Showing posts from January, 2011

Terrace Arch - 4th Update

A quick post before I head off to bed. I did pretty good this weekend considering that we had a busier weekend than usual.

This was charted with some of the areas left unstitched, but seeing the empty fabric really bothered me, so I went through and filled in all the cream flagstone areas. I think it adds more depth and finishes up the picture nicely, don't you?

Terrace Arch - 3rd Update

I manage to get all the foliage and bannisters stitched, but this sooooo ain't getting done by Monday. LOL!!! Maybe if I don't do anything and stitch all weekend, but we're expecting a busy one. I'm making dinner for my cousin tomorrow (we usually get together every weekend and alternate houses), then the usual chores and errands, and I want to have everything ready for my parents' visit next Tuesday.

I don't know if I've mentioned that they're coming from Malaysia. The poor dears are going to be so tired after traveling for 30+ hours.

Oh well... new finishing deadline: Before my parents leave (Feb. 26th), since I'll be sending it home with them. I have all the flowers to finish on this bottom half and then houses and mountains in the background. I know I won't have as much stitching time when they're here, but I think that's doable, don't you? :S

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend

Tammy sent me an email the other day about the frequency of International Hermit and Stitch Day. To be honest, I couldn't have imagined that so many of you would be interested in this little hare-brained scheme that Kim and I thought up. So, I want to say huge THANK YOU for making the first one so much fun. :D

I really had a great time visiting all your blogs and looking at your WIPs, and in the process, getting to know you. There were quite a few comments about when the next one will be, or if it would be a weekly thing, and about looking forward to the next one. There were a few stitches that were busy on Saturday and stitched on Sunday instead.... which was awesome!

So, I'd like to toss a few ideas out and see what you guys think:

How about once a month? Let's say the 3rd weekend. It will give us something to look forward to through the first half of each month... to concoct and plan about how much we're going to enjoy our Hermit Day. I think once a week is too soon…


I'm so excited right now that if I were a cartoon, I'd have flown to the moon and back and be whirling around like a rocket in giddy excitement!!!!

Why???? Cos Martina has just posted on the Chatelaine Board that SHE'S WORKING ON A CHINESE GARDEN MANDALA!!!

I.... have.... no.... words!!!

ETA: Well, Martina released a first preview!!! Four over 1 phoenixes. YIPPPEEEE!!!!! And after staring at it non-stop, I saw the lanterns!!!

Ribbon Embroidery and Some Stash

Have you guys ever tried your hands at Ribbon Embroidery?

I was tidying up my nightstand a few days ago and found 2 heart-shaped ribbon embroidery that I did umpteenth years ago. I'd forgotten how pretty they are!! I remember finding them at Wal-Mart during our college days and totally falling in love with them, and of course, I had to try them out. I have to say....  I'm quite impressed with what I did as a first-timer. :D They are now gracing a cabinet handle in our closet and I'm tempted to stitch a more substantial one.

As for the stashing part, I found Cross Stitch World, a great online site for kit purchases. They have the best prices, online or off, and offered with free shipping after $50, which made me a little wary about their customer service. Brenda bravely placed an order and everything went perfectly; so last Thursday I bought 3 kits and they arrived today!!!

I'm most excited about Joan Elliott's Oriental Grace, as she's going to be the perfect co…

Terrace Arch - 2nd Update

I was hoping to have gotten a lot more done for our International Hermit and Stitch Day, but we hung out with my cousin and her family and had some really yummy Malaysian food and a grand ol'time.

I think I probably stitched about a total of 6-7 hours on Saturday and about 5 hours on Sunday. I wanted to make up a bit  of stitching time on Sunday, but I had a 25% off entire purchase at Michael's so I thought.... "HEY!!! Perfect time to stock up on additional DMC!"

So there I was, scooting around on my bum, with my DMC Floss List, ticking off the colors as I went. I wanted to pick up 2 extra sets in preparation of all the new Chatelaines (hehehehe), but it was a tough process. They had skeins in the wrong bins, empty bins, and then something a handful of different colors in one bin.

2 hours and a headache later, I surrendered. LOL! I did manage to get about 2/3 of 2 full sets, so I figured the next time I come across another 25% off, I'll complete the sets.

Here ar…

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I hope everyone had a great first International Hermit and Stitch Day. I extended mine for the weekend, since I didn't get as much done as I'd have liked on Saturday. I'll post a picture tomorrow when the sun comes up, but till then, keep an eye out on these wonderful blogs for IHSD pictures. :D
Ana~StitchBonnie BrownKttycatCharbsandthebumpydogCrystalInekeJo (I can't find your blog address. :( Could you please post it for us?)KimLesleyanneMercuryMissy-TannenbaumTammyKYvon (jioya)

International Hermit and Stitch Day

This came about with me mentioning that I'm going to play hermit and stitch this Saturday. To which Kim commented that she would do the same and came up with the brilliant idea of making this Saturday an International Hermit and Stitch Day.

So, I'm going to throw it to all you stitchers out there...

Come one, come all!!!
Wherever you are, whatever time zone you may be,
even if you have just a couple of hours to spare...
I will be posting a WIP pic on Monday and I think it's safe to say Kim will do the same. Please leave your blogs in the comments section, and I'll make it my mission for next week to visit and celebrate your stitching progress. :D

Terrace Arch - 1st Update

I thought it might be motivational to post an update of Terrace Arch every few days. I think I've bitten off more than I can chew (LOL!) trying to finish this in 2 weeks. But, we shall see... and I will try.

I'm hoping that I will be able to get a lot more done during the weekend. Maybe I'll hermit up and stitch the hours away.

Oy Vey

Martina released a new mandala a couple of days ago called Spring Knotgarden. It is a design that is gorgeous, stunning, marvelous, and breathtaking all rolled into one. I can't even begin to imagine how glorious this piece will be when it's stitched up. Everything about it calls to me: from the sweet pinks, to the vibrant yellows, to the soothing blues and greens... and that's not even mentioning the bling and specialty stitches. My heart sighs in contentment just looking at it.

So what's the problem? You ask. Well... when Martina added seasonal gardens to her original Knotgarden and Watergarden (pictured below), I toyed with the idea of stitching a set when she completes the designs. I thought that it would be so totally cool to display either the Knotgarden or Watergarden seasons and change them out with the changing seasons.

I know how prolific and talented a designer Martina is... but never in my wildest dreams would I have thought she is THIS good!! (Excuse me a …

Terrace Arch - A New Start

Before I get into the matter in hand, I want to thank all of you for your condolences and words of comfort about my grandma. They mean a lot to me. *hugs* I'm doing better... if I think about it too much, I tear up, so I try not to, and find comfort in the fact that I know she's in an infinitely better place.
My Aunt Pat, whom grandma lived with, is my favorite aunt. We were very close when I was little and no matter the physical distance, the bond is always there. When I was 11, I stitched my first 'grown-up' cross stitch gift was for her. It was a country scene with either a building or church in the background... I can't remember now. I really need to take a picture of it the next time I'm home for a visit. But, I digress...
She's been asking me to stitch something for her for a few years now. Always in the nicest possible way, she tells me, "Stitch me something small, but only when you have time. I want to display it." I bought Terrace Arch last…

Namaste - Finished!

I saw this design whilst browsing and had to buy it to stitch for my mother-in-law. My in-laws visit during the winter every year and I started this last year with the intention that she see it before it's framed up... just in case she didn't like the colors hubby and I chosed. I wanted to changed it from the originally charted colors to a brighter floss. So, out came all my Vikki Clayton Silks and we picked  colors that were reminiscent of India. I also tea-dyed the linen (I believe it's 32ct) as I wanted a more earthy look to serve as a base for the bright silks, and MIL said that it was perfect cos she loves tea. LOL!!!

I made some minute adjustments to the chart and added a few lines of stitches here and there to round out the swirls.

The Particulars:
Designs by Lisa
Fabric: Self-dyed linen
Stitched 2 over 2
Floss: Vikki Clayton Silks
Finished: Jan.15th, 2011

We went to HomeGoods yesterday and found the perfect frame! It's hard to see from the picture,…

In Rememberance

My paternal grandma passed away peacefully at 10:40am, Jan. 16th, Singapore time. She had been having good and bad days for a few years now, and was admitted to the hospital early last week because she couldn't breathe. The doctors put her on antibiotics and that helped. They wanted to put her on machines but all her children said no... that they'd want her to be comfortable but not prolong any suffering.

They took her home earlier this week with a feeding tube in her, as she couldn't swallow her food. I called her a few days ago and was fortunate that she was lucid and could hear me talking to her. I'm glad for that opportunity, as it would have been a huge regret had I not been able to do that.

She was a good, strong woman. Only about 4ft.10in. in stature, she had 11 kids and lost 3 of them in infancy. Life was hard back then, but she and my grandpa raised wonderful kids and grandkids.

I was the oldest child of her oldest son. In the chinese culture, sons and grandso…


.... one needle. It jumped off the carpet and right into MIL's hand, declaring the Land of Lost Needles a prickly sort of place!!

Why I Don't Rotate

Thanks for all your encouragement about Fire, girls. You guys are the greatest!! :D

I don't function well when I have to stitch more than one big project at a time. You should've seen me last night...

The Fire chart and floss got put away, and out came Taj. But of course, it didn't make its way straight to the scroll. Oh no!! Gazing time had to be appropriated. ;) (You guys know what I mean right?) After this had been done to my satisfaction, off came the Fire fabric, followed by more gazing time at the tiny white, cream, and light grey stitches as I said 'goodbye.' I dislike keeping needles with projects, so my John James petite was removed and stuck into the Taj fabric.

Then Taj got scrolled up and the fabric tension was adjusted all around. Out came the silks, highlighter, chart, and scissors, which were placed in their own places around my stitching spot. I sat down, leaned back, studied the chart for awhile, and picked my first color of the night. The floss wa…

Fire - Bye Bye Mojo

I've tried to tough this one out, really I have. But every time I stitch it, I see Taj Mahal Mandala in my mind's eye. It's really hard for me to gather up steam and whilst I really love seeing those little X's line up all nice and neat in this piece, I think I should listen to myself and switch things out and finish Taj.

January New Moon TUSAL

It's new moon today!! and as such, here's my first post for Daffycat's T(totally) U(seless) S(tich)-A-L(ong). If you are unaware of this event, check out her blog or click HERE for more information.

It's been an exciting day of checking out other stitcher's ORTs (Old Ratty Threads) and seeing their collection of stitching odds and ends, and I know this is going to be something I will look forward to on every new moon. :D

Here is my meager collection of ORTs (Old Ratty Threads) as of today. I started this year's jar towards the end of December and the silks from Taj Mahal at the bottom of the pile. Instead of keeping every stitching odd and end, this will be a floss only ORT.

I don't think this collection will grow by leaps and bounds as I am a stingy stitcher, and am never willing to part with a length of floss till I get to the absolute end, even though it sometimes means I have to re-thread the needle with it IN the fabric just to finish that one last sti…

New Start - Fire by Maria J. William

For all my mention of stitching Fire in my SAL with EeKoon and Novia, I realized that I have yet to post a picture of this fabulous piece if art by Maria J. William. It is part of her Five Elements series which consists of the chinese elements Fire, Wood, Metal, Water, and Earth.

The three of us have been planning this start for at least two years and 2011 is the magic number! I will be stitching Fire, EeKoon will be stitching Metal, and Novia will be stitching Wood.

So, as promised, I prepped everything up and started Fire on New Year's. I'm stitching her on 28ct lugana and OMG the white on white stitching is hell on earth!!! I've done two colors so far and while the second color may look like a light gray blue on the bobbin, it's alllllll white on the fabric. I have to say that I do enjoy watching those tiny little X's take shape. They bring my such pleasure, but I find it hard to stitch on her for a long period of time as my eyes get really tired.

These were cha…