June 20, 2016

June IHSW Report and Then Some

Ok... so, I had a somewhat major IHSW hiccup this weekend--the good news is I hermitted. All weekend long. The bad news? NO.STITCHING.GOT.DONE. Oopsies poopsies. Tee-hee-hee-hee-hee. But I have a really good excuse though!

Nalini Singh Allegiance of Honor Psy/Changeling
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You see, I used to be a really voracious reader. But as responsibilities and workload increased, I find myself having to choose and alternate between my three hobbies--stitching, gaming, and reading--and you all know how I have blinders on when I have my sights set on one of the first two. As time passed, I've also pretty much narrowed down the books I read to only two series by Nalini Singh. As it happens, the latest novel in her Psy-Changeling series, Allegiance of Honor, was released on the 15th and of course, all 496 pages of it was screaming my name. ;)

Fortunately, I've been good since finishing Serengeti Mandala. There were a couple of smalls I wanted to stitch for some friends and I managed to finish one and nearly finish the other before I got my reading blinders on.

The Particulars:
Family Tree by My Big Toe Designs
Fabric: 28ct Lugana 'Baby Lotion'
Fibers: From stash
Started: June. 6th, 2016
Finished: June 10th, 2016

My Big Toe Designs Family Tree

The as-yet-unfinished small is Quilted with Love- Cherish by Stoney Creek. This is not my usual style but I find it absolutely adorable!!

Quilted With Love Cherish Stoney Creek

I would also like to take the opportunity to answer some questions from 'no-reply bloggers':

How big is it actually ? I thought mandalas were small.
They come in all sizes. This is one of Martina's biggest. 25 7/8 x 25 7/8 on 32ct.

What's next?
After Cherish is finished, I'll start prepping Yexian. More to come on that. Stay tuned. :D

How will you frame it?
Well, one of the first things I did was get a piece of custom cut acid-free foam board so I could mount it. I used my normal pin and board method, but instead of taping the fabric to the back of the board as I've always done, I had to lace Serengeti up since it's so big.

It's now at Michaels. Since my in-laws were visiting, we decided to make use of the custom frame sale and see what we could find. We should have it back this weekend. I'll post a picture of it then. :D

June 17, 2016

June 2016 IHSW

Drats, drats, drats!! I thought it was going to be next week. Thanks for the reminder, Jo!!!! *hugs*

You know what to do!!! LOL!!! (I'm literally posting this on a fly.) I should have 2 finishes to show you come Monday. :D

June 5, 2016

Serengeti Mandala Finished!

It's finally finished!! Whoop, whoop!! This was two years in the making, no thanks to Diablo 3. LOL! Thanks for staying with me through this sporadic journey. ;) I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

The Particulars:
Serengeti Mandala by Chatelaine (Martina Rosenberg)
Fabric: 32ct Flax Belfast
Kit from Europeanxs.com
Started: June. 5th, 2014
Stopped: August 18th, 2014
Started again: May, 2015
Stopped: August 16th, 2015
Started yet again: May, 2016
Finished!! June 4th, 2016

May 30, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend 2016

For my US friends, how is your Memorial Weekend going? I've been beading on Serengeti. It's going slower than anticipated due to constant bead color changes. Sneak peek, you say? Why, I'd be happy to oblige. LOL!!

Serengeti Mandala

Memorial Weekend always makes me reflect on the freedom that we enjoy, and oftentimes, take for granted. The courage and sacrifices of the men and women who fight and defend this right could never be repaid.

Hubby is a huge World War 2 buff and, by extension, I end up watching or listening to a lot of WW2 movies, documentaries, and books. The stories never ceases to amaze me and we often wonder how many of those are still left untold. Since this is a subject that he's so passionate about, I've been encouraging him to work on a website dedicated to the various aspects of WW2 and thus WHEN LIONS ROARED was born. Check it out and let us know what you think. :)

May 26, 2016

Are you a Noreply-Comment Blogger?

So, Blogger has this thing where if you don't elect to have your email listed on your blogger account, your comments show up as noreply-comment@blogger.com and there is no way for the person you've left a comment on to reply to you. :(

When these instances happen, I try to either visit your blogs or Google+ account to leave a comment in reply, but sometimes, no amount of looking or hunting does any good. :(

I realize we blog across different platforms and sometimes it's just not possible to stick with Google and their proprietary ideas which puts us all at a lost of how to stay connected. I, for one, absolutely refuse to link my mail gmail account to Google+ and have circumvented this by creating another account just for that. Not that I use Google+ as I find it kinda clunky.... but, I digress.

Not sure if you're a noreply-comment blogger? I did a quick update on the TUTORIAL so you can do a quick check.

And now for a PSA:
xx courtr5877 if you read this, I'm trying to track down a way to reply to you about Chinese Garden. LOL. I tried your Google+ and YouTube accounts but there's no option there. Feel free to EMAIL me directly.

May 23, 2016

May 2016 IHSW Part 2 Report

Well, that turned out to be a loooooooong title! How were your IHSWs??? Did you get to stitch as much as planned? I didn't quite hermit ALL weekend but made a pretty good dent on Sunday. I counted about 7 more colors to go on the border and then the over 1 eagle and then SHOW ME DA BEADS!!!! :D

May 18, 2016

IHSW May 2016 Part 2

Here we are!!!!! PRESENTING...... *drumroll* IHSW Maaaaaaaaay 2016!! (Part deux) No, I'm not drunk... why do you ask? :D

More of the same for me. What about you?

I should post the most recent pic right? OH!!!! You know what I discovered on Monday night? The half rhodes on the diagonal sections were all in THE.WRONG.COLOR!! I was supposed to use 196 and I used 194... or was it the other way around? Hrmm... well, no matter; it's fixed now. :D