Monday, 27 February 2017

February Smalls SAL

Stitching Lotus' 2017 SAL

Here we go my lovelies. The end of the month check in for the Smalls SAL. I was able to do 2 new starts. The one for my husbands work buddy took just the weekend. Apparently he's such a Star wars fan he has a whole room dedicated to his collectables.

My 2nd one took a full week. Given it was crazy slow at the office.....I had plenty of time to plug away at it. The plan is to do a finishing into a clock. It will be for our dance instructor at the end of the year. Our adult classes will be performing in all 3 of the shows. *eep!* Jazz will strutting out to to a 70's jam. I still need to find a sparkly outfit that will have enough movement I can do the floor rolls. Ballet is prettier w/ our flowing dresses....Enya's song is more feminine than my currently arm movements naturally present so it's a bit more work for me to try to be pretty. Tap is coming along. I'm remembering the quick steps but the transfer over from brain to legs is taking more confidence.
We've gotten to see some of the kids choreo & it will be really exciting to see their final refined run through :)

I also finished off my Hot Stuff Chili Mice. I'm opting out of adding the words. I'm going to put it up in our camper & there's not a great deal of free wall space.


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Nearing the end of Feb

Fun in the mail:

These fabulous phrased mugs showed up in my FB newfeed one day & I knew I just had to have them for my office mug collection :) The plain white choice was too bland so I opted to get one in each colour selection. From Mug Bubble, I like that the design is smoothly adhered with orca coating and isn't just a shrink wrapped label (like some others I've had).

And Charmed Aroma candles arrived. One was for my daughter, the other myself. I chose this peach scented one. If you've never heard of them, they are made from a soy based wax, which is really silky feeling. Inside the wax (my candle burned a few hrs before it started showing it was accessible) there is a tin foil ball buried that contains a gem. This one will have a ring in it (my daughters is for a necklace). The ring will have a code on it where you can find its "appraisal" price. Or as another lady has already coined in her reveal video "a kinder surprise for adults".( * u * ) 
It smells really light and fresh in my kitchen.

Tasty Foods: Local Charm

Took hubby out to a local Asian cuisine restaurant in town. The owners live just down the old hwy from us here in the country. Vihn grew up working in his family's restaurant; a few years ago he & his wife opened up a food truck. Last year they secured a building and opened up their small cuisine eatery.  I had a small bowl of vermicelli w/ pork balls and the shrimp salad rolls.  So filling!!! *rolls over into a food coma*

This weeks stitching progress:
I focused mainly on Alice & the start of my cousins Dr. Who sampler.  By the end of the night  Friday I had my outline done up on the middle design of Alice. The rest of the weekend I did 3 corners and the cards. Today I got the rabbit & queen done & Cheshire cat started.

Just a smidge done on the tardis. It's going to take a while - there's A LOT of blue. 

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Middle of February

Week of the 5 - 11th.

This week felt really long.....but by the end of the weekend, it was as if it had all been a blur.
The girls performed in the next village over for their Valentine's family dance. We had some of the senior girls do their jazz & tap pieces along with 2 of them doing solos. The community is raising funds for their new spray park. Other dance groups were in attendance as well (like the square dancers & Ukrainian dancers).  It was cute to see some of the younger spectators getting into the groove while they watched the bigger girls perform. Mimicking their kicks and rolls. I think we may have a few new dancers enrolled come next season.

Accomplishments thus far:

  • I did some work on Hot Stuff. Its not completely finished but I'm okay with that as there isn't too much left of it before I start on the back stitching and the words.

  • I started, finished & popped a requested piece into a frame for one of my husband's work mates. Using the Storm Troopers pattern I already had, I crafted 2 of them to border a phrase from the movie.
Week of 12 - 17th.

  Today I printed off the pattern I'm doing for my cousin's wedding. Its a Dr. Who theme. Under the image I will be adding their names, wedding date & a phrase from the show. I purchased the main pattern from Etsy. It will look like this when it is finished.  Given that I didn't pay much attention to the SIZE of the pattern, its good that I've until October to get it finished. (It's 210 x 190)

  • THIS one on the other coming up faster than I had though. Joss had mentioned having a summer wedding, but when I asked Geoff about it he said they were doing it in April. Eek!! So, I've finished the planning stages for their wedding sampler by taking a pattern from my Star Trek book and using PCStitch, maneuvered the screen pads and wording to work for what I'm trying to get done. I started putting some of the screen colours in on that one. It is being stitched on 14ct Mystic aida. This is an example of what it looked like IN the book. I've moved stuff around in the centre, but kept the colours & basic exterior layout. I've already let him know that I'll more than likely not make that cut off but didn't tell him what it will look like. She's the geeky one so while he'll be grateful for the gift - she'll be the one it'll amuse more.
 Started a piece that will be the year end gift for our dance instructor. Fabric cut out, white center beginning. It is the SodaStitch "Alice in Wonderland" given that is our theme for this years dance year end performance.
And yes, I just realized that all the pieces I started this week are geeky. *blush*
 On top of all this funkiness -My new sister has put in a request-to-purchase piece. All she had was a phrase for me to go on.She'd like for it to be done up so that she can have a reminder at her shop to just keep going, to get her projects done and to sway being a perfectionist. I went perusing on google to see if I could find something that matched. I though perhaps a string of beads with the last one being an odd colour. That would fit her "Finished. Not Perfect" phrase. But I actually came up empty handed. I tried frogs apparently that is her creature.  Also nothing that I thought would work, even with tweaking. Nothing on Frogs that is. I did find a goofy looking Owl holding a string of trees that would be exactly what I needed! Success! Its a now discontinued Kit from RTO but I did find (& purchased) it from a seller in Moscow who had the kit in stock. Whoop. How adork-able is this fella?!? I don't know what to charge for this though. My pieces have always been gifts or donations. Anything that's been designed for someone specifically by request has been "paid" with by in-kind-trading. Obviously I could just do a break down of basic costs: kit + framing + shipping....I just don't know.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Fun in the mail

Fun In The Mail:

I love it when books come in the mail. We do not have an ample selection at our local library, being that it is a small country one. However, part of the (now increased) $25 annual fee goes towards transportation of books in from other equally small community libraries.
 Sadly even with the contribution of many outlets certain books remain harder to find for lending. Thus I turn to second hand stores & the bargain books on Amazon.

My recent purchases included 2 novels by Mo Hayder. "The Devil of Nanking" and "Pig Island". I have read her Jack Caffery series & found it to be intensely eerie. One does not often read novels of such darkness penned openly by a woman. Many have the skill to do so of course, but often will have a masculine nom de plume to put forth their works. Given the way that my mind absorbs images however, I can only read her novels in bursts because they bleed into my dreamscapes and give me fitful sleeps.

The softer author I also ordered books of: scripts novels of a heart twinging nature. I have already read 9 of her books. This fall I ordered a copy of her 2 newest works in digital form. I prefer to have hand held books though. 2 Months after I had purchased these downloaded versions & still had not read them - I bought the paper backs for myself as a belated holiday read. I had both novels read by the end of day 3.

Her series "The Scavenger's Daughters" had a prequel novel released after the 4 installments I had previously read. I had hoped it would have come into paper back & be a more reasonable price. That didn't happen, but I did find a really great deal on a previously loved edition of "The Palest Ink" and so I purchased that without delay. It will just be delayed in a read start as I have a few others out on loan from the library. Until then, it can sit amongst the other Kay Bratt books on my shelf.

Today's Stitching:

I didn't get very far on my stitching this afternoon. There was an unusually high number of customers in the office today, which was a wonderful thing. When the temperature drops, my farmers tend to stay indoors where it is warmer. Where their fire places are toasty and their wives can harass them for napping too early in the day time. *haha*

The  middle banner is stitched & a few cats are taking shape. No much like Dusty's shape though as he becomes contortionist kitty during his afternoon nap.

* Also, I have updated my profile photo as I am no longer blonde.....haven't been since the fire last May. I have chosen to use a snapchat filtered photo because this one makes me look absolutely adorable.*

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Welcome February!

Whoop! Off to a great start. I finished both the WIPs I was hoping to! The Country Companion I put into a matching frame I'd had been given years ago by an acquaintance. There is some issues with the corner paint chipping, but I can always repainted it later - I just wanted him framed.

Look at him and his little garden wagon. A www. I finished his lady friend a few years back (Monday Meddler) so now my pair is currently complete. 

The other WIPs piece I was doing had a few miss counted X's. So I took off the side bows & just evened out the top stitches. It will fit better in a standard bought frame squared off this way then with the extra swirlly rope bits the pattern boasts.

And I made this little cockatiel magnet for my fridge.

So I've pulled out 2 more WIPs to push stitches into to round out this weeks success. The first: Hot Stuff w/ the House Mouse. I don't have too much accomplished in it, mainly because it came as a kit. A kit where the colour code didn't really match up with the pattern symbols. I had to enter all the symbols into my PC Stitch program so that the symbols were clearer. That was the biggest issue; that many of the chosen symbols turned out tiny and smooshed making them look like different also used in the key.

The second: SHD's Germany which is almost close to finishing.

New Starts:
Dance was canceled tonight due to teacher illness, so I spent the evening binging on my pvr'd episodes of Moose meat & Marmalade and started up this little bundle of cat fun; a pdf from the designer shop AnnaXStitch from Etsy. Ribboned kittens in a banner stating "I want to pet every cat in the world".

Feathered Friends:

Will spring be coming soon? My girls have started laying again. Golden breakfast payments. Whoop.  4 are still withholding the goods. ;)

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