July 31, 2015

Come Fly Away...

...let's fly, let's fly away
If you can use some exotic booze
There's a bar in far Bombay
Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away
-Frank Sinatra

Ooooh, exotic booze!! Although, that will make me tipsy, which will mean that I'll make stitching mistakes, which will then mean I'll have to do mean things to the frogs, and I don't eat frog legs. Ok... no exotic booze for this girl... just wine!... ok, and beer!!! :D

One medallion and eagle done!! Working on the outer border next.

Thank you all so much for the reader suggestions. I will, hopefully, have some time this weekend to check them out.

Happy weekend everyone!!! Hope it's a relaxing one!

July 28, 2015

What to call this post?

LOL! That's what I've been mulling over the last few minutes, so I decided why not just title it that, so there ya go!

I have a new stitchy toy!! It came about cos I was in a pissy mood from having to look aaaaaaaall the way down to my iPhone while backstitching tree branches aaaaaaaaall the way up on the fabric. Hubby to the rescue, as usual, and he rigged an iPad holder onto a binder clip for me. :D I showed it to some of my friends and they asked if it was so I could stitch and chat at the same time! HAHAH!!! Awesome by-product, doncha think? ;)

Which leads me to...

I've changed my mind about my dad's memoriam piece. I was browsing HAED the other day and came upon SPML's Yexian Pure of Heart and absolutely fell in love. My dad love nature and fish and this chart, along with the Chinese folklore, seems to suit him more than my previous choice. Start date will still be next year, of course, since Serengeti needs to be finished. :)

I need to figure out how to better keep up with your blogs on the go. I'm finding it more and more difficult to sit at the computer after work and allocate reading time since my natural tendency is to reach for the iPad or my phone. I'm so outdated on Readers and such. Do you have a favorite reader?

July 20, 2015

IHSW July 2015 Report and then some

How do Mondays come around so quickly? I hermitted most of the weekend, but sad to say, I didn't get as much stitching done as I'd have liked. My intention was to complete all the baobab and umbrella acacia trees in both of the corners but, as you can see, failed miserably. The starts and stops were really tedious and got the better of me. Ugh!

Today is our 19th anniversary. How time flies! We celebrated by making a steak dinner with pan-fried potatoes, and butter-grilled brussel sprouts last night. Forgot to take a picture before we gobbled it all down!

For my birthday every year, my very dear friend, Heidi, gifts me with a drawing. This year, I was the lucky recipient of a gorgeous crowned crane which immediately got framed and hung up on what I call my "Heidi Wall!"

July 14, 2015

IHSW July 2015

First off, thank you all so much for your feedback regarding the FB IHSW group. It was an idea I was toying with but let's keep IHSW on bogland! :D I agree with your sentiments that there is something so soothing and calming about visiting a blog. It's taking the time to catch up with a friend instead of going through the hustle and bustle of and being bombarded with pictures and shares and what nots.

To the subject at hand then! :D Can you believe it's July already??? Half the year is gone! How can time move so quickly? Doesn't it know that we have lots of stitching to do and goals to meet?

Speaking of goals, I met mine of finishing the lion's panel as well as the two corners on either side of it last weekend. The lion panel took a while as hubby and I decided to make some slight changes to the coloring of the lioness' fur as well as the thread for the lion's mane. We wanted his mane to be fuzzy but did you know that sandpaper is detrimental to the effectiveness of DMC thread? Who would've thunk it? ;) LOL! No matter, Wispers to the rescue! After a few times of trial and error, we decided that alternating between DMC and Wispers did the trick. (I should've taken a picture of the lion stitched only with Wispers. He looked like 10,000% humidity got the better of him. LOL!)

More of Serengeti for me this weekend. I'm moving outwards to the baobab and umbrella acacia trees. What about you?

June 22, 2015

IHSW June Report

Hippo in da house!!! :D This took so much longer than anticipated. Martina really pack things in in glorious details and colors! I didn't even notice the forested background till I saw this picture on the computer!

I've been thinking on the topic of Facebook for a while now. I'm not in the camp of the people who advertise where they are and what they're having for lunch and what not, but over the last week, I've found it quite enjoyable to relax by looking at beautiful photographs of stitching and scenery between stitching and work.

As far as I know, there are 3 groups of people:
  1. Hates Facebook, doesn't want to have anything to do with it
  2. Loves Facebook, for catching up and getting news, to the exclusion of reading blogs and forums
  3. Uses both Facebook and other online platforms

The reason for this line of thought? I'm wondering if we'd like to start an IHSW group on Facebook. IHSW has evolved quite a bit since its conception and with everyone's hectic lives, a lot of us might not be able to stitch on the 3rd weekend of every month. I would, of course, still keep IHSW alive and well on Blogland.

What are your thoughts?

June 15, 2015

June 2015 IHSW

It occurred to me that, with all that was going on, I totally forgot about IHSW last month. Well, hopefully it's all back on track after this.

We were inundated with spam in April's IHSW sign up and I was going to look for another list host,  but according to Simply Linked, they've sorted everything out. I'm willing to give them another go since I like the clean layout of their lists. *fingers crossed*

I finished the zebra and cheetah panel earlier last week and was hoping to have made a huge dent on the hippo panel over the weekend but a conference over the weekend nixed that idea completely. So far, there are no plans for this weekend. Here's to hoping that I don't stay exhausted...

June 1, 2015

Thank You and Stitching Updates

First and foremost, thank you so much, everyone, for your kind words and condolences about my dad. I felt your love and care in every one of your words.

It still feels very surreal that he's no longer with us and that we'll never see physically see him again. Some days are better than others. I try and not dwell in or think about it too much but there are certain times, like when I was filing away some pictures on my laptop and unexpectedly saw a picture of him from last year that I had left loose in a folder, that it hits me really hard. Then there was one night, while falling asleep, I thought about him buried in the ground and I don't think I'm still quite comprehending how that could be. The thing we take comfort in is that he is home with a God that loves him over and above we ever can and that he is healthy again.

I've been thinking about stitching something in remembrance of my dad. Novia and EeKoon suggested something to do with orchids since those were his favorite flowers and I'm always reminded of him when I see them. Took me awhile but I finally found something from GoldenKite that made me smile and filled my heart with joy. I won't be starting this till next year, as I'd like to finish a couple of things first, but I'm definitely looking forward to its start.

Cattleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds
by Martin Johnson Heade

Meantime, I'm sorry to report that I've lost interest in Deco Spirits. I really love the design and colors of it; I just really loathe that gold thread. Ugh!!! I figured out that using shorter lengths with a knot at one end for the needle's eye to butt up against made it more a bit more manageable. That and unwinding the 3 strands before putting them back together. I made myself finish the Water panel before putting it away though.

Back on the scroll from is ... *drumroll* ... Seeeeeerengeti! It's such a pleasure to have my mojo back for it. I'm still on the zebra and leopard panel and just finished backstitching those little critters last night.

On the subject of blogging, Google sent me an email a while back about making my blog mobile friendly. I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and do that soon but there is so much customization I've done to the blog that that's going to open up a whole world of hurt. Boo-hoo!! >.<