Friday, December 28, 2012

Stitching update

Finally, that horrible holiday is over!! I'm still reeling from all the social interaction, but it's done. And thankfully, it will be my last Christmas participation. My days of putting myself in excruciatingly uncomfortable situations for the sake of others is at an end. If I don't want to do something, I'm not gonna do it...call it New Years Resolution #1. But more on resolutions later.

It's been a while since I did a stitch update, but mainly because I have been stitching like mad! I have actually finished another row of my little Highland girl and only have two full more rows to go!

Here's the day after my last update on her:
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And here's where I stopped on Sunday:
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Here is where I ended last night:
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And here she is in her entirety:
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When I actually work on her, it just flies by. It will be really hard for me to do fractional stitches ever again after working on a HAED. I think that's why I have such difficulty switching back to the other two projects I have going...fractionals and outlining. I'd much rather do a million tiny X's on 28ct than one half-stitch or even look at a three-quarter stitch!

Her little gray fingers creep me out just a bit, but I try to think of it as she has fingerless gray gloves on (but that cover her little thumbs).

Monday, December 17, 2012

Framed Ribbon Topiary

Here it is - the cheaply made, 3 year old could do it stitch that cost a bloody fortune to frame!!! I am also doing this blog from my phone, so I hope it works!

Finished framed Ribbon Topiary

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Last IHSW of 2012 - Results

I've been working again on A Summer Ball, so lets show that progress first. On Friday I started here:
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and yesterday I finished here:
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But today I spent my time working on my little Highland girl and ended up here:
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I know I'm ending a bit early, but now that I'm *gasp* a "day" person, it's getting close to my bedtime!

As the same with the TUSAL, I'm looking forward to next years and hopefully the finish of all three of my current projects!

Last TUSAL of 2012

Instead of merging this post with the final IHSW, I figured it deserved one of its own! My final pic of my ORT jar for the year is in front of the amazing pillow I bought at the Morocco Pavilion in Epcot at Walt Disney World. The picture really doesn't do the pillow justice!
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Considering how little I've stitched in the past couple months, I'm really surprised the jar came closed to being filled at all. I'm definitely looking forward to next year's TUSAL!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Last IHSW 2012!

This weekend is the International Hermit and Stitch Weekend and it also happens to be the last of 2012. Pretty exciting! I only missed one this year, so I did pretty good, but not good enough...next year will be better!

Now that I have my stitching mojo back, I've been going crazy on my little Highland girl, but I have also started working on A Summer Ball again (thanks partly to Vickie over at Reading and Stitching and the fact that I think it will look really good in my office).

So good luck everyone and hopefully we will all have a really big stitching send-off to 2012!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Big weekend!

We had our work Christmas party Saturday night. I haven't gone in many years due to the fact that they are boring, that the religious faction has blocked the alcohol availability, they've been in horrible restaurants, and most importantly, because I'm not a fan of most of my fellow co-workers (as most of you know).

This year was different...there was the promise of co-workers embarrassing themselves by singing karaoke, there was finally bar access, it was in a really good restaurant, and finally, my new position requires me to at least show my face at such functions. So T and I braved the bad and managed to actually have a really great time! Sure, I didn't do much socializing (shock), but the Guinness element and Tony's great company definitely made it worthwhile (and it didn't hurt that I looked absolutely amazing!). I did somehow manage to get a big bruisy knock on my noggin (and I'm still not sure how - hopefully I didn't make a complete ass out of myself), but thanks to my strong family "constitution", I woke bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning, no hangover in sight!

So I got to spend all today stitching and I got a ton done! Here is where I am now:
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It really is amazing how fast these HAED's go considering their size! I'm totally addicted now!