29 October 2008

A Little Update

First, I'd like to start off this post with a huge THANK YOU! For the first time ever, I had 30 comments on one single post. Wow! I never knew there were so many of you out there reading my stitching ramblings. Thank you for making me feel special and appreciated. Also, to Jessie and Michele, I'm glad you like my new blog look. I didn't think anyone would notice :)
Special thanx too to Andrea. She had an Autumn Giveaway in September and she drew my name for one of the charts that's up for grabs. I'm now the happy owner of Country Cottage Needleworks' A Place We Call Home.

I almost never win anything so I was smiling from ear to ear when I found out. It made my day. The chart arrived last Friday and I've already ordered the overdyed floss it calls for.
Secondly, I have to apologize for it's been a long while since I last post - more than 3 weeks!
Yet, all I have to show for the time I went missing is this square for Paul's Dragon RR:

Design: Dragon of Water
Designer: Dragon Dreams Inc
Fabric: 14 count Off-White Aida
Fibers: DMC & Kreinik Metallics
If you know me, you would know that I'm usually not too keen on dragons but this one is too cute for words - the friendliest looking one among all four elemental dragons ^.^ Part of the reason I chose it is because it looks like a seahorse which is one of my favourite sea creatures besides dolphins. It also has the added advantage of being blue - my favourite colour.
It's not that I haven't been stitching. I have - some but I've been so restless with my stitching lately I can't seem to concentrate on one single project. Have you ever felt that way before? Here a stitch, there a stitch, the end result being that I have nothing much to show. It feels as if I've barely gotten anything done! What I actually have finished is for an exchange which I can't show until it has been received.
However, does that stop me from stashing? Never! The pictures below are proof enough...
Never in a million years did I think I'd find this magazine after so long and in Malaysia on top of that. Woohoo! Now I can stitch Nora Corbett's Trick or Treat Fairy too.

Silkweaver recently had a sale - 30% off their Classics line. I took full advantage of it...

Golden Harvest, Dark Tan, Heritage & Solo
The only fabric that I bought with a project already in mind for it is Golden Harvest. I'll be stitching my MM&IRR on it. The rest I bought just for the sake of... SALE! If that's not enough reason to buy fabric, I don't know what is :P I'm sure I'll find a suitable design for each one given the fact that they're all in neutral colours.
Since I've actually bought my fabric for the MM&IRR, you must all be wondering what I have in mind as I've never once mentioned anything more about it after joining up. No hint, no tips, no nothing regarding my construction plans. Well, that doesn't mean I haven't been thinking hard and working on it.
Finally, I've decided on a "Home Sweet Home" village. It'll have those words in the middle with quotes on home scattered all over it.
Just so you know what I'm talking about, let me show you a picture of my blueprint. Just don't faint when you see it for I've never claimed to be a gifted artist.

Ahem... have I stunned you into speechlessness? Don't say I didn't warn you. (I actually have another blueprint from my early days of playing with another idea but I'll spare you that) Anyway, now that you're recovering from the horror my "art" has inflicted on you, let me explain. I'll be using all charts from Elizabeth's Designs. I've left out "Home Sweet Home in the center but if you click on it, you can see the quotes I've inserted around each house.
To give you a better idea, here are the charts all laid out:

What do you think? Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions? All are welcome!
P.S. I won't be online much from 1st November to 13th November. I'll be on vacation with my SO (Significant Other) which I haven't seen for more than a year. I'm so excited!


Yuko said...

Hi Veronica,
Your MM&IRR plan is looking so wonderful!
It would be so beautiful!!!
I can't wait to see its completed piece :D

Cindy F. said...

Hey Veronica! You have been very busy!! Love your dragon:) and your MM&IRR looks wonderful! Can't wait to see it stitched up!
Cindy F.

Shebafudge said...

I love the look of your MM&IRR. I can't wait to see it stitched up.

If there is ever a particular mag you want let me know and we can trade for it!

Chiloe said...

I love your long post ;) Is your SO the one that used to have his picture here? What would be great news !!!

Great stash Veronica !!!! Enjoy it all ;)

I tried to NOT start anything new: even though I have to slap my bad hand !!! lol

Can't wait to see your RR ;)

Hope you have a great vacation !!!!

Shari said...

your RR piece is going to be awesome!!! Great idea! Love all of your new stash! Lucky girl!!! hey, thanks for visitng my blog. How can I get ahold of you via email? I asked something in a reply one time, but didn't see a response & would like to ask again!!

Olenka's Stitches said...

Your dragon is so cute.Your MM&IRR is going to be very pretty, good luck on stitching it.

Ranae said...

Congrats! on the CCN win, isn't it fun to win something?
Love the dragon finish.
Your RR is going to be splendid.

sugardoll said...

Congrats on winning the cute chart. yey!

I love your blueprint. I think it looks perfect how you placed the charts in order.

And that blue dragon is indeed a cutie. I love the colors.

Great SW stash haul, i didn't buy any as I'm not very fond of the classics. The CS-N, what a great find as well. I was so happy when i saw it at the borders close to our house the time i got it. Before we moved up here in the bay area, the little nothing-no-nada-cross stitch items town we used to live at was fun! even if you waste your time driving to the next towns over to find stuff. So when i found this at the bookstore. OMG! What natural high! LOL

Paul Lionel said...

Ooh my RR is looking really good! I can't wait to get it back. Looking forward to stitching yours as well!

Beatrice said...

Your MMBIRR is looking good. I can't suggest any changes because they are all great. ...what fun!
Your little DD is so cute. I do love dragons.
Hmmm all that nice stash good for you.

Von said...

I love your plan for the MM&Irr! Elizabeth's Designs are truly delightful and using one favorite designer will bring a nice cohesiveness to the project. :)

Loreta said...

I love your blue dragon:)

StitchCat said...

Your MM&IRR plan is fantastic. I love the Elizabeth Designs cottages...I have a few in my collection to stitch up :)

Stitcher S said...

Thanks for coming by my blog again, and thanks for the comment!

I love the layout, these are gorgeous patterns. I know it will look very lovely. I wish I'd had planned out mine better as you are doing now. I selected from lots of older stuff, and I should have bought some new things.


Take care,

Tama said...

I love that dragon! He's so cute! I really like your layout too; I look forward to seeing it stitched!

Sally said...

The dragon for Paul's RR is so cute!

Love the layout for your MM&I RR. I thought I'd got mine how I wanted it but now I'm not so sure! LOL! I need to make up my mind soon and order my fabric!

Carla said...

Nice stash!!!
Cute little dragon :)

Stitchingranny said...

I am soo looking forward to the MM&IRR getting started. I have my plans all drawn up but its hard to share as they are on the computer (I am lucky enough to have a cross stitch program so it was the easiest place to draw up my plans)

I love the ED cottages though and think a neighbourhood done in all those cottages with all the speciality stitches involved will be both fun to stitch and stunning to look at.

Wendy said...

Congrats on your win! LHN charts are so lovely to work on. Your plan for the MMI neighbourhood looks great :-D

CraftyPretender said...

I seem to recall once upon a time, meeting a young lady who told me "No I don't like samplers". I think I might have said to her "Oh, it's a good thing too, because they're so addictive."

Need I say more!

Carol R said...

Love the charts you have chosen for your MM&IRR. Can't wait to see WIP! Makes me think I should have signed up for it too!

Dragonflymystic said...

Very cute! Here is to hoping you get your stitching mojo back! I have felt this way before as well... so usually I pull out a real quick finish that I absolutely adore, and to a little self stitching... sometimes that helps. Sometimes working on a big project helps, if it inspires you... sometimes stitching on a big project can bring you down, though...
((((((((Happy Stitching!)))))))))

Ruth said...

HI there -- I always like checking out what you're up to so I'm really happy to let you know that I drew your name in my blogiversary offer. If you check back on my blog there's a post that lists the winners and my email. I'm looking forward to sending you a little surprise.... of course it won't be as lovely as all of your stitching, but I'll do my best. :)

Chiara said...

Hi Veronica, congrats for all your finishing they are alla adorable I love the dragon and the snowman of the previous post!