Sunday, February 20, 2005
I have done virtually no crafts this week. I made a start on a ballerina square for any child at love quilts. That's it. I have been working too hard to do much of that or to do much reading. My studying is going very well.
I like this whole idea that at the end of each days studying you write a little plan of what you want to do the next day. At the start of each week you also write a little list of what you want to achieve. The study guide book recommends that you do a little each day even if it means you can only look over some of what you looked at the previous day. So far I have been able to keep up with what I want to get done. Mind you it is only the first week so I'll have to see if I keep this up. Breaking it into smaller blocks though does make it feel more achievable. On my days off I will spend a larger block of time studying. Which I did yesterday. I am also using the books I bought before I signed up for the course. One or two of them are quite good at building up vocabulary and learning grammar. With any luck I will get a good mark for this course.
Friday, February 11, 2005
Actually Picked Up Books
Yes I actually picked up my books last night and started studying. This after months of saying, I'll get round to it. I looked through the study guide for learning languages. I was surprised to find that it was actually really good. I thought that it was going to be the same thing you always get at university or even college. But this actually had a lot of useful ideas. Quite a few of which I had never come across before. I took a note of some of the ones that really appealed to me and will make a point of trying them out. One of the suggestions is something that I had wanted to do anyway but just don't know how to go about it. It suggested that you meet up with someone, a friend or family member, who is at the same level as you so you can practice. Unfortunately I don't know anyone who is studying. That's a lie I know a few people who are studying languages but sadly not the same one as me. I guess I will just have to work my way through it myself at the moment. Maybe I will find someone later on. As I get better I would also like a pen pal I could write to in French. Just to help me practice. It would also keep me going between courses. There is a CD ROM I am going to get to. It might come in handy since I love spending time on the computer.
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
I worked hard on Sunday and got my friends scarf finished
. I am thinking of rolling it up and then tying it with blue ribbon before I wrap it. You know, the way you sometimes get your face clothes. Her birthday isn't until the end of the year but I like to plan these things. Yes, I know I really do need to stop doing that!
It's weird not having another project unless you count the Easter card. Which I have a few ideas for scribbled down but nothing definite yet. I have a little drawing of a chick that I have decided to use. My sister actually thought it was from a stamp which convinced me to use it. I am thinking of using some stitching within the design of the card.
As for my knitting, I am going to take a little break from that. In the next few months I will buy the wool I need to make a bag that I got a pattern for from Stitch n Bitch
. It's really sweet although I don't know if I would be able to use it here because of the horrible weather.
I am still reading but just very slowly. Nothing much to report there.
Monday, February 07, 2005
Card competition and new round robin
I saw in one for the card magazines I buy that there is a competition for all sorts of card making goodies. You have to design your own Easter card to be in with a chance of winning. I thought that I might as well give it a go since I have nothing to lose. I went out and got some supplies today and will spend tonight coming up with some ideas. It was also the excuse
I needed to begin an ideas journal. I already have a scrapbook which I used to paste in photos of completed projects and write a little about them. I had been wondering if I should use the same notebook to write up any ideas I have. I decided not to and just get a separate one. That way I can scribble away without ruining it. I don't think I have much of a chance of winning since some of the cards I have seen people send in are pretty amazing. It will be good practice though and will give me the chance to try my hand at making cards for different events.
I am also thinking of starting a new round robin. I know I said I wouldn't since I had far too much on. However a new member to the cross stitch group said that she would like to take part in a small round robin since she is new to it. She gave the bookmark one as an example. Having taken part in a bookmark exchange before I thought this was a good idea. I have left a message for people to sign up for it should they wish to. Also the fact that it is smaller means that I don't have to worry too much about finding time to do it. I hope I get enough of a response.
Saturday, February 05, 2005
Mothers Day Card
Before I go on to the Mother's Day Card I'll give you an update on my The Castle
. It finally feels as though I am getting somewhere with the rocks. Not only are they taking shape but the gaps are filling in. I think what is taking so long is that there is so many colour changes. It makes it a little tedious to stitch. With any luck in the next week or so I will be able to post a picture of the design finished (before the backstitch that is).
I am a little early with a Mother's day card. Although it is a month to go some of the magazines I buy are giving ideas and some freebies to create your own cards. I decided to make use of some of those freebies to make one for my mum
. I seem to have a thing for blue and yellow just now but it just happened to be the colours I had at hand. I think I need to stock up on some new colours. Anyway, this one is a little different from my other cards because it opens up like an accordion. I also used the calligraphy I have been practicing to write in the middle.
No more crafts today though. I have to get some studying done.
Round Robin back
I got my piece in the round robin back today. That means everyone has their own piece now. All the messages I have had from everyone have been positive. It sounds like everyone has enjoyed taking part and liked the end result. I have to say that I was impressed with what they stitched on mine. All the designs are very sweet and beautifully stitched. In the first square I stitched I had mentioned that I had used metallic thread to brighten the design up a little. The others decided to follow that theme and used metallic threat in parts of their stitching. I really like the outcome. Because one member pulled out just after I had thought out the measurements of the squares I had decided that we could all stitch the last square ourselves. A few of the members mentioned that they had set up friends to stitch their last one. I thought that this was such a good idea and have asked my mum to stitch in my last one. After that I will have to do a border before I can post a picture.
I can't believe that I began this over a year ago and now it is almost over. The time went in so fast! I have to admit that I am have tempted to start planning another one. Realistically though I know I won't have the time to do all that.