Tuesday, March 31, 2009
So thanks for the inspiration Beatrix but I've got to be me! :-)
Monday, March 30, 2009
Here is my progress on Earth Sampler. I could have finished it last night but I was tired so I just played with my stash for a while which was almost just as fun. I'm doing mine over one on 32 count Purely Primitive from Silkweavers. Just a row and a half to go.
This is where I'm at with my IsaV Grand Marquior. I have to put it down for now because I need to get some stitching done with my Beatrix Potter. The goal is at least something every month and I haven't put a stitch in yet for March. I'll work on that for a couple of days.
Friday, March 27, 2009
The last time we trialed was back in December at a four day AKC trial. We had no success and my teacher was there and suggested we take a break and work on our fundamentals and when we do feel more confident, to do a NADAC trial to see if we have made any progress. So that's what we did. And this weekend is our first NADAC trial in almost two years. I don't do NADAC much, I don't take it very seriously because at heart, I'm an AKC girl. But there are many other agility leagues other than AKC and they all have different rules and regulations. And costs. An average AKC trial is around $75.00 to $130.00 a weekend depending on the trial. That is usually the cost for four runs. A NADAC is much less expensive. This coming weekend we have twelve runs and it's costing $120.00. And the rules are very different from AKC. No table and no teeter. The courses also tend to be much winder open and the obstacles farther apart and some are called games and are really just fun - like the courses of nothing but tunnels. I also find it to be much easier than AKC. And because I find it easier, I tend to be more confident and when I'm more confident, Clancy is also and we just have a better all around experience.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
So nothing to work on for the ride in and nothing to work on the way home. :-( Such a bummer a whole wasted day.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Clancy and I went to another fun agility run on Saturday and I think he is ready to get back into the ring. We have a NADAC trial this coming weekend but more about that later in the week.
I didn't put a stitch in on Saturday and not much on Sunday. But here is what I did manage.
I'm almost finished with what I can stitch on the Big Zipper. I'm working on filling in the house and I should be done with that by tomorrow or so. Then it's just waiting for my last piece to arrive. Below is the house. I can barely see the letter C in the roof so I need to fix it. Not sure how yet but it's bugging me so I know I have to do something. The letter O will be a button in the middle window.
Once these two projects are stitched as much as I can or finished for the month, I have to work on a couple of other things to keep up with my schedule. I need to work on Beatrix Potter for a couple of days and I'd like to start on my Isa V Grand Marquior also this week. I did start it last week during my lunch hour and I was half way finished with the first block of the release, when I realized that I started off one column so all of it had to come out. Bummer. At least I ripped everything out before I put it down so I don't have to do that before I start again. Once I have finished a bit of those two things, I think I'll start working on my Etui. I have the finishing kit and was it ever complete! One of the best finishing kits I have ever purchased. Of course, nothing beats the Judy Odell finishing kits but this one was pretty close.
Speaking of my Etui, I need to start to design the one side that I'm going to change. I need my new quote and to work a new piece around it. I have no idea yet what quote to pick out.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I've been flying through the parts of the Big Zipper and two more charts have bit the dust. These little animals are so cute! I love the way the sheep, fox and squirrel are cooperating to get the pear in the tree. I didn't even notice that little detail until I started stitching it. I just thought they were standing on top of each other. :-) I love to have all the charts I have complete by the end of the weekend if it's all I work on I'm sure I can. But there are so many other things calling my name. :-)
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
On Sunday morning it occurred to me that I didn't have a thing to wear to the fun run. I like to wear fitness gear when I do agility and I've lost over 45 pounds now and I literally have not replaced one bit of my agility wardrobe. I found the cutest pair of capri pants - in a size 6! It really hit me on just how much weight I have lost. It's hard to tell when you make due with the same clothes for months. I haven't wanted to spend a lot of money until I got to were I wanted to be weight wise and as a result I walk around in baggy clothes all the time. I'm about 10 to 15 pounds away from my goal now. It feels great!
Because of the nice weather I didn't have as much time as I wanted to stitch. Here is my progress on the Big Zipper. I'm finished with the top portion of the project and I've started working on the tree. I'd love to have the parts that I own finished by the end of the week but I bet that house in the center is going to take several days as it's pretty big.
On Saturday I really wanted to start something new. I thought it should be something small and I've been wanted to start Earth Sampler since I saw a couple of WIPs online from blogging buddies. Here is mine. I'm doing it over one on 32 count Purely Primitive. I love how it's turning out but because it's over one I am losing a lot of variegation of the floss colors. I guess that is the trade off when using overdyed. It's going to be tiny - less than 4 inches square when complete. I won't work on it again until the weekend because I really need to focus on HoHRH and my BZ and I can't do over one on the train in any case.
Friday, March 13, 2009
I set a new record this week for sleeping on the train and as a result, haven't put a stitch in BZ for two days. :-) Good thing I only stitch for myself or I'd be in trouble. :-) I did call Drema yesterday and while she didn't have the final BZ kit that I needed, she was confident that she could get her hands on one. Do I ever feel better. A lot of people have been asking me if I'm going to sell the kits once I'm finished with my version and I do plan on putting it on eBay. I was going to ask $80.00 as a starting price. While that is a lot of money, it's over half off than if someone wanted to purchase each section. And they will be complete kits and the charts unused as I made a working copy of each chart when I first received them in January. I would have jumped on something like that if I had a chance before I started working on them.
Here is what I stitched in last night on HoHRH. I'd like to complete the house by the end of the weekend.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I managed to stay awake for the entire train ride home yesterday! And almost for this morning rides in. :-)
Monday, March 09, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
Not sure what I'm going to work on this weekend. It's sunny and 60 today but tomorrow and Sunday it's supposed to rain and be much colder so the outside won't keep me from anything inside. I'm ready to put BZ down for a couple of weeks but the hard part is done now and I'm at the point where I'll start making a lot of progress so I'm sorta inclined to keep at it. I know I need to work on House #3 - the NPIs I needed should be at the house tonight. I also really want to get at least one more turtle finished. I've been saying that for three weeks now. :-) All the more reason to finish off that project. So I think I'll just go with the flow. After all it's the beginning of the month and I have all month to do the required stuff. :-)
Chevy the foster dog is getting his stitches out tomorrow so he's ready for his new home. And to tell the truth, I'm ready for him to go. I'm finding four dogs too much for me on a day to day basis. I'm not sure if it's just that he is the fourth dog or because that fourth dog is three times the size of my pugs. I'm pug sitting for a friend in a couple of weeks and will have two of hers with me for a week. So I'll see then if it's the number of dogs or the size.
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Next time I have a gut feeling I need to check something I will for sure. :-) Lesson learned. :-)
Thanks for all your kind comments on my chair finishes. For a while now, I have not let the finishing put me off a project if I liked it. And I really didn't think this one was so hard. The instructions were very complete and there were a ton of color photos in the booklet. My next big finishing project (after I complete all my Quaker Turtles) will be my Etui. That one should be challenging because I think there will be a bit of sewing/handwork involved and just not gluing! :-)
Monday, March 02, 2009
Did I ever have a productive weekend! First I finished off block two of the Houses of Hawk Run Hollow. Yeah! And I did it on Saturday so I'm still on schedule. :-) Then on Sunday I spent most of the day working on finishing my Garden Chair. I don't think it's very hard but there is a delay between sections while you wait for the glue to dry. The finishing on the second chair is a 100% nicer than the first chair. I even stitched some of the pieces in place this time around - this was something that I thought I should do for the first one but didn't. I'm amazed at how much nicer the finished product is with that little step added. I'm hoping to get to the new piece (the chaise lounge) before much longer. While these chairs are not every one's cup of tea, they really do look cute sitting on the shelves in my crafting corner.
Here is block #2 of the Houses of Hawk Run Hollow.
And a photo of my progress so far. I need to order five skeins of NPI for Block #3 and I'll call Drema today. And as luck would have it, the part that I wanted to start first on the block calls for a skein I don't have so I can't start this until it comes in the mail later in the week.