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!! >.<