanthemums, especially the corner ones, were awesome to do. Martina puts soooo much thought into her designs, it never ceases to amaze me. Now, I'll be joining Rachel in waiting for Part 3 to be released. I can hardly wait to see what Martina will do next. :D


Close up of temple

Close up of corner flowers

In the interim, my white jobelan has arrived (yippee!!), so hopefully work will be kind and I'll have a new picture of Spring Knotgarden in the next few days. My little orphan that's stitched on antique white will be on its way to Ana's loving care. :D

May 5, 2011

Chinese Garden Mandala - Some close ups

I wasn't going to post today, cos I didn't want to bore you guys with more photos, but I couldn't help it.... Chinese Garden is sooooo gorgeous!!!

I didn't tell you guys, but I was soooo tempted to call in sick a few days this week so I could stay home and spend time with this baby. ;) All the grass and rice fields are finished, and the roof top is missing the metallic +, which will go in tonight. Hopefully I'll have parts 1 and 2 finished this weekend. :D Couldn't resist taking some close ups as well....




It was fun reading your comments about on the direction of your X's. I had NO idea so many of you stitch the way I do!!! This is so cool!!! :D Lonneke... I can't believe that framer put it upside down! That would've driven me insane, and I'd have to redo it so that my stitches go the 'right' way. LOL!!!

May 4, 2011

Random Afternoon Question

First off, thanks for all the compliments on the Taj frame job. :D

Today's question is an age old one and always seem to pop up, be it in forums or conversations....

How do you cross your X's?

Mine goes \ \ \ \ on the bottom and / / / /  at the top. Ana calls mine "opposite stitches." LOL!! Most of the people I know who stitch like I do are left handed, but not me. Too bad hubby doesn't do cross stitch, it'd be interesting to see how he'd do it... hahahaha!!

A note on the TUSAL... this is short for Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long. Daffycat started it again for this year, and what you do is find a container and store all your ORTs (leftover threads and stuff from stitching.... I can't remember what it stands for, do you guys?) and then post a picture in your blog on every new moon. This year's TUSAL is closed though. However, it's not to say you can't join the fun and post your TUSALs. I, for one, would love to see your colorful collections. :D

May 3, 2011

Taj Mahal Framed and TUSAL

First of all.... I'm glad y'all approve of the white fabbie for the Knotgardens. *giggle* Esther.... LOL!! I'm such an open book, huh? ;)

We finally got Taj Mahal framed. Some of you (Isa :D) have mentioned seeing it on the wall in past pictures, but I haven't said anything since that was still "For placement only." You see, we decided to frame it ourselves this time to save on cost.

So, we went to HomeGoods and found a frame in their picture section which suited Taj to the tee!! I was so happy. However, since it came with normal glass and the mat was a little bit too light for our liking, we ordered a linen mat and gallery glass separately from Michael's. Yesterday, the mat came in, and it was a beauty! Neutral and understated and the linen coating was so gorgeous that I kept touching it. :D

After dinner, I took Taj down from the wall, thinking that it won't take us but 30 minutes tops to put everything back together. Famous last words, right? Cos 2 hours later, we were finally done! I must have told hubby at least 3 times that "THIS is why we should pay the extra money and have the pros do it next time." And he kept nodding and sighing. ROFLMAO!!!!

We had to take the entire thing apart twice... yes..... TWICE!!!! The first time, we thought we were done, got it all hung up, hubby stepped back and said in disbelief "It's CROOKED!!" My head turned around so fast, I'm surprise I don't have whiplash today as a result. ROFL! Well.... what do you know? The darn thing is crooked. Tilted to be more exact... at the top and bottom! (I should've taken a picture!)

After looking at each other... you know how those sad puppy dogs look when they have to do something they don't want to?? That was US!!!!.... we took it back down without a word, and pull the entire thing apart. Hubby figured out why it was crooked, (we has scored only 3 sides of the inset instead of all 4), got that fixed.... measured like crazy.... put everything back on.... measured again... lifted the frame up for a test "look".... "looks good, looks great".... and taped it up.

A huge sigh of relief, cos surely it's done now, right? I held it up for hubby to peruse before it goes up on the wall, and he snorted! Actually LOL'ed snorted(!!!) and I was like, *doom and gloom..... siiiiigh* what now?!! Well.... some piece of black something or other got stuck on the glass and no matter what we did, it wouldn't budge. At one time, hubby even took a Swiffer cloth and rubbed it madly on the carpet (ROFLMAO!!!!!!) to work up some charge to see if the static would move the stubborn little sucker, and NADA!!!

Thus heralded the second "take apart" event. Ok.... granted, I'm exaggerating. We didn't take everything apart.... just the tape on 2 sides, and the D hook had to be taken out.... again! But still!!! Like hubby said, it HAD to be on that side. LOL! So, I stuck my finger in, pulled out the blasted speck, turned a blind eye as to whether or not a fingerprint was left on the glass (LOL!!!!), and taped it back up!




We're extremely pleased with the result. I like how the lighter mat focuses the attention into the design. And if you guys see anything out of the ordinary.... stray hair, crooked mat..... I don't want to know about it!!! ;)

It's TUSAL today..... mine has all sorts of blue fuzzies this month as a result of some frog lovin' with Edmar rayon.

May 2, 2011

Spring Knotgarden Fabbie Update

You guys are THE best.... EVAH!!! Thanks for all your input on fabbie, and you're right... if I'm wallowing so much about it now, I won't be happy with it in the long run.

So.... I went ahead and ordered a yard's worth on white jobelan from 123stitch. Why 1 yd, you ask? Well.... see..... the plan is to stitch all four seasons of the Knotgardens, and what better way to make sure that ALL the fabbie will match up? ;)

Top row: Spring, Summer
Bottom row: Autumn, Frosty

Chinese Garden Mandala and A Color Dilemma

I'm happy to report I had a pretty good stitching weekend. :D I missed a few hours on Saturday as we had our neighbor over for dinner. But at around 10pm or so, I picked up my stitching, while the boys checked out the 3D TV. LOL!!! Win-win all around, eh?

Soooooo, the plan was to try and finish Part 1 before Part 2 came out May 1st, right? You know what they say about all good plans, right??? As Svetlana and Rachel (go check out her CG progress, it's SENSATIONAL!!) gleefully (oh.... they were gleeful about it... I can tell.... LOL!!!) told me last Friday, Part 2 came out early! :O Well... what's an addicted girl to do but jump right in and start that too? ROFLMAO!!!

Ok, so I had a few problems to overcome... namely I didn't have Part 2 printed out and I couldn't seeing as how we don't have a printer at home. But.... WAIT!!!!!! 'i' devices to the rescue!!! I stitched all the lanterns using the iPod chart... so what if I had to keep tapping the screen every few seconds to keep it awake. ;) Mwa-hahahahaha!!

I didn't finish Part 1 as planned, since I spent time ogling Part 2. ;) But here it is as of last night. I have all the specialty stitches left on both parts and then it'll be on to waiting impatiently for Part 3.


Close up of pine needles.

Close up of lanterns. Aren't the glorious? Look at the cute little tassels!!!

Ok..... so, here's a problem. Remember Spring Knotgarden? When I ordered the kit, I requested white fabric. When the package came, the fabric didn't quite look white.... but stupidly I thought, "Eh, it should work just fine." Well, when I looked at it Friday night, it was VERY obviously antique white... and I'm just not sure. :( I put a piece of white fabric next to it, and there's not much difference in the daylight, but under the lighting in my closet, there's a HUGE difference!

Hubby, after much perusal, said that I should leave it as is... then thought about it and said "but I know you, you'll want to change it." LOL!!! I'm very inclined to order new fabric and restitch it... after all, I've only done Part 1.



I just don't know if I'd be happy with stitching on antique white cos when I saw this design, I saw all the threads on WHITE.... beautiful, bright threads on WHITE. LOL!!! What do you guys think?