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Monday, June 6, 2011

Good progress, with many things

     Yesterday was the first SAL day for the Chocoholic Cross Stitchers Holy SAL, and the first time I participated in the 2muchXS UFO SAL.  I'm doing the same piece for both (luckily, as they're on the same day).  It's a Sandy Orton chart called Portrait of Christ.  I hate all the brown in it (I'm making it for my mom) and the fabby is horrible.  It's DMC, and I trusted them because of their floss, so I didn't feel the linen.  It's horribly scratchy.  And it seems like the holes are huge!!  I haven't worked on it in a long while because of this.  BUT...  I got it out yesterday for the SALs as I really need to get it finished before my mom dies!  Low and behold (and I don't know WHY I didn't think of it before this) it was great.  I enjoyed it <gasp> and I attribute it all to Chris.  This is the first time I've worked on Jesus with a Q snap huggie, and it made it so much easier to work on without the scratchiness!!  I was soooooo happy!  Pics are here (before yesterday) and here (at the end of the day).
     And speaking of Chris, she's super fast.  I ordered some more Q snap huggies from her last week, and I already have them.  She made them up the same day (I think it was Wed) and then I had to find the invoice to pay her.  Finally found it Thursday night, and paid her through Paypal.  I got them today.  They're wonderful.  I uploaded photos of everything that came in the package except the business cards, lol.  The back had a cute sticker on it, and I uploaded a pic of that too.  And (bad Chris, BAD) she sent me another chart.  It's a cat, of course (thank God she seems to be done sending me underwear things, lol) and it's a Dimensions kit.  Blends, multicolored chart, the whole nine yards.  It's darling, and of course I want to start it.  But I'm not gonna!!!  Not until a spot opens up in my rotation, which shouldn't take too long.  It's a bunch of cats out fishing (one is even smoking  a cig, lol) and it's called Catch of the Day.  It's been on my Dimensions wishlist for a while.  Thanks Chris, both for the little extra and for being so fast and keeping me informed.  Sorry about the numbers problem!!  (I told her upfront I needed ten Q snap huggies, then ordered eleven.  Then I had to explain to her that I don't count well.  I even said I frog a lot.  I was afraid she would find some froggy fabby and make me a huggy out of that, lol.  I'm sure that would just draw them in!!!!)  Anyways, if you want to see them, pics are here.
     In other news, I've kitted up a new design, and purchased another one.  I think I'm Vicki's best customer, lol.  I was talking to her and she mentioned having to pay shipping to So and Sew for one pack of beads.  So I subsidized her shipping (LOL, sounds official, doesn't it) by purchasing Aurora.  I've loved this ever since I saw it and have been wanting it for a long time.  It will go in Marguerite's space when I finish it.  Or Rosa, whichever comes first.  I'm so excited to pick floss for it.  I have fabby already picked out.  I have (again, from my friend Dawn, who loves her hand dyed fabbies) a fat quarter of 28 count Lugana in Seamist from Heaven Lee Creations (The Blended Needle).  It's gorgeous, and next I need to find floss for it.  I just can't wait.  I love to kit up Vicki's charts as I pick different colors of fabby and floss.  I absolutely love variegated floss, but I can't use it in most of my cross stitch.  So, I use it in Hardanger.  Which just gives Vicki fits as I use six stranded floss instead of Perles, and she says I should use Perles for hardanger.  But Vicki, I LOVE my six stranded flossies!!!!!!  Anyways, if you want to see Aurora, you can go to Vicki's site, here.  And the one I kitted up is called Cattitude.  I saw it on someone's blog and just loved it.  So I'm gonna work on that after I finish the meerkat piece.  I will probably get to it before the rotation starts though, and it will fill the meerkat spot in my rotation as that piece is going fast.  I have gotten a good start on the kitten, and all the bsing is done on the words and the meerkat.  So I'm happy with it.  If you want to see Cattitude, you can go here.
     I've been so busy reading emails and blogs and stitching and reading lately, it's amazing I have time to eat!!!  Unfortunately, I got my webcam working yesterday and now my auto play window doesn't come up for my other camera.  I'm deciding if I want to do a System Restore or just snag pics the old fashioned way!  Drag and drop works, but it's a pain, so we shall see... 
     I think that's about it for me these last few days.  Oh, one more thing, and it's quite funny.  I was speaking to my mom the other day about a hooked rug, and referred to, "my hooker friend Alice..."  My mom was like, "YOU KNOW A PROSTITUTE???????"  I had to laugh at that.  I just assumed she would know when I'm talking about hooking a rug that I mean a rug hooker.  It was cute.  Of course, she knows I'm extremely open minded, and I'm sure she would disapprove of a real hooker friendship, lol.
  Hope you're all having a good day today!!!


Margaret said...

Lots of stitching and stashing going on with you! lol about the hooker friend. It does sound suspicious! :D

Gabi said...

Still giggling here about your hooker friend. Too funny.
Good on you that you found a solution for the scratchy fabric.
Great new stash and the huggies look good too.

mdgtjulie said...

I've been doing a lot of stashing lately. It's because I'm depressed. I always buy more when I am. It's just that I'm missing my dad, who died in December. So it's been rough!! It's a perfect example of my foot in mouth disease. It doesn't matter what I'm doing, I can always find time to stick my foot in my mouth. It's because I don't think about how things are gonna sound before I say them!!! Thanks Gabi. I'm so pleased with the huggies, and with the fact that I solved my problem with the scratchy fabby. I can't believe I didn't think of it before!!!!!

Tama said...

Wow, you have been busy! Everything looks splendid :D

mdgtjulie said...

Thanks Tama. I'm pretty happy with the way things are going!!

Sally said...

Good luck with the SAL Julie. You've been busy :)

mdgtjulie said...

Thanks Sally. I can use all the help I can get, lol. I have been busy. I could use a couple more hours in the day, lol. Thanks for the lovely comment!!! Hope you're doing well.