September 26, 2007
As promised, here is Version 2 of TW’s ornie. I used some cream ribbon for the handle and the bottom bits. I originally wanted to have a bow for the bottom, but my bow making skills aren’t as good as I would like.
I also wanted to thank you guys for the comments on Inspiration. I have a couple more designs in the works. I have a basic idea of what I want them to look like but the execution part is a little bit tricky. And some parts of the design are still stuck in my head!
See you next time!
September 25, 2007
In stitching news… I worked on the back piece for my TW Ornie Versions 2. I chose the letters used in TW’s Birth Announcement, charting it over 2 instead of over 1. I really like the result. I finished stitching the ornie in 2005, so that’s the date that I put in. Tonight I will work on actually turning it into an ornament. Come back tomorrow to see the final product!
September 21, 2007
I stitched it on a piece of hand dyed linen purchased from The Needle Hive using DMC 3865. The design is called Inspiration and ***I*** designed it! Yes, I am so proud of myself. I originally designed it to be a little bigger, but I excluded the outer bits. It looks so light and delicate right now and the waffle stitches that I was going to stitch on the outside would just make it too heavy, distracting from the delicate center. Anyway, I had so much fun designing this piece. I have DH to thank for inspiring (yes, pun intended) me to design. He encouraged me to try it and I did! Sooo much fun! I have a couple more designs in the works. They still need a lot of tweaking though. What I really love about this is that I am trying out new-to-me stitches and I get to experiment with textures.
Noreen, I buy generic diapers from Stop and Shop. Each pack costs $6.99 (48 pieces for size 2). Sometimes I buy Pampers or Huggies, but only if I have a coupon and if it comes out to be less than $6.99. I’ve also tried Walgreens’ generic diapers, but SNS is still cheaper. I tried generic wipes, but I didn’t like the ones from SNS. They tore easily and even the unscented ones still smelled a bit. I much prefer Pampers Sensitive Wipes.
September 19, 2007
September 18, 2007
As promised, here is my TW Whitework Ornie. You can get the chart here. I stitched this in 2005 and finally *finished* it properly over the weekend. As you can see, I chose the simplest method of finishing. I didn’t know better back in the day and didn’t leave much room for margins. I purchased the ribbon back in 2005 after all the stitching was done. I think it needs a bow though. It looks to plain. It’s missing something. What do you think?
I have 2 other versions of this design. I will probably work on finishing them next weekend.
I didn’t get to work on Spot of Coffee yesterday. I will try to work on it a little bit tonight as soon as I finish all my chores. I will post a progress pic tomorrow.
September 17, 2007
DH and I tried Brunswick Pro Bowling for the Wii. To say that I was disappointed is an understatement. This game has nothing on Wii Bowling. Yeah , you can customize your character, but you can only play your character in career mode. If you want to do 2 players, then you’re stuck with a set of characters. It was also very frustrating to play. My character didn;t swing when I wanted to, and it was difficult to control the swinging and releasing. It was not worth buying.
I stitched a little this weekend. I still haven’t finished Spot of Coffee. But I worked on 2 projects. One is my attempt at designing and the other was finishing TW’s Beginner’s Whitework Ornie into an actual ornie. Photo coming soon! I stitched it in 2005 back when I had no idea how to finish ornies. There wasn’t much fabric to work with, but I managed. I like the end result and I will be finishing all my other unfinished ornies soon.
Have you ever had a Pluot? I tried one for the first time last week. It tastes really good! Its a hybrid fruit made of 3/4 plum and 1/4 apricot. It is very very sweet and very juicy. The skin is very smooth and the fruit itself is very fleshy. I can’t really compare it to a plum or apricot though as I don’t think I’ve ever had a fresh apricot and I can’t remember the last time I had a plum.
The fruit was developed by Zaiger’s Genetics in California. They have also developed Aprium (3/4 apricot, 1/4 plum), Plumcot (1/2 plum, 1/2 apricot) and coming in 2008 to a grocer near you… the Peacotum (peach, apricot and plum). The Peacotum is supposed to taste like fruit punch. Can’t wait to try that one!
September 11, 2007
Susan’s blog reminded me of my first ever visit to NY/NJ. It was the summer of 2001 and I had a wonderful time. My dad’s cousin in NJ took me on a tour of Liberty Island. I’m not sure exactly where this photo was taken (I think it was before we got on the boat going to the island). I remember being absolutely upset that I couldn’t get a picture of me with the Empire State Building in the background. I didn’t even know what the WTC was and I didn’t understand the big deal or why everyone was crowding the area trying to get a nice picture. Little did I know that in a few days, the WTC would be all over the news. This was taken on September 2, 2001.
September 10, 2007
Spot of Coffee © Little House Needleworks
Black Dahlia © Examplar Dames Design
Ayame is doing great. She is now sleeping through the night, 8 hours straight! Yay SLEEP!!! She does get REALLY FUSSY before she finally falls asleep though. A nice feeding helps a lot. She smiles all the time and is talking so much! She loves to look at Daddy and its just so adorable. DH plays around with her and tries to hide and poor baby would probably turn her head 180 degrees if she could just so she can see Daddy.