Thursday, March 23, 2017

I'm back!

Just a few highlights before the full treatment...

I got to play with a planetary model and stand in the "known universe" at the Perot.

I got to control the playlist at the Hard Rock in Dallas...I bet I'm the first person ever to play a Take That video on their screens along with numerous Duran Duran songs, Blasphemous Rumours by Depeche Mode (twice by accident) and a Cure song!

I got to stare at a Monet for half an hour and was forced to glance at a Pollock for two seconds at the Museum of Art.

And, of course, I got to spend almost two hours with the best band in the world, Duran Duran!!

All in all, it's the best week I've had in a long time and my very first good trip to Texas! But now I'm back at work and life sucks again.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What is wrong with me?

Although I'm less than a week away from seeing Duran Duran, I'm in a HUGE Take That mood right now and this doesn't help!

I feel like such a traitor!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Top 5 Tuesdays - Time-Related Charts

Thankfully, I still haven't had to go outside my stash for these least not yet! Don't forget to go over to Kate's blog to see her post as well as to get the links for Tiff and Emma's...they all usually do WAY better at this than I do!

Granted, my view of the three fates are three ugly hags sharing an eyeball (too many Disney movies), but I absolutely adore this HAED pattern from Jasmine Becket-Griffith and I'll do it one day, although it's not high on my JBG to-do list. Nothing says time (or rather time's up) like fate!
The Three Fates_1

This next one was the first HAED chart I bought that I realized was dithered and that they had changed over their charting method (I still miss the old ones, especially on the JBGs). Obviously, anything related to Doctor Who is time-related and I'm a total Doctor Who girl. I've been watching it since I was a kid, although I haven't kept up much since the new doctor took over (I'm still grieving over the loss of David Tennant):
Space Traveler_1

Speaking of Doctor Who and new doctors, I bought this Clouds Factory chart before the switch and since twelve is now about to leave, I guess it's a good thing I didn't buy the replacement! I'll just wait a bit more to see how long the next doctor lasts!
The Eleven Doctors - 2

Once Upon A absolute favorite TV show (and no, I'm not ready to accept that we might be losing Snow and Charming next season). I started this chart a while back but ended up scrapping it (my first trash project ever). The fabric was too soft and I had the "brilliant" idea to use metallic thread on their fairytale counterparts and it was a total disaster! One day I will do this chart again (the right way):

I just recently added a project to my stash that's not really my style, I but I loved the artwork so much, I couldn't help myself. I don't think anything is time-related as much as life and death, so here you go:
Live and Death_000

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Weekly Stitching

I didn't get much done through the week, but I had another really great weekend, at least stitch-wise. I left off here last week:
And almost finished the second page of the row tonight:
I'm not sure why I'm flying through her so quickly, but it's motivated me enough to want to continue on, at least for the week. I'm just not sure yet. With Duran Duran coming up soon, I've got to shift focus. Plus, I've got to decide what I'm going to do about the April A to Z Blogging Challenge. I'm leaning toward doing it, but I won't be doing it the "commenting" way and certainly not the Facebook way (obviously).

On the pup front, it's all sunshine and roses, except when I'm trying to stitch...this is what I have to put up with:
Speaking of pups though, today was Bam's 7th birthday (or as close as we can figure). It's really more an anniversary of his adoption date and a guestimation of his years, but it counts! It seems like only yesterday when I brought him home!

We also went from thunderstorms and possible tornadoes this week to this:
Granted, by the next afternoon it was all gone, but it was real snow with very little ice! That's practically unheard of around here! It was a crazy week, that's for sure!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Top 5 Tuesdays - Quick Stitches

Sorry, I'm a bit late! When it comes to quick stitches, the definition is a bit sketchy for me...if you count a HAED quick stitch, those puppies take months, so I'm going to go with ones that I could probably finish in a week or so.

One of the first designs I bought from Neni wasn't a Disney kit, but rather this one:
Speckled Owl
I'm not really into owls, but I liked this one and I do plan to do the glasses in purple instead of teal. It's pretty small, so it would take no time at all and I would probably hang it at work.

I have always been a HUGE fan of Calvin and Hobbes (I always said, that if I would have had kids, I probably would have had a boy that was a cross between Calvin and Cartman). I have all the books (well, I used to until it got replaced with the deluxe box set), I have a C&H sticker on my laptop, and I've had a newspaper cutout on my bulletin board at work that is probably forever old (it say's "If I grow up to be some sort of psychopath because of this, you'll all be sorry!"), so it made sense to stitch a C&H project:

There was a very simple Sleeping Beauty Pattern that I found on Etsy, and I just had to have it (although I may never stitch it because it will need to be done on dark fabric):
Sleeping Beauty

When I used to stitch one project at a time (back in the pre-blog days), after each major project, I would always do a Disney ornament as sort of a post-workout cool down (although there is nothing relaxing about these things, I find them quite annoying and difficult actually). I still have several in my stash though that maybe I'll do one day:
Mini Disneys
The finished ones hang in my office at work:

And lastly, I recently bought several patterns from Etsy that was buy two, get one free, so these are what I went with:
Any of these would be great for my office (or my computer room) as well.

As a bonus, I have another kit that I bought that I can't bring myself to stitch until I actually go to England (and house plans have skewered those plans for a couple of years, but maybe someday soon).
Forever Friends

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Stitching update

I seriously cannot believe it's been since February of last year since I touched Maleficent. I left off at the third row finish here:
I started back on her Friday night and worked on her most all weekend. I was kind of proud of myself because I finished almost half a page in less than three days, but it doesn't look like much:
I'm going to continue on with her this week and hopefully will have more to show by next weekend. For some reason, the dithering isn't bothering me as much as it used least not yet.

When it comes to everything else, time is passing very slowly and super-fast at the same time. I haven't had a payday without a house payment yet, so it doesn't feel like nothing's changed on that front and no decision has been made on my job title either. But the possibility of an available building lot that Matt might go ahead and buy and sit on until I'm ready was discussed last week and I spent a lot of time tinkering with my perfect floor plan and scouring the internet for design ideas.

Monday is Amber's 40th B-day! I can't believe my baby sister is 40 years old! How does that happen so fast? Seems like only yesterday my parents brought that little bundle of joy into the house and I spent several years trying my damnedest to torture her! Good thing she forgave me (eventually) because I don't know what I'd do without her now!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Top 5 Tuesdays - Water-themed charts

Kate keeps coming up with some great topics, but boy have they been hard ones! Obviously, I've already shown quite a few water-themed charts in previous Top 5s, so I'm going to try to find different ones to show from my stash.

Obviously, I love Neni Designs and anything Disney, so I have several variations on the Haunted Mansion Stretching Portraits theme:
Tightrope Girl-MinnieCaptain Hook
HM-Snow WhiteHaunted Mansion Ariel

I also have a couple of her classic Mickey versus modern Mickey with a water theme:
Mickey and Mickey 2
Mickey and Mickey

On the HAED front, despite the couple I've already shown in previous Top 5s, there are several in my stash that are water-themed, most notably Dennis Lewan's Mystic Manor (my IDEAL home location):
Mystic Mansion_1
And, although not truly water, but rather liquid-based, The Perfect Poison by Annie Rodrigue (which has been on my mind lately due to the annoyance of several co-workers):
The perfect poison

I have all the DoNa Stitches Princesses (so far), but I would consider three of them water-themed (especially if I think like Kate and count Frozen):
(I prefer the version with Anna facing Kristoff simply because it at least makes me feel better about the whole Disney feminist movement crap)

And finally, I have all the Disney Dream kits (excluding Rapunzel, but it's just a matter of time), all of which have water in them somewhere, as well as their Etsy counterparts (along with ones not released in kit for yet), but I don't think I need to list all of them here since I kind of got carried away with the other four pics!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Stitching Update and Stuff

I so wanted to get a ton done on Night Wish this week, but it didn't happen. I left off here last week:
And barely made it to here:
I had such high hopes. I started back on Happy Haunts on Saturday, but again, my brain wouldn't stop long enough to get any real progress made and I didn't even touch it today. I do have a couple more days until the end of the month though, so I'm not completely screwed for the New Stitchy Start Blog. Then, I guess it will be time to go back to Maleficent for a week or so.

Life-wise, all my hard work paid off...I got a long-overdue and much deserved raise! But everything always comes with a price for me because they've decided they don't like my I've had for four years, and since they haven't bothered to upgrade my job description back when I left the transcription department, my job title is now on the debating table. I almost just want to tell them that they can keep their raise if I can have my I.T. Director title back. Right now, I'm pushing for I.T. systems Admin, but I'm not sure it's a go yet.

I also had another life-changing event Sister and Brother-in-Law offered to give me the money to pay off my trailer so I can focus on my credit cards and get even closer to getting a new/real house. I was going to tell them no, but I received an unexpected visitor that reminded me that as long as I'm living here, I'll never be really safe. That is a story for another day, so I accepted their offer and FedEx'ed the check on Friday. My Scottish pride has taken a big kick, but sometimes I have to try to focus on the bigger picture (and maybe if I keep repeating that enough, I'll actually start to believe it). I'm so grateful to them and ashamed to face them at the same time.

Since the April A to Z Blogging Challenge is going Facebook-based this year, I may not be participating in it. I haven't missed being on FB since I started blogging and I have no desire to ever get back on it again. Besides, with the way work and life has been going, maybe it should skip it this year, although I did already had a project picked out to work on. I like traditions and the April A to Z has been one of my favorite ones for the past several years. Maybe I'll just do it on my own without the FB participation.

There is so much crap running through my brain right now, I just want everything to stop for a while. Good thing I go back to the shrink on Tuesday.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Top 5 Tuesdays - Food-themed charts

I don't typically do food-themed charts simply because I have enough trouble controlling my food intake, I don't need a constant reminder of what I "could" be eating. I guess most Disney characters are edible (ducks, cows, mice, chipmunks) but since that's pretty much a cardinal sin, let's just not go any further in that line of thought!

Initially, I had decided that the mice-themed charts were kitchen-bound and Kitchen Fun hung in my kitchen for years until my ex-husband broke it:
kitchen fun
But I did complete the second one, which is also food-themed:
tea time

At one point, I decided that my kitchen had a "wine/grape" theme, so I did have a couple of charts/kits that were meant for kitchen use:
Grapes Bell Pull
And, of course:
Supersized Wine Shelf-1

Other than the numerous charts that have pumpkins in them (due to my Halloween obsession), about the only other food-themed chart I have is one of my newest acquisitions, Pomegranate Girl by Addict2CrossStitch:
Pomagranate Girl_00
Good thing we are only Top 5'ing instead of 10's! I do have some food-themed charts on my HAED wishlist, but I'm in no hurry to get any of them right now.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Stitching Update

Talk about your crazy weeks! So much happened both professionally and personally, it definitely affected my stitching. I picked up Night Wish, which I haven't touched since May of last year:
I should have gotten a lot farther, but I only managed to get here:
I'm going to go ahead and keep on working on her this week and then switch to Happy Haunts for the weekend and the rest of the month for A New Stitchy Start Blog. I need to at least feel like I've made a full week's worth of progress on Night Wish and I'm just not feeling it now and, considering everything, I'm not sure I can do much better this week either.

As far as work and personal, I'm in avoidance mode right now. Everything is just blowing up my brain. I guess I need to focus on the really important things:

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Top 5 Tuesdays Catch Up - Stitching BAPs

When it comes to BAPs, I think they are a matter of opinion...what constitutes too big? At one point, before super-sized, max color HAEDs, I had tons I thought of as BAPs, but now those projects are just routine! When it comes to my stash, I've got TONS of BAPs, and it was hard just to pick technically I'm not, but I am going to divide them into five groups.

The Disney Haunted Mansion Stretching Portraits (the Disney World versions)

One of these days, when I find the perfect cross stitch software, I'm going to chart these up and stitch them as big as I can and it's probably my ultimate cross stitch goal. I have technically charted them dozens of times, but I just haven't got them "perfect" yet, so I keep trying different software.

HAED Impossibilium
Supersized Impossibilium-2
I've had this in my stash forever, but when the super-sized version came out, I knew I needed to replace my version. This is just one of those pictures that needs to be large for detail purposes.

ZAnna Cross Stitch - World of Disney
World of Disney_000
I had already purchased this pattern from Neni Designs, but this one was bigger and more detailed (sense a pattern here?). What I didn't realize until I downloaded it is that it's 222 pages worth of bigger!

HAED Little Dreamers Tree
SS-MC-Little Dreamers Tree_0a
Don't let the title fool you, this is a SS/MC chart and it's HUGE!

HAED Aimee Stewart Bookshelves
I don't have all the bookshelves, but I have the ones I like. Problem is, I started buying them before the SS MC versions, so I've had to start to replace them with their SS/MC counterparts so that they all match. I kind of wish I could trade in the older versions for the ones I want so that they don't go to waste, but I guess that's what stash buying is all about. Here are the ones I have in both SS/MC versions:
Museum Shelf:
SS Museum Shelf MC_1
A Stitching Shelf:
SS-MC-A Stitching Shelf_0a

These I have in SS version, but I still have to replace with the SS/MC version (and not all of them have a SS/MC version yet):
Heroes and Heroines:
Supersized Heroes And Heroines_2
The Secret Garden:
Supersized The Secret Garden-1
Treasure Hunt Bookshelf:
Large Treasure Hunt Bookshelf_1
and Wine Shelf:
Supersized Wine Shelf-1
Even if I buy a house in the future and I have tons of wall space, I still seriously doubt that there will ever be enough wall space to fit these bookshelves on! Maybe I'll have to rotate them out over the mantle or something!