Showing posts from May, 2012

May's 2-for-1

For the second time this year, the moons, ... ok... moon, aligned, ... ok... was new, IHSW and TUSAL came together for an explosion of epic proportion coincided on the same weekend.

And lookie!! 131 HERMITTERS' BLOGS to drool over this month! Have fun checking out each other's blogs. :D I'm always so inspired when I look at your pictures.

My TUSAL jar eagerly waited for ORTs to be thrown in, I mean, isn't that what IHSW is all about? So what if this was also the first weekend of Diablo III's release? I mean, I now have the game, it's not like I have to play it all at once.

I stitched.. yes, I did.  Proof?? You mean... *lips quivering* you don't believe me? *wipes off a tear* I don't know why you'd doubt me.... I was so good... just look....

What do you mean "what's that?" Why... it's a butterfly of course. Can't you see it?? No? Yeah... neither can I. Needless to say, poor Butterfly was seriously KO'ed by D3 this weekend. W…

Friday Randomness

I'm going on lack of sleep, so I might be kinda incoherent... Diablo 3 has taken over my nights and, if I didn't have to work, it'd be taking over my days too. LOL.

I think about it all the time: the skills, the kills; the crafting, the leveling advancing); the equipments, the destinations... HEY!! It's just like stitching!! What do you mean there's not killing in stitching... ever wanna do that to those darn frogs? ;)

It's IHSW time!!! And if you haven't signed up, there is still plenty of time to do so HERE. I will carve out some time for Butterfly Lace and see if I can add to the second butterfly. Meanwhile, here is a picture of the first over 1 butterfly. It's teenie-tiny and soooo cute!! :D


Random Afternoon Question

Have you ever fashioned a stitching "tool à la you" ie. something you made with what you have on hand instead of shopping for or buying something? I'd love to learn from you guys.

As for me, I have a little 'prying' tool. Well, doesn't that just sound both scandalous and nosy at the same time. LOL!!! Let me explain...

When I'm working on rice stitches or tucking beads into the heart of Jessicas in Chatelaines, I use a needle to gentle pull, pry, and tug at the specialty stitches for more working room.

I found that I like using size 24 or 26 needles as they are big enough to hold.

The size 28 I like to stitch with makes maneuvering hard and counting needles have too sharp a point.

My current one is decorated, and I use that word very loosely, with ORTs from the purple Jessicas in Butterfly Garden.

IHSW - May Signup

I got an email from Jo over the weekend saying that "IHSW is famous." Curious, I clicked on the link to and there it is... Rhona's wonderful write up of Stitching Abbreviations.

IHSW, here we come!!!! WE'VE MISSED YOU!!!!

A gentle reminder for blogger users: Please remember to put in your BLOG ADDRESS in the "URL" box. If you type in, it takes all the readers to their own homepage. :(

Let the needles fly and the bum-dents prevail!!! You know what to do... :D

May WIPocalypse and Framed Chinese Garden

Since I'm only working on Butterfly Lace Mandala, that's the only stitchy pic I have to show. Got more of the leaves in and I wish I could get the Treasure Braids to sparkle in the picture as they do in real life, so you guys can see how blingy this piece is.

We also got Chinese Garden back from the framers. We did a triple matting on it, with the two outer mat layers raised about 1/4 inch off the inner mat so it creates a 3-D depth effect. It's hard to see in the picture, but there are bronze flakes in on the frame that is the opposite effect of the top layer mat.

The Reveal!

First off, I want to say a huge, big "THANK YOU!!!!" to you guys for playing. I didn't know how things would pan out when I posted the Random Afternoon Question and the meager giveaway. :D Thanks of making it a whole lot of fun for both hubby and me. :D

I think my tendency to ramble might have thrown a lot of you off the scent of the "secret something" in last week's Random Question post. Many of you mentioned the tv/computer screen. You're right... the giraffe desktop was a picture hubby had taken awhile back. Your names have been taken down and will await hubby's drawing.

For those of you who mentioned Serengeti... I feel you... I really do. I will get to this, I promise, but I've been stitching on Butterfly Lace whenever I had stitchy time. For those of that mentioned going on safari... I want to, I do!!! And we'll go back there one of these days. :D And for those who mentioned Diablo 3, yes!! It'll be due out in about a week now, but…

Random Afternoon Question - A Giveaway

Some of you might be able to answer the following questions easily, especially if you know about the monumental (hubby's word, not mine) event that will be taking place in my our (might as well drag him into it too) life in two weeks. Ermm... nooOooooooOoooooo..... we're NOT having a baby!!

Although, I can see how you might think that... with my baby cheetah sitting on the lamp. Isn't he cuuuuute? My friend's son, Dante, saw him and told Brenda, "We have to buy this for Joyce!!" and when Bren saw his name, Serengeti,... well, he was in a box to me within days. :D

But, I digress... on to the subject at hand....

There's a secret something in this picture. What is it? Where is it?

To make this more fun, let's have a GIVEAWAY!! :D

Up for grabs: 4 skeins of premium-weight and 5 skeins of normal-weight Vikki Clayton HDF silks, 2 Lavender and Lace Santa charts (I know lots of you are starting to plan on or have already started on Christmas stitching), and 5 sk…

Buttefly Lace Garden - Some Leaves

I'm running around like a crazy person today but I wanted to show you guys an updated Butterfly Lace picture, so I apologize for the quick post.

I've started stitching on the leaves. It's kinda slow going as there was lots of counting for the first color to make sure everything is in the right spot... and it was a rayon thread. Yech!! It's the very light mint green that's hardly visible, but it's there!