Sabrina is done!!

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I finally finished Sabrina today.  She’s absolutely gorgeous & I can’t wait to see what she looks like framed!  I’m sending her off to Jill Rensel on Monday for framing.  I loved stitching Sabrina — she is absolutely lovely and fun!  I didn’t mind the huge color blocks because it’s easy to not have to switch colors constantly.  Plus if I got sick of one color, I’d just switch to one of the other two for a while.  The beading is exquisite.  I love that I did her skin over one — it looks amazing — and that I toned down the lightest color by mixing it with the one next to it.    I’m so excited to finally have a HUGE finish!  I’m hoping to enter her in the Fair this year, but it depends on when I get her back.  I wanted to be finished with her a few weeks ago, but it just didn’t happen.

Now on to working on a different project!  My HAED’s been calling my name, so I think I’ll fuss with that for a while before going on to something less boring (right now it’s ALL blacks and dark purples….).

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Updates

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It’s been a long time since I’ve written.  It was the start of November, I think, because I was talking about NaNo (which I finished with a little over 51,000 words I believe).  And I had just started the baby blanket, which I finished & gave my sister on Christmas.  Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of the blanket, but I did take a picture of an owl cross stitch I finished for her as well.  So cute!

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I also knitted my mother-in-law an arm-knit scarf, my father-in-law a hat, my step-mother-in-law a scarf, my mom a scarf, my dad a hat, my sister an arm-knit scarf, and my brother-in-law a hat.  So I’ve been busy.  Then my husband, who has never expressed interest in wanting a knitted anything, said he wanted a hat AND a scarf, so I’ve been working on that.  The hat’s done, so I’m working on the scarf.  I haven’t knitted myself anything yet.  Apparently my knitting and my cross-stitching are alike in that respect — I always have to make stuff for others, never myself.

It’s been a while…

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So I haven’t been cross stitching since I finished Bluebell.  I’ve started knitting a baby blanket for my not-yet-here niece.  I’m not much of a knitter — I like the garter stitch because it’s just knit-knit-knit-knit until you run out of loops, then you turn it over and knit-knit-knit-knit again, haha.  Super easy.  No counting, no purls, no nothing.  This one has a pattern, so I’m following that, and it’s pretty difficult sometimes.  It’s the first one where I’ve done knits and purls on the same row (told you I don’t knit much).  It’s maybe 6-8 inches long now.  Maybe.  I’ve messed up countless times, so I have to unknit a bunch of times to get the pattern to look right.  And I noticed in the beginning that I either missed a row or doubled a row because everything was inverted for about four rows.  So last weekend I had to unravel those rows (which was nerve-wracking) and I ended up dropping a stitch, so I had to fix that.  And that didn’t end up perfect, but because it wouldn’t unravel after the fix, it’s good enough.  I still haven’t done a pattern with increases, decreases, or yarn-overs, and my cast-on stitches look like crap next to my grandma’s amazing work, but I don’t think the baby will care, lol.  And the other stitches will probably be forced upon me later.

Still waiting on some insecticide to kill the spiders — it got lost in the mail somewhere around the 21st, but amazingly, it’s on route again as of today.  Although I don’t know if it’s worth spraying yet — it’s been frosting over at night.  I may just spray around the perimeter of the house and inside the garage and around the composting bins, which is spider heaven. There was a nice day last weekend, and I sprayed the spiders off the porch with the hose — not deadly, but it makes the porch look a lot better!.  No widows there, but maybe there was one hiding in the overhead light because the next morning, there’s a dead widow on the porch.  I still don’t know what happened there.  Oh!  I did find a juvenile black widow hanging out in the nozzle of the house.  I couldn’t tell what it was at first, so I decided to spray it with spider killer just in case — and because it wouldn’t come out and I didn’t want a spider bite anyway, even if it’s not from a venomous critter.  And when it crawled out, I saw the stripes and the hourglass, so I killed it.  Awesome.

November 1st kicked off NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writer’s Month) and I decided to do that this year.  The point of NaNoWriMo is to write a new novel of at least 50,000 words by the end of this month.  It was too much for last year with school and all, but I did write one in 2012.  We have a lot of down time at work, so I should be good for this year.  The target word count for today is 5,000 and I reached that a little bit ago, so I’m still good.  It’s 11:20 a.m. right now.  I’m actually cheating because I’m rewriting my 2012 novel that I never finished.  There was a lot of filler and stuff I wasn’t happy with the first time around (NaNo stresses getting words on the page and revising later, which is not a way I usually write), so I’m redoing it.  I’ve also renamed a character and changed her character, gave her a twin for support, and I’m changing her relationship with the officer on her case.  I guess it’d be good to give a synopsis, huh? Read on.

When I was in college (the first time around), I was a psych minor.  The most interesting thing we learned about is called a fugue state, which is kind of like amnesia.  However, the most interesting thing was that some people would disappear for years only to reappear acting like nothing had happened.  And it turns out that they have lived this entire separate life that they can’t remember now that they’re out of the fugue state.  So I’m using that for inspiration.  Todd and Ember are a young married couple.  One chilly night in February, they get in a fight and Todd storms out.  However, he doesn’t return home.  Ember must struggle with losing her husband who handled most everything in the household as well as wondering if he’s okay (and her fears that he’s most certainly dead, especially as years pass) and why he hasn’t returned to her.  Ember’s twin, Kayleigh, offers support, but Ember, a painter, must bring herself out of her depression where she’s been wallowing in misery and get her life back on track.  She gets into a relationship with the officer who has been taking care of the case, but she can’t shake the feeling that she’s cheating on her missing husband.  We also follow Travis (who was Todd) in his new life.  Will Todd remember Ember, and what happens to his (Travis’s) new family if he does?

Bluebell is done!

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I got all her beads done!  The only thing that’s truly left I can’t do anything about — and that’s stitching the baby’s name at the bottom of the design.  (They haven’t settled on a name yet.)

I made a few changes because I didn’t like the citrine bead, and I wanted to put hot pink into it.  I wasn’t sure about it at all as I went, but the pic looks pretty good so I’m going to say I’m happy with it!

Weekend Wrap-Up

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I’ve finally reached the beading stage for Bluebell!  I was up til 2:30 in the morning Sunday morning (Sat. night) working on getting her fat leg frogged and restitched, then rebackstitched (since some genius had to rebackstitch her arms and face since it had come loose while using the Qsnaps, and she restitched it in a different color!).  Then I washed her and dried her.  I’ve gotten most of the Waterlilies done (the variegated thread) so then it’s onto beading!

It’s not stitching related, but … we have black widows.  In the garage.  More specifically, living on the garage door at the bottom where you lift the door up since we don’t have an automatic garage door opener.  No bites (yet) but I’m thinking of bug bombing the garage again and spraying around the house and yard.  Anyone want to spray our crawl space?  Granted, it is almost Halloween, and what’s more Halloween than creepy black widows, but still.  I don’t want them in my garage!  Thankfully, I’ve found none in the house.  Hopefully it stays that way!

Progress pic!

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I’m done with her wings!  They look so awesome!  And much sparklier and better in person.

Also the website is done!  All the images are there and everything should work.  I may replace some of the images that aren’t mine with my own (y’know, copyrights and all), but that’s for the future.

New website!

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I’ve finally got my website hosted.  It isn’t as easy to find sites that let you write your own HTML, and forget about CSS.  I hosted mine on Google Drive — not the prettiest URL in the world, but if you can hide it in a link, it doesn’t matter.

Check out my website!

Warning:  It isn’t done so there are broken pics and stuff.  But it’s almost done!

Pic Update – but no wings

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I thought I had a pic with the wings half-done, but it turns out I don’t.  I *do* have a picture of Bluebell’s fat back leg though, haha.  This is a pic of Bluebell with all of her DMC done.  I’ll have to fix that leg later.  I *hate* frogging over 1 stitches, so I’m putting it off.

Weekend Wrap-Up

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Most of this past weekend I spent working on getting my website *just right.*  It’s almost done, and soon I’ll get it published either on here, or some other site that allows HTML.

I’m still working on Bluebell’s wings.  Stitching in metallics always takes longer because you have to go slower and use shorter lengths of thread.  I’m maybe half done with the wings.  So I have the rest of the wings to do, then the metallic green in her hair and elsewhere (I am probably not going to get the weird green beads, so I’ll probably replace those with the green Kreinik, too), then I’ll have to frog her one leg because it ended up quite a bit fatter than her other leg, then I’ll stitch that back up and fill in the gaps, then give her a bath, then stitch the Waterlilies, then add the beads, then add Baby Decker’s name, then frame and done!  I’ll probably frame with a fun blue, purple, or pink frame.  Baby Decker isn’t due til February, so I still have some time.

After I’m done Bluebell, I’ll probably finish Sabrina (finally!) and save up some $$ to get her sent to Jill Rensel for framing.  She. Is. Amazing!  Or at least have her do that matting.  I can do the framing.  If she doesn’t win 1st at the State Fair, I’ll fall over.

Wings!

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I’ve been working on the sparkly wings for Bluebell the past few days.  I’ve never done a fairy with all Kreinik wings (first one!) so this is amazing.  The only other designs I’ve stitched that incorporates metallic thread in the patterns are a wizard and dragon one (with a few strands of metallic on the wizard’s hat and robe) and Sabrina (who doesn’t have wings).  I’ve done 2 other designs with metallic — a music note which could have been done in variegated thread but I did in all metallic gold thread, and a birth announcement with a baby on a moon where I changed the moon to all metallic gold, and I did the baby’s name and birth details in metallic pink and the “Now I lay me down to sleep” rhyme in gold metallic.  But this is the first one with color changes and it’s not a change I decided to make.  So it looks pretty cool.