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21 January 2008

Another New Start

You don't call January Guilt-Free January for nothing. Once again, I've been distracted and stopped working on Romantic Stitcher. So what have I been working on, you all must be wondering. Well, here ya go.
This is "Lazy Afternoon" by Lanarte which is going to be a surprise gift for my friend Adeline who just bought her first apartment and is planning to move in sometime in March. I had a hard time picking out something for her because, when it comes to art and tastes, you just never know. I might like something that she doesn't or I could find something that I know she'll absolutely like which I hated which is a no go either for I just can't bring myself to stitch something I totally dislike. It's gotta balance which makes my choices tougher and more limited. Besides, she didn't give me any guidelines as to how she might decorate her apartment. When I ask her what she'd like me to get for her, she just goes, stitch me something, something big, make it a surprise. Since she doesn't know this blog exist, doesn't stitch nor is she much of a computer person, I feel safe letting all of you into my secret. I chose this pattern for I thought she might appreciate the feminine element of it. Also, when I look at it, it makes me feel relax and lazy just like its name which is how a home should make us feel. That together with the fact that my friend loves reading too, well, I just hope she likes it as much as I do. I got slightly more than a month to finish this, thus I better buck up and stop procrastinating.

Other than that one new start, I've been doing a lot of planning for my projects this year. I won't exactly call it my New Year Resolution since I have no idea when I'll be getting to them but I finally went and bought all the Anchor threads for Lilliput Lane's Cottage Sampler. I was contemplating converting the Anchor threads into DMC but after the Crafty Cat disaster, I decided to stick with Anchor threads instead. I even went as far as to do a floss toss on it. The fabric is Zweigart's Vintage Country Cream (Marbled) 32 count linen, same as the one I'm stitching Romantic Stitcher on. On Friday, I received some fabrics from Sugar Maple Fabrics.They're Serendipity and Shimmering Jellybean. Aren't they yummy? This is the first time I've ordered from SMF and I love it. I have Mirabilia's Garden Verses in mind for Serendipity and Enchanting Lair's Firedance planned for Shimmering Jellybean. Do you think the colours will go well together? I need opinions please. Thanks!

I'm also currently in a debate with myself. Should I or should I not join in the Lavender Angels Stitch-Along? I've already got all the materials for it."Angelica" has been another design that's been in my stash for quite some time. I've just never gotten around to it. The fabric is another opalescent - Skye by Silkweaver. Yup, you guessed it. I love sparklies. Mmm... gonna ponder on it some more.

13 January 2008

This and That

I've been tagged by Debi for this meme which I'm supposed to link to five of my previously written posts and have them relate to these five things: Family, Friend, Yourself, Your Love and Anything You Like. Since this blog is all about cross stitch, the chosen posts will definitely be cross stitch related. So here goes...

Family: This post is dedicated to my mum whom I love with all my heart. And the only post I could find that's related to my family. Thus the reason why I chose this post. (I really should stitch something for my dad and my brother too.)

Friend: Made this for my bestest (there really should be such a word in the dictionary) friend in the world, Adeline. She has helped me through a lot of tough spots and rough situations. I'm truly blessed to have her in my life.

Yourself: Now this is a tricky one. I guess I'll pick my last post for everything stitched in it is purely for my own pleasure. So yeah, no further explanations necessary.

Your Love: This is another hard one. The reason I chose this post is the picture at the very end. We got back together the day after my birthday in December last year. Gotta tell you, no one was more surprised than I that we did. Things are still complicated, we're still apart but both willing to give long distance relationship another try. It's hard but then again, when is life (especially when it's something that you want badly enough to put all your effort in to) ever easy?

Anything You Like: I really had trouble making up my mind about this one. In the end I settled for this post. Reason? Sun, sea, sand, beach, vacation, rest and relax. That says it all in the picture. Now who in his right mind wouldn't like that?

Hmm... guess now it's my turn to tag someone. Have never done this before. I'll send it to Chiloe, Juls, Kathy, Beatrice and Jaimie, the first five people who commented on my last post. Thank you all for your kind comments. Of course, it's up to you to decide if you'd like to answer this. And to anyone who reads this and would like to join in the fun, you're definitely welcome to.

On to other things, I need all your help in identifying this project here:
It's a UFO sitting for the longest time way back in my wardrobe that I pulled out the other day. It's one of my first cross stitch that I started along with A Gift of Friendship. The chart is a nameless one that I bought years ago from a LNS and I've been asked a few times for its name. I'd really appreciate it if someone could tell me who the designer is and the name of the design. Can you believe that for such a huge piece, there are only 16 colours? 16 colours for such a life-like picture. Amazing isn't it? I still love it but frankly, I have no idea if I should continue stitching on it for it's stitched on 10 count (yes, you read correctly 10 count) aida with six strands of floss. It's huge so if I continue on, it's gonna cost me a lot of floss. Also, now that I've stitched on evenweave and linen, I really hated the texture of aida, especially in such a big count but that's not all. As it's my first cross stitch, the back is a mess with tons of knots all over the place. Added to that, the crosses are not facing the same way. So there you have it, as much as I love it, stitching on it is not a pleasure for me anymore. See my dilemma? Sigh! Any suggestions on what I should do with it? Thanx in advance.

Anyway, that's all for now. I'll post again shortly with some updates on what I've been up to. I could've posted them right now but I just want to stitch on it a little more so I can have that little much more to show. In the meantime, take care, everyone.

03 January 2008

1 HD, 2 WIPs

Happy New Year, all! May all your hopes and dreams come true this year. I've never been big on new year resolutions but I guess the one resolution I should make is to keep this blog updated. It's been two months since I've last written. Not good. Then again, I don't have a lot to show for those two absent months. In fact, this is the only finish I have to show so ladies and gentlemen, come celebrate a very belated Happy Dance with me.
This is "Crafty Cat" by Margaret Sherry. Finished him about 2 months ago. The original design was stitched with Anchor threads but I used DMC threads instead, which are also provided in the chart but I think the cream colour for his face is too dark. Oh well, he's still cute, isn't he? Getting all tangled up in that mess. However, I'm pretty certain if I had a cat and it did that to my stitchy stuff, cute is definitely gonna be the furthest thing from my mind. Hehe...

As for what I'm working on at the moment, here they are:
"Chorus Line" by Valerie Pfeiffer is stitched on 28 count cream lugana. This is the first time I'm stitching her designs even though I've seen them around for a while now. I really like her birds. They're so fluffy. Unfortunately, after I was done stitching on this bird, another project caught my attention and I've been working on that since.
And here she is, "The Romantic Stitcher" by non other than Laura G. Lattuada of Passione Ricamo. The fabric is Zweigart's Vintage Country Cream (Marbled) 32 count linen. It's been a while since I've picked up something this big so completing her will definitely take me a while. However, I'm having so much fun stitching on her it hardly matters. Her face is stitched over one, a first for me, and I must say I really like the effect thus the extra work is worth it. Just don't expect me to work on her arms and hands anytime soon. ^.^