Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Small Stash Haul and an R.I.P.

I didn't go nuts this payday...after all, I do have credit cards to pay off and a house to build (or so the plan goes), but I did add a few new charts to my stash from a new designer I just found on Etsy called Kentima by Konna. I really love her stuff and she's incredibly nice...we've had several conversations already about charts, poems, horror borders, and just general geekiness! Oh, and another thing I like about her charts is that they come in both black and white backgrounds. Me personally, I prefer the white, but if I change my mind, I do have options!

I am determined to either find the perfect "We Are Geek" stitch project for me or I'm going to chart my own (which is probably what is going to end up happening) and we even discussed my plans on that. She has one, but it's not quite what I'm looking for. I have a very specific idea of what I want, I'm just not sure how to implement it just yet. The closest one to what I'm looking for is the Paine Free Crafts one, but even it either has lines that don't fit or lines that are missing, so alas, the hunt continues.

But without further ado, the stash...where would I be without my Horror Movie Fridays, so I figured this would be apropos for my new house (if it ever comes to fruition):
In This House Horror
And, although I'm not much on poetry, this Robert Frost poem has always struck a bit of a cord with me, especially now and I was a bit shocked to see it in cross stitch form (since I never have before):
Desert Places
But my main reason for purchasing from her was this beauty...I have FINALLY found the perfect project for my office at work!
Warning This Is Proof
Wish it was enough to keep people from bothering me, but alas, I'm sure it won't be. Might make a couple of them think twice though...that in itself makes it worth it! I think I'm going to see if I can do the entire thing this weekend (or maybe next...I really should work on Happy Haunts).

On a complete 360...Simon Le Bon's mother died the other day. I'm not sure why, but I feel more for his family's loss than I do for my own family's over the loss of my grandmother. There is a lot of love in the Le Bon family and not so much in mine...maybe that's why. So R.I.P. Ann Marie, your family will miss you terribly and I am eternally grateful for your son, which means it's time for a video dedication.

I chose the Big Thing Live version of Do You Believe In Shame because well, the actual official video kind of sucks and I much prefer the live version...the Big Thing concert is one of my favorites anyway although somewhat unknown. It was during a time that was not only very difficult in my life, but also difficult for the Durans...they were fighting to keep themselves and their record deal together, John was pretty strung out on drugs at the time (obviously, just look at him, I believe the phrase was heroin chic), their record sales were the worst they had ever been (and would be for a few more years yet until the Wedding album) and yet their song quality never really dropped at all, just the production value (I blame Warren, but that's another story for another day). But it kept me together emotionally at the time because if they could deal with all their struggles both internal and external, surely I could keep my tiny little insignificant crap life together and I did (although I'm still not sure why, especially right now). Just remember, it was the very late 80's and styles were a bit up in the air at the time. But it is one of the best dedication songs to friends and family lost IMO, so it's why I picked it.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Weekly Stitching

I worked on my Sister's project this week, Suteki. I left off back here in March, just beginning on the second row:
And considering how confetti-heavy it is, I made a fair amount of progress this week:
I will say, for the first time in forever (damn, now I've got that bloody song in my head), I am actually enjoying working on this project. Maybe the first row was just sucky or maybe I'm just getting used to all the confetti or maybe because I want to finish it so I can give my Sister something instead of the other way around. I'm not real sure...I'm not sure of too much right now.

I should really switch over to Happy Haunts for the rest of the month, especially since I did nothing on it last month, but I'm still feeling pretty into Suteki, so I may continue on with her. Guess we'll see how I feel tomorrow. Duty rarely wins out over want with me.

It's still too early to determine if the Wellbutrin is working, but I am feeling a bit testy already and that's usually a bad sign. I'm going to hope it is because of the antibiotics for my gums interfering. I only have one of those left though, so I should know better within another week. Something sure as heck is interfering with my Zanaflex, because I am barely sleeping except for yesterday...I didn't manage to wake up until 4 pm (although I didn't go to sleep Friday night, or Saturday morning I should say, until 4 am). That really affected my stitching time yesterday. I could have done way better with two full days instead of one. Maybe that's why I want another week with her.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Weekly Stitching and stuff

I stitched like mad this week! I left off on Maleficent here last Sunday:
And finished the last couple of pages just a few minutes ago:
Which means I'm four rows done and only have three more to go:
It also means I'm going to switch to the next rotation tomorrow, but as of now, I'm not sure which one.

On another really fab note, I got an amazing gift in the mail from a great blog friend, Emma over at Emma's Bloglet! She saw the fabric and thought of me and it really couldn't have been more perfect!
I love them! I can't believe she made those just for me! And she included a magnet from Durham...yet another place to add to my bucket list.

Speaking of blog friends, I'm not sure if you guys have found her yet, but Heather over at Cross Stitch Fantasy has started Floss Tubing and she's great!

Thanks for the shout out BTW! Unfortunately, since I'm not on Facebook, I can't buy from Nifty Needle Nannies, but I'm SOOO happy you made it through your student teaching and are now a full-fledged teacher! Congratulations!

As a side note, I got new antidepressants from the shrink this week. It's way too early to tell, but just knowing that there is hope on the horizon, makes me feel better. But she also told me she's leaving in August, so now I have to get used to yet another mind-bender. Yea. Guess I'll add that to the list of non-stitching, non-puppy, non-blogging, sucky life things.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Weekly Stitching

I had a pretty good week...stitching-wise at least. I left off on Maleficent here last Sunday:
And stopped here tonight:
Since I am so close to finishing the row, I think I'll keep on with her until I do. She's moving pretty quickly, so I figure I should be able to finish the row in a week or so (if I manage another good stitchy week that is). And now that I've finished her incredibly difficult and confetti-filled hand, the rest should go pretty quickly (theoretically). Who knew a tiny green hand could have 20+ colors in it?

I'm also supposed to head back to the shrink this week. Boy, is she gonna get an earful! I need my meds back. Maybe with a more ordered brain I'll be able to make a decision on a proper Once Upon A Time project!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Disappointment abounds

Well, I got brave and messaged Daniel Kordek on DeviantArt about the lack of a Prince Charming sketch to match the Hook, Huntsman, Mad Hatter and Pinocchio. It just kills me that there isn't a Charming because he is my absolute favorite (with Hook pulling a close second). His answer was that he didn't like Snow and Charming so there is no Charming drawing (which is a bit ironic considering that the Regina portrait that Tilton Crafts has charted is a cutout of a picture with Regina and Snow).

Damn. Seriously, just damn. I guess I won't be stitching the others after all because there isn't a complete set. I'm either going to have to chart my own picture of Charming (preferably one with Hook and Charming or maybe Snow and Charming) or hope that someone somewhere lends their Charming artwork to be charted for stitching. I mean, come can anyone not like this?

I did find a neat wallpaper that might work:

And I've always thought this would make a good stitch:

Or even this one:
(photos courtesy of Google Images)

Anyone up on copyright issues? How does it work to make a chart from an imagine you find on the web when you don't know who the artist is? As long as I don't sell the pattern, would there be an issue? I'm really desperate to do a Once stitch that isn't simplified animated characters and since there is really nothing out there, I feel so screwed right now. Maybe I'll just keep searching Deviant Art for the perfect combination of all my favorite characters and ask the artist if I can chart their artwork. Now that Snow and Charming and Emma are gone from Once, I want the classic cast in my stitch. But then again, I do have an overabundance of both stash and WIPS, so maybe it's a silly dream anyway.

Nothing like a bit of TT to make a person feel better!

The new Take That video came out day before yesterday and I've been reading a lot of flack over be honest, it SOOO much fits with my current situation from my Grandmother's loss and even having my teeth pulled! I've had it on a constant loop and I absolutely love it, especially my little Markie! I will always worship Duran Duran, but Take That always has the ability to practically read my mind. This is my favorite song from the new album anyway, I'm just glad to see it in visual, for your enjoyment as well, I give you Mark, Howard, and Gary:

Monday, May 29, 2017

Several weeks of stitching progress

It's time to get back to normal and I've got to get caught up on my stitching posts. I left off Snow White here:
Considering the time I spent at hospice, I didn't get too far with her before it was time to switch for the week, so I left off here in a rather awkward position:
I decided to go back to Night Wish for a while. I left off here in February:
And stopped here on Friday night:
I did most of the work on her in hospice, but once everything was all said and done, I needed several non-stitching days before I picked her back up again only to find my heart wasn't in it.

I had an itching to go back to Maleficent, which I haven't touched since March:
And I stopped on her tonight here:
I'm going to continue on her for the rest of the week. I should be switching to Happy Haunts, but I'm just not feeling it. I did hit up the HAED sale and I got a couple more Once Upon A Time stitches from Tilton Crafts, including The Huntsman:
And the Mad Hatter:
Once-Upon-A-Time-Mad Hatter_000a
I just hate that the artist never drew a Charming and that Tilton didn't chart the Regina and Snow picture, only the Regina cut out. I want Charming so bad I can almost taste it, but what can I do? If anyone knows how to get a hold of Daniel Kordek, I'd love for him to do a Charming to match the other guys (and for Tilton to chart it)!

As for the HAED newbies, I managed to clear off a chunk of my Wishlist:
Valentine Dragon by Jasmine Becket-Griffith:
Valentine Dragon_000a
Mending A Broken Heart by Jasmine Becket-Griffith:
Mending A Broken Heart_000a
Penitent Magdalene by Jasmine Becket-Griffith:
Penitent Magdalene_000a
Rapunzel by Annya Kai (thanks Heather...this decision was influenced by you!):
Rapunzel AK_000a
And Rio by Aimee Stewart
I just hate that the original picture of this with Duran Duran in it was never charted:
D2 Rio
And come to think of it, I didn't show the last batch of HAED's I bought during the last sale. I managed to get all my Aimee Stewart bookshelves in Supersized and Max Color versions as well as some others...

Alice in Monet's Waterlilies by Jasmine Becket-Griffith:
Alice in Monets Waterlillies_000a
Beauty and the Beast by Jasmine Becket-Griffith:
Beauty and the Beast_000a
Cinderella at Midnight by Jasmine Becket-Griffith:
Cinderella At Midnight_000a
Snow White and her Animal Friends by Jasmine Becket-Griffith:
Snow White And Her Animal Friends_000a
Castle Fest Wendalin Aotenshi by Babette Vandenberg:
Castle Fest Wendalin_000a
and Lady Avalon by John Shannon:
Lady Avalon_000a
And I hope that gets me caught up!

Monday, May 22, 2017

She's gone

Sorry guys, been a rough few days but it's finally over with now. She passed Saturday night really late and she's "gone on to a better place" (at least according to my mother). I can't thank you guys enough for all your kind words and I promise, once things are settled, I'll get back to each and every one of you.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Life sucks but hey, I'm still alive (I think)

Some of you may have noticed that I didn't post my weekly stitching progress this week. That is because I have pretty much spent the entire week at the Hospice House watching my Grandmother pass away. They can't verify if she did actually have a stroke last Tuesday, but that is more than likely what has happened. As of this moment, she is still holding on, but honestly, I sure hope not for much longer. I know hospice is supposed to be more "humane", but watching her basically starve to death since she isn't conscious enough to eat or drink doesn't seem very humane to me.

Ironically enough, Amber and I have had to be the ones taking care of basically everything...yeah, let's put the two most emotionally damaged and mentally unstable (lots more me than her on that front) people in charge of everything! My Aunt can't deal because she has taken care of Grandmother her entire life (and she's the baby). My mother can't deal because...well, I'm not sure why she can't deal other than she's just a massive pain in the butt and everything always has to be about her. My uncle can't deal because I doubt he's ever dealt with anything on this side of the family before and doesn't have a clue how to.

I'm exhausted, pissed off, upset, and...well I'm too tired to think of any more descriptives. But I have been stitching at the hospice house since I can't sleep, although my progress hasn't been great. It's hard to concentrate when about every third or fourth breath she just stops for longer and longer amounts of time.

I do get tonight off because Bam had his dental surgery today and he needs me more than Grandmother does right now. What a time to be weening off shrink is going to get an earful next visit, that's for sure.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Top 5 Tuesdays - Stitchy Sites

I am so far behind on Top 5 Tuesdays that I'm just going to start anew instead of trying to back track. This is a really good topic this week as it can go in any direction and I'm curious to see what everyone else came up with! Don't forget to check out Kate's blog for the list (and the links to Emma, Tiff, Laura and anyone else who wants to join in).

1. Heaven and Earth Designs
I have a ton of HAED stash (more than a lifetime's worth) and they chart my favorite artist of the moment, Jasmine Becket-Griffith. Granted, I have had major issue with their designing change to all dithered patterns (especially with the JBGs...I feel it makes them look "spotty"), but I still can't quit them.

2. Etsy
Not a day goes by that I don't do a search for "Disney cross stitch patterns". I have found some great designers on Etsy (as well as some bad ones...sometimes you just don't know what you've got until it's too late). Part of me knows there are probably some copyright issues with some of the patterns, but I tend to have blinders on when it comes to all things Disney. It's also a great place to get needle minders and other cross stitch supplies.

3. 123 Stitch
I HATE HATE HATE Hobby Lobby, but when I'm in a hurry for supplies, it's all we have here. But when I'm not in a hurry and I want something specific like fabric, there is no better site than 123 Stitch! I haven't bought many patterns from there, but I think I've probably bought everything else cross stitch.

4. The Heaven and Earth Designs Forum
I'm not a big fan of forums...too many years on Disney forums will sour anyone against them, but I like the HAED forums because I like to see how and what everyone else is stitching. I'm not good at commenting, even on my own posts, but I still visit it a lot and, since I'm not on Facebook, it's the only way I have to see what is happening in the HAED world. Sorry I couldn't link's a private forum that is invitation only (but it's not hard to get invited, you just have to ask).

5. All my Bloggy cross stitch friends!
You guys not only keep me motivated, but I LOVE seeing what everyone else is working on and the different styles and techniques that people use. I have learned SOOO much since blogging because of all of you and I can't imagine that will ever change. Again, I'm a horrible commenter sometimes, but I am always watching and lurking. I have also formed some really fantastic friendships through blogging, more than I could name, but hopefully you guys know who you are and, if I haven't said it, I owe you guys a world of thanks for all your support both cross stitch-wise and personal-wise. I'm definitely sure I couldn't stitch as much or as well as I do now without y'all. I haven't regretted a single moment of starting this blog and dropping out of Facebook because this is the world that I belong in with all of you! And who knows, once I get my house built, maybe the next place for me might just be FlossTube (although I'm definitely not ready for that yet!).

Oh, and just as an aside...wish hard enough and it will come true...I got my Captain Hook pattern from Tilton Crafts this morning:
If only there was a Charming to go with it, my life would be complete, but alas, Daniel Kordek hasn't done a Charming (yet). They also have Graham, August and Jefferson, but I'm not sure I want those, especially without Charming.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Weekly stitching, new stash and a bit of a ramble

I spent the week working on Sleepy Hollow Mural. I did manage a bit last Sunday and left off here:
And I stopped this Saturday night here:
I got quite a bit done including the second page and a big chunk of the third page. I'm quite proud of that, especially considering my week (but more on that later).

I decided it was time to go back to Snow White. I left off here back in February:
I couldn't help myself and started late Saturday night, but the majority of the work got done today and I left off here:
She'll be my focus for this week and next weekend, but this is going to be the work week I've been dreading for a month now, so I doubt I'll get much least not until the weekend.

As far as this past week, I ended up having to go to an out of town clinic for work that just happens to be in an old haunted hospital on Tuesday. Aspers tend to have heightened senses and it's probably one of my strongest Asper traits. Places like that tend to raise my hackles and turn my insides to mud. I have enough trouble dealing with the travel associated with my job (which, thankfully is rare), but that was one of the worst work days of my career.

To add insult to injury, on Thursday when I complained to my shrink about the weight I've been gaining due to the meds, she decided to pull me off the anti-depressant without replacing it with another (dropping off one while adding another tends to balance things out, but weening off one by itself it a very physically sickening process). She kept me on the Ritalin, but I'm not ready to be AD free just yet and I'm panicked. So, on top of all the extra work hours this upcoming week and dental surgery for both Bam and I the following week, I'm going to have to do it all while DT'ing from the meds and going back to dealing with life in a way that I haven't had to do in a while. Ugh. At least Bugs had a good week!

I did take advantage of the HAED sale and added a few more JBG's to my stash (like I needed more), but I also splurged on my very first GeckoRouge kit. It was hard to decide...I was debating on the one I chose versus a design of Captain Hook/Killian Jones from Once Upon A Time. I really want to do another Once project, but it's been really hard to find one I absolutely love. I liked the Hook GeckoRouge kit, but I didn't love it.

There was another deciding factor...on a whim I emailed Tilton Crafts about Daniel Kordek's Once designs to see if they ever planned on charting them. I have his Hocus Pocus and Merida patterns already and I LOVE his Once designs (except for the fact that he doesn't have one with Charming). They told me that they already have at least one being charted up right now! Excitement!

So I went with The Dollmaker instead because I love this pattern and it felt more like me:
Seriously? Baby doll Freddy and Jason? I LOVE them! I bought the 25ct magic guide with 1x1 threads, but I think I'll probably use my 28ct Monaco instead. I ordered a matching needle minder from another Etsy seller too, so it made me even more happy with my choice.

Speaking of Once Upon A Time...I tried to binge watch it this week to break my Heartland obsession, but I ended up watching the show more than stitching so I ended up going back to Heartland. I'm obsessed with Heartland too, but not to the degree that I am with Once right now.

The musical episode of Once tonight was a mixed bag. I kept thinking how cheesy it was the entire time, but I was still singing along (yes, I bought the soundtrack the second it came out) and bawling like a baby at all the right moments. My favorite song?

Seriously, I hope the show doesn't get will break my heart! But Once and stitching does not go well together! Granted, I could use a huge dose of fantasy right now, but I think stitching might be better therapy...that is until the "shakes" start.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Woo Hoo!

After an insane week, there has been a glimmer of excitement today...guess who is 100% heartworm free?
Give it up for the Bug!!

I know I'm behind on Top 5 Tuesdays and I can't guarantee I will get caught up this week either. Sorry Kate!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Weekly Stitching

I got my New Stitchy Start Blog post done on time this month (for once) after spending the week working on Happy Haunts, so I had today free to start the next rotation, Sleepy Hollow Mural. I left off here back in January:
And managed to barely get started on the next page today:
I tried to focus today, but it was a rough week (so what else is new?). At least I just got started on this week's rotation, so Sleepy Hollow has a full week to go.

I finally managed to break my Heartland obsession after my ninth viewing of the first nine seasons (or at least I hope I have, and probably only temporarily...until season 10 comes out on DVD). I broke down Friday night and turned Netflix on and watched Bridget Jones' Baby (which I LOVED!) which put me in an Austen mood. I was too lazy to get up and pick a disc (it was 2 am), so I watched the best parts of North & South on Netflix with the intention of starting Saturday's viewing of the Austens. But, by the time I got up, I had a very clear path...Once Upon A Time. Considering it's just a few more episodes before the end of the season (and possibly the end of the series), I wanted to remember all the best moments of my favorite TV show.

Besides, since we've been having serious storms this past week, I needed a bit of serious fantasy to refocus my brain. My sister's house just barely missed getting hit by a tornado last week. It tore down their fence and damaged a lot of the other houses in their neighborhood, but they got really lucky. And Saturday, me and boys came pretty close to the same fate (although I think my trailer won't fare nearly as well as her brick and rock house). We also got massive flooding around town this weekend, so the drive to work probably won't be too fun tomorrow. The joys of living in the South during tornado season!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Weekly Stitching and other junk

I know my posts have been short lately, but life is doing that annoying "kicking me in the butt" thing again. It's been a combination of issues that are all unrelated, but even I can only take so many hits.

1. As per usual, work is always shifting my moods up and down. Between all the extra work and hours, I'm exhausted, but I can't sleep because I'm too worried about work.

2. Bam had his bi-annual vet appointment and it cost me a fortune (mainly due to the extra food I have to buy because of Bugs), but Bam also has to have his teeth cleaned which is expensive in itself. But it will have to wait until Bugs has his heartworm checkup in the next week so I can see how much that costs.

3. The crown I popped off in Dallas and couldn't get put back on until I got over my bronchitis is now an abscessed tooth (including the one behind it), so now I have to have dental surgery and have both removed (including a very expensive implant to replace at least one of them). So much for getting ahead of my credit cards and working towards building my bills and dental surgery equals no credit card payoffs.

4. Speaking of said house, when I showed the plans to my mother, she very blatantly made fun of it's "small" size as well as several other derogatory comments (she had no idea she was stepping on toes, that's just the way she is). Normally, my mother doesn't have the power to hurt me but, for some reason, it walked all over me this time. So, even though I can't afford to build a bigger house, I've been working non-stop in all my spare time to find a better/bigger alternative and I've been driving myself crazy.

5. Even after paying off my mortgage and two credit cards, my credit score managed to drop almost 30 points! How does that happen? It was supposed to go up, not down! Maybe it will take another three months to benefit, but all three credit ratings showed the payoffs and one even reported the drop was due to not having a mortgage! Oh well, with all these new expenses, I guess my two year goal for house building might have to be a three year plan anyway. Damn.

But, anyhoo, I did manage to get my stitching goals finished for the week. I left off on Alice on the B's here:
And, despite all the odds, I managed to finish the row today:
Now, I have three completed rows and the whole project is as big as Bugsy!
Finishing the third row and possibly finishing the fourth one is one of my yearly stitching goals, but for now, it's time to go back to Happy Haunts so that I've got progress to show on The New Stitchy Start Blog. After that, I'm not sure which project I'm going back to. In rotation order, it should be Sleepy Hollow, but May is my horrible work month because I'm covering for someone else and working even later. Because I just finished Snow on Alice and the B's, I'm kind of leaning toward my other Snow White project instead. I guess we'll see after this week.

And I know I'm really far behind on reading blogs and answering emails, but I'm going to try to make some time next week.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Weekly Stitching

Still working on Alice and the B's with no sign of easing up. I left off here last week:
I started on Snow this week:
She looks a bit "swampy" to me right now, but I've been questioning all the colors in this chart since the beginning. I'm still not ready to put it down yet...I feel like I need to finish the row before I move on. Besides, I can't just leave poor Snow in mid form.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Top 5 Tuesday's Catch Up (again)

Well, looks like I've gotten behind again, so this is going to be short, sweet, and to the point. Sorry about the lack of pictures, between long work hours and this nagging chest thing, I just didn't feel like it last night.

Starting with last week's list - Top 5 Things That Make Me Laugh

I'm not a laugher by nature...the high level of sarcasm in my genes makes it almost impossible to hit my funny bone, but there are a few exceptions:

1) My Sister. She knows me too well and she knows which buttons to push.

2) My Pups. There is no greater joy.

3) Disney World. Kid...Candy explanation needed.

4) Being told what to do, especially by authority figures...not a laughable thing, but I will often burst out uncontrollably. Probably more of a nervous tick.

5) South Park. Rude, crude, horribly un-PC, but the most honest humor there is on television, bar-none.

And this week's - Top 5 Things To Accompany Your Stitching

1) iPad. I use it for keeping time and for viewing the PDFs (although I still use paper as well). Can't imagine stitching without it now.

2) My new light. Thanks to a generous Valentines Day gift card from Amazon, I managed to snag a really good LED light to replace my old Hobby Lobby magnifying light which has sucked since day one.

3) Reading glasses. I'm old, I'm legally blind, I have a degenerative eye disease, and I prefer to stitch on 28ct, so I need a little help.

4) A good binge watching show...right now, I'm on my eighth viewing of Heartland and I can't stop watching it.

5) Again...pups. Granted, their presence usually is more annoying than helpful, but there is something comfortable about having puppies snuggling with you as you stitch.

And I'm caught up again! I'm really going to try hard to get it right next week.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Weekly Stitching

I was pretty darn sick for most of the week, so I didn't get any stitching done during the week, but I did OK this weekend. I left off here last week:
And came close to finishing Sleeping Beauty tonight:
You can't tell, but I used almost an entire spindle of Petite Treasure Braid on her arms! It slowed me down quite a bit, but I'm still really into this piece, so I'm going to continue at least one more week (maybe two). I'd really like to finish the row before I switch out, but if work doesn't get any better, that could take me a month or so. I guess it will depend on where the mood takes me.