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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

My Progress and IHSW

Whoo hoo!!!!!!

I finally did it!!! I got registered for classes for the fall semester. I'm so excited about that. I tried to call Julie and Rosa and neither of them were available. I did tell Julie's boyfriend that I was "vicious excited" and he laughed at me! But I totally was. I have three classes for fall. UC Women's Chorus from 12:20 to 13:15 on MWF. I also have Computer Apps from 14:30 to 15:25. And on Tuesday, I have Intro to Information Tech from 18:00 to 20:50. (If you're not up on military time, that's twelve twenty to one fifteen, two thirty to three twenty five, and six to eight fifty.) I can hardly wait. I'm going to Sam's Club with mom tomorrow to pick up some of my supplies. I know I'll go through a lot of paper, so I'm picking that up. And probably highlighters, pens, and pencils. We'll see if they have my kind of notebooks and if they have regular paper and folders and stuff. I'm hoping I can get most of my supplies there instead of running to Target once a month. Whoo hoo!!! I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it... Okay, got that out of my system. Whew!! I can hardly wait to go find my classrooms. One of them (Intro) is on the sixth floor, and I'm desperately hoping they have elevators. Otherwise, my asthma is gonna kick my ass every single day of class. (At least it's only once a week.) I may need to run to a specialty shop to get pens though. It depends on if Sam's carries the brand I like. (I love, Love, LOVE Pentel's RSVP series. I have them in quite a few colors, but I don't want to take all my pens from home, so I'll probably get more.) Then, when I get the info from school about my loan, I'll know when I can go up to campus and actually buy the books and find my classes. I want to do that ahead of time, so I'm not late or anything.

And now for my progress. I have lots of piccys to show you today, as it's been a while. First up is one of my IHSW pieces, Beach Romance (Janlynn). It's coming along nicely. I did the top corner this weekend, and added the darker blue areas. Not a huge amount, but a goodly number of stitches. I did have some trouble with the lighter purple in one place on her dress, but you can't tell. It just didn't want to be in the right place. (It's because I can't count, lol.) I finally got it right though, and I think it looks great. I may start his leg next time, even though I really need to fill in some of the holes. I didn't do the flowers yet. I'm thinking I'll leave them for last so the French Knots don't have much opportunity to unravel.

Next up is Time To Go (Witch Stitch'n'Bits). I got a lot done on it this week. I kept doing one more color... One more color... And so I put in a whole lot of stitches. I did all of them in this particular ten by ten column. Four or five hundred or so. It's hard to say for sure from the pic, and I don't feel like looking on the chart, lol. I'm lazy that way!!! It's coming along great. I'm on the second of fifty six pages, but I'm moving right along. One of the nice things about Tent Stitch is that it takes less time than full crosses. So I can get more stitches in in a day than I could otherwise. I can't tell the brown and black apart again, but that's okay. You can still see the stitches I put in, and that's all that matters.

And next up is a first timer on my blog. It's the globe. I know, I really should have taken it off the Q-snap and shown all of Cyn's progress first, but I didn't think of it. Next time I take it off, I'll try and remember to take a pic of the whole thing. I did the blue on the left side of the pic. Cyn did the continents, and the blue on the right side. This absolutely drove me nuts last week until I realized Cyn had made a mistake because Vicki's weird. (That requires some explanation. The charts I've seen have an over lap of three rows from page to page. It seems to be the norm. Vicki put four rows of overlap, for some reason known only to her. So Cyn accounted for an overlap of three, and you see the problem. It goes down one row further than it should cause she did one row twice. Easy to fudge, if you know about it.) I finally figured out what was wrong, and then felt like kicking myself cause it took so long. No wonder I couldn't figure out how I was messing up!! So now I'm on the right track, and it's all good. (Yes, my hair is mostly still intact.)

Next up is Noah's Sub (Stoney Creek), my SAL with Rosa (and eventually, Julie). I got to do some more of the Orca this week. He's so cute!! I got the white on his belly and around his eyes done, and another shade of blue in there too. It's really dark though, so it's hard to tell it's blue. And I finished the band I was working on, and started another and finished it, and started a third. It got a lot of work on it. I'm loving the purple shades in the sky. And the blues too, although there aren't many blues. This one is progressing quickly too because of the half stitches.

Next up is the lovely Frost Moon (HAED, Nene Thomas), which also saw a lot of action. My goal was to finish the row of ten by tens I had started. I finished that up on Friday night, which left all of Saturday to be gravy. It was great!!! You can see how much I got done on Saturday too. A LOT!!! The Tent Stitch makes it go so fast, though... This is only a VERY small portion of the whole thing. I haven't even finished page one, and there are ninety nine pages of chart. (It was one oh seven or something like that, altogether. Cause there are pages of piccy and floss list, and floss usage chart and stuff.) So it's just a drop in the bucket. But it really looks good to me. I love it!!!! (This is my fave project when I'm working on it. The rest of the time, Noah's Sub is my fave. It's coming along well!!)

And last but not least, I leave you with a couple of images that are non stitchy. First up is my Celosia. Of the fourteen seedlings that I replanted, half of them survived and are thriving. They've gotten quite huge, actually. I love the color of the flowers. They're beautiful. The two smaller pots have two each, and the bigger planter has three in it. (Of course, all of the Celosia in the planter that didn't make it are on the same side, lol. So my planter is totally lopsided. It looks funny, lol.) And here is yet another piccy of my darling Yes Dear, with the strangest look on her face.She's so funny sometimes. I don't know what she was thinking. You can see the clean (sort of) laundry on the bed behind her. She's getting it all hairy of course, by walking on it and leaning on it. She likes to see her hair everywhere, lol. I've got three or four Bengals shirts in the pile. Three orange (I think) and one black. Yes, I AM obsessive, lol.

And that's about it for me tonight. I hope you're all having a wonderful night, tucked all warm and safe in your beds. Or burning the midnight oil if that's your thing, lol. Thanks to everyone who commented on my last entry. Your comments always make me smile.

25 comments:

sharine said...

Awesome progress and good luck for school.

Momma Sunshine~~ said...

Thats really good progress on your projects!! Im' so excited for you too on going back to school. I need to do that at some point

Margaret said...

Love all your WIPs! The Beach Romance piece has such nice colors! A friend of mine was stitching Noah's Sub for her DD's baby -- it's such a neat piece!

Bea said...

Wow, you were busy this weekend and such great progress to show for it.

Enjoy all your planning and prep for school - you sound so pumped!

Tiki said...

Your pictures all look great! Hope your classes go well this fall.

Emma said...

Well done on the classes! Lovely progress on your stitching too - well done! :)

Melissa said...

Your flower is gorgeous!

Great job on all your projects:)

mdgtjulie said...

Thanks Sharine. I appreciate the good luck especially. I'm scared to death, lol. Oh, I hope you can manage it, Sunny. I'm so looking forward to doing something useful. It really is, Margaret. I love it. And Beach Romance is really pretty. I love the colors and the sentiment. It's all beautiful!! LOL, Bea, you have no idea. I'm so excited I could pop!!! And thanks, I did have a pretty good weekend. Thanks Tiki. Me too. I'm so looking forward to it. Thanks Emma, and welcome. Thanks for visiting! I agree, Melissa. They're gonna be so pretty in bloom. And thanks again!

EvalinaMaria said...

Well done on all fronts!

Julie said...

Good for you going back to school.Rather you then me though. ;)

Nice updates on the stitching.

Shelleen said...

I wish you lots of luck with school. Great progresses.

SoCal Debbie said...

Beach Romance and Noah's Sub look great! How exciting for school! Hope you find your favorite pens.

mdgtjulie said...

Thanks Evalina. I'm so excited now, I can hardly bear it. LOL, I always enjoyed learning new things, Julie, so it's no hardship for me. And thanks. Thanks Shelleen. I'm hoping I'll do really well right off the bat. I did, Debbie. I was happy to see them at Staples. (A hundred and fifty six dollars at Staples, and thirty three at Sam's. OUCH!!!) Now all I need are books, a backpack, and I want to get a digital voice recorder and external hard drive. Soon, I hope. Soon!!!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Good luck with your classes and good for you, too! You've got all kinds of irons in the fire and everything looks great!

mdgtjulie said...

Thanks Terri, for the good luck wishes especially. I'm hoping to do really well, but we'll see!!!

Cindy's Stitching said...

great progress. Hope you have a great stitching weekend.

mdgtjulie said...

Thanks Cindy, and same to you.

Anne said...

Good luck with the classes Julie!! Yay!! Fabulous progress on all your WIP's!! Love that pic of Yes Dear! Meowww!!!

Topcho said...

Love your enthusiasm and "vicious"excitement! Good luck with the fall classes :D An of course, your wips look great was always :D

lesli said...

Oh my goodness! Look at all your progress!!
Congrats on the fall class sign up! Happy to hear you looking forward to it!

nikkin said...

Congrats on getting into classes, that's so great! Your projects are looking fantastic, I especially love Frost Moon, I can see why you love working on it.
Tell Yes Dear she is looking beautiful in her most recent pic!

/hugs,
Nikki

Sally said...

Good luck for your classes Julie. You sound so excited :)

Fantastic progress on all your pieces.

Yes Dear is adorable :)

Sharon said...

Congrats with making your decision to head to school! I love your enthusiasm! You'll have to keep us up-dated about what you're learning! The progress pics are fantastic - you're moving right along! Hug Yes Dear for me! :)

Julie said...

Good Luck with your classes, sounds like you have everything all planned out well.

Lots of lovely projects to drool over you are working on. I dont think i have ever seen so many different frame 'huggers' on a blog before, you have some lovely patterns on them.

mdgtjulie said...

Thanks Anne. I'm so excited about it all. And thanks, I love to take her piccy. I think she's the cutest thing ever!! Of course, I'm prejudiced, lol. Thanks Topcho. I'm sure I'll be sharing regular school updates as I go, lol. I share almost everything else!!! And thanks again! Thanks Lesli. I'm really excited. I'm getting nervous though. I have some social anxiety issues, so... Thanks Nik. And thanks and thanks, lol. It's gonna be years before I get a finish on that one, but it's too pretty not to start, ya know?!? I totally am, Sally. I'm beside myself. I've gotta go get my remaining school supplies on Monday (tomorrow) and then I'll be set! Well, except for books. For those, I'm waiting till my loan comes in. And thanks, lol. No, Sharon, I don't want to get clawed, lol. She doesn't like hugs and kisses. I'll give her a pet from you though. She likes those. And I'm sure there will be school updates on a regular basis. Something will have to replace my WIP updates, lol. (Not planning to have much stitching time!!) I try, Julie. But you know what they say, "Man plans, God laughs!" We'll see how it goes. Thanks. I love my huggies. I got them from my friend Chris. She has a lot of patterns available. She's at www.qsnaphuggies.com, if you'd like to pick up a couple. Great service, and really quick. I got twelve of them in three days, INCLUDING shipping! She's amazing!!