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Happy New Year!!

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Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy, hale, and hearty new year!! May it bring us much love, happiness, and contentment. (Not to mention LOTS of stitchy, and some hunky, pictures, hehehe.)

Orchid - Finished!!

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Orchid is done!! Thank you all so much for playing along on my first contest! I'm at 10:32 am EST as I type this and the contest is officially closed. :D For the record, I've taken a screenshot of the last entry by Rahenna. Through this process, I've discovered that I don't like having to keep tabs on my stitching time. :) It made me antsy to know that time was tick-tocking away and I felt like I should hurry along. Do those of you who keep a lot of your stitching hours feel the same way? Without further ado, here are the pics taken when the last bead was stitched last night.  I diligently took pictures of the time log and WIP every night  (They were housed in a locked album in Picasa for the duration.)  and they can be FOUND HERE. I looked through your guesses right after a took a screenshot of Rahenna 's comment and GUESS WHAT, RAHENNA??? YOU'RE IT at 29:30:00!!!  Maybe we should have a new saying about the late worm, huh? LOL!!! A 123stitch GC will

2012 Stitching Plans and WIPocalypse

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My 2012 stitchy plans have been rolling around in the noggin for a few weeks now. I had things pretty set, but much to my delight, Martina threw a wrench in it when she released the first pictures of the Serengeti Mandala . :D I've only been waiting for an African mandala for years so, needless to say, plans got changed. ;) I've joined Measi's WIPocalypse 2012 , and am looking forward to loads of drool-worthy updates from everyone involved. If you haven't had a chance to head over there to see what it's all about, there's still time. Ok, all the planning and shuffling have been boiled down to this: Chinese Garden Mandala - Chatelaine The last part will be released in March 2012. Hopefully, I'll have kept up nicely and we will have a finish in the first quarter of next year. Butterfly Lace Mandala This will be a Jan. 1st, 2012 start. I'm stitching this for my mommy, and it needs to be done for my trip home next year. Spring Knotgarden

Christmas Dinner 2011

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Christmas dinner this year comprised of Malaysian, Chinese, and Indian food. MIL and I spent a few hours prepping and cooking in the afternoon, hubby skillfully pan-fried the fish cakes, and by 4:45, it was time to dig in! :D Top row (L to R): Assam Shrimp, Fish Cakes, Cilantro Chutney Bottom row (L to R): Malaysian Curry Chicken, Mixed Vegetable Stirfry Mixed Vegetable Stirfry: broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, mushroom, and wood ear. Fish Cakes: salmon, mashed potatoes, green chili, lemon juice, cilantro. Assam Shrimp: coated with flour and pan fried, then coated with a chili tamarind sauce. Curry Chicken: spices from Malaysia and cooked with coconut milk. Rice Pudding for dessert: garnished with raisins and ground cardamom.

Final 2011 TUSAL

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Here we are with the last TUSAL post for 2011 with lots of pink at the top for Orchid. :D If you haven't yet signed up for some TUSAL fun, head over to Daffycat's blog . I'm looking forward to seeing your ORTs next year.

My Warmest Wishes...

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... for a Blessed Holiday Season. May the spirit of Christmas bring you and yours peace, joy, love, and blessings in abundance!

A Slight Interruption...

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... to your regularly scheduled programming... I'm going to put the Random Afternoon Question on hiatus for a couple of weeks. With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, one less thing to think about is a good thing. Don't you agree? Oh wait!! That's a random question... Does that mean today is taken care of? LOL!! I have yet to do my WIPocalypse 2012 post, but plans have been rattling around in my brain for awhile now, so I just need to put it down. I'm thinking of doing a pictorial look-back on my finishes this year after Orchid is done. Can you hazard a guess  yet as to how long she'll take me to finish? :) It's four days to Christmas, let's not forget the reason we celebrate this glorious day.

Orchid - New Start and A Contest

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I'm one of those stitchers that never keeps track of their stitching hours. A two hour sit-down session might entail ten minutes of emailing, ten minutes of intermittent tv watching, five minutes of daydreaming and staring at the chart... You get the idea. Awhile back, Vanessa challenged me to a 55-hour Mermaid of Atlantis finish. Although it's at the back of my mind and I have yet to do it, it got me thinking about a trial run. You see, I'm stitching Mirabilia's Orchid for a friend's very late birthday gift; so why not keep tabs on my stitching time (minus the mucking around time) and have a contest out of it for some fun? :D The Culprit THE CONTEST: Guess how long it will take me to finish her, in hours, minutes, and  seconds. The winner will be the closest time without  going over. The Reward THE SPOILS: A $15 gift certificate to 123stitch . THE RULES: Please list your guess in this format - HOURS:MINUTES:SECONDS. For example, 59:59:59.

An IHSW Start and Finish

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Hello, fellow hermitters!! How were your weekends? Mine was very fruitful, but I have to say I'm sick of stitching after it. :) You see, I decided on a last minute Christmas gift and wanted to stitch up Olde Irish Blessing . Seeing as how I didn't have the threads called for in-hand, and I wasn't crazy about the color changes in the tips of the T's and Y's, I rummaged through my meager stash and charted my own colors. I really liked how it turned out, particularly the variegated green for the words. :D The Particulars: Olde Irish Blessings by Erica Michaels Fabric: 32ct linen Floss: Caron Wildflowers "Jade," HDF "Imperial Green," "Quince," and a yellow gold. Started: December 16th, 2011 Finished: December 18th, 2011 Now I'm off to check out your pics! :D CLICK HERE to do the same!

Friday Randomness & Happy IHSW

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'Twas the Friday of IHSW when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The sun was in hiding, the clouds were at play, The perfect weather to do nothing all day! The clock chimed one, Joyce got out of bed, To pay some attention to fabric and thread; She'd taken vacation to stitch all day through, On a last-minute Christmas gift she had to do. The Olde Irish Blessing was calling her name, She'd better stop blogging and get on the game; So she bids you adieu and shouts out a call: "Happy Hermitting and Stitching Weekend to All!!"                                                                                                            - by SB & JL It's still not too late to join us for IHSW !! :D

Yiotas Xstitch - A Product Review

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Yiota emailed me awhile back, asking if I'd like to review one of her cross stitch kits. "Sure," I said, "it'd be fun!" Of course, that meant I had to spend some time (ok, who am I kidding, LOTS of time) looking through every single category and studying all the pictures. Sometimes, we just have to suffer a little for the sake of art, right? ;) LOL!!!! There is such a variety of designs on her site, but I finally decided on Koi Fish in Stained Glass. The package arrived safe and sound a couple of days ago, nicely packed in a white Par avian  envelope with "Please do not bend" stamped in nice big letters. There's even a cardboard taped to the inside back of the envelope to further stress this point. The cover page is printed beautifully. In looking at the floss as compared to the picture, I'm happy to report that they match to near perfection. In this case, what you see is certainly what you'll get. :D The stitch count, finishe

Random Afternoon Question

Today's question came from Mireille during one of our email chats: I was wondering if everybody has the problem that in the morning they have lots of sewing work in their mind but in the evening they do nothing cause of different excuses. I have often that problem :-) I go through stages. There are times, like now, when I'm planning for next year, where stitching is constantly on my mind. I'm mentally sorting and resorting over and over without putting anything down. In a few days here, I'll probably have most of the plans solidified. More often than not, if I'm thinking about stitching during the day, I'm doing just that at night. The only thing that would stop me is if I'm exhausted after work and just can't get up the energy to stitch.

My Mirabilia Wall

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I got a call from Michael's last Saturday night from "Tom, your friendly neighborhood elf," he said "and your beadwork is ready to go home!" This was about 8:30 and I was already in my PJs, but did that stop me? Noooooo! I threw on a t-shirt and some shorts... yes, shorts (winter in S. Florida is, as hubby says, paradise) and out the door we went. 15 minutes later, we were heading home with my babies. I didn't do a good job photographing the frames, the shine in them just won't come out quite right. :( Petal Fairy The left side shows the color of the frame. It has a greenish gold tone that plays off nicely with the flower stalk and her dress. Mermaids of the Deep Blue The silver inner section and filigree mirrors the beads on their tails perfectly. :D I lucked out with my plans for my Mira wall. Circle of Friends  had been in residence for quite a while on it. When I was stitching Petal Fairy, we thought it might be nice to have her on t

IHSW - December

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Guess what everyone?? It's our last IHSW of the year!! Hermie's a callin', so let's go out with a bang this year. If you haven't joined us yet, what are you waiting for? ;) Any Christmas and holiday stitching you're still working on? Got that last minute dash for a year-end finish? Haven't had enough time to sit and stitch with the holiday rush? Well, this is the weekend to do it!! ;) We were at 94 hermitters last month... what number do you think we'll hit this month? ;)

Friday Randomness

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I found out yesterday that Martina is working on not just one, but TWO, african based pieces. I about died from sheer excitement !! With these pieces, our home with reflect hubby and my ethnicity and personalities... Taj Mahal since he's Indian, Chinese Garden for me, and Africa 'cos he's from Zimbabwe and he loves Africa down to his soul. There is just a preview picture in the Yahoo Group right now, but isn't the Serengeti Mandala magnificent already?? The companion piece is going to be a rectangle shaped, banner-like design with lots of wildlife folks, and a background of various "typical" landscapes. I have the PERFECT spots for these pieces.... right in the living room with all our african stuff. Taj Mahal will find a new home and Serengeti will reside next to the giraffe. I'd like to display the panel above the entertainment center. There's a nice wall expanse there. :) Don't you think the elephants in the mandala resemble

Chinese Garden Mandala - Some border

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I will admit that working on the outer border for Chinese Garden has been very trying. :) I tend to forget how big the mandalas get, and stitching repeating lines is not usually in my list of "Top 10 Exciting Things To Do." ;) But I persevered, no matter how many times my heart tried to talk me into stitching another Mirabilia pixie. Last night, the final stitch for the Greek key (for the bottom half) went in and I will be scrolling up for the top half tonight. Adding that gold Treasure Braid totally transformed the whole look of the border. Martina is a genius!!! :D See the algerian eyelets? They're so darn cool in here!! :D Once the top half of the border is done, bring on the ming vases, bamboo, flowers and *squeeee* over 1 phoenix for the top border!!!

2011 Online Advent Calendar

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Jo had the great idea of doing an Online Advent Calendar this year. Each stitcher that signed up was given a day to post about a Christmas piece they've stitched and also their Christmas tradition/s. I get Day 8. :D Since I don't do much holiday stitching, I had to think long and hard on if I could join in the fun. So there I was, wrecking my brain, thinking surely there is something Christmas-sy I've stitched... and then WHAM, it hit me like a freight train... our musical house!! I can't even remember when this was stitched, but it's probably safe to say that it was about 10 years ago when I saw this and had to have it. Hubby and I are both musicians and it suited us perfectly! :D We added a gold string to make hanging it easier. It comes out to play every year and can usually be found either on the wall or as a display piece. This year, it's home is under the Christmas tree, right next to hubby's stocking. Yup, the stockings are found under tree

Random Afternoon Question

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This question came as a result of my nosiness, and since it's such a broad subject, I'd be interested to see how many people will comment... What will you do after you're done on the computer for this session, and what plans do you have for the rest of the day/night? (Told you I was going to be nosy. Hehehe.) I'm going to go have lunch... a chicken caesar salad, and then it's back to work. Tonight, I have to teach 2 lessons after work, so won't be home till after 9pm. Some dinner and then, hopefully, it'll be Chinese Garden all the way so I can finish the outside border of the bottom half. So, a pic might be forthcoming. ;)

Butterfly Lace Mandala

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Early this year, when my folks were visiting, I 'talked' my mom into me stitching Hummingbird Sparkly Garden for her. ;) You see, I've been wanting to stitch her a Chatelaine, but I'm nothing if not my mom's daughter when it comes to being picky about artwork for our homes. LOL! So, after showing her some of the designs she liked on countless fabrics, she decided on Hummingbird on Wichelt's Ray of Light. The fabric and kit were ordered and all the DMCs were pulled, waiting for me to start. Fast forward a few months to Martina's release of Butterfly Lace. One look at this design and I thought, "Mommy is going to like this more." But, just to be safe, I sent her both layovers on Ray of Light, and her response, bless her heart, was "That's much more colorful, huh? But you already bought stuff for the birds." Long story short, I told her not to worry as I love Hummie better anyways (LOL!) and I'll stitch it for myself on a later da