Sunday, December 4, 2016

Celestial Dragon 2

These last 10 hours on Celestial Dragon have just crawled by. It's the busiest time of year at work - everyone wants to close their financings NOW. Which means I'm working 6-7 days a week. And I am TIRED. So this took a long time.

Before:

After:

I'm doing all the stitching first and then will fill in the backstitching, beading, and french knots, but that won't be for a while. If you look REALLY hard on the right side, you can see the sparkly thread border. Those purple and periwinkle "whiskers" are also in sparkly thread. Hard to tell, but it's there.

I am so, so exhausted from work right now, and so burned out. I went up to the partners on Friday and just told them I need some time off in January to recharge. They told me to go for it, I put in my PTO request, and started planning out all the lazy days I would spend in my PJ's. Then I thought to myself, for kicks, how much tickets to Iceland cost at that time. So I checked. And I almost died. $300 roundtrip per person, direct flight from SFO. Impossible. So I told H³. Who told me we had to scoop those tickets up.

So I'm going to Iceland with H³ for the third time in January for a week! Everyone has their favorite place on earth they would go in a heartbeat. Mine is always Iceland.

I can't wait.

Happy stitching, everyone!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Celestial Dragon 1

I finished the first ten hours on Celestial Dragon last week, but then was caught up in Halloween costume-making and didn't get a chance to post. But, the costume is done, the Halloween party at work was a success, and now I can go back to stitching.

So here it is, the first ten hours on Joan Elliott's "Celestial Dragon"

Some things you can't tell from the photo:
- It's stitched on Picture This Plus "Meditate" (28 count, 2 over 2)
- SPARKLY THREADS
- There will be lots and lots of beads

It's a fun and easy quick stitch, divided up into four pages so I'll keep going until I have the first quarter page done. There's four or five different colors of Kreinik in the whole pattern so I'm hoping those will show up eventually. There will also be two different colors of beads, but I'll stitch those in at the end along with the french knots and backstitching.

I mentioned working on my Halloween costume. Well, here it is. The great reveal (for those who haven't seen it on Facebook):

That's me in there. And if you don't get the reference, click here for a hint. The costume was H³'s idea, but I didn't get started making it until about three days before the work party. Whoops. The robes and gauntlets are made from scratch and underneath, to black out my face, I'm wearing a black morph suit. Suffice it to say I freaked the hell out of everyone at work, made them quite uncomfortable, and had a great time doing it. Most people didn't know it was me.

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween. And happy stitching!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Parrot #14

By the end of the 10 hours I was so close to finishing this page, I decided to just go for it.

Before:

Now:

H³ has picked the next pattern in the rotation and it is (drum roll) Joan Elliott's "Celestial Dragon"!!! I was quite surprised by the choice - I thought it would be a Halloween-themed choice, but it will be a really fun stitch full of sparklies on hand-dyed fabric (by PTP).

Now, I do want to briefly discuss something that has happened recently. It's not a sob story, but a public service announcement. In early September I found that a mole on my arm had changed. Being the paranoid person I am, I went to the doctor. The doctor photographed all my moles and sent them to a dermatologist, who called me less than an hour later to have me come in. A few days later, I went in and together with the dermatologist we determined that two moles needed to be removed - the one I originally came in for and another one on my chest that I have had since birth.

September 21st I had the surgery, and then waited for the results. And waited. And then I found out - the one on my arm I originally went in for was benign. The one on my chest was pre-cancerous. Both have been removed, and I'm fine, but my point is this: pay attention to your body, listen to it, and if something is out of the ordinary then check it out. It could just save your life.

With that, on to Celestial Dragon - happy stitching, everyone!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Parrot #13

This page of the parrot is super fun to stitch, I think because the parrot itself is emerging!

Before:

After 10 hours:

This is, in my opinion, the perfect kind of page to stitch. There's a great balance of background and confetti so I can switch off, and it goes pretty quickly. I imagine needing only about 15-20 more hours to finish the page, as I'm already over 1/3 of the way there. On top of that, seeing the colors blending and the parrot's face emerging is just really exciting. Every stitch I put into him (I've named him Felix in my mind) makes his face come out more and more. Generally, I am loving it.

H³ is narrowing down the choices of what pattern I'm going to stitch next. I may not have said, but it's more than just the BAPs I have listed on the left. On top of that are also the following:

- Alessandra Adelaide's Halloween Mystery SAL (not a mystery anymore since the SAL is long over but I still have the pattern on the go)
- Alessandra Adelaide's Elucubrazioni (Out of Print)
- Cloudsfactory's Doctor Who 12 Doctors Clock
- Cloudsfactory's Magical Creatures Calendar
- Joan Elliott's Celestial Dragon

They're all smaller projects I started at some point and became UFOs and now I'm taking the opportunity to put them into a rotation and finish them off. H³ has mentioned that he wants me to go with a Halloween themed pattern next, since October and Halloween are my favorite, and that leaves either AAN Halloween SAL or Spangler's Trick or Treat. We'll see which one will come out to play!

Until next time, happy stitching everyone!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Mario page 13 finish!

Another page finish!!

Before:

After:

I had to go back so far to find that Before shot! It's incredible how long it has been - almost 4 years! It was a pretty quick stitch, though, and one more page done!

I don't have much of a life update. My toe isn't broken, thank goodness, but badly bruised. Much better now. The dog is still a menace. My first work day of being 30 I ripped my entire dress down the back sitting down in the car and had to run back into the house and change.

Tonight I start stitching on the next page of the Flapping Parrot. And so it goes on!

Happy Stitching, everyone!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Flapping Parrot page 5 finish!

I stitched so hard last night my needle broke!

Before:

After:

Next page will be a part of the actual parrot's head, so I'm very excited to see that, after which it will be four straight pages of nothing but background. I'm thinking of just doing two at a time after the next page but we'll see how I'm feeling. H³ has chosen Mario to be the next page finish! So time to pull that out and do some work on it for the first time in almost 4 years!

Besides that birthday in Vegas was fine. Vegas isn't really my kind of town, but I had no idea since I'd never been. Also, I really missed H³ while we were there (it was a girl's weekend) so I don't think I want to spend another birthday without him.

Thus begins another decade. Here's to 30 and everything that comes with it. Minus aging. None of that, now.

Happy stitching, everyone.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Flapping Parrot 11

I like this "photo every 10 hours" thing. Sometimes I don't get to stitch for a few days at a time and sometimes I get to stitch a lot so although my posts may be sporadic, there's always a consistent amount of progress to show!

Before:

After:

I'm thinking there will be a page finish very, very soon.

The last few weeks have been pretty busy. Last weekend we flew out to New England for a wedding. It was a bit of a whirlwind. We took a red-eye out of San Francisco Friday night and landed in New Jersey at 5:30am Saturday. Then we drove out to the Nyack, New York area to visit family and spent the night. Sunday morning we drove from New York, through Connecticut, and up Western Massachusetts almost to the Vermont border, attended the ceremony and reception, spent the night in Greenfield, then drove out to Boston and flew back Monday night. Back to work Tuesday. It was utter insanity and completely exhausting. We got in around midnight Tuesday morning and I was back at work 8am. Blegh.

I turn 30 in a few days and decided to do a Vegas trip with my girlfriends (it was H³'s idea, really), so I'm taking a few days off work. We get a free day off for our birthday the month of our birthday plus we all got a free extra day off work since we made Fortune magazine's 100 best places to work list. So, I get to go to Vegas and not actually use any PTO. Win! I've never been (stop laughing) but I'm looking forward to it.

I banged my foot up pretty bad this morning. We're waiting to see if I get any better and if I still have trouble walking tomorrow it's probably broken. But, of course, I'm using this as an excuse to be a stitching slug and hail mary the last couple of hundred stitches for a page finish. Probably not today... but soon, maybe!

Happy stitching, everyone!