Thursday, March 24, 2005

QOTW_ Needlework shows

What are your thoughts on craft and/or needlework shows? Have you been to one or are you planning on going to one this year?

Oh this question makes me cry...I WISH they had one near me, I have never been to a needlework show. The only show in the US that I am aware of is CATS and closest cities they come to is Nashville, MD (8 hours away), and Hershey, PA (8 hours away). What the #!%$ is wrong with Raleigh , Charlotte, Richmond, Charleson, even Atlanta or Washington DC.
I am considering going to Hershey in the fall but life is up in the air and money is tight

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

No news here

Hello all,
I finally turned in my proposal to my advisor...and we are good to go...I have to give it to my other comitte members, and then schedule the defense, I was thinking the week of April 11th or 18th.
I will be very happy when it is over. yard looks like crapola and i really don't have the motivation yet to get going on it. I think I will rent a chipper shredder this weekend and clean it up...I just really need about 10 more degrees.
As for stitching I started a towel last week. I am attempting to make it double sided so for the first time I am using the sewing method...its not looking very neat but I know it is my first one AND it will be used in the kitchen so pristine wouldn't last anyway. I a having difficulties stashing the loose ends, so the back is a bit messier, but i am trying to keep that toward the edges of the towel. I am using a pattern off of my 365 Cross Stitch soon (althought the only thing to see now is a border).

Thursday, March 17, 2005


From spring to winter....Yes it it the first decent snowfall this year...of course its on St. Pattys day, and after all my daffodils bloomed. I HATE THIS COLD.

this weeks question,
On average, how many hours a week (7 days) do you think that you spend cross-stitching?

On weekdays I can get in about 3-4 hours in the evening, except tuesdays when I have class. during the weekend about the same maybe a few hours more so I would have to say 24-28 hours a week.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005


Originally uploaded by Stitching scientist.
When I moved into this house there were daffodils popping up but not blooming, So I moved them to this "Alien Landing Zone" Called such cause there was a pine tree removed (see the stump) from here and now there is a perfect circle of dirt where nothing grows. and look they are blooming! Of course It is still pretty sparse, but I'll be adding mor bulbs, some ground cover, and there are Irises and 2 small hygrageas here too. *keeping fingers crossed*

Monday, March 14, 2005

Random Link

If you like kittys.....this website will make you laugh out loud

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Weekend's here! where?

I finally had to take Max in for a bath yesterday...It was pricy but he was stinky, and we have only had him for 3 weeks. You are supposed to bathe dogs every 6 weeks,or their coats will dry out, I am not sure how I'll survive.

Stitching has taken a back seat to the proposal. I aim to have a first draft by Monday for my advisor. I will be sooooo happy when this is done. Then a poster for a confrence in April, a presentation to defend my proposal, and a presentation at a conference in May. Then MAYBE I can take a breather before finishing my Thesis this fall. All the data is collected I just have to interpret it and make it sound good.

The Stitching Blogger Q of the Week: Do you have a favorite designer (or designers)? If so, who is it and why is he or she your favorite?
I guess I would say my top designers are Bent Creek, Lizzie Kate, and Waxing Moon. I love the style they have country/folksy ish but not traditionally so (like Prarie Schooler)..Ok that makes no sense. I guess I would call it "adult cute". I also like their small size and ease of finishing...why I don't do L&L, TW, Mirabila, etc.
But even then there are designs by all those designers that I wouldn't stitch in a million years, and random designs by designers I don't usually like that I have to stitch. I would also say that I am picky with my designs, I have to have an idea of what I will do with it before I'll buy I am not a collector having to have everything by one designer.

Ps. did you see Wil on CSI? He had only 2 scenes, but I hope this is just the beginning of Travolta comeback

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Pittsburgh-Oberlin Samplers

Ta daa, sorry so camera seems to make the pics darker when I set the size smaller. I'll have to mess with that.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Spring not so Break

This weekend has been good, Letssee, I had my stats midterm thursday, then spring break started friday. I had a stitching day with the Tarheels on Saturday, I actually pulled out an old WIP...Oberlin Sampler's Pittsburgh. I have been working on that since then and (although I need to go get some DMC 3013 tonight) should finish it soon. After 7-8 years its about time. I stitched it over 16? count with 3 ended up with great coverage but the quality of my work back then just isn't up to par that is why it has been on the shelf for so long (along with my other 2 big WIPS) I just get depressed at how it looks...and I find all the mistakes I can't fix etc. I also got some finishing done - the march flip it, and Marla's Bless the Baby is finally framed.
Sunday, Max ate something he shouldn't of and had diarrea all day (lovely!) Monday and Tues Ian had and I spent the whole day together(It has been 2 months) . I got some gardening done before the cold came daffodils are blooming are now blown over and kissing the ground.
Ian is off to Witchita, KS for some airplane school till Sat so I am here at Grad school working on this dreaded proposal. I am doing the introduction (which is the toughest) and aim to be finished with at LEAST the first draft by Monday. Most proposal lengths are around 20 pages.....I have 7 so far.
Wish me luck ,

PS____Watch CSI tomorrow night! Wil Wheaton is guest starring, its his first major acting gig in years...Go Wil.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Hot off the hoop

March Flip it
Originally uploaded by Stitching scientist.
Well i finished the March flip it...but will I get it stuffed and hung before April...we shall see.

Other wise I started another sampler for the next baby due (to yet another friend) in June. Shouldn't take me long. There is the march Tarheel get together on saturday...I am debating what I should bring to work on.

Stitching Bloggers Q of the Week

Which do you prefer and why? "Old-fashioned" black and white symbol-only charts, charts with colored blocks, or charts with a combination of colored blocks and symbols?

Most of the charts I do are small and are the back and white symbol only charts. I purposely avoid the big stuff with too many symbols, (besides I never finish those...Santa of the Forest). I have worked with the other two types of charts but those have usually been from magazines. Colored blocks alone are not enough (like those found in kits and i haven't worked a kit in soooooo long) when I did do kits they didn't use "DMC 501" to describe the they used very "light forest green" or "ultra light forest green" ...then you would have to try to match then with the colored block Ugh

I have been stitching and I'll post about it this evening after my statistics midterm....oh I have a headache.