December 31, 2006

Happy New Year 2007


Wishing one and all a 2007 full of the love of family,

laughter of friends, and wishes coming true.

Oh yes, and lots of stash, WIPs, and finishes!!

Farewell 2006

I can't believe that we'll be saying goodbye to another year.

I remember when Y2K threatened the collapse of the technological world as we know it and news of virus and computer shut-downs ran rampant. Now here we are, at the brink of 2007, and the year 2010 being so close in the horizon that we can almost taste it.

On a smaller, more personal scale, 2006 has been a good year for me.

Old friendships were rediscovered and new ones made. I lost my grandma, but I know she's in God's loving embrace. My whole family was in a horrible accident, but by the grace of God, they are fine. My nephew, Ryan, turned 2 at the end of September and I haven't seen him face to face. Living on the opposite side of the world really sucks.

I started working full-time in addition to teaching and finally after years of struggle and schooling, Satish and I are finally making enough money to live comfortably whilst having enough to start putting away for a rainy day. We're on the D.I.N.K. (double income, no kids) track and enjoying it tremendously. It's a great feeling not having to worry about money when we want to buy something or spend money on our parents.

A continues to be my partner in crime, spurring me on to bigger and better things, opening me up to new stitching (and other *wink*) possibilities. We have the ability to make each other laugh no matter how bad a day we've been having, and I am truly blessed to have her. May 2007 bring us more elaborate plan-fests and harem-drooling sessions, among other things.

My fellow Bandits: it's amazing to me that we've only met in 2006, cos it seems that I've known them all my life. I've come to expect and look forward to Sean's and my monthly stitch-and-bitch fest, and a day doesn't feel complete if EK, Novi, and I don't get to chat on Yahoo.

Ai Lin caught the beading bug and passed it on, and whilst I now have yet another hobby to slot into my limited free time, it's been so much fun hanging out. It's so weird how we both ended up living 20 minutes away from each other in a foreign land, but I count my blessing every day for this.

Alex and I are back on talking, sharing, and laughing terms... another counted blessing. Even though he DID forget my birthday and my Christmas presents were late! (Yup, he's going to be feeling these jabs and hearing about them for a long, long, LONG time. Mwa-hahahaha)

I found Crafty Coven, a precious, precious group of friends, where we have the freedom to express our individualities and enjoy each other's company and support, in ADDITION to cheering and egging each other on for stashing purposes.

Farewell 2006. Thank you for the memories.

December 30, 2006

Disney's Magic, or Lack Thereof

Since the in-laws are here for the annual visit, we made plans to go to Disneyworld for the day, the main event being to see La Nouba.

We decided to hit Epcot during the day and had high expectations from our last visit there 10 years ago, and I'm very sad to report that, for us, Disney has lost its magic. The popular rides had a 2 hour long wait, the other rides felt really dated, and the worlds turned out to be a glorified shopping trip that catered to the tourists' mentality to compulsive buy.

Perhaps we're more jaded now and, at 10 years older, have lost the patience to deal with the long lines and massive amount of people to the ring-ding of $65++ per ticket.

La Nouba, on the other hand, was spectacular, much better than when we saw it 2 years ago. We had great seats, about 8 rows from the staget, and we could see all of the performers' expressions, which adds SO much to the show.

All in all, it was a decent day, dinner at Wolfgang Puck's being another highlight. But, I very much doubt we'll be heading back to Disney any time in the future.

Discovery Cove beckons.

December 27, 2006

Detours

I've been neglecting my stitching lately. Not quite sure what it is that's been holding me back from sitting down and working on them.

Been reading. The paperback version of Laurell K. Hamilton's A Stroke of Midnight was finally released.. finished that in a day. Now I'm waiting for the library's call to go pick up Mistral's Kiss. I've also put holds on Christine Feehan's Dark Celebration and J.D. Robb's Born in Death.

Been messing around on the blogs again, the fortunate, or unfortunate, recipient being the ET's blog. A and I like strong colors and I thought the old white and gray theme was a little cold. So, with Dark Lilac and our love of red in mind, I revamped the page, and threw in some yellow gold for prosperity.

I've made up for the crafting end of things by making jewelry over the last few days, mostly for my mother-in-law, but I'm missing stitching. Goodness knows I think and talk about it enough. What isn't making sense to me is that whilst I miss it, I just can't gather up the energy to do it. Does that make sense?

Maybe I need to just sit my butt down and make myself do it, but oftentimes when this kinda mood hits, every single stitch is an ordeal... and where is the fun in that?

Sean and Dee are coming over this Saturday to stitch though, so maybe that will pull me out of my rut. A girl can hope.

Onyx Dreams

Made this set for my mother-in-law tonight... I've called it "Onyx Dreams".



Here is a close-up of the bevel drop:

December 25, 2006

My Lariat and Matching Pearl Earrings

I've really enjoyed having 2 days off in a row... and if I'm not careful, I'm going to get used to this and not work on Saturdays, which would make quite a few people very happy. ;)

I spent a good 2-3 hours today revamping my craft storage area. Ai Lin and my beads are now color coded from light to dark, which is going to make it much easier to look for what we need... well, it will be for me anyways, hehe. I went to Michael's yesterday with my mil and spent about $100 on jewelry making stuff, and the bulk of them were on sale!!!

Today, I made these:



I'm quite please with how the earrings turned out, and I think with the right top, the lariat would look really cute too.... although, Satish took one look at it and said that it was too chunky for me. Hmm... he could have a point there. We shall see. ^.~

There are more pictures I have to post, mainly of the jewelry we made for my mil.... soon.

December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas

To all my friends, with lots of love,

Wishing you and yours
the love, joy, and hope of Christmas;
today, and every day of the upcoming year.

December 20, 2006

Tagged

May tagged me for this, so here we go:

Four jobs I’ve had:
1. Teaching piano
2. Music Editing

Four favorite foods:
1. Assam Laksa
2. Mom and mother-in-law's cooking
3. KFC gravy and mashed potato
4. Starbucks Cafe Mocha (yes, I consider this a food group)

Four movies I could watch over and over:
1. Fellowship of the Rings
2. Return of the King
3. The Matrix
4. While You Were Sleeping

Four TV shows I enjoy:
1. Stargate
2. Heroes
3. Battlestar Galactica
4. Ghost Whisperer

Four Places I’ve Traveled:
1. Zimbabwe
2. Botswana
3. Various parts of US
4. Singapore

Four websites I go to (almost) daily:
1. Crafty Coven
2. Friends' blogs (when I have time)

Four people I’m tagging to do this too:
1. EeKoon
2. Novia
3. Wanda
4. Sean

December 19, 2006

Shoot Me NOW!!!

My allergies are KILLING me!! I don't know what happened... it was a decently allergy free day except for the occasional sniffle, and then suddenly during dinner, WHAMMO!!! It's going bonkers and it's out on a mission to commit murder, and the victim is ME!!!

My New Fob


EeKoon sent me this pretty, pretty scissor fob, and I just love it to death!!! Tammy had sent me a fob earlier that on my Gingher embroidery scissors, so I've put EK's onto my key chain, and I have to say, it goes perfectly with my Coach key fob. I'm such a lucky girl. ^.^

Finishes!!!!!

I racked up 2 more for the year, and it's a good thing too since they're both Christmas gifts. Actually come to think of it, that's why they got finished. This whole deadline thing really does work wonders for finishes.

Finally got Tiger Reflection done after months of procrastination. Way long overdue, since it was supposed to be Alex's housewarming gift, then his birthday gift, and now finally it's made it through for Christmas. Hey, you know what they say, better late than never. Hehehe. It's framed, wrapped, and ready to be sent out tomorrow. I have to admit, it was tough giving it away, cos it turned out so much better than I expected, and the black fabbie was such a pain in the ass to stitch on in the beginning. But it's ok, since it's going to a good home.

This was a Passione Ricamo chart and I doubled the bottom, minus the heart, to act as a border for Marina and Steve's initials. Stitched 2 over 1 on 18ct cream aida, using rummed raisin and dragonfly hand-dyes by The Dye Is Cast. Gold and peacock seed beads separates the initials. It came out rather well, if I may say so myself. ^.^

Santa Claus 2006

Since Ai Lin got me into beading and jewelry making, I thought I'd make earrings for Andi, Sandy, Rachel, and Nancy. Ai Lin was over last Thursday and here are the earrings we made:

for Andi
for Rachel

for Sandy


These were made last night all by my lonesome:

for Nancy

for mom


I really, really love the pair I made for Nancy, and was soooooo close to keeping them for myself. Now that I'm looking at the picture, I wonder why I didn't. All I can say is, she'd better treat those babies well!!! Hehehe.

December 13, 2006

2007 SAL Plans

A and I have put into motion our 2007 stitch-a-long plans, NO WAY set in stone, and will probably be subjected to many, many changes as the days go by.

#1. Dimensions' "Regal Tiger". We are only allowed to start this AFTER we've finished 2 pages of our girls, Meta and Motherhood. EK has been trying to talk me into a Jan. 1 start with the Coven, and I think if A and I are really good, we'd be able to get things done. I have 2 Christmas gifts to finish, hopefully by the end of the week, and then it's Meta all the way. Well, for 2 pages at least. Mwa-hahahaha.

2. Per Segno Per Filo's Vis-a-vis and Nappe. A will be stitching Nappe for me, colors etc a surprise, and I will be stitching Vis for her, same goes for the color. These were supposed to be our gifts to each other this Christmas. But since we're still young and in our prime, we thought we'd live a little and make them NEXT year's Christmas gifts instead. HAHAHA. We're planning on stitching these in conjunction with Regal Tiger and our gals, cos we're thinking these shouldn't take us too long to stitch up. Famous last words.

3. We're also planning on stitching flowers for our moms: A is planning on doing Tulip Trio and I will be doing Floral Retreat.

4. Depending on A, we will also either start on Caron Vinson's Gothic Fairy Attitude for me and Glam Gothic Fairy for her; OR Eye of the Tiger for me and for A.

According to A, we also have to start on Taj Mahal by the end of next year. Also, out of the blue, she yelled "MIRA!!!!" The girl is scaring me.... OH, and today I get an email from her with the subject "Evil on its way". That's what she's calling the package she's mailing me. I shudder at the mere thought. Oh yes, however could I forget the 3 Sara Butcher charts she gifted me with?

I can almost hear the Bandits cackling in glee in anticipation of all these starts. But mark my words, A and I are planning on working on these one or two at a time so that we'll have a slew of finishes.

Well, you know what they say about well-laid plans. ;)

Inquiring Minds Want To Know

It started out with Peggy and I discussing New Year's Eve plans. This led to my mentioning that I'd like to have a get together on Jan. 6th of the new year, with an invite to her, of course. She tells me that she might not be able to make it cos a dear friend of hers is throwing a birthday party for his friend and she's been invited. He's some art dealer and a millionaire... whooooo wheeeeeee! Then she tells me with that his whole body is covered up with tattoos.

Now, before I proceed, please keep in mind that I'm very tired, and my allergies have been killing me, and I'm in one of my looney moods.

P: His WHOLE body is covered up in tattoos!!! (her face as she says this is priceless!!!)

J: Like... EVERYTHING?!? (*jaw drops*)

P: *laughs* Yeah, his WHOLE BODY.

J: So like.... I wonder if his.... peepee is tattooed too....

P: Well, I don't know....

J: Huh... I wonder if they'd had to tattoo it while it was erect or.....

P: *loud laugh*

J: *thinks* .... and would they have to pry open his butt cheeks to *makes tattooing motions*

P: *hysterically laughing*

J: I think I'm going to have to blog this.....

For Ai Lin

My darling cousin has been stuck, bored, in some training for work for the last 3 days, and the poor girl keeps checking my blog for something to read and has come up empty for 2 days now. So hopefully this is something entertaining for one and all.

*drawing a blank here*

*stares at the screen willing for something inspiring to say*

HAH!!! Who am I kidding? Whenever will I have anything inspiring to say. Although, random thoughts have been blurted out before much to my embarassment, like the one time a friend was asking who James Taylor was and I belted out "I feel good, nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh."

Tonight, we're going to go see this acrobatic dance troupe called Pilobulus. They look really interesting, but it's going to be a long drive from work all the way to W. Palm Beach, and seeing as how this is taking place on a Wednesday night, it's cutting into Ai Lin's and my beading time.

On the beading end, I think it's pretty safe to say that it's not going to take over my love of cross-stitch. HOWEVER, there is something so damn satisfying with sitting down for 2 hours and finishing something. Talk about instant gratification, baybee!!!! :D

Feeling the Whip

Well, Kim and Nikki's whips are sure long reaching!!! I've been good and have been stitching... although, not so much the tiger but on another project that I was duh enough to think that I could get done for a friend's gift for Christmas. Siiiigh, when will I ever learn? Hehehehe.

The tiger is going decently well.... I have maybe another 2 days of work to do on it and it'll be ready for framing. So I'm anticipating a finish at the end of the week at the latest.

This other project I've started is a simple one. I'm stitching the border of a freebie from Passione Ricamo in ini purple hand-dyed floss and then stitching my friend and her brand new hubbies initials in a variegated purple/green hand-dyed. Finished the border a couple of nights ago, and the initials should take me just another few hours and that's a done deal.

December 7, 2006

Baubles

There is a change of plans in the jewelry pressies I'm making.... sigh.

Finished making this set last night for my MIL but I'm not quite sure if it's her style. So hmmm #1.

Then I brought it in to show Peggy, and she was oohing and aahing over it and put it on and then said that gold is SO not her color. Hmmm #2, cos well, the set I made her for Christmas is umm... gold! (look for the picture a few posts down) Although, in mulling it over, the bracelet is really more my MIL's style... so this is what I'm thinking....

Keep the bracelet from Peggy's set and either a. break apart the necklace to make earrings or b. keep the necklace and get more czech glass to make earrings to go with it.

Now for Peggy, if I go there, I'll have to make her a new set or something with silver. (sorry, thinking out loud here)

Been thinking about making just earrings as Christmas gifts for my friends here at work... just a small token, cos it doesn't take up hardly any time and are quite cost effective.

On the stitching front, well, nothing's happenin' over there. Keep telling myself I need to get cracking to get the Tiger out in time for Christmas. Where is that whip icon from the forum when I need it. ;)

December 6, 2006

A Pwessie

Wanda sent me this beautiful needle keeper the other day. I love it to death, especially the green she chosed!! <3 What's super cool is that when I turn it upside down, the monogram looks like an L.... so both my initials are sewn on this pretty thing! How awesome is that? 'nyways, a picture says a thousand words, so they say, here are a few thousands for all to enjoy. ^.^

December 3, 2006

I've Been RAK'ed

What did I find in my mailbox yesterday but Caron Vinson's Gothic Fairy Attitude from sweet, sweet Sonya. THANK YOU, SONYA!!!! ^.^

I've always loved this, and A and I have this thing going that we'll have to stitch a couple of Vinsons, the other being Glam Gothic Fairy on the occasion of what's still her secret to tell.

*zips mouth and throws away the key*

If I had my way, although it had absolutely NOTHING to do with me, we'd be stitching these Vinsons in celebration. It remains to be seen, though I've made noises about cutting these charts down to smaller sizes to include the heads and shoulders only.

**RAK = Random Act of Kindness

Racking 'em Up

It's official. I finished my sis-in-law's gift today. Had to shorten length of the danglies on the earrings cos my brother said that she didn't wear earrings that dangle down too long.

Ai Lin came over today, and we were working on a Christmas stocking for my grandmother. She's done most of the work, but wanted me to daisy stitch "grandma" on it and do some other embroidery stuff on it. It's about half done, so it should be ok to send it out to grandma in time for Christmas.

Started on a bracelet for my mother-in-law, but I think I have to play around with this particular one. It's a cluster bracelet, and I was a little sparse on the clusters to start off with, cos I didn't want for it to look too gaudy, but now it's looking kinda empty. :S

Sean and I got our secret project all ready to be sent out tomorrow. YIPPEEE!!!! Hope the recipients will enjoy them. ^.^

November 30, 2006

Jewelry

About a month ago Ai Lin got herself supremely addicted to beading and jewelry making, and she's made some gorgeous items. One of my favorites being:

Last Sunday, I finally succumbed and went with her to the bead store and these were what I made:
An earring and bracelet set for Mei... the bracelet is still in the works, so here's a picture of the earrings, which are made from swarovski crystals.

A necklace and bracelet set for Peggy made out of czech glass beads and hmm... I can't remember the name of the yellow stone.

So far, I'm not terribly addicted to the whole beading thing, at least not in the scale of how I love stitching; and for my sanity and pocket book, I hope that it never gets to that... although, we just bought a butt-load of swarovski's crystal online tonight and have been planning the next few projects. :S

Stitching Updates

Haven't touched either one of my girls in quite a while now. Initially thought that i might be getting back to them after I finished Tiger Reflection... but A and I are planning on starting on a couple of patterns that we got from European Cross-Stitch. I'll be stitching Vis-a-vis for her, and she'll be stitching Nappe for me. The fabbie and floss color will be a surprise, and the original plan was to get it done by Christmas. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! We can be such dreamers.

Tiger Reflection: 2 over 1 on 18ct aida. I think I'm on track on finishing this in another week or so. I've discovered that I don't hate stitching on black fabbie so much if I'm sitting right under my fluorescent light. So, A and I are planning more black fabbie stitch-a-longs. Operative word here being 'planning.' ;)













"Fu" (fortume) framed for Frank's Christmas gift. Yup, it's upside-down on purpose, cos the chinese believe that hanging it this way will send the fortune back to you instead of out to others.

Two Weeks in a Nutshell

No, I haven't disappeared off the face of the earth, much to lots of groans and disappointments, I'm sure. Hehehehe. Life has been super hectic, and to top that off, I was sick for a few days, which quite pissed me off since I haven't been sick in years.

So, let's backtrack....

Went to see Casino Royale on its opening day, and what a kick-ass Bond Daniel Craig turned out to be. This was one of those very rare occasions where I literally ate my words, cos I was horrified when I first learnt that he was going to be the new Bond. Although, I have to say, there were many a time when they showed a close-up of him where I wished he was prettier. ;) That said, what a bod!!!!! *hubba-hubba* Movie wise, I thought the plot was really good, and quite well written, albeit, it ran a tad long for me. Have to say though, it set up the future films really well in terms of Bond's character and outlook of love and relationships. Definitely a must-watch, if you haven't already, from this girl's point of view.

Oooooh, we got us a Wii!!!! Ian got us one from Wal-Mart on release day and it was finally shipped and arrived on Monday. It's the coolest thing ever, and the wii-mote is to die for. I can now play driving games and actually be going in the right direction instead of backwards!! LOL. So I've been playing that quite a bit at nights, which needless to say, means almost no stitchy time.

On the crafts' end of things, did some beading over the weekend with Ai Lin. Made some jewelry for Christmas for my sis-in-law and Peggy. Have more in the works for my MIL. Ooooh, also finished Sean's and my project for Christmas gifts for our Christmas card exchange on our forum.... but I can't post any piccies. ^.^

That about hightlights the last couple of weeks for now.

November 15, 2006

Fate or Destiny?

I love coffee, definitely Starbucks, and hands down their Café Mocha. Usually decaf and always without whip cream.

I have a friend at work, sweet Allie, who knows this and always offers to get me my cuppa Joe’s during her lunch break. Occasionally, I take her up on her offer, and today was one such day. Because I was craving it, I had her get me a grande… and with caffeine no less.

During lunch, one of my other co-workers, Anna, came into the lunch room and asked me if I’ve seen Allie yet. When I said no, she told me that my coffee had exploded all over Allie! EGADS!!!! So the poor girl was in the bathroom trying to wash out her WHITE top. Fortunately, Anna had some clean clothes in her car and offered them to Allie.

I felt so bad…. (the feeling has long since past, btw. I can be an angel for only so long. ;) I’ve been teasing her mercilessly about it.) The next time I saw Allie, she had this cute bright-ish green top on….

Now, to the title of the blog:

fate
1. something that unavoidably befalls a person; fortune; lot: It is always his fate to be left behind.
4. a prophetic declaration of what must be: The oracle pronounced their fate.

des‧ti‧ny
1. something that is to happen or has happened to a particular person or thing; lot or fortune.
2. the predetermined, usually inevitable or irresistible, course of events.

I looked at my desktop Garfield picture today and.....
That is the EXACT shade of green of Allie's loaner shirt!!!!!

Fate, or Destiny, or both? * gasp and does this mean that Garfield is an ORACLE????? I don’t know…. All I know is that Allie smells like MY coffee, and I can’t drink her!!!

November 11, 2006

Tiger Reflection Pt. 1

Here we are... the official first WIP of Tiger Reflection. I managed to work about an hour on it today at the studio cos a couple students canceled. The colors are a little off since I used my cell phone to take the pic and it looks more like a map than the face of a tiger. Blah!

We're planning a Black Fabbie SAL over at the Coven. It initially started as Nikki suggesting that we should do a SAL since we both hated stitching on black and maybe this will help us finish our projects. But it's now a full-blown SAL with new projects in the works and new fabbies and charts being purchased.

I'm not sure yet how we're going to set about doing this, but I'm so tempted with all these pretty designs being worked on, that I'm thinking of starting one of the charts A bought us... on BLACK fabbie!!! Talk about insane..... :S

November 10, 2006

Back in the Saddle

After quite a few days, I've picked up my stitching again and worked on a somewhat obligatory piece/UFO tonight. The project in question is Dimension Gold Petite's "Tiger Reflection".

I fell in love with this design the minute I saw it at the store many years back and had to have it. So, into the cart it went. Alas, I neglected to look at the color of the fabbie provided, black 18ct aida in this case.

Cut to about 8 months ago, I decided to stitch this for a friend, and discovered that I hated stitching on black fabbie with a passion after only all of 30 stitches. And that was pretty much the end of it. I toyed with the idea of using a cream fabbie and stitching in all the black.... but nixed that idea in half a second flat. Oh, did I mention that I hate stitching with black thread too? ;)

Well, I've decided to *try* and finish it for a Christmas gift, and to help prod me along, I've posted (in one of my forums) that finishing this piece will be part of my November stitchy goals. *thumps head* What the heck was I thinking? At the rate I'm going, I'll finish this for Christmas NEXT year, which just won't do.

Still love the picture, still HATE stitching on black. I'm hoping that if I keep at it, I'll get into a groove, and finish this in no time at all. Hope does, after all, spring eternal.

November 7, 2006

Can You Say Kyuuute?!

.: Get one @ PixelBee.com :. Look what I found linking from PinkyBlinkies!!!! I went on to browse for blinkies, my new obsession apparently, and clickie finger made new, wonderful discoveries.

Dollz Bliss is like this slice of girlie heaven with all the gorgeous, sweet, and pretty girlie stuff. So, instead of stitching, I've been revisiting my childhood and making dollz and having way too much fun. This is just a drop in the bucket off all the goodies you can find here.

.: Get one @ PixelBee.com :. From there, I found PixelBee. I'm on a graphic overload cos there is so much to look through. I'm like a kid in a candy store, running around.... well, clicking around like a chicken with it's head chopped off, undecided about where to look and what to experience.

I could be wrong, but I think Novi is going to have a blast with these and more. And ooooh, the possibilies of sending A all the pink stuff I can make. She'll be plagued with pink nightmares till kingdom come. Mwa-hahahahaha!

Of course, there are links upon links upon links from these wonderful sites, so I will leave the joy of discovery to you.

November 5, 2006

A Facelift

I'm finally done redesigning my template from an original Blogger Template. It's been an on and off project over the last few weeks, and I think that I'm finally happy with the color combinations and layout. Of course, part of the fun was playing around in Photoshop and going on blinkies overload. *giggle*

I need to work on few more minor details and adjustments in the coming weeks, and that should do it for this template.

A point of note, this layout doesn't work in IE. I looked over the codes a little, but IE is all screwy and I couldn't be bothered spending the time to figure out why. It works perfectly in Firefox and Safari and that's good enough for me.

Coincidentally, if you haven't tried Firefox, give it a shot, and enjoy the net again with a superior browser.

Firefox 2

A Little Late...

For the first time ever since I moved to the US, we dressed up for Halloween, no thanks to Andi, our friend at work. She's a wonderful, wonderful person (even when she was nagging me to dress up *giggle*). So, I succumbed, on the day before Halloween no less, and went to Target after work to get me an outfit. Found me a t-shirt with flower patches and some bottoms that matched it perfectly, and slippers. Oh yes... had to get some pink hair bands too. It's all about matching, after all. ^.^ It's not quite in the spirit of Halloween, but hey at least I dressed up, or down, in this case.

I must say, it was a super comfortable work day, dressed in my PJs, with Wonton along for good measure. It turned out to be a picture kinda day of course.... OH, and Peggy and I matched!!! Great minds and all that. :D





We threw together DH's costume of a safari guide on the morning of, complete with binoculars and Docs. Here he is with Mary Sue.







And just look at Andi!! I about died when I saw her clown costume, then I found out she made it herself... *jaw drops, speechlessness ensued* Which if you know me, is quite the impossible task. ;)

November 4, 2006

Ring-A-Ding-Ding

We got ourselves a couple of new phones a few days ago. Did you know that you can get really good deals on cell phones through Amazon? I'm in no way advertising for them, but if you're shopping for a new cell phone, it might be worth your while to check them out. The catch is that you have to start a new activation, which would be impossible if you're already on a certain carrier.

I have a friend who alternates between his name and his dad's name whenever he wants to switch to a new cell phone so that he can get good deals. Smart person.

In our case, since DH has resisted having a cell phone till now, we started a new account under his name. Get this... brand new RAZR for $70 back after rebates, and a second phone for just 1 cent.

The phone I got is the Samsung T629, which I discovered today has all these awesome photo taking features like choosing a border for your display pic and changing the effect of your picture!! Whooot!! I was happy as a piggy in mud!! :D

There's a small setback in this whole exciting event... it took quite a few calls to sort out porting my number over. The customer service people were awesome though, a more friendly, courteous, and helpful bunch I've never met. But at this moment in time, I can make calls but can't receive calls... apparently something happened to their systems in regards to new accounts and ported numbers ie it's busted. >.<

October 29, 2006

Cuteness Overload

I was browsing for animated gifs last night, and came across anikaos. Talk about cute!! I was like a child in a toy store, running around and couldn't look at stuff fast enough. Of course, to top it off, they had Hello Kitty galore, which had me giggling like a schoolgirl. Ok, ok, that happens all the time... hehehe. Just look at that face!!!

Zen Thoughts

A Few Zen Thoughts for Those Who Take Life Too Seriously:
  • Save the whales. Collect the whole set.
  • A day without sunshine is like, night.
  • On the other hand, you have different fingers.
  • I just got lost in thought. It wasn't familiar territory.
  • Remember, half the people you know are below average.
  • He who laughs last, thinks slowest.
  • I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.
  • Support bacteria. They're the only culture some people have.
  • A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
  • Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.
  • Get a new car for your spouse. It'll be a great trade!
  • Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.
  • Always try to be modest, and be proud of it!
  • If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.
  • How many of you believe in psycho-kinesis? Raise my hand...
  • Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
  • Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don't have film.
  • How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?
  • Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
  • Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened.
  • Just remember - if the world didn't suck, we would all fall off.
  • Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
  • The things that come to those that wait are the things left by those who got in first.

October 26, 2006

Words to Live By

Storms had been brewing over the last few weeks in a couple of the BB's I visit. I don't really want to get into the whole shin-dig of things and dredge stuff up all over again, but it has thrown a lot of us into a loop. What was a little comment made innocently amongst friends had been blown out into major proportions. This in turn caused a huge rift between a lot of people who all basically loved the same thing.

In the world of cyberspace, where the tone of a message is sometimes difficult to ascertain, it's so important to give someone the benefit of the doubt, and try to see things in the best way possible. I have been guilty of tof not doing this too. I was very mad with a dear friend a few months ago, and vice versa. Everything we said to each online was taken the wrong way, and it all went to hell in a hand basket.

Sometimes we have bad days, and then sometimes they are downright horrid. But does that give us the right to blast someone who's honestly voiced their opinion? It's not something we'd do to a person face to face, so why would we think that we have a right to do it online? Sure, it might make us feel better to bombast someone, but is it fair? Especially if the person was concerned about about a sad state of affair and was just pointing it out in hopes of making things better?

I saw this in Sonya's blog, and I think it's an amazing list of things to remember:
  • Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're statue.
  • Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
  • Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
  • Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.
  • If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
  • It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
  • Never buy a car you can't push.
  • Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
  • Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
  • Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
  • The second mouse gets the cheese.
  • When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
  • Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
  • You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
  • Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
  • We could learn a lot from crayons... Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
  • A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.


So here's a toast:
to tolerance and better understanding;
to treat others the way we would wish to be treated;
to live and not regret.

My Rotation

I've bitten the bullet and become a rotater. It's actually not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Oh, every now and then when I work on a big project, I've done little projects on the side, but I never quite see those as rotations since I always finish the little piece before going back to the BAP.

But this time... it's a full blown, honest-to-goodness rotation. I can hear my stitchy friends chuckling in glee. But rest assured... I'm not going down the road of serial-starterdom. Think I'm still a wee bit too anal for that. ;)

So far, this is my rotation plan:
Monday & Tuesday: Metamorphosis
Wednesday: Bowl of Fruit stitched on Summer Reflections
Thursday & Friday: Metamorphosis
Saturday & Sunday: Phoenix Rising SAL

I haven't been doing so good with Meta, but hopefully this will kick everything into gear and get my girl going again.

October 25, 2006

Mailart

I discovered mailart today. Apparently, there is this community of generous stitcher that actually STITCH the envelopes of mail and send them around the world!! Here are some of Bonnie's beautiful stitching pieces that she's sent out. Isn't that just amazing??

The ladies at the BB are going to start another one up in the New Year and have asked me to join. Oh, I'm tempted, I am. But where would I find the time? Where do we find the patterns? How long do we have to stitch? So many questions. Where will I find the time? (I know I've said that already... but so little time, so much I want to do)

October 23, 2006

A Quick Picture Update

Phoenix Rising as of Oct 22, 2006. Sean and Ai Lin were over stitching yesterday, so got quite a bit done just sitting around and chatting. ^.^ A lengthier post to follow... I hope.... hehehe.

October 14, 2006

Go, Panthers!!!

A vendor sent the office a stack of complimentary tickets to the Florida Panthers' hockey game last night. So, DH and I decided to make a night out of it. We upgraded the comp tickets to the middle line about 10 rows from the ice, and it was deafeningly cool!! And we won 3-2!!!!!! Can't beat that. Had chicken gyros from the food court for dinner, which was surprisingly good. Came away from the evening with a slight headache from all the noise and the bright lights... think we're getting too old for these things. ;)

October 11, 2006

New fishies and a New Layout

Fishies got a redecoration about a week ago, which pleases me to no end.... cos redecoration is always so much fun. I *think* they like it... have to teach them to talk or send bubble signals to let me know about their likes and dislikes in the future. ;)

We also got 5 new lemon tetras... only to discovered that only FOUR were lemon, and we now have a lone head and tail tetra. He seems to be doing alright by himself for a schooling fish, just like the little tyke on the block wanting to fit in. Poor guy.

October 9, 2006

Phoenix Rising

Another weekend, another sigh of not having enough time to stitch as much as I wanted, but I did get a few hours in, so I do have an update ^.^ She's coming along sooooo well, and I absolutely love how vibrant the colors are. Hopefully we'll get into some of her face next week. ^.^

As per last week we have 2 pictures, one up close, and one taken from furthur back to show off the fabbie. The splotches on the left are the beginnings of her punk hair. ^.^



October 8, 2006

'SISTERS'

My mother-in-law sent me this, and I had to share it. What was weird is it came in the heels of my post yesterday. Great minds think alike, huh, mom? Hehehe.
(I need to make an amendment though, because while this is about sisterhood, I have guy friends who have always been there for me.)


A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day, drinking iced tea and visiting with her mother. As they talked about life, marriage, the responsibilities of life and the obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter. "Don't forget your Sisters," she advised, swirling the tealeaves to the bottom of her glass. "They'll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need Sisters. Remember to go places with them now and then; do things with them. "Remember that 'Sisters' means ALL the women... your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other female relatives too. "You'll need other women - women always do."

'What a funny piece of advice!' the young woman thought. 'Haven't I just got married? Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now a married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely my husband and the family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!'

But she listened to her mother. She kept contact with her Sisters and made more women friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her mom really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, Sisters are the mainstays of her life.

After more than 50 years of living in this world, here is what I've learned:
THIS SAYS IT ALL:
  • Time passes.
  • Life happens.
  • Distance separates.
  • Children grow up.
  • Jobs come and go.
  • Love waxes and wanes.
  • Men don't do what they're supposed to do.
  • Hearts break.
  • Parents die.
  • Colleagues forget favors.
  • Careers end.

BUT...:
  • Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you.
  • A girl friend is never farther away than needing her can reach.
  • When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley's end.
  • Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you.
  • Or come in and carry you out.
Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, mothers, grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended family all bless our lives!
The world wouldn't be the same without women, and neither would I.
When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead.
Nor did we know how much we would need each other.
Every day, we need each other still.
Pass this on to all the women who help make your life meaningful - I just did.

October 7, 2006

Life's Roses

I've been thinking a lot lately about friends that God has blessed and gifted me with. They are warm, generous, giving people who have become a very big part of my life, and who will leave a very big hole if they weren't here.

Is it a sign of the times that some of my closest friends are people whom I've met online? Yup, probably. It's much easier to hop online, find something you're interested in, and then if you happen to meet people with the same interests, great! If you don't, no big deal.

Is that how we're existing as a society of today where everything leans towards instant gratifications? That sounds like it's a bad thing, and it's been used in negative ways. On my end, nothing pleases me better than being able to send out an e-card that will get to its recipient instantly, or to shop online in my PJs, or to shoot off an email when I have a few minutes to spare.

And is it sad that I've never met most of them face to face? Yes and no.

Yes, it's sad, because I'd love to be able to call them up and arrange to go out for lunch or just to steal a few hours away to kick back and relax. But with how hectic all our lives are, stealing these moments are easier said than done. So, we get together online... to chat, email, or send little notes... how great is that? To be able to send something, anything, the moment you're thinking about it, and convey all your thoughts and have an almost immediate response. (Instant gratification, I know.

I 'talk' more often to them than I friends whom I've met the conventional way. They're the ones I email or 'chat to' first when something happens, and I know they would drop almost everything just to 'sit' with me for awhile. I feel closer to them in so many ways. Is it because we started out with having things in common? Or that online, people are generally more real since they don't feel that they need to put up a front, and so we became friends built on honesty? I suspect a little of both.

No, it's not sad, because I have the joy and anticipation of one day meeting them face to face. They're all over the globe, and talking about or planning for a visit will be so much fun.

Sean, Tammy, Audrey, May, Novia, EK, Maria, Wanda, Alex... I consider you some of God's greatest treasures to me. And I am a better person because you are in my life.

October 6, 2006

A Beautiful Note

Wanda sent me this note about my grandmother today. It's the sweetest thing ever and it touched me so much that I want to share it. Thank you, Wanda, for this beautiful poem and for understanding my heart.
"Death is inevitable - the greatest testamant to a person who has passed on is being remembered in the soul of those who knew her. Through all of lifes ebb and tide, joy and pain the only things that last are memories of those gone before us - they leave their marks in our soul, invisible to others, but so necessary to who we are. This is how life moulds us into the person we are becoming year after year. So, the most loving tribute we can honor someone with is our acceptance that they are always with us and reborn everytime we reach out and touch another human being and leave our mark on their soul. You've been on my mind today with your caring attitude and thoughtfullness - your Grandmother would be so proud of the person you've become."

October 4, 2006

The Birth of A New Blog

4 Stitching Bandits saw the light of day today.

Finding a template was an adventure in it of itself. Of course, that's my story. If you asked Novia or EK, they'd tell you I was the anal one who didn't like the white font of the template they had picked out. But I tell ya.... they LIE!!!! *angelface*

So far, we are 4 (but any future 'banditos' are definitely welcomed):
1. Eekoon (the devil... so she calls herself)
2. Novia (the fairy)
3. Sean (the queen)
4. Joyce aka me (the angel)

Although, Sean and Novia might have an all out fight for the 'fairy' title (Novia doesn't know this yet). Stay tuned for the latest on the upcoming saga!

It's going to be a place for us to kick back, relax, and post our WIPs, especially the ones for the 5 Project Challenge (ie. No new charts till these 5 BAPs are finished. *hits head against wall* What was I thinking agreeing to this? Oh riiiiight... I wasn't!!) And in Sean's case, some spanking might be involved if he doesn't start blogging! Mwa-hahahahaha!!

Hope to see you there. ^.^

October 3, 2006

Oh Boy....

I find myself in the position of having agreed to this hare-brained idea that Novia found on a BB as a way of reducing stash. It came in the form of an email a few days ago from her to EeKoon, Sean, and I, which basically said "this is what we're doing." LOL!

The rules are pretty simple, come November, we can't buy any new charts until we've finished 5 BAPs (big ass projects), and we have to list the 5 projects. Thankfully, there are exemptions *giggle*, and Christmas gifts to ourselves are an exemption. Well, at least I think so. ;)

Of course, stash is relative... like I tried to convince Novia, my stash is peanuts compared to theirs. Cos really, I don't even have 10 HAED charts to show for, and just a handful of kits.... But did she go for it? Nope. She's a toughie, that girl. So, we have a month to stock up on the charts we would possibly want for the next few years, cos realistically, that's how long it'll take us to finish those 5 projects.

Here are my 5:
1. Metamorphosis (HAED and Wolk)
2. Phoenix Rising (HAED and Ravenscroft)
3. At First Sight OR Lilie (HAED and Tso)
4. Floral Retreat (Dimensions Gold) - This I still have to buy to stitch for my mom
5. TBD

My exemptions:
1. Taj Mahal (Chatelaine Designs) - Next year's project with A
2. David's stuff - stay tuned for updates on this
3. Any Christmas or birthday gifts for friends

Oh yes, floss, fabbies, and other stitchery stuff are allowed. Thank goodness for small mercies. ^.~

It's Official

Our weekend SAL of Phoenix Rising officially started this last weekend. Yipppeee!!! It took us a little longer than intended for this start cos there was a problem with the floss list for this chart, but thanks to Fudgey, it's now all sorted out.

We initially had a floss list of 50 colors, but we now have 90 colors to work with, which includes kreinik. I'm thinking of replacing the kreinik blending filament with DMC's white metallic thread though. Sure would be much easier to work with.

I stitched for quite a few hours on Saturday after coming home from teaching, and another few hours yesterday. Didn't get as much stitching done as I'd like to have had, cos I had a manuscript I had to edit. But I got to talk to Sean while he was on his way to Naples, so that was much fun indeed. ^.^

Here's a closeup of most of the first page:



And here is a broader picture which really shows of Tammy's Fire Burst fabbie: