Rainbow Mermaid Correction

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I worked on fixing the wrong color in Rainbow Mermaid last night. Here is a picture:
14 October 08

I think it looks a lot better! Hopefully I will make some progress on the fourth page tonight.

Funny thing happened this morning. I noticed something odd going on on the dresser in our guest bedroom/hangout room. We keep a lot of junk (and some stitching stash) in the dresser in there. Looks like the kitty got bored last night and wanted a hit.


Yes, that's catnip, not anything illegal!

I guess kitty was jonesing!

Mood: Somewhat OK
Song: Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven - Love and Rockets

Rainbow Mermaid Update

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I have now finished the first row (3 pages) of Rainbow Mermaid. She is stitched on 28ct evenweave 1 over 1, full crosses.
8 October 08
There's only one problem, a while back I noticed that my 613 was really 612. Don't know how it happened, probably mislabled the bobbin when I wound it. Anyways, there's a section of background that was stitched in the wrong color. I was scared to frog on such a small count over one, but it came out ok. I spent about 2 hours last night painstakingly removing the "wrong" 613. I will stitch the correct color tonight. Here's a pic to explain the problem: PIC NOT AVAILABLE
I have two more projects that were affected by the incorrect color that I will eventually correct. I was just so mad when I found out that I had to put them aside to cool off for a while. I also went through my entire DMC collection on bobbins and compared to both the color chart and unwound skiens to make sure there weren't any more mistakes in my jammer box. Luckily, none were found!

Mood: Dammit
Song: Headhunter - Front 242

Didn't Quite Make It

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I didn't quite finish the second page of Rainbow Mermaid last night. We went out to dinner so I didn't get to stitch quite as much. I WILL finish it tonight. Here is an updated pic:


I wasn't too sure about the lightest parts on her face, they seem to have too much contrast with the surrounding colors, but when I get it away from stitching light it looks ok. Most of what is missing on the bottom left is sparkly. I can't wait to see what that looks like.

Mood: Broke...
Song: Faults and All - General Public


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I've been working on Rainbow Mermaid for a few days now, if I work on it again tonight, I should be able to finish page 2. Yay! Then page three is just two hundred stitches wide, so that shouldn't take me much time at all. There's no telling what will scream at me when I get home though.

On other fronts... um.... are there any other fronts than stitching?

I refuse to talk about anything else, and you can't make me.

Mood: Hummy
Song: Programable Soda - Tori Amos

BAP Stitchers YUKU Forum

Friday, October 3, 2008

HaHa! I did it! LOL, not that anyone will come, but there is now a Yuku message board for BAP Stitchers. You can find it here http://bapstitchers.yuku.com/. Haed, Golden Kite, Cross Stitch Pattern Gallery, Bright Stitch, Scarlet Quince, and where ever else I forgot. Come one, come all, share your love for those huge projects.


Rainbow Mermaid

Good Friday morning!

I stitched on Rainbow Mermaid last night, got in another 600 stitches. I'm more than 25% done on this one... maybe I'll finish it before the end of the year. The problem with doing BAP's is that it never feels like you're getting anywhere. I just have to stop sometimes and imagine all of those stitches, and how many smalls I would have finished in the same amount of time. I know I'm lucky that I'm able to stitch every night, and I'm a pretty fast stitcher.

I went looking through the stitcher's blogs listed here. I'm apparently in the minority in terms of what I like to stitch. I'm just not that into primitive or quaker or smalls. Makes me feel sort of alone in the world! I know that there's plenty of BAP stitchers out there. Maybe I should start a BAP web ring or message forum. Hmmm... might be interesting.

Plans for the weekend? I'm going to stitch. Not much else to do, we're pretty broke right now. What am I going to stitch on? What ever screams the loudest. I'd like to finish page two of Rainbow Mermaid, and maybe page one of Advice From a Caterpillar. Elements had been calling to me again too. So many choices, LOL.

Happy Stitching!

Mood: Migraine
Song: Shame - Nitzer Ebb

She's Back!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Finally got a good bit of stitching done last night. I worked on Rainbow Mermaid and got about 600 stitches in. I thought I'd post some pictures for you viewing pleasure.

Here is the progress on Rainbow Mermaid:

Here is the progress on Steam Punk Fairy:

Here is the progress on Queen's Croquet Ground:



My new Disney Pin collection: (yes they're all Alice in Wonderland Pins)

Happy Stitching!

Mood: Surprisingly Good Considering
Song: Mad World - Tears for Fears

Stitching Slump

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I seem to be in a bit of a slump. Stitched just a bit last weekend on Queen's Croquet Ground and Steam Punk Fairy. I just can't seem to sit down and get "in" to it.

I've been spending a lot of time playing games on www.pogo.com I really like their new Monopoly game. We actually played Monopoly IRL a few times over the weekend. My husband was the big winner. We've been thinking about getting rid of the cable tv for quite a while now, and it was nice to know that we can do something as a family without being plugged into the net or the cable lines.

I plan to stitch some tonight (even if just for a few minutes) and maybe I'll have a pic for tomorrow.

Mood: Somewhat Stressed
Song: It's Coming Down - Cake

Well, I felt like I was dead.

Friday, September 26, 2008

No, I didn't die, but I sure felt like i was going to. I've been sick for a week. Haven't felt like stitching at all. I did stitch a bit last weekend, in fact, I finished the first page of Mad Tea Party. I feel the itch today though and hope to stitch some tonight. I want to finish the first page of Advice From a Caterpillar before I work on anything else.

Usually when I stop stitching for a while it makes me have the urge to start something new, bad! I plan on resisting the temptation this time. I DO NOT NEED ANY MORE STARTS! Although, I do need to start something from my site (or restart Rapture of Psyche). Still breaks my heart that I had almost finished three pages of that before I found that I was stitching with the wrong color for 613. Frogging on 28ct over one is not really possible.

Anyways, not much planned for the weekend, some house work, maybe some weed pulling if the weather is nice.

Mood: Better
Song: Strangelove - Depeche Mode

Hah! I told you I would post it.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

You must have thought I wasn't going to do it... it is getting pretty late, but here it is:

I'm quite pleased with how this one is coming out.

Mood: Sick... Sore throat
Song: Stigmata - Ministry

Yah, Yah, I know, no posts last week

Monday, September 15, 2008


I found a new hobby! Just what I need right? I'm still stitching, so don't worry about that.

I was looking for some Alice decor to go with my Scott Gustafson Alice's (I know, I'm quite opptimistic that I might actually finish them) and I came across some Dinsey trading pins. Uh-Oh, this could get addictive. So I spent the weekend on Ebay picking up some Alice trading pins. So fun, and at just a few bucks each, a nice way to treat myself occaisionally.

So, stitching wise, I sat down to work on Queen's Croquet Ground and put in a couple hundred stitches in the wrong color, doh! Ended up frogging them all, then going to work on something else. I've been stitching on Life Force for a few days. I love how this one is coming out. I'll post a pic tomorrow, I promise!

Mood: Only half Mondayish
Song: Cowboy - The Sugarcubes

Its a Mad, Mad Party

Monday, September 8, 2008


Stitched a bunch on MTP this weekend. Didn't finish a page though.
Here's my progress:

Mood: Gloomy
Song: Gold Dust - Tori Amos

Alice, Alice, Alice!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Stiched Wed night on Advice From a Caterpillar and last night on Mad Tea Party. Plans for this weekend are to try to get a page done on one or the other of these.

More later maybe... not feeling very wordy today.

Mood: umm...
Song: Frankly, Mr. Shankly - The Smiths

Back to Wonderland

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I've been doing some thinking about the ginormous amount of WIP's I have. They're almost all HAED's and I just keep adding them, not finishing anything. Well, I really, really want to finish something. I've also been thinking about what I really wanted in the first place, which is to do the three Alice in Wonderland pieces by Scott Gustafson. These were my first HAED purchases. I think I'm going to concentrate on getting these done. I'd like to see all three of them hanging together in my stitching room. So... that being said, the three Alice's will become my focal pieces from now on. I don't know exactly what this means, I've never been able to stick to a strict rotation.

I worked on Advice From a Caterpiller last night. Will probably work on Mad Tea Party tonight. We'll see :)

Here is my progress on AFAC last night:

I've been thinking also about my weird attraction to things that come in sets. I shy away from cross stitch charts that don't have companion pieces. I can't imagine hanging just a single piece without something to "go" with it. Even if there were, let's say, elephants. If the elephants were all different, at least they have a theme. It's really hard to explain. Even when I fall in love with a piece (like I did with Steam Punk Fairy), I have to force myself to get over the fact that there aren't companion pieces in order to buy it. Sheesh, is this some vestage of OCD or something? Who knows. Anyway, my next "set" I'm thinking of would be to do Moonstones, Mask of Colors (one of them), and Viva. Talk about a life sentence... those would probably take forever to finish. First I have finish SOMETHING!

Mood: Resolved
Song: A Question of Time - Depeche Mode

Labor Day Stitch-A-Thon Results

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Well, Gustav passed us by... just a bit of wind and some rain. I spent the whole weekend stitching and listening to Stephen King's "Lisey's Story" on CD. Wow! What a great story and what a wonderful performance by Mare Winningham. I could not stop listening. I listened to "Cell" a couple of weeks ago and was not happy with it at all. There were many points where they had gone back a dubbed in the reader, I guess to fix mistakes, but his voice sounded so different it was very distracting. On top of that, the ending just SUCKED! I want to know who, and why, and did it work? Very unsatisfying. Extremely well written (of course, as it was Mr. King), but not for the curious because you're left with more questions than answers.

Anywho, I stitched and stitched and stitched. And here are the results:

Queen's Croquet Ground:

Rainbow Mermaid:

Steam Punk Fairy:

We've got a new camera (well, new to us) and I think it takes much better pictures of the stitching. :)

Be sure to check the links on the left side to see all of my WIP's.

Mood: Giddy
Song: Thin Man - Suzanne Vega


Friday, August 29, 2008

Hey there, not much to post. Worked on Rainbow Mermaid last night, but no pictues! Got the hot water heater fixed, went out to dinner. Umm... slept?

Exciting life, eh?

Don't have any big plans for the weekend. Just going to try to get some housework done. Hopefully my Pako needle organizers will get here today and I can get them set up for use this weekend.

Mood: Three Day Weekend (if this isn't a mood, it should be)
Song: Where is the Line - Bjork

Fruit and Fire

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Well, I stitched on Fruit Cocktail last night, got quite a bit done considering that our hot water heater caught on fire! The "challenged" people that built our house put a small hot water heater in the air conditioning closet UNDER the a/c unit. Everyone knows that a/c units occasionally leak. The leak (small drip, drip, drip) got the element units on the hot water heater wet and shorted them out. First there was the smell of ozone... then "huh, something is burning"... then a mad rush to shut off the breaker to the hot water heater, turn off the fire alarm, and grab the fire extinguisher. My DH did the first, I did the second, and DD did the third. What a mess! The whole house stinks. Luckily this is a secondary hot water heater that serves to make it so the bathrooms on the far side of the house don't have to wait two or three hundred years to get hot water from the main unit (which is in the garage). DH is investigating what needs to be done to fix the element that burned up, and how to keep this from occurring again. I'm so glad he's a great handy-man (tee hee, in more ways than one). We're just so thankful that we were home when this happened. If we hadn't been there..... who knows.

Back to stitching:

Here is my progress on Fruit Cocktail from last night, and on Queen's Croquet Ground from the night before.

Mood: Relieved
Song: Star 69 - R.E.M.

If All Else Fails.... Just Start Over

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Well, I gave up on my other blog... I couldn't get the damn thing to let me edit the layout or customize anything. So here's my solution: Make a new one!

I'm mad that I'll lose the posts from the other blog, but excited that I can finally put the WIP links up.

I stitched on Queen's Croquet Ground again last night, got in a few hundred stitches. No pic today, maybe tomorrow.

Mood: Like a one armed armadillo (no clue what this means, but sounds better than PMSy)
Song: Little Rough Rhinestone - Soft Cell