Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Cross Stitch Frenzy
I was going to go straight on to stitching the next one but thought I should really stitch the next book mark for the round robin I organised. A while ago I ordered some Popcorn Bear bookmark kits and I decided to use one of them. The person I am to stitch for next is a huge Tatty Ted fan and I thought she might find this little bear equally cute. As you can see I finished it fairly quickly.
Then last night I couldn't sleep and I remembered the little Dr Who keyring I had designed but hadn't finished. I hunted it out and it turned out that all I had left to do was the back stitch. I finished it off pretty quickly and now all I need to do is send it off to my friend. I know it is slightly different from the TARDIS but I had to make a few changes so that it would fit into a smaller size. I'm sure my friend will like it though. I was going to have 'Police Box' written at the top but the design was too small for me to fit it in so I decided it was best to leave it.
Anyway, I have started on the next Harry Potter bookmark and this one is for Hufflepuff. I don't think I will finish this one quite as quickly as I have work. Also I have ran out of black thread so I wouldn't be able to finish it anyway.
I've rather enjoyed stitching these small designs. Maybe it's just the larger ones I am fed up doing.
Sunday, May 29, 2005
I received my coaster from the coaster exchange this week. I love it! I don't know who has stitched it yet as names have yet to be revealed. I also can't post the one that I made yet as I the person I made it for has still to receive it. I absolutely love my new coaster though and have begun using it straight away. The lovely card was made by the persons daughter. She said that her daughter really wanted to make the card. I thought that was very sweet and something I will hang on to (not that I wouldn't have anyway but this just makes it more sentimental).
I still have some book reviews for you and I promise to have them posted soon.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Anyway, because of the small gap I have a few book reviews to do which I will soon. A few different ones than my usual. Two are non fiction. One of those is a crafts book so maybe not that unusual.
I'm back into my stitching. At the moment I am stitching a little kit of Alice from Angelina Ballerina. I bought this kit at my first crafts fair a couple of years ago so it is about time I got round to stitching her. I will probably finish her this week. Providing of course that I don't get side tracked by something else. I am also going to finish stitching something I started a while ago, put away and haven't looked at again. Not the castle. I'll give more on that once I have finished it.
Tomorrow I am going to try my hand at making something from my muppets crafts books. I haven't quite decided what yet though. Tonight my homework will be to look through it and decide what to do. In the morning I am going to go shopping for anything I need.
I am also going paper shopping for the paper swap. I group of us are going to swap sheets of paper. It will be interesting to see what everyone gets since we are from all over the world. I know it's supposed to be from our own paper supplies but I would like to see if I can send along something a little unusual.
Lets of course not forget the new Doctor Who which I am still watching and am very caught up in it. More on that later.
Anyway that's about as exciting as my life gets just now. I will post again soon.
Sunday, May 15, 2005
I was going to have a grumble about work but I just can't get the words. I like to keep my blog a completely separate thing from work and maybe that is why I am having trouble finding the words. I love my job though. The problem is really just one person who is making things difficult. I'm not going to say any more on it. I can't without going into detail.
I gave up on the artists way which is why there have been no updates. Last week I went to read the next chapter and I just got sick of it. I hate all this mention of God. The start of the book mentioned that you could replace God with something relevant to you but the further into the book you get the harder that is. It got to the stage where I wanted to actually through the book straight across the room. My love of books would never allow me to do that but I almost did. Instead I felt that it was time to call it a day. I don't think it was really helping and I don't really know what I was expecting to get it out of it anyway. There are a few other books out there about journaling. I think I will go and find one of them that might be more relevant or interesting. I think that with the artists way I just liked the idea of it more than anything else. I will admit that it could work for others but it just wasn't for me.
What I really need is a crafts project. I haven't went this long with nothing to work on in a long time. I have my scrapbook which I just can't seem to get back to and my cross stitch which I just don't want to pick up. I do actually want to get back to my scrapbook. It's just finding the motivation to pull all my things out. Maybe I will do some tonight.
Monday, May 09, 2005
Writing and a grumble
My grumble is my email. I am having to change it thanks to these stupid messages that I have been getting and haven't been able to do much about. I started getting replies in my junk mail filter to messages I had never sent a few days ago. I'm talking about 20 at a time. Then I also started getting those automated messages that you get when an email you send fails to send. Again for messages I didn't send. However, this wasn't a hoax message since it wasn't in my junkmail and it was my email address that was listed. Basically my email address is being used to send out I don't know what. I don't know how to fix it so I have to change my email account and then eventually shut that one down. It has taken me an hour this morning to do this and email everyone. And it means I have to register again with a few sites. It's more infuriating than anything else. I would also like to know what it is I am supposed to be emailing. I can't open the replies because they all have attachments and I don't want a virus. Guess I'll just have to live in ignorance.
Sunday, May 08, 2005
I guess lots of people felt the same way because voting was down again this year. If I had another option on the voting card I would have taken it but not voting isn't something I would even consider. For a start I would never hear the end of it at home. I would get the whole "People died to earn you the right to vote" and it would be true but I don't want to have to listen to the rant (I know it off by heart now). Besides I feel myself that by not voting I would be saying I don't care what happens and I am giving up my right to complain. I can understand why some people make a deliberate choice not to and I wouldn't lecture them on it but for me there is no other choice.
Anyway, not happy with the results but I really wasn't expecting anything else.
Saturday, May 07, 2005
Some Random things
I have no craft project to work on just now and it is driving me up the wall. I have my letters which I am going to finish today. I have some postcards to make but nothing to truly get me excited about. I could pick up my cross stitching and finish The Castle but I'm really not in the mood. It's getting to the stage where I wonder if I will pick it up again.
I am now reading "Oracle Night" by Paul Auster. Only a few pages into it but so far I am liking it better than "The New York Trilogy". So far it is about a writer recovering from an illness that nearly killed him. He buys a notebook and decides after months to pick up his pen again. I had it in my head when I bought this one that it was set in San Francisco. It was one of the reasons I bought it and one of the reasons I picked it up last night. I wanted a reminder of my holiday. San Francisco is written on the back cover but it is a review by the San Francisco Chronicle. The blurb clearly mentions that it is set in New York. It took me about 5 seconds to get over the disappointment as the story sucked me in. I am glad that I decided to pick it up. It saved me half an hour of looking at my pile of books and wondering what to read next.
Friday, May 06, 2005
Knit Knack Kit by Kris Percival
I was disappointed with the patterns though. They just weren't quite what I expected. I think that after seeing "Stitch N Bitch" I was expecting lots of quirky designs. There were some nice ones but mostly they were everyday patterns. I did knit the little bookmark though which took me about five minutes. I'm not going to bother posting a picture of it as it really isn't that big or detailed.
Postsecret and other swaps
I have also signed up for a journal round robin. The organizer sends round a journal and we all contribute to some of the pages. I know that I said before that if I was going to do something like that I would rather we all send out journals so that we can all get something out of it. In this case though I have too much on and I am happy to just contribute to the pages of someone's else's journal. I can always scan in the pages I made so that I have a copy of them.
The penpal swap is proving more difficult than I thought. I am just having difficulty in coming up with anything creative. I decided just to write a normal letter and decorate it as I go along. Not very exciting but at least they will be finished in time. I am trying to keep the letters up beat so hopefully this will help. I am hoping to have them finished and ready to post for tomorrow.
Monday, May 02, 2005
Artists Way Wk4
The thing that really annoyed me was that I was also expected to deprive myself of reading for a week. This would have meant no books, no email, no internet, no text messages, no magazines. It is not unusual for people to get angry or annoyed when asked to do this and who can blame them. I get a lot of my inspiration through reading. I know my book reading has slowed down considerably over the past month or so but I still need to read at least a little every day. Also I don't think that I can go without the internet for such an extended period of time. Too many things being organised just now. Obviously if I was on holiday it would have been different but even then I would still be reading other things. Also email and texting is the way I keep in touch with my friends just now. I don't get to see them as often as I would like and this way I actually get to hear from them. So no I wasn't about to do this. I did carry out all the other tasks though and I will be doing the ones for this week as they don't seem to make unreasonable demands.
Doctor Who Ep6
Never thought I would feel sorry for a Dalek. Now alone in the world thanks to a time war with the Time Lords (also explains what happened to the Daleks) it panics. It needs orders and is willing to wait or destroy until it gets them.
Personally I don't think that this will be the end to the Daleks. I think that they will come back in another episode. How I don't know. Maybe I just don't want to admit that there will be no more stories with them. Another famous enemy of the Doctor also made an appearance, even if it was only a small one. The head of a Cyberman was also found in the collection.
Not sure what next weeks episode is about but I'm sure that it will be a good one.
Sunday, May 01, 2005
Penpal Swap on Cratster
I know the important thing is to also enjoy it and I think I will as soon as I can think of something creative. Once I do that I usually get into the swing of things and go all obsessive until I am finished. A bit like the way I was with making my journal. If this works out I will definitely be taking part in more swaps.