Thursday, March 31, 2005

 

Stitching Group

I have joined a new stitching group. I haven't abandoned the old one as there are still things about that one I prefer and also there are a few people I know there. This new one though is a lot more active. There is also more going on in terms of exchanges or round robins. I have already put myself forward for one exchange. This one involves making coasters. It's a new one so I am looking forward to it. They also talk about lots of other things and lots of other crafts unlike the older group. Because there are so many people on it there is a wider range of things people are stitching.

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

Christopher Eccleston has decided that he isn't going to do a second series of Dr Who. He has said that he doesn't want to be type cast and so isn't going to do any more. I have a feeling that he might have said this from the start. However, if he was worried about that he shouldn't have taken on the role in the first place. It's not as if he couldn't go into other things once he did finish. Unless of course he wants to make it in movies.

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

 

Stitch Alongs

Blog spot is acting up again. The past two days I have had to rewrite messages and then post them again. It is getting a little annoying. I am now thinking of changing to new blog space.

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

There is a new Disney crafting mag that is out and I am in love with. I love Disney but I'm not a huge fan of Winnie the Pooh which is all you seem to see in the cross stitch magazines. It gets a little annoying after a while. Anyways, I bought this magazine (which I have to admit does have a free Winnie the Pooh Kit) not really expecting much. I really just bought it for the Belle paper card design. It's pretty good though and has some cross stitch, rug making as well as paper crafts. It had designs from Monsters Inc, Toy Story and Bambi. I was very impressed with it and a lot of these would make great gifts for my friends. They all like some form of Disney and this seems to cover more than old Winnie. For this reason I would recommend it and I am going to look out for all future issues.

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

At the moment I am not entirely sure what to think about the new episode. I have to say that when the opening credits came on I did get excited. So many people have been talking about this moment. I'm not just talking about friends. The other day there was a young family on and the kids were talking about watching Doctor Who and wandering if it would be scary.

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

Okay, I have reached the end of week one of this course. I was supposed to have started it the week before but to be honest I was far to busy with work to even think about starting it then.

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

Yep. It is finally here. After so many months of waiting and years of wandering whether it would happen tonight brings the first episode to the new series. I have probably said this already but despite my reservations about Billie (She is even annoying in the ad) I am very much looking forward to it. I am going to watch it with an open mind and try not compare it to the new series too much.

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

 

The Incredibles

I watched this last night. My only disappointment in the film is that I didn't get to see it at the cinema. Watching it I could tell that it would have been brilliant to see on the large screen. That didn't stop me from enjoying it though. I liked the start of the story line. It sounds like something that probably would happen. Super hero's are sued for saving people who didn't want to be saved. Then more begin to sue for damages inflicted whilst being saved. You would think that it wouldn't happen but it does. First aiders are no longer allowed to resuscitate for fear of being sued. Damage can be done to the ribs and people have sued over this.

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

I bought a few DVD's today. One of which was the Doctor Who DVD "Lost In Time". I have been wanting this DVD for so long that when I saw it I couldn't help but treat myself. It is basically three discs of episodes that went missing from the first and second doctor episodes. The rest of those episodes are still missing but they have put the ones found into a collection. So far I have watched all the ones from "The Crusade". That one I know the story line to because I read it not that long ago on the BBC website. I have to admit that the episodes I am looking forward to are ones from missing Dalek stories and ones from a Cyberman story called "Moonbase". I don't know when I am going to find the time to watch them all but I am looking forward to it. I also bought another Doctor Who DVD called "The Mind Robber". This one again involves the second Doctor. I have to admit that I didn't really like the start but the rest I enjoyed (I haven't watched it yet, this is just my memories from the video). I love most stories involving the second Doctor so I am looking forward to a quiet day to myself where I can watch these. Not forgetting that I also have the new series to look forward to.

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 WANT........

People who know me know that I am a huge muppets fan. I own all the DVD's including the DVD boxset of the muppet show which was exclusive to HMV. I usually get something to do with the muppets for my Christmas (this year it was Kermit knickers).

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

This is the second book in the series and still there is nothing that stands out. Kel goes through her last three years as a page. In that time she becomes a young woman, realises feelings for her best friend who doesn't share them and overcomes her greatest fear. Her biggest enemy seems to be prejudice which she is slowly defeating.

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

Thursday Next is hiding in a book within the well of lost plots. She plans to have her baby in a book that is in danger of shutting sown before going back into outland to bring back her husband who has been erased from time. First though she has to remember her husband, stand trial for changing the ending of Jane Eyre and become a full Jurisfiction agent. Along the way she meets triffids, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, helps give rage counseling to the characters of "withering Heights" and uncovers a plan to kill her mentor Miss Havisham.

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

I finished a few books over the last week or so. I am going to do book reviews for a couple of them and will write them here. There are so many books that I want to read just now. Nothing new there then. I just don't have the money to buy them all unfortunately. I am sure I will work my way to them eventually.

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

This book is set some time after the Lioness and the Immortals Quartet and is set in the same world. Since the Lioness became a Knight, knighthood was opened up to girls. Kel is the first girl to request a place as a page. However, Wylden who is in charge of their training objects and only finally agrees to a girl page if she is given one years probation. Kel also has to overcome bias from her class mates, bullies and her own fears.

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

A while back I mentioned that I got my round robin piece sent out to me. I got my mum to fill in the last square. She did this very quickly and with a beautiful angel design. I finally got round to stitching the border and so it is now complete. I didn't want to do anything that was too time consuming since I have been so busy of late. I also didn't want to do too much as I wanted the Christmas designs to stand out. I decided to just stitch holly in each corner of the designs. I then took out the black thread which I had used as a guide for the other stitchers. I am really pleased with the way it turned out. I can't be happier with the everyone else's work. The designs are so cute. I can't wait to get it framed so that I can hang it up at Christmas. I just hope everyone else is as pleased with theirs.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

 

Out of Touch

I haven't paid much attention to science fiction news. Two days ago was the first I had heard about there being a "Doctor Who Confidential" starting at the time of the series on BBC3. This is basically going to be a documentary running along side the show. I think it is quite a good idea. A lot of people might get more interested in it if they see what is happening behind the scenes. I think that building up a fan base will be a challenge for the show. They are going to have to win over old fans and collect new ones. I think the documentary series might go some way towards helping this.

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.

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