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Monday, July 25, 2011

Last Astral Lion update for the year

     I updated Astral Lion again.  It will be the last update for this year, if my calculations are correct.  I really am impressed with how much I got done on it.  More than half the current page, whoo hoo.  Progress is here, for those who want to see.  It was really fun working on this, even with all the yellow and brown.  (Usually, I HATE yellow and brown, but I just recently decided to do Avarice with the other deadly sins, as she is too pretty to skip.  And she's almost all yellow and brown.  Huh...)
     Anyways, today is Sunday, and as such, I worked on Jesus.  When I talked to mom, I told her I was working on Midnight Hunting (my next rotation piece, for tomorrow) because so far, I've kept the fact that I've been working on Jesus from her.  And speaking of Jesus, usually I call him cursed Jesus, as the project is cursed.  Today, I changed it though.  Today, he was creepy Jesus.  I put the eyes in, and boy did they look weird!!!  I'll take a pic at the end of the day, and hopefully, they'll look fairly normal by then.  I was quite peeved that there is a color in this chart which has one and a quarter stitches.  In the whole chart, people!!  I really could do without that color, ya know?  I bought a whole skein for one and a quarter stitches.  Geez, REALLY?!?  Crazy.  Anyways, when I finish up the last of Jesus, I'll upload a pic.  Probably tomorrow or Tuesday.
     I'm a little worried about Midnight Hunting frustrating the crap out of me.  It has a lot of fractional stitches, which make it really challenging.  I'm hoping it will be challenging in a good way, as I need to get some good progress in on it.  I've barely done anything but border!  So I need to get cranking on it.  Hopefully, it will go well for the next two weeks, and I'll have lots of progress to look back over.  It has a small spot, about half an inch from the border, where the needle I was using must have gotten wet.  It left a rust stain on it.  I'll try and get it out when I wash it at the end, but I think I'm just gonna have to mat close to the border on this one.
     I've spent some time talking to Rosa today.  She is doing all right.  She has to go to a funeral tomorrow, for a friend of hers.  I'm hoping it doesn't upset her, as she's still a bit fragile.  If you're so inclined, a few prayers would help.  TIA!
     And lastly, I got my exchange from Dawn Monday, and opened it Saturday.  It makes me glad I haven't sent mine yet, as she over bought, and I feel the need to compensate!!  Pics are uploaded here, if you want to see what she sent.  So now I have lots of crafty things to put away.  I love everything, and I"m so excited (especially about the floss).
    I've also got a heads up for some of you.  She's not for everybody, and there is a lot of bad language, but for those that don't mind, Jenny Lawson's blog is hilarious.  She just has a unique way of looking at the world.  You can see her blog at  I find it sooooooooo funny.
     That's it for today.  Hope y'all had a good weekend!!


SoCal Debbie said...

That's crazy that your chart has a color with 1-1/4 stitches! What a waste. I'm looking forward to seeing the creepy eyes on Jesus! LoL...

♥ Nia said...

Oh my!! That's a very big project!! :p

Tama said...

Nice progress on the Lion!
I want to see those creepy eyes :D
Very nice stash-haul you got, too. I really like the cute kit.

mdgtjulie said...

LOL, Debbie, I should have taken a pic when they were still creepy. Now they're not nearly as creepy. It was just weird looking seeing the pupils and a tiny bit of color. Creepy!! And I hope I use that color for something else someday, or I'll be peeved! Um, which project, Nia? Jesus is actually small for me at about eight by ten. Midnight Hunting is about twenty by twenty, and Astral Lion is fourteen by seventeen or so, so those are normal for me. I do too Tama. I think everyone who knows me knows I like realistic kitty charts. I also like the Britty Kitties, but I don't have any of them. So whenever I do an exchange, I invariably get a kitty chart or kit, lol.

Angie said...

thoughts to Rosa.

mdgtjulie said...

Thanks Sierra, and thoughts to you too. I really hope you're feeling better!!! Off to check out your newest update!

Jennifer M. said...


Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. :D Your stitching looks great. Looks like you had an awesome exchange! Such nice goodies your swap partner sent you.

By the way, if you want to follow another hilarious blog, go to this one:

Joann is hilarious. Her posts are witty and sarcastic. She cracks me up every time she posts. Let me know what you think.

Jen :)

mdgtjulie said...

I almost always leave a comment, lol. It's because I love to talk!! Yes, it was an awesome exchange. She really spoiled me! I'm gonna go check out that blog, and I'll be sure and let you know what I think.

Sally said...

Wow what a fantastic exchange! Lovely progress on Astral Lion.

OK I want to see Creepy Jesus lol! I used to stitch Lavender and Lace angels and couldn't stand to stitch the faces and have them looking at me while I was still stitching lol!

Joysze said...

Astral Lion is looking great, Julie.

Hmm... by chance is that 1 1/2 stitch for the light in His eye? Sometimes they do stuff like that in charts.

Yes Dear definitely loved your exchange... I think he was eyeing some stuff for himself. ;)

mdgtjulie said...

LOL, Sally, I don't mind eyes and faces looking at me. It's never bothered me at all. I know some people who hate it too, so you're not alone. Thanks for the compliments, too. Thanks Joysze. Yes, lol, it is in his eye. She, SHE, jeez, you're gonna give her a complex, lol. She would love to have some of the things as toys. Because everything in my house is her toy, lol.

Pumpkin said...

Great progress Julie!

mdgtjulie said...

Thanks, Pumpkin. I'm happy with it.