August 20, 2015

August IHSW Pt. 2 et al

"I'm late, I'm late!!", she says–definitely along the vein of the White Rabbit and not even touching the vicinity of the other option. (You know, of the squalling, pooping, keep-you-zombified, but oh-so-cute variety. ;) )

First! Serengeti: It now has sides but has been slow going since I'm working on both sides at once and the past weekend was unnaturally busy. I chip away a little bit here and there during the week nights, so there have been more colors added since this picture. This weekend is shaping up quite unkind for stitching as well, so we'll see how much I can get done.



Second! Mirabilia news: Haven't stitched one of these in quite a while. I usually like to slot them in between Chatelaines since they provide nice break and well, you all know how long Serengeti is taking. ;) Next one up will be Moon Flowers which I'm stitching for my cousin (she's the one that I stitched Sabrina for a few years back) who will be purchasing all the materials with slave labor provided by me. LOL!


Third! Since Amanda's been missing hunk pictures, here are some demurely-clad-but-so-much-more-handsome-for-it British hunks. :D







Fourth! DOH! Double DOH!! and TRIPLE DOH!!!!! I totally forgot, till now, that we're having IHSW again this weekend!!!! Have a great ISHW everyone!!!

August 10, 2015

IHSW August 2015 - Part 1

Hmm... I thought for sure this was the third full weekend (including Friday) of the month but 'tis not! What to do, what to do? Have two IHSWs, you say? Why ever not? :D

I finished the side sections linking from the pinnacle this past weekend and will continue on towards the center of the design which will consists of two pinnacles, one third of the outer border arm on both sides, two eagles, and the ostrich and secretary bird inserts. Holy moly, that's a lot for the next stitching section! I'm not even going to think ahead to when I have to do the baobab and acacia trees again. Oh, who am I kidding? I've been thinking about that for days!




Well, I'll be stitching this weekend! How about you? :D

August 4, 2015

All Things Chatelaine Designs

Can it really be that I'm posting again so soon since the last post?! Nope, I just checked... it's not snowing here in Florida. ;)

The nice thing about stitching again is there are pictures to show!! The center pinnacles on Serengeti are so gorgeous stitched up and the first one went pretty quickly too. One down, three to go. :D (Amanda, allow me to tempt you more. Mwa-hahaha!!)



I took a picture of what my frame looks like right now with the chart spanning the entire width. I quite enjoyed drawing the ochre rainbow to cover the chart. I'm working on the two sides simultaneously so it might take me awhile to get them done.



EeKoon, my sister-of-the-heart, has been buying me Europeanxs GCs over the last three years for my birthdays. I finally decided to use them this year and treated myself to the Autumn Watergarden kit in June. It arrived yesterday, beautifully packaged as usual!!! I'm thinking of stitching it on white belfast. Start date? Not sure, but definitely after Hummingbird.




Speaking of Hummingbird Lace Mandala, I've slotted the start date for Nov. 1st. It's a SAL I've joined on FB and I just have to get one stitch in. I'm hoping that it will be more than one stitch but it's all contingent on if Serengeti is finished by then. I also still need to decide on a fabric color. I 'see' it on a really light fabric so that pale silks will show and am leaning towards white or antique white again.



Martina has been releasing her older designs on her website and I'm soooooooo tempted to get her Mini Mandala 01. Those greens. Those yummy, yummy greens! Don't you think it'll be such a perfect partner to MM05 that I finished a while ago? Just sayin'... ;)

        

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?