Monday, August 31, 2015

I'm going paperless!

OMG, I'm so excited! Yesterday we had a little SAL at the Stitchers Muse (some very lovely stitchers are meeting there every Sunday from noon to 4 PM) and I noticed that Nancy (unfortunately no blog) and Rachel from Stitch, Please! were tapping their tablets instead of marking charts and they had so much more room around them... You know, curiosity killed the cat, I glanced over Nancy's and Rachel's shoulder to see what they are up to... they were working from digital charts! Wow!!! I absolutely loved it. I learned from my dear friends that I need to apps

Dropbox is free and is installed on the iPad (tablet) and your computer. Then you can drop your .pdf file to it and it will miraculously appear on the iPad. Then you can open it in GoodReader (only 5 bucks with change) and then, voile!

I bet that my progress on Guardian Angel and Strawberry Thief will be tremendous this week. Who knows maybe I will put a few stitches in Strawberry Pirate too. All my HAED designs are in PDF format.

So long my friends, I'm back to stitching!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Guardian Angel update

I just finished third page of my Guardian Angel and that will make my first column of pages complete. Five more columns to go... well, the last column of pages is only 12 stitches wide so really it is only four more to go.
I've started this project in January of 2011 as a part of the Crazy January Challenge, if this is a speed I'm stitching it will take me sixteen more years to see the final result (@#!$). I guess I have to commit myself to stitching this project more faithfully, just like I did with Strawberry Thief (ST). If I can stitch one page  month (this piece hasn't as much confetti as the ST so it should go faster) then it can go to framers by Christmas of 2016. And I have just perfect spot for this angel in our bedroom...

So long my friends,

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Strawberry Thief - weekly update

Thank you to all for keeping me in good spirits during my dreadful Tuesday morning. Frosty is back to normal and I'm full of energy ready to conquer the world.

I was able to finish my first column on the first page of the Strawberry Thief. It took only a little over ten hours, here is the pic:
So long my friends,

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Shitty morning

It's another beautiful morning on the island and I'm sure it will be another beautiful day but my day started somewhat shitty. Frosty got sick and has upset stomach so I haven't slept much and in the middle of the night I was cooking some rice for her and then black cat crossed my path and then I forgot to make my volunteering work (thank goodness they found replacement).  It's just around ten o'clock in the morning and I'm already kind of pissed off depressed. I guess I need some stitching therapy before my next move.

I was working a little on the Strawberry Thief. I decided to stitch in columns. I saw other stitcher's work done in columns and I loved to see how the piece was developing. I usually do not grid my fabric but this time I drew (with water erasable marker of course) squares 10 x 10. Holly Molly, it makes stitching so much easier! The confetti isn't dreadful as much as it was before. It actually is going not as slow as I was assuming. To stitch my first square it took me an hour and fifteen minutes and then I was frogging for half an hour... but now at least I do not make silly mistakes which saves me that frogging time.

I know I said that I would like to stitch a 100 stitches a day but if I can increase my stitching to 123 stitches a day then I could have done one column a week, a page in two months and the whole thing could be done before summer of 2018.

My mood changes as I'm typing this post, I'm more cheerful now than I was a few minutes ago. See, even typing about stitching makes me feel better. I think as soon as I send this post to the whole world I will work a little on Santa's 12 Days of Christmas - there is nothing more cheerful than a Santa. By lunch time I'll forget my rotten morning.

So long my friends,

Friday, August 21, 2015

Strawberry Thief

After Super Duper Crazy Challenge (60 new starts during January and February) I thought I'm good for a few years of stitching and under no circumstances I would start any new project. Oh, how wrong I was! I just entered into daily SAL with Jacquie of My Journey. We are stitching Strawberry Thief by HAED. The piece is gorgeous but I'd never see so much confetti in a chart...
So we decided to stitch just a hundred stitches a day - the project should be completed by Christmas 2018. On my right I posted a progress bar and once in a while I will post some pictures of my work in progress.
The original art is by William Morris under same title and, to my surprise, it is quite famous.

So long my friends,

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness

It has been a while since my last update on the Gifted Gorgeousness hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching, a very long while since my last post was in April! Never-less I was working on it a little and here is the new look of the Quaker Christmas Sampler:

I promise to have it done by the next update in September (big smile).

And, since it is Sunday, I was stitching with Linda. She is done with Santa's 12 Days of Christmas, I just finished my Santa number two:

So long my friends,

Hitler gets bad news about the Canadian election! (Satire)

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Caught in the storm but finally home

Yeah, what a trip - caught in the storm, canceled flight, stranded in an airport, missing luggage... but at the end I'm safely back home, the luggage was found and now I have no idea where to begin.  I guess one step at the time and since the whole household is still sleeping I will give priority to hundreds of emails.

So long my friends,