Thursday, March 31, 2005
I have been stitching most of the day as this group has put me in the mood to get on with it. I have almost finished the ballerina I was stitching and I think that by next week I can move onto the back stitch. I haven't forgotten the Castle I will get round to it. At the moment though I have made a mistake and I just need to build up to going back to it.
Remember the cub I stitched for the little boy on Love Quilts? I finally got around to posting it out today. I still had a few months to send it off but it has been sitting finished for a while. I just kept forgetting to take it to the post office.
Eccleston Quits Dr Who
Anyway the BBC website has said that David Tennant is going to replace him in the second series. While it is good to hear that there is going to be one I have my doubts in who they have chosen. David Tennant is in the BBC3 Drama Casanova. I haven't watched it simply because the adverts alone irritate me. Again I hope I am proved wrong as I was with Billie Piper. I saw the trailer for the next episode and it looks good.
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Anyways, I just posted a message on a cross stitch group that I belong to about Stitch Alongs. I took part in one on the Yahoo group while I was stitching Celtic Christmas and really enjoyed it. I thought that taking part in another one might be fun. I thought that it would also help boost a group that seems to be flagging. It's the same old messages that are posted these days and I have to admit that for the past few months I have become bored and tempted to give up on the group. I really don't want to as I have enjoyed participating in the past. I guess it might have something to do with very little manager involvement for some time now. As well as that I thought it might be good for people who want to attempt larger projects but haven't had the courage to do so. With a sort of support network that might encourage them. I also thought that it might get people to try out projects that they wouldn't normally try out. I had thought that my round robins might help increase member involvement but sadly this hasn't happened. Most communication has been through email and the other members haven't seemed that interested in the outcome.
Speaking of round robin, I am finally organising my new one this week. I am really looking forward to this one as I enjoyed the bookmark exchange when I took part in that on the Yahoo group. There are very few of us and it looks like one person has dropped out. Hopefully that won't be a problem. It won't really affect the rest of us taking part. This week I am going to make up a questionnaire to send to the others. That way we get to know what we all like and dislike. It will just make it easier in choosing a design. I am also going to stick the answers in my Round Robin journal. And only a few months ago I said I wasn't going to organise another one.
Monday, March 28, 2005
Disney Crafts Magazine
I picked up my stitching again last week. I am back to stitching a little ballerina for Love Quilts. I have so many kits that I bought which are still sitting there. A lot of them I just bought because they are so cute and have no idea what I am going to do with them. I thought that it would be a good idea to stitch them up and send them in to love crafts. They take spare squares to make into emergency quilts or to go towards quilts which don't have enough squares. It means I get the pleasure of stitching them and a child gets the pleasure of a new quilt.
Sunday, March 27, 2005
New Doctor Who Episode 1
I'm not sure if I like the Doctor in this one. He is very different from all the others. More down to earth and knows a lot about earth culture. I suppose it is only natural since he is supposed to have spent so much time here. Rose wasn't quite as annoying as I thought she would be. Billie Piper really surprised me with that one. Also the new effects were good. It has definitely been modernised that way.
The story itself was okay. It was really just an intro. However, it was a little short and very little background. In the others there is usually a build up. The Doctor arrives, things begin to happen and the Doctor fixes it. This time the Doctor was already trying to fix things when he met Rose at the start. As I said it is an intro and I think the rest will be different. This one was more from Rose's point of view.
I am still going to hold back my over all judgment until I see more.
Saturday, March 26, 2005
The Artist's Way Week 1
Anyway, I have to say that having reached the end of my first week I am even more skeptical than I was when I started. I know that if I was so down on the idea I shouldn't have bought the book in the first place. To be honest though it turned out to be completely different from what I was expecting. I guess I was expecting some sort of lesson on creative writing or something like that. Regardless of what I expected I decided to stick with it anyway. It does say in the introduction that the most skeptical are usually the most successful with the course.
I did the morning pages which to be honest is just journal writing. I am used to doing that although I was more likely to write at night than first thing in the morning. I realise that the point is that if you write in these pages first thing in the morning it gets all the nagging and nonsense out your head and frees the rest of your day to be creative. I think though that there is something to be said about writing before you sleep at night. You go to bed with all these thoughts of what happened during the day in your head. Sometimes if it has been a pretty stressful day this makes it difficult to sleep. Writing about it often helps to get it out of your head and allows you to sleep. To me a good nights sleep is just as important but that is just my opinion.
I worked my way through the tasks. Some of which I found quite difficult to do. Things like writing a list of people or things that happened which suppressed your creativity. I couldn't really think of anything. I don't think that I received any criticism which stopped me from writing. I think that it is more me that has done that. My feelings of embarrassment and wanting to keep things to myself. This wasn't done to me by other people.
I did do my artist date though. I did a little shopping and then sat and watched some DVD's whilst playing around with some of my craft supplies.
So far I have done nothing towards my writing and it is my writing I want to improve or at least have the motivation to do something more about it. I will continue with the course though and see how I get on. You never know, this time next week I might be singing the books praises.
Doctor Who Is Back Tonight
In celebrations of this I am going to go through each Doctor and write which episodes were my favourites. I can't claim full credit for this as I got the idea from TimeWarden who has already done this.
The first Doctor. I have to say that my favourite story is "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" with "The Aztecs" coming a close second. I am more likely to chose a Dalek story just because they scared me so much. I have a soft spot for the Daleks and was pleased that they will be making a return in the new series. It's as I have grown older that I began to appreciate the first Doctor. When I was younger I wasn't really a fan and would never have enjoyed the Aztecs.
The second Doctor I tool to straight away probably because he looked like such a comical figure. My favourite story has to be "War Games" which I would love to see out on DVD. I'm not sure what it is about that one that I like. It just felt a little different to all the rest and I think it was the first one that the Doctor goes back to his home planet. I was also a huge fan of Jamie and Zoe as his sidekicks.
To be honest I'm still not that big a fan of the third Doctor. I don't dislike him but I prefer the others. My favourite story is "The Curse of Peladon". I don't know why except that I took to it when I was little. I guess it might have been because for once the Ice Warriors were on the side of good. What is more surprising is that Jo Grant was also one of my least favourite assistants.
The fourth Doctor is my favourite out of them all. I loved the humour and some of my favourite scenes are with him and Harry. I always thought it was a shame that Harry wasn't there for more stories. They could have used that banter between the Doctor and Harry. My favourite story is "The genesis of the Daleks". It has Harry and the Daleks, what more could you ask for. Actually, "The Robots of Death" comes along side this one as a favourite. I always remember my sister and I pretending we were the Robots.
The fifth Doctor I liked too. The fact that he was younger than the rest and he did have his comedy moments. "Earthshock" is my favourite simply because we lose the assistant Adric. One of the most irritating people on television.
Not a huge fan of the sixth Doctor. I don't really have a favourite episode. If I had to chose then probably "Vengeance on Varos".
I loved the seventh Doctor and I think it is a shame that not many people appreciate him. I know a lot of people who think that those last few seasons weren't so good because of him. However, I think he did a good job with the material he was given and I think it was a shame that he wasn't used to his full potential. My favourite story here is "Remembrance of the Daleks". I know that a lot of people argue that most of that one contradicts the Dalek history. However, this had the episode that saw the Daleks climbing up stairs. When I was little and scared of them the stairs was the one thing that made me feel better and all of a sudden they could climb them.
That's it then. To be honest this changes all the time depending what mood I am in. But for now those are my favourites.
Friday, March 25, 2005
Anyway. Poor Mr Incredible lives his life in the past. Life is dull without being a superhero and his need to go back to those times lands him in a lot of trouble. I will say that I guessed most of the story from the start but it was still good. It really was funny and I loved Samuel L Jackson's character. Finding Nemo was better but not by much.
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Lost In Time
Lastly I bought "The Incredibles" on DVD which I plan to watch tonight. I didn't get the chance to see it at the cinema so I am really looking forward to it. I'm not worried that I might not enjoy it as I love most animation.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
I was flicking through a crafts magazine when I spotted an advert at the back for a internet based crafts store. I have seen this advert many times and have always meant to have a look at the website but never quite got round to it. This time I spotted something that I had to check out straight away. A Kermit cross stitch kit! Not only that, when I got onto the site I saw that you can also get Fozzy and Miss Piggy. You have no idea how excited I was when I saw them. I am not completely greedy though. I plan to get the Kermit one only for myself. I am going to get Fozzy to make for my sister and Miss Piggy for my best friend who adores her. If they did Gonzo and Animal it would be perfect. Actually perfect would be a cross stitch kit with all the characters. You never know they might come later.
Monday, March 21, 2005
Page (Protector of the Small) by Tamora Pierce
Another simple storyline which seemed to fly through three years with nothing major occurring. Obviously the next two books are going to carry the bulk of it.
As already mentioned, nothing particularly stood out. It was an enjoyable read if you want something simple and quick. It is disappointing compared to the authors last books. However, the fact that it is meant to be a children's book should be taken into consideration.
The Well of Lost Plots by Jaspor Fforde
This is the third book in Ffordes Thursday Next series. There are really no words to describe how good they are. The story is fun. However, for those who are book people you will get a kick out of recognising so many characters from other novels. Thanks to this book there are so many others I want to read that I wouldn't normally such as "Alices Adventures in Wonderland" and "The Wind In The Willows".
I would highly recommend it. As I already said it is a fun read and you might find yourself reading other books as a result.
Sunday, March 20, 2005
Update and Julia Cameron
No craft updates. The round robin is still the last thing I worked on. I will have to organise the bookmark round robin at some point this week. I need a few ideas for that one. Because there are so few of us it makes it more difficult. I think what I will do is have us stitch a book mark for a different person each month. I want to involve the round robin journal in some way though and I have to think about that too.
I am doing another course. This one I have taken from a book called "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron. It is supposed to help increase or improve your creative self. I am a little skeptical about it after reading the introduction but I thought I would give it a go anyway.
More importantly I missed Dr Who night as I was so tired. I didn't even realise it was on. Very disappointed. I will have to remember to watch the new episode next week. I am actually looking forward to it now despite Billie Piper.
Monday, March 07, 2005
First Test (Protector of the Small) by Tamora Pierce
A good start to another children's fantasy series. A lot of the characters from her other stories made an appearance but only as part of the background. The plot started out much the same as the others and I was worried that it would continue that way. The main character has one difference from the other leading females in that she has no magical abilities. This could prove to be a good thing as it will make this story line a little different.
The plot was fairly simple. So far no huge enemy has come into it. It is only book one and it could be that it is only being used as an introduction to a new character. An easy plot to read which so far isn't quite as good as the Lioness or Immortals series.
Sunday, March 06, 2005
Round Robin Piece Finished
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
Out of Touch
Finding out about this made me buy the Doctor Who magazine although I don't want to read such about the new show as I don't want it spoiled for me (who ever said I was logical). I also decided to buy SFX since Doctor Who was displayed on the cover. I haven't bought this one in such a long time. I was put off because I was sick of seeing Buffy or Angel on the front and so stopped buying it. Glad I picked it up again. What I did discover from this is that there is going to be a "Fantastic Four" movie. I didn't realise that. I used to love the cartoon as a kid so I will probably go along to see that when it is out. There were lots of other things too such as I didn't know that Jack Black was going to be in "King Kong". It's amazing how these things happen. You stop paying attention for just a little while and miss out on so much news.
A few weeks ago I made yet another discovery but this was more about myself. I watched a few episodes of Andromeda and actually liked it. It was one of those shows that I never got round to watching. The episodes I watched were in the middle of a series (which one I couldn't tell you) so I was confused. I still enjoyed it though. I even considered buying the DVDs if they did a boxset but they only appear to be available in volumes.
Other than realising I am missing out on so much news I have been studying hard. Leading a pretty boring life at the moment.